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:

Lenny Rivkin (Chair), PSI, Swiss Light Source, Switzerland
Søren Pape Møller, Director ISA, Aarhus University, Denmark
Richard Walker, Diamond Light Source, UK
Bob Hettel, SLAC, US

Committee members are appointed by the MAX IV Laboratory Board for a 3-year term with the possibility of extension. The Machine Advisory Committee meets twice a year.  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
Richard Pattrick, University of Manchester, UK
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

When MAX IV Laboratory starts operations, 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) will be appointed. The committee will review and evaluate submitted proposals and provide recommendations for the allocation of beamtime, based on the scientific excellence and feasibility of the suggested experiments.

A limited call for user proposals was closed on 16 January 2017. In this call users were invited to submit their proposals to perform experiments at the BioMAX and NanoMAX beamlines in the scientific areas of Structural Biology and Nano Sciences.

The members of the PAC appointed for this limited call are:

Margarida Archer Frazao, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologia (ITQB), Portugal
Oliver Bunk, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland
Sine Larsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
David Le Bolloc’h, Université Paris Sud, France
John McGeehan, University of Portsmouth, UK
Laszlo Vincze, Ghent University, Belgium