MLZ users have the possibility to speak with their own voice: the MLZ User Committee
The MLZ User Committee represents the MLZ users in official meetings, offers a discussion forum within the MLZ users’ community, and reports to the MLZ Directors on new strategic ideas and procedures for a continuous improvement of the MLZ users’ satisfaction.
Only non-MLZ staff users who performed at least one experiment in the last three years are eligible to be appointed to the User Committee.
The II. MLZ User Committee (2021-2023)
- Chair: Tommy Nylander, Lund University, Sweden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Andrea Scotti, RWTH Aachen, Germany (email@example.com)
Fields of Expertise: SANS, soft matter, colloidal suspensions, phase transitions, neutron reflectometry
- Ana Brás Würschig, University of Cologne, Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fields of expertise: Soft matter structure and dynamics, in particular funcional polymers and other glass forming materials; experience in research methods such as small angle scattering and NSE, rheology, DRS and DSC
- Sandra Cabeza, ILL, France (email@example.com)
Fields of expertise: Material science/ residual stress analysis, diffration, metallurgy
- Jens Gibmeier, KIT, Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fields of expertise: Problems in engineering science, neutron diffraction, stress, residual stress and texture analysis, load partitioning in multiphase materials
- (observer sent by KFN): Holger Kohlmann, Leipzig University, Germany (email@example.com)
Fields of expertise: Neutron powder diffraction, solid-state chemistry, crystallography, in-situ, reaction pathways, functional materials
They are appointed for three years, and one subsequent re-appointment is possible.
All MLZ users will be informed about the activity of the User Committee – don’t miss the User Committee’s remarks in the MLZ Newsletter! All users are warmly invited to send their ideas, feedback and comments to any of the members of the MLZ User Committee per email. intern you use the personal addresses listed above or the common address firstname.lastname@example.org!
MLZ UC: Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference MLZ User Committee April 2019
In an effort to better manage the user needs and to create a direct link to the users, the MLZ partners establish the MLZ User Committee (UC) to improve the user role and to organize a discussion forum for the benefit of the users. The MLZ User Committee proposes new strategic ideas and procedures to the MLZ Directorate with the ultimate goal to improve the MLZ user satisfaction.
The following tasks are outlined for the MLZ
- Report to the MLZ Directors and propose new strategic ideas and procedures for improving the user access and work at the MLZ
- Represent the MLZ user community at official MLZ meeting
- Organize the MLZ UC meetings, and compile the minutes of the meeting
- Collect reports from the users on any issue related to the proposal system and experiments performed at the MLZ
- Attend conferences of MLZ interest, such as the German Neutron Scattering Conferences, to meet the user community
UC consists of five members. The members are appointed for three years
- No MLZ staff member can be appointed in the UC.
- Each member is eligible if she/he has performed experiments at the MLZ in the three years before the election.
- In case of needs of external expertise, the Chairperson may co-opt external scientists as permanent members.
- A KFN representative may join the MLZ User Committee as an observer.
UC includes the following roles:
- Deputy Chairperson
The elected members will decide upon their internal role in the UC with written procedure; their decision will be communicated to the MLZ User Office.
The Chairperson reports to the MLZ Directorate and is asked to represent the MLZ UC at official MLZ meetings.
The MLZ UC secretarial work is provided by the MLZ User Office.
User Office will support the organization of the online election, with the following tasks:
- Definition of the list of candidates: the list of those who performed experiments in the last three years will be compiled by the User Office and distributed to all potential candidates.
- Those scientists who intend to be candidates shall inform the User Office per email.
- Distribution of the list of candidates to all the active MLZ users (those who performed at least one experiment in the last five years)
- Organization of the online/email voting procedure
- Communication of the elected members
Each voter has the possibility to vote up to five candidates. The five candidates with the largest number of preferences are elected.
MLZ User Committee Meetings
Support of the MLZ User Office
The MLZ UC meets at least once a year, either in person or in telephone/videoconference.
The Chairperson calls for the meeting with at least 1 month advance notice. The agenda and all relevant documents shall be emailed to the members one week prior the meeting.
The Chairperson may invite any persons relevant for the discussion.
At each meeting, minutes will be compiled by the Secretary and approved by the MLZ UC.
A web page with the information on the passed meetings and the date of the next one is available online, with the support of the MLZ User Office.
The costs of the UC meetings, such as, for example, travel, accommodation and subsistence ones, are covered by the MLZ Directorate, according to the current German laws.
User Office supports any request and need of the UC members, as, for example, it is ready to:
- Organize the UC meetings
- Provide MLZ user reports available in the MLZ online system
- Organize the election procedure
- Secretarial work for the MLZ UC meetings
Any travel and further costs need prior approval of the MLZ User Office.
MLZ UC 2018-2020
The I. MLZ User Committee was in charge for the period 2018 to 2020.
- Sophie Combet, CEA, Saclay, France
- Jens Gibmeier, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
- David Keeble, Univ. Dundee, United Kingdom
- Luigi Paduano, Univ. Napoli, Italy
- Diana Quintero Castro, Stavanger Univ., Norway
- Adrian Rennie, Uppsala Univ., Sweden (Chairman)
- Rainer Niewa, Stuttgart University, Germany, was an observer from KFN
Remarks in the printed MLZ Newsletter 2018-2020
1 – May 3rd, 2018
2 – July 3rd, 2018
3 – September 18th, 2018
4 – November 8th, 2018
5 – December 10th, 2018
6 – January 18th, 2019
7 – March 12th, 2019
8 – April 30th, 2019
9 – June 18th, 2019.
10 – September 03rd, 2019
11 – November 19th, 2019
12 – December 10th, 2019
13 – December 16th, 2019
14 – February 11th, 2020
15 – March 23rd, 2020
16 – May 25th, 2020
17 – July 24th, 2020
18 – September 28th, 2020
19 – November 24th, 2020
20 – December 08th, 2020
The first mandate period of the MLZ User Committee