The Australian Synchrotron Open Day on Sunday 15 August 2010 is your chance to encounter one of Australia’s most exciting scientific facilities and see how synchrotron science can make life better for everyone. Come and see us for yourself…

This month our short interview features Christine Latif, head of external relations at the Australian Synchrotron.

I look after relationships with external stakeholders – everything from organising user events and education programs to writing annual reports and communicating with government. Our team helps promote the important work of the Facility, while also providing the organisation with an overview of the environment we’re working in.

This month our short interview features Chris Glover, principal scientist XAS (x-ray absorption spectroscopy) at the Australian Synchrotron.

Describe your job in 25 words or less.
Secretary, concierge, waiter, teacher, trainer, mechanic, electrician, engineer, programmer, safety consultant, motivator and occasional beamline police enforcer ... and scientist in the time that’s left.

The next few months include several major events on the Australian Synchrotron calendar, starting with our Open Day on Sunday 15 August, which we are proudly hosting as part of National Science Week. Our annual general meeting on 29 October is next, followed by the User Meeting from 22 to 24 November.

The pace is accelerating for 2010 as we plan for the future of Australia’s synchrotron science efforts, host distinguished visitors, meet with politicians, hold special events to inspire high school and university students, attract media coverage for our great science – and organise our next Open Day on Sunday 15 August 2010.