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 – 08.09.2020

COVID-19 related research

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


Operation status

The facility is operating according to a revised operation schedule including beamtime for user experiments.

Campus access

Staff, collaborators and contractors on campus are required to comply with our campus access restrictions (see information on travel in the user guidelines) as well as our hygiene guidelines.

To protect our staff and visitors our campus is currently closed to visitors. Our company restaurant BeamStop is also currently closed to guests except people performing work at European XFEL or delivering parcels.

Visits and events

Virtual visits are available as an alternative to facility tours.

Seminars and PBS meetings continue online. Many other events have moved online or have been postponed. For details please see the event or meeting website, or contact the organisers.


User experiments

European XFEL has resumed user operation, including experiments postponed from the first part of 2020. Remote participation in experiments is the general rule for external users. A specific leaflet summarises the guidelines for users.

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