News archive of the PSI User Office
From 1 April 2022 several safety measures against COVID-19 have been lifted at PSI.
As of 17 February 2022 Switzerland has disposed all COVID-related restrictions to enter the country. For the time being certificates for vaccination or negative tests are no longer required.
ESUO, the European Synchrotron and FEL Users Organisation, has launched a questionnaire on the Possible impacts of the absence of TransNational Access (TNA) funding for the user community. ESUO, in cooperation with LEAPS, kindly asks you as users of photon facilities to fill in that questionnaire.
The outcome of the questionnaire will empower ESUO to continue advocating both to the European Commission and to the National Funding Agencies for TNA funding for all science topics and for all scientists.
There will be some substantial renovation work be going on in the PSI guesthouse until middle of March, which causes a significantly smaller capacity mainly in January and February.
The UK neutron and muon facility ISIS is currently offering travel and subsistence support for students from UK universities visiting other facilities for neutron or muon studies. The PSI facilities SINQ and SmuS are part of that arrangement.
PSI has updated the information and guidelines for our users that apply during the COVID-19 pandemic period according to the obligation for our users to present a certificate of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test or the certificate of a full vaccination/recovery.
If you are not able to come to PSI, please contact the corresponding instrument scientist as early as possible to discuss if and how the experiment could be conducted by the PSI staff members.
From May 1, 2021 on all external users of the PSI facilities SLS, SwissFEL, SINQ, SμS and CHRISP must present a certificate of a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (with the date of the result being not older than 72 hrs when arriving at PSI, NO self-testing). A full COVID-19 vaccination with the last dose received at least two weeks earlier than your arrival date at PSI as well as a full recovery from COVID-19 do replace a negative PCR test.
Please find some relevant updated information on the following topics:
- COVID-19 call continues and is still open in 2022
- SLS 24/7 with external users on site
- We are dedicated to education - Travel and safety considerations for your beamtime
- Remote access
- Current travel information of the Federal Office of Public Health
- Green Light for the SLS 2.0 upgrade
- ATHOS entering pilot operation
Both you as users of our facilities and the teams operating the beamlines, and end-stations require planning reliability for conducting challenging experiments. Therefore, we schedule beamtime half a year ahead of time. During a pandemic, re-scheduling can sometimes not be avoided. However, if beamtime has been granted more than a year ago by the PRC, then both the principal investigator and the PRC should re-check if the proposed project is still up-to-date. Therefore, we introduce the 'maximum one chance to reschedule accepted beamtime due to pandemic' policy for all beamtime scheduled from 2021 onwards.