|2023/12/01||13th Councilor Election for SPring-8 Users Community|
|2023/08/01||12th SPRUC Young Scientist Award Winners! -|
|2023/04/03||12th SPRUC Young Scientist Award - Call for Nominations - Closed|
The SPRUC is a user organization formed by SPring-8 users. In close cooperation with the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion (JASRI) and the facility owner (RIKEN), the SPRUC aims to facilitate the sophistication and optimization of the facility use and the development of science and technology by building bridges between the SPring-8 and academia/industry. Interaction between members is expected to ensure the development and expansion of SR science and quantum beam science.
With a view to achieving the above goal, all users of SPring-8 shall automatically become members of the SPRUC upon completion of SPring-8 user registration. A Chair, a Board of Councilors, a Secretary, and several committees will conduct the business of the SPRUC. The Board of Councilors will have 30 councilors serving two-year terms (with half being elected every year). The councilors will be nominated by the representatives of 4 representing organizations (see below) from among the SPRUC members and elected by the SPRUC members through an electronic voting process. The Chair will be selected by the elected councilors and will appoint a Secretary. The Chair and the Secretary will serve two-year terms. The SPRUC will also have representing organizations, each of which has a representative, to obtain recommendations on the management policies of the SPRUC. The representing organizations will be nominated by the Board of Councilors every two years from among the universities, research institutes, and companies with which many SPring-8 users are affiliated and approved by the General Assembly. Users affiliated with the representing organizations shall select their representative through discussions from among expert colleagues who can put together the opinions of on-site researchers from users' perspective. The representatives of the representing organizations shall participate in the Conference of representing organizations, nominate candidates for councilors, provide recommendations on the activities of the SPRUC as experts.
The election of the SPRUC’s third Council took place on January 13, 2022. As newly elected Chair by mutual vote, I am honored by the confidence they have in me to represent our profession. I would like to inherit the foundation developed by all past chairs and will work on achieving further progress and advancement over the next two years. Vice Chairs, Secretaries and Committee Chairs are listed as follows.
|Vice Chairperson:SPring-8||Harada, Yoshihisa||The University of Tokyo|
|Vice Chairperson:SACLA||Yoneda, Hitoki||The University of Electro-Communications|
|Vice Chairperson:Industry||Taniyama, Akira||Nippon Steel Corp.|
|General Affairs Secretary||Suzuki, Motohiro||Kwansei Gakuin University|
|PR Secretary||Takenaka, Mikihito||Kyoto University|
|Facility Use Secretary:SPring-8||Kobayashi, Masaki||The University of Tokyo|
|Facility Use Secretary:SACLA||Matsuda, Iwao||The University of Tokyo|
|Event Secretary:SPring-8 Symposium||Sugimoto, Kunihisa||Kindai University|
|Event Secretary:SPring-8 Symposium||Matsushita, Tomohiro||NAIST|
|Event Secretary:Autumn School||Matsumura, Daiju||JAEA|
|Editorial Secretary||Nango, Eriko||Tohoku University|
|Accounting Secretary||Kubota, Yoshiyuki||Osaka Metropolitan University|
|Planning Secretary||Nagamura, Naoka||NIMS|
|Faculty Use Committee Chair||Harada, Yoshihisa||The University of Tokyo|
|Project Committee Chair||Yashiro, Watarue||Tohoku University|
|Event Committee Chair||Tanaka, Yoshihito||University of Hyogo|
As a means of effectively organizing all the events that SPRUC hosts, we established a new committee. The event committee is intended to streamline events such as SPring-8 Symposiums, SPring-8 Autumn School, Upgrade Workshops, etc., which are increasing yearly.
In the COVID-19 pandemic situation, I feel that the rapid changes in the use of SPring-8 are being driven by the automation and remoteization of SPring-8/SCLA, beamline upgrades for SPring-8 II, Green Facility Announcement aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and carbon neutrality, SPring-8 Data Center Plan, a new type of proposals of SPring-8, etc.
Under these circumstances, we would like to put effort into reflecting opinions and comments from all SPring-8/SACLA users with different research fields, research needs and frequency of use.
The event committee will intensify the role of SPring-8 Symposiums and BLs Upgrade Workshops, being major events of SPRUC. Apart from SPring-8/SACLA, large-scale research facilities related to SPRUC members are not only under construction but also vigorous in use, which are the next-generation synchrotron radiation facility that is expected to be completed by 2023 in Tohoku, neutron facility J-PARC, etc.
At SPRUC, Synchrotron Radiation-Neutron Collaborative Use Research Group established from the 5th term is actively engaged in research. We would also like to discuss extensive collaboration with user groups to effectively promote research activities of more than 10,000 SPRUC members.
Chair of SPRUC
Department of Physics, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences,
University of Tsukuba