MAX IV Machine Advisory Committee – MAC

The MAX IV Machine Advisory Committee (MAC) supervises and follows the commissioning, operation and upgrades of the accelerators at the MAX IV facility.

The MAC provides advice to the MAX IV Management on the following systems:

  • the injector linac including the electron source and bunch compressors;
  • the 3 GeV storage ring;
  • the 1.5 GeV storage ring;
  • the insertion devices and their impact on the storage rings


The MAC provides advice to the MAX IV Management regarding the following issues:

  • transition into user operations;
  • mid- and long-term planning for improvements and upgrades to the MAX IV accelerators;
  • necessary investments in the accelerator infrastructure


Current MAC members are:

Søren Pape Møller (Chair), Director ISA, Aarhus University, Denmark
Montse Pont, ALBA Synchrotron, Spain
Qing Qin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Lenny Rivkin, PSI, Swiss Light Source, Switzerland
Timur Shaftan, Brookhaven National Laboratory, US
Richard Walker, Diamond Light Source, UK

Committee members are appointed by the MAX IV Laboratory Board for a 3-year term with the possibility of extension. The MAC Chair is invited once a year to present the committee’s findings at one of the Board meetings.

MAX IV Scientific Advisory Committee – SAC

The MAX IV Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) gives advice to the MAX IV Management on the operation and future development of MAX IV Laboratory, and in particular on:

  • the scientific programme for MAX IV Laboratory;
  • the construction of beamlines at MAX IV Laboratory and their priorities;
  • necessary investments in scientific infrastructure and staff at MAX IV Laboratory


In addition, the committee also contributes to the review process of detailed beamline designs and will be contributing to periodic reviews of beamline operation after the start of scientific activities at MAX IV.

Current SAC members are:

Anne Borg (Chair), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Elke Arenholz, Advanced Light Source (ALS), US
Lise Arleth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ana Diaz, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)/SLS, Switzerland
Kristina Djinovic-Carugo, The Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), Austria
Georg Held, University of Reading and Diamond Light Source, UK
Simo Huotari, University of Helsinki, Finland
Philip Hofmann, Aarhus University, Denmark
Steve Johnson, ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland
Arwen Pearson, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Eva Pereiro, ALBA Synchrotron, Spain
Moniek Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ivan Vartaniants, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany

Committee members are appointed by the MAX IV Laboratory Board for a 3-year term and may be reappointed once. The SAC meets twice a year.  Once a year, the SAC Chair is given the opportunity to present the committee’s findings at one of the Board meetings.

MAX IV Programme Advisory Committee – PAC

MAX IV Laboratory users will be invited to apply for experiment time at the beamlines – beamtime –  through an open procedure.

To assist in the allocation of beamtime, a MAX IV Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) is appointed. The committee reviews and evaluates submitted proposals and provides recommendations for the allocation of beamtime, based on the scientific excellence and feasibility of the suggested experiments.

The members of the PAC are:

Margarida Archer Frazao, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologia (ITQB), Portugal
Oliver Bunk, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland
Ralf Ficner, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
Wendy Flavell, University of Manchester, UK
Sine Larsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
David Le Bolloc’h, Université Paris Sud, France
Gema Martínez Criado, CSIC – Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Spain
John McGeehan, University of Portsmouth, UK
David Mueller, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Virginia Perez Dieste, ALBA Synchrotron Light Source, Spain
Ehmke Pohl, Durham University, UK
Laszlo Vincze, Ghent University, Belgium
Phil Woodruff, University of Warwick, UK