The UEC met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 8. The agenda included final preparations for the upcoming ALS User Meeting, to be held October 3–5, plans for the solicitation of new UEC members from the ALS user community, and the pending update of the UEC website. ALS beamline scientist Elke Arrenholz presented plans for enhancing user engagement for ALS-U. Michael Banda and Roger Falcone discussed current and future ALS operational, scientific, and infrastructural developments that might effect user science at the ALS.
With the intention to foster users engagement with the UEC, and vice versa, a kick-off User Forum followed the regular UEC meeting. The forum allowed the UEC to obtain direct input from users present at the ALS. We thank all the users for attending and providing input. Following on this forum’s success, the UEC will hold a similar event after every regularly scheduled UEC meeting in the upcoming years (3-4 times a year).
We will forward several suggestions and recommendations on behalf of ALS users to ALS management.