MAX IV Laboratory always encourages student participation at the user meeting. The traditional poster session is this year replaced by a virtual initiative. Our aim is to offer the opportunity for students to gain visibility for their work and ideas, facilitating their integration into the research community and allowing them to initiate/develop networking within the synchrotron radiation research community. Preparing a quality poster and/or a clip presentation, not only demonstrates their expertise in their subject matter, it also deepens the understanding of the topic and encourages active discussion with the student researcher.


How is the Students science Award organized?

Participation conditions

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the 4 minutes clips competition and the MAX IV students science award 2020.

  1. The main requirement is to have already used MAX IV or to have a sound experimental idea that you want to propose for implementation at MAX IV. In the latter case, it is mandatory to present a well-formulated plan indicating the relevant beamline/accelerator, the scientific aim and the proposed experimental method.
  2. The participant should agree to be available to discuss their work with the adjudicators. This is intended as a means to enhance scientific discussion with the student as would be the case with the usual ‘poster session’. Participants will be informed in advance in case of that being necessary.
  3. All participants agree to present a 4 minute clip on Monday 28th September (if requested). The winner of the Student science award, agrees to present their research work  (15 mins + 5 mins questions ), as part of the user Highlights on Tuesday 29th.
  4. The participation material must be complete and submitted by the specified deadline (midnight on the 11th September 2020).


Participation submission

If you are interested, please register by using this students and awards registration form. Alternatively, or if you have any questions, please use the User Meeting e-mail.

Students can participate in different ways depending on the type of material submitted:

  1. A 4 minutes clip of their research. A preliminary draft is accepted. This is mandatory to be eligible for the clips presentation on Monday 28th and for the award. The deadline to have your clips submitted is Friday 11 September.
  2. Students can also submit their poster, in PDF format, however only the clips qualify for the clips presentations and the award.
  3. A pictorial abstract. This will be used as icon or thumbnail to link to the material you submitted. If you like, you can read the guidelines under the “Tips and forms” section on the left-hand side menu on the registration site.


Selection process

The submitted clips will go through a selection process. The user meeting organizers and a team of three external adjudicators will take the responsibility of deciding:

  • which clips presentations will be included alongside with the MAX IV groups’ clips and Q/A session on Monday 28th September and
  • which one will receive the award and have a 15+5 minutes slot to present her/his work on Tuesday 29th September.


Decision and award

All participants will be informed of the result of the selection process at least a week before the user meeting.  The selected ones will be contacted for further arrangements and possible options, under the COVID-19 restrictions, for either a virtual or on-site presentation.

The winner of the MAX IV Student Science Award 2020 will be welcomed to give a 15 minutes presentation at the plenary session on Tuesday 29 September. The award includes as well a monetary prize, the equivalent of 5000 SEK.

The other selected students will be invited to to present a 4 minutes clip on Monday 28th September.

All the students posters and clips can be made accessible from the meeting website with the student´s consent.