With the release of Diamond’s 10-Year Vision in October last year, the impact of stakeholder consultation was clear to see in steering Diamond towards identifying its long-term goals and how to achieve them. Demonstrating impact is paramount, and in this issue we report on some of the recent milestones and achievements seen through our science.
In the spirit of consultation, we’re also asking our readers for some feedback to help us make sure this publication, Diamond News, is hitting the mark. Not everyone likes doing surveys, so we hope to entice you with the chance to win an Apple or Android tablet for those who take part.
On the milestones front, this issue showcases our 3,000th deposition in the Protein Data Bank, the 4,000th publication in the publications database, and the first published research from the new electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC). As the publications database is central to our ability to report on impact, we have an interview with our Librarian and Information Administrator, Louisa Bernadette Cross, who gives us the lowdown on what the database does for us and our users.
In other news, we report on the new endstations available on the microfocus MX beamline (I24) and the Versatile Soft X-ray beamline (B07), and catch up with the electrochemistry project evolving in collaboration with university partners in Austria and India. We also drop in on the new chemical tomography technique developed on the Microfocus Spectroscopy beamline (I18), and get our regular update from the Industrial Liaison Office, fresh off the back of hosting iCAR2015, the automotive industry’s biannual research conference.
In this spring issue, we highlight the major impact our Angle Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy beamline (I05) has had since coming online in 2014. We also summarise the research from recent publications in Nature Communications, Science, and Nanoscale, on novel liquid crystal structures, unique bacterial controllers, and nanoparticle-protein complexes respectively.
Users from Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Science tell the story of their research into the dynamic properties of collagen in the eye. There is also a feature on the range of radioactive waste research being carried out at Diamond, and the steps being taken to ensure the ongoing safety of waste management.
We end the issue with our staff and user profiles, and an article that celebrates Diamond’s role as a hub for learning and skills development. The training on offer to staff, students, and users demonstrates Diamond’s commitment to the future of UK science, and is a keystone in Diamond’s vision for the years to come.
Head of Communications, Diamond Light Source Ltd.
We would like to thank the authors and all colleagues who contributed to this publication. With special thanks to our editor David Johns.
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