FASEM Advanced School for Life Science: a Franco-Swedish partnership for future users

Around 20 people wearing high vis vests and red helmets stand smiling at a flight of industrial stairs, by a roll up with ESS branding
FASEM2024 participants visiting ESS and the NMX instrument cave. With a white helmet are shown Christine Darve and Wojciech Potrzebowski, and above at the top, Esko Oksanen, all from ESS. Sophie Combet

The French-Swedish Academy for Scattering Experiments and Modelling for Life Science: from experiments to data analysis (FASEM2024) took place at the LINXS Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science (LINXS) on March 11-15 2024. It followed a similar school in 2019 on the topic of Energy Materials. Supported by institutions like the Laboratoire Léon-Brillouin (LLB), European Spallation Source (ESS), and the Institut Français at the French Embassy, the program aims to train researchers in using advanced X-ray and neutron techniques to study biological structures.

This collaboration reflects a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability, as seen in the Franco-Swedish partnership for green solutions. By bringing together researchers from different backgrounds, FASEM promotes diversity and collaboration in scientific research.

The investment in FASEM yields tangible benefits, equipping researchers with valuable skills and knowledge. It also encourages the use of state-of-the-art facilities like ESS and MAX IV, maximizing the impact of these resources.

Feedback from the 26 participants was very positive, highlighting the quality of the teaching and of the visits to both facilities. FASEM attracted a diverse group of participants, including doctoral students and researchers, showcasing its appeal and relevance to the scientific community.

Overall, FASEM 2024 demonstrates the power of collaboration in advancing scientific knowledge and fostering talent development. It sets a precedent for future partnerships and initiatives, reinforcing the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges.