Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST: Webinar on Cyberespionage and IP threats in Federal Research with FBI Agent Scott McGaunn - More info and RSVP here.
The Society for Science at User Research Facilities invites you to learn the latest on the Espionage, Intellectual Property Theft, and Technology Transfer issues from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Scott McGaunn. Scott will discuss the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts against America’s adversaries, the nature of espionage as it relates to the theft of intellectual property at research institutes, and the challenges of illegitimate transfer of technologies to antagonistic nations.

Scott was nominated for the prestigious 2018 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention. In addition, he was nominated for the 2018 FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation for his involvement in an investigation that is soon to be the subject of a television documentary on international corporate espionage.

Moderator: Dan Powers, Executive Director SSURF
Speaker: Scott McGaunn, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST: Webinar on ORCID updates and new federal digital ID policies More info and RSVP here.
Curious about ORCID and how it can help user facilities? Join the webinar for an overview of ORCID, details about the US Government ORCID Consortium, and to learn how the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has integrated ORCID into its workflows, policies, and reporting. We will also provide background about the digital persistent identifier language in the January 2021 Presidential Memorandum on United States Government-Supported Research and Development National Security Policy – NSPM-33 and provide an update on new ORCID initiatives of interest to the user facility community.

Moderator: Dan Powers, Executive Director SSURF
Jackie Flood, Lead, MUA Administrator, Advanced Photon Source Users Office, Argonne National Laboratory
Carly Robinson, Assistant Director for Information Products and Services, DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
Shawna Sadler, Engagement Manager, Outreach & Partnerships, ORCID

Previous Events

SSURF 2020 Annual Meeting Sessions and Agenda Info - click here

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities Annual Meeting was on November 9 & 10, 2020. Our community gathered online to discuss challenges, opportunities, and recent developments within the User Facility system.

The event was packed with topics of interest to help nurture and connect our network of brilliant scientists, technologists and researchers, as well as thousands of incredible professionals partnering with our nation's federal research facilities.

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SSURF Annual Meeting 2019

November 12-13, 2019
Location: The American Institute of Physics, College Park, Maryland

This year’s discussion topics include resolving administrative pain points for user facilities (heavily requested in the 2018 Annual Meeting questionnaire); broadening the user base: SSURF outreach strategies; SSURF strategic and organizational planning.

Stay tuned for announcements with further information on logistics and complete Meeting agenda.


MRS User Facility Row

December 1-6, 2019
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts

The Materials Research Society, in partnership with the Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF), is sponsoring a User Facility Row at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, December 1-6, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts. Located in the Exhibit Hall, the dedicated User Facility Row will highlight the wide variety of user access models and capability offerings available to the research community. In addition to the many user facility booths, the following events are taking place.

Follow this link for talks presented by staff and users at U.S. User Facilities: MRS Talks