Please note submission of rolling SAXS proposals for 2016 will only be possible until the 15th September 2016!

Proposals for macromolecular X-ray crystallography beamtime can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout 2016.

Submit a proposal to EMBL Hamburg

EMBL Hamburg operates an integrated life science infrastructure on the DESY campus in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, providing users with a pipeline of expertise and state-of-the-art facilities from bench to beamline and further to the structural interpretation.

EMBL Hamburg operates three beamlines at the PETRA III synchrotron ring, two for macromolecular X-ray crystallography and one for small angle X-ray scattering on biological macromolecules. Academic access to the beamlines is available to all research groups, and is prioritised on scientific grounds only. Block Allocation Group (BAG) proposals can now be submitted for the MX crystallography beamlines. Proposals for beamline access are evaluated by the Project Evaluation Committee.

The Sample Preparation and Characterisation (SPC) facility supports users on the beamline and in addition offers expertise to check and improve the samples that are submitted to the crystallisation facility and the SAXS beamline.

Usage of the beamlines and biophysical facilities for translational research can in part be supported by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, iNEXT project.

Submit a proposal to iNEXT.

EMBL Hamburg also offers a variety of computational services, including facilities for remote computing on the EMBL Hamburg computer cluster and software packages developed at EMBL Hamburg for downloading.

Further enquiries may be made to useroffice (at)