Machine Advisory Committee

The Machine Advisory Committee (MAC) advises the Council and the Management Board in matters of fundamental importance for the operation, further development, and potential upgrades of the accelerator complex and the free-electron laser (FEL) schemes.

The MAC shall, in particular, regularly provide recommendations on scientific and technical issues, such as:

  • Is the operation of the European XFEL accelerator complex sound and efficient?
  • Are the various FELs operated efficiently and is their performance satisfactory?
  • Is the research and development programme for the accelerator complex and the FELs state of the art and does it correspond to the need of the European XFEL facility?
  • Are the scientific and technical targets of the proposed technical improvements and upgrades as well as their planning and milestones appropriate and realistic?



  • Andrzej Wolski (University of Liverpool, UK) Chairman
  • Camille Ginsburg (Fermilab, Batavia, USA) 
  • Angeles Faus-Golfe (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Evgeny Levichev (The Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Russia)
  • Heung-Sik Kang (PAL, Pohang, South Korea)
  • Franz-Josef Decker (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA)
  • Luca Giannessi (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy)
  • Caterina Biscari (ALBA Synchrotron Light Source, Spain)
  • Peter Michel (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
  • Thomas Schilcher (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)