Diamond Light Source: Suspension of Operations except for COVID-19 work

Given the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus Diamond Light Source has decided to suspend user operations from our facilities until 31st May. A further extension of that period might become necessary, and we will keep users informed during the coming weeks.

This means that the AP28 call for proposals has been postponed.

We are unable to issue a new deadline at this stage, but any proposals already submitted will be held until the call is released.

At this stage we will endeavour to reschedule cancelled beamtime, but cannot guarantee this until the full extent of the effects of the outbreak are known. 

Diamond is still accepting rapid proposals for COVID-19 related research – see below for details.

We will reassess broadening access for general remote operations as quickly as we possibly can under the evolving UK Government measures.

Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2

Diamond would like to ensure that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about the COVID-19 virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine or treatment.

With this in mind, we are offering priority rapid access for groups who require instrument time for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins. Based on the number and nature of requests for priority rapid access, Diamond will make every effort to satisfy research priorities.

Submit a proposal for COVID-19 related research using the rapid access form here.

Or contact the team here: COVID19ACCESS@diamond.ac.uk


Central Laser Facility: COVID-19 related proposals 

The UK's Central Laser Facility (CLF) is inviting rapid access proposals to its Octopus imaging facility for research relevant to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19.

You can find more information here on how to apply for access.

We recommend that anyone intending to submit a proposal first contacts the Octopus group leader, Marisa Martin-Fernandez (marisa.martin-fernandez@stfc.ac.uk).

UK national information relating to COVID-19

Diamond is aligning its approach to this outbreak with PHE Advice (Public Health England’s advisory website) and UK Gov. Travel Advice - These pages are updated regularly and you are advised to check the latest UK government statements through these sites.

If you believe you are at increased risk for any other reason, please see: https://111.nhs.uk/) to discuss personal risk and then adhere to their advice.

Welcome to the User Office

The User Office Team at Diamond are committed to ensuring that your Diamond access runs as smoothly as possible.

In these pages you can find our more about how to make a application to diamond and the services we offer to ensure your time at Diamond is worry free, leaving you to focus on solving your research problem. Please do browse through our pages regularly to ensure that you are aware of Diamond policies and any changes that arise over time. 


Users coming to Diamond to undertake experiments in the future are advised to consult the formal govenment website for the latest updated information on what is required. Please click here for more information.

Diamond's Values

Diamond seeks to foster a culture of working that is reflected in five values (Respect, Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation). These values help everyone who comes here to work or use Diamond's facilities to have a common framework of understanding how we relate to each other and what we aspire to.
This benefits everyone: 

• everyone is valued, trusted and respected regardless of their gender, location, age, ethnicity, beliefs, role, grade, religion or other personal attributes - treated with respect
• Diamond will be a great place to work
• clarity on how to behave well and what you can expect from others
• identify and plan development to meet the challenges of your current role and future roles






Contact the User Office

The User Office provides administrative support for users.

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Room G61, Diamond House
Telephone: +44 (0) 1235 778571
Fax: +44 (0) 1235 778719
E-mail: useroffice@diamond.ac.uk

Contact for industrial users:
Elizabeth Shotton




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