COVID-19 updates

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, European XFEL has implemented several measures to protect our staff, guests and visitors. These measures are in line with guidelines from local and national authorities. On this page you will find up-to-date information about the situation relevant to European XFEL.

Last update – 20.07.2020

Operation status

Operation has restarted under strict safety regulations after a period of reduced operation. A subset of European XFEL staff are working on site under strict safety and hygeine rules. Others continue to work remotely.

Expressions of interest in COVID-19 related research at the instruments and research laboratories are being sought. Information about COVID-19 research at synchotrons and FELs is also available from the LEAPS and Lightsources websites.

Collaborations both within and beyond the facility are being actively maintained. Seminars and PBS meetings continue online.

Campus access

To protect our staff and visitors our campus is now closed to visitors. This includes our company restaurant BeamStop, where guest access is not permitted until further notice. Access for external companies performing work at European XFEL and delivering parcels is still possible.

Visits and events

Virtual visits are available as an alternative to facility tours.

Alternative plans for all events are being developed. Until at least the end of August most events will take place online, while some have been postponed. For details please see the event or meeting website, or contact the organisers.

 

User experiments

European XFEL is gradually resuming user operation in the second part of 2020, including experiments postponed from the first part of 2020. Remote participation for all experiments is encouraged and considered as the general rule for external users. Presence on site requires prior authorisation. A specific leaflet summarises the guidelines for users.

Expressions of interest in COVID-19 related research at the instruments and research laboratories are being sought on an ongoing basis, however rapid access in 2020 cannot be guaranteed.