With the closing of the Australian National Beamline Facility in Tsukuba in March 2013, a modest but highly significant chapter in Australia’s scientific relationship with Japan has come to an end.

Twenty primary school students cooped up for the best part of two days in a full-size science laboratory sounds like a recipe for chaos.

Submissions for round 2013/3 (September-December 2013) will open on 8 May 2013.

Recently-elected chair Deborah Lau explains the role of the AS User Advisory Committee and what it does on behalf of users.

The Australian Synchrotron is looking for great photographs that offer a creative and artistic perspective of synchrotron science. Staff, users and visitors are encouraged to submit their photographs taken on the synchrotron site.

The annual Young Tall Poppy Awards for early-career researchers are open again. Previous winners include four synchrotron users.

The start of 2013 marks a new era for the operation of the Australian Synchrotron because we are now officially part of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

My main impressions of the Australian Synchrotron are of brilliance yet to be discovered and massive potential about to be unleashed.

The Australian Synchrotron User Meeting in November 2012 attracted an enthusiastic crowd of around 170 synchrotron experts, users and prospective users. Reported highlights included: what the 'new normal' for crystallography actually means, how scanning x-ray microscopy could help solve chronic arsenic problems in drinking water, and why researchers want to image biological molecules using x-rays so intense they can melt holes in stainless steel three millimetres thick.

The next Australian Synchrotron Open Day will take place on Sunday 13 October 2013.