Applications for beamtime can no longer be submitted. However, rolling proposals will be accepted and evaluated at regular intervals later in 2017.

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. We encourage individual users applying for several projects and groups of users (e.g. local, regional, national or thematic research consortia) to submit BAG proposals. All proposals for beamline access are evaluated by the Project Evaluation Committee.

View the PETRA III operating schedule for 2017.

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 iNEXT project, Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

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)