EUGLOH Summer School on Large-Scale Facilities for Global Health

Opportunities, Project Writing and Career Orientation
28 Jun 2021 01 Jul 2021
Target Group
From undergraduates to PhDs as well as postdoctoral and senior scientists from the five EUGLOH universities
Université Paris-Saclay
Closed  (Deadline: 24 May 2021 23:59)

Large-scale facilities offer unique opportunities to explore materials and living matter. It is sometimes difficult to grasp to what extent these facilities can be valuable to solve scientific issues related to global health. With this in mind, the EUGLOH Alliance is organising a 4-day intensive course on large-scale facilities (SOLEIL synchrotron, MAX IV synchrotron and ELI-ALPS laser centre) to raise awareness of students and staff on the possibilities of facilities that contribute to the European research landscape. In depth overview of career opportunities, operations, techniques and applications (biomedical and environmental) of these light sources will be given. The last two days of the school will be dedicated to practical sessions to apply for beamtime allocation.


Certificates and 4 ECTS will be provided for those who attend the theoretical and practical sessions of the school. Participants who follow only theoretical lectures will receive the certificate and 2 ECTS.



  • Programme

    Monday June 28, 2021

    8:30 - 8:40 Welcome by President of Université Paris-Saclay, Sylvie Retailleau

    8:40 - 9:00 Introduction of the school by organizers, Slavka Kascakova from Université Paris-Saclay and Matthieu Réfrégiers and Frédéric Jamme from SOLEIL synchrotron

    9:00 - 9:30 History of synchrotron light. Presentation of SOLEIL synchrotron (France), Stefan Kubsky, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    Utility of synchrotron light for society: Research on the COVID-19

    9:30 - 10:30 Unprecedented achievements and challenges related to the global vaccine response against COVID-19, Joakim Esbjornsson & Anders Widell, Lund University Virus Center, Sweden

    10:30 - 11:00 COVID-19 under the synchrotron light, Andrew Thomson, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break & Socializing

    11:30 - 12:00 Presentation of MAX IV synchrotron (Sweden), Marjolein Thunnissen, MAX IV synchrotron, Sweden

    12:00 - 12:30 Presentation of ELI-ALPS (Hungary), Dimitris Charalambidis, ELI-ALPS, Hungary

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

    Illustrated applications of these light sources in Biomedical Research

    14:00 - 14:30 X-ray microCT tomography in Biology, Timm Weitkamp, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    14:30 - 15:00 Antibiotic resistant bacteria under UV light, Muriel Masi & Hugo Chauvet, Université Paris-Saclay/SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    15:00 - 15:30 Diagnosis of Wilson disease by X-ray fluorescence, Slavka Kascakova, Université Paris-Saclay, France

    15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break & Socializing

    15:45 - 16:15 FTIR microspectroscopy at subcellular spatial resolutions for biological and biomedical studies, Christophe Sandt, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    16:15 – 16:45 Multimodal imaging of Alzheimer’s disease, Oxana Klementieva, Lund University, LINXS, Sweden

    16:45 - 17:15 Kidney stones related to urinary infection under synchrotron light, Elise Bouderlique, Hospital Tenon, France

    17:15 - 17:45 Biomedical research in large laser facilities, Katalin Hideghéty, ELI-ALPS Laser Center, Hungary

    17:45 - 18:15 Toward radiooncological application of laser based technology, Katalin Hideghéty, ELI-ALPS Laser Center, Hungary

    Tuesday June 29, 2021

    Illustrated applications of these light sources in Food and Environmental Science

    9:30 - 10:00 X-ray fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy in food and environmental science, Camille Rivard, INRAE, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    10:00 - 10:30 The potential of state-of-the-art multimodal and multilength scale X-Ray imaging in environmental science, Kadda Medjoubi, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    10:30 - 11:00 Enzymatic activity for green chemistry with UV and infrared light, Frédéric Jamme, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break & Socializing

    11:30 - 12:00 X-ray tomography for adaptation of trees to global warming, Eric Badel, INRAE, France

    12:00 - 12:30 FTIR microspectroscopy protocol to investigate the biodegradation and recycling of microplastics by living organisms, Christophe Sandt, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

    14:00 - 14:30 Career orientation: Overview of professional opportunities in large-scale facilities, Garance Aubry, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

    14:30 - 15:30 Networking with people of different professions working in SOLEIL synchrotron, France, Céline Lory (Industrial Liaison Officer), Stefan Kubsky (Surface Lab Manager), Frédéric Jamme (Beamline Scientist), Gabriel David (Biolabs manager and Responsible for Biosafety issues), Hernan-Gabriel Pais (Coordinator)

    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break & Socializing

    16:00 - 17:00 Interested by an experiment at a large-scale facility? Practical information on the procedure of access will be given with remote access control on a crystallography beamlines, Matthieu Réfrégiers and Frédéric Jamme, SOLEIL synchrotron, France, Marjolein Thunnissen, MAX IV synchrotron, Sweden, and Zita Varadi, ELI-ALPS Laser Center, Hungary

    17:00 - 18:00 Virtual tour of large-scale facilities

    Wednesday June 30, 2021

    Practical sessions on writing proposal application for synchrotron beamtime, Divya Madhavan, CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay, France, and Daniel Graziadei, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

    9:30 - 12:30 Practical session (Part 1/4)

    • How to write as a serious scientist
    • How to convey an idea
    • How to synthesize a flow of ideas

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

    14:00 - 18:00 Practical session (Part 2/4)

    • What is the art of persuasion and why is it important to science?
    • Thinking about a proposal for large-scale facilities and how to portray it convincingly
    • Discussion on the informal art of persuasion

    Thursday July 1, 2021

    9:30 - 12:30 Practical session (Part 3/4)

    • Assignment feedback (on the overnight assignment) in breakout sessions with a feedback template
    • Review (+ open questions)

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

    14:00 - 16:00 Practical session (Part 4/4)

    • How to do an accuracy read
    • How to give written feedback on a paper
    • Peer-to-peer accuracy read
    • Feedback

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break & Socializing

    16:30 - 18:00 Assessment of what has been learnt so far and general discussion and feedback on the summer school, Slavka Kascakova, Université Paris-Saclay, France, Matthieu Réfrégiers, SOLEIL synchrotron, France, and Frédéric Jamme, SOLEIL synchrotron, France

  • Registration

    Registration: Please register here.

    Contact person: In case of questions please contact Slavka Kascakova (, Matthieu Refregiers ( or Frederic Jamme (

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