Principal eharacteristics of the facility and of the support offered to users:
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Grenoble Outstation collaborates intimately with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the world's first third generation synchrotron source, in providing state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities to European structural biologists in a strong structural biology research environment. The exceptional intensity and high collimation of the ESRF beams permits diffraction experiments to be made on weakly diffracting biological samples, notably micro-crystals and very large complexes (e.g. viruses), or time-resolved studies, that cannot be performed elsewhere. The beamlines at the ESRF available for structural biology, particularly protein crystallography, are a high brilliance undulator beamline for macromolecular crystallography (ID2), a bending magnet beamline optimised for MAD crystallographic experiments (BM14), a microfocus beamline designed for the study of micro-crystals (ID13), an undulator beamline equipped for time-resolved crystallography (ID9) and a multi-endstation macromolecular crystallography beamline (ID14, due for commissioning in late 1997). Visitor access for measurements on these beamlines is offered as well as facilities for longer term stays for training purposes and for scientists wishing to tackle particularly challenging experiments in structural biology requiring extended interactions with EMBL biologists and beamline scientists.
Quantity of access being offered and number of users who may benefit: Beam time Access offered: 280 days over three years Number of users: 110 user groups (330 people) over three years