The construction and operation of the European XFEL has been entrusted to a non-profit limited liability company under German law, the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL GmbH).

Partner countries

The European XFEL is organized as a non-profit company with limited liability under German law (GmbH) that has international shareholders.

Scientific and Technical groups

Scientific groups at European XFEL operate and manage the facility's instruments, assist users with technical aspects of their research, work on research projects in their own right, and further develop the facility.

Industrial Liaison

The Industrial Liaison Office serves as a bridge between the publicly funded research and development at European XFEL and private industry.


The European XFEL GmbH is a public-equivalent body and is therefore subject to special legal regulations concerning the award of contracts and placement of purchase orders.