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2015 Serial Crystallography Data Analysis Workshop at the American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting

Category: Workshop

We are running a serial femtosecond crystallography data analysis workshop at ACA 2015 in Philadelphia, PA, focused on "Serial Crystallography Data Analysis with Cheetah and CrystFEL: Concepts and Tutorials".

Online tutorial for LCLS data analysis:

Workshop Schedule

Workshop format:

The workshop will start with an introductory seminar, followed by most of the day dedicated to detailed hands-on tutorials with data sets collected at LCLS using the software suites Cheetah and CrystFEL, two of the most commonly used packages for SFX analysis.  We will begin at 9 am and conclude at 5 pm. 

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for graduate students, postdocs and young scientists interested in the details of serial femtosecond crystallography data analysis. It is not intended as an introduction to crystallography. Participants will be assumed to have at least a  basic knowledge of conventional crystallographic data analysis, as we will focus on the specific features of SFX analysis. Participants are strongly encouraged to obtain familiarity with Unix commands prior to attending. 

Participants will also be expected to have familiarity with Unix commands.  Practice data (from < > ) will be available, and participants are welcome to bring their own SFX data. 

Computing resources and temporary data storage space will be provided by LCLS, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.  Students will be sent detailed information prior to the workshop to ensure they have an active Unix account at SLAC, and bring bring laptops with appropriate software preinstalled.  


The 2015 ACA meeting is an excellent opportunity and appropriate venue to bring together experts in serial crystallography data analysis with students and motivated young scientists interested in learning how to become successful in SFX data analysis. This workshop complements the ACA 2015 Session 2.2.1: Advances in serial crystallography and practical aspects of dealing with multiple crystals. This conference session, co-chaired by 2 of the workshop organizers, will provide an overview of XFEL SFX and its rapid development, recent implementations of serial crystallography at synchrotrons, dealing with practical and computations issues with data from multiple crystals, as well as some exciting recent biological results obtained with SFX. The workshop will provide hands-on training for the analysis of serial crystallographic data from “raw” data to a reflection list that can be used in further crystallographic analysis. 


Registration is through the ACA website:

All participants must pre-register for the workshop and submit the following fee with their meeting registration form:

Student or Post-doc -  before May 31, $100, on or after June 1, $150
Academic others - before May 31, $150, on or after June 1, $200
Corporate - before May 31,  $250, on or after June 1, $300

Workshop fees cover the workshop, wifi, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch. 

Workshop fees can be waived for a limited number of students (sponsored by the National Science Foundation BioXFEL Science and Technology Center). You will need to apply for the stipend through the BioXFEL STC, by contacting Jill Szczesek at


Guest speaker :

Thomas White, CFEL/DESY

Organizers / instructors

Nadia Zatsepin, ASU

Thomas Grant, HWI

Cornelius Gati, CFEL/DESY

Eddie Snell, HWI

This workshop is supported by the NSF BioXFEL STC, Center for Free Electron Science (CFEL) at DESY, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. 

When: Saturday, July 25 2015, 08:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET) (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
Contact: nadia.zatsepin asu edu
Where: Sheraton Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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