Beamlines P12, P13 and P14 are now in operation for remote and mail-in beamtime. Visits in person may become possible later in the year if and when the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Any updates will be shared on this website.

Rolling proposals are accepted as of 1 March 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Rapid access is available for COVID-19-related proposals and can be requested by contacting the user office. 

To apply for beam time, submit a proposal via the EMBL user portal.

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. All proposals for beamline access are evaluated by the Project Evaluation Committee.

EMBL beamlines also offer possibilities for mail-in and remote access. Users are encouraged to contact the beamline responsibles for further details.

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.

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.

Contact the EMBL Hamburg User Office for further general information.

View the PETRA III operating schedule.