Since December 2020, ALBA synchrotron is preparing for a major upgrade which will extend the services portfolio with new instruments and capabilities beyond X rays. The Life Sciences section is developing a strategic plan to provide holistic solutions for life sciences research. Several strategies are followed: specializing and optimizing existing instruments, adding new beamlines, combining these instruments with optical- and electron-based tools in a multi-modal approach, providing new sample preparation infrastructure and developing the necessary computing services.
A key to this ambitious project is the development of strategic partnerships which guarantee not only the necessary know-how but also integrate ALBA’s services into the research ecosystem of Spain. This allows connecting with the already existing excellent research capabilities of the community and significantly expanding the ALBA user community by filling the current gaps. Ultimately, the ALBA upgrade aims at supporting the community to achieve leadership while contributing to the grand challenges of Health.
In this satellite meeting, the organizers will give an overview of the current plans to develop such upgrade and, more importantly, aim to receive the input of the Life Sciences community to better adapt the ALBA Strategic Plan for the upgrade to the community needs.