I19-EH1 Remote Users Workshop

Feb 07. till Feb 08.

I19-EH1 Remote Users Workshop

A two-day workshop for regular I19 users to gain hands-on experience of the techniques involved in mounting and storing samples for shipment, and to gain familiarity with the procedures involved in operating the beamline remotely.

07/02/20232023-02-07 - 08/02/20232023-02-08
Diamond Light Source, UK


The end-station for EH1 of Beamline I19 at Diamond Light Source has been operational for over six years. During this time, we have been developing procedures for the use of the robotic sample changer to allow remote operation of the end-station, where users ship pre-mounted samples to Diamond and, subsequently, run their data collections from home. This mode of operation has been found to be highly successful and we are now encouraging all users of I19 EH1 to consider remote access as an option to allow them more regular access over periods of individual shifts.

The aim of this workshop is to provide hands-on experience of the techniques involved in mounting and storing samples in preparation to be shipped to Diamond and to gain familiarity with the procedures involved in operating the beamline remotely.

Day one will be a mixture of talks and sessions giving attendees a chance for practical, hands-on, experience of preparing samples for shipment.

Day two will be held away from the beamline in order to access the end-station remotely and conduct sample exchanges and data collection.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss updates to future operations.


Applications for the I19 Remote Access Training workshop 2023 are now closed.

All applicants will be informed on the result of their application week ending 13 January.

Please note that places on this workshop are limited. In the case of oversubscription there will be a limit of attendees for each organisation. Participants will be selected on a fair distribution basis across the research groups.

Attendance, accommodation and transport

Attendance at this workshop is free of charge.

All meals and refreshments will be provided for the duration of the workshop. 

One night accommodation (check in 7th February, check out 8th February) will also be provided upon request. Accommodation will be arranged at a local hotel, and all the transfers from Diamond to the hotel will be arranged. 

All attendees are required to cover the cost of their travel to and from Diamond.


Tuesday 7th February 10:30 11:00 Atrium for registration and coffee
11:00 12:00 Presentations
12:00 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 15:00 Sample preparation
15:00 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 17:30 Future developments and discussion
18:00   Dinner
      Departure to accommodation
Wednesday 8th February 08:30   Bus to Diamond
09:00 09:30 Coffee
09:30 12:30 Data collection with the robot
12:30 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 15:00 Data collection with the robot
      End of the workshop

Timings are subject to change.

Parking on Campus

Parking on the Harwell Campus is extremely limited and visitors’ parking cannot be guaranteed. We strongly recommend travelling by public transport, where possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please find here more information on how to get to Diamond.

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