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 – 28.05.2020

Stepwise restart of operation

A stepwise restart of operation under strict safety regulations began on 4 May after reduced operation began on 21 March. 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.

A subset of European XFEL staff are working on site under strict safety and hygeine rules to support the restart of operation. Others continue to concentrate on activities that do not require presence in the facility such as analysing data, preparing peer-reviewed publications and writing technical documentation.

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

Visits by webinar are now available as an alternative to facility tours.

Alternative plans for all events are being developed. Until at least the end of June 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

Regular user operation is not possible yet, however, expressions of interest in COVID-19 related research at the instruments and research laboratories are being sought.

User experiments originally scheduled for run five have been postponed and will be rescheduled. Further information is available on the user pages about beamtime.