"Ulf brought new designs and ideas to MEC," Glenzer says. "As a result of our close relationship through the fellowship, the strong collaboration of our HED groups at SLAC and at European XFEL will continue when they switch on their machine in 2017."
The European XFEL is now host to fellow Emma McBride who works with Zastrau's group in Germany and Glenzer's group at LCLS. Her fellowship will continue through 2018.
The fellowship, formally known as “Free-electron Laser Science: Peter Paul Ewald Fellowships at LCLS in Stanford” was created to advance XFEL-related science in the run-up toward the opening of the European XFEL in Hamburg, according to Ulrike Bischler, program director at the Volkswagen Foundation. It was also designed to help develop the careers of promising young scientists and to support transatlantic exchange and networking. Ewald, who was born in 1888 in Berlin and died in 1985 in Ithaca, New York, was a German crystallographer and physicist who was a pioneer of X-ray diffraction methods. The five-year program concluded with a last round of accepted proposals in 2015, and those fellows will continue work through 2018. A total of 16 three-year fellowships were awarded starting in 2011, representing an investment of €5.5 million, including support of symposia and FEL summer schools at DESY. The Peter Paul Ewald fellows will hold a workshop at SLAC April 21-22. The Volkswagen Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization and has funded research projects in all disciplines since 1962.
"The Peter Paul Ewald fellowships are a success story for the foundation," Bischler says. "The scientific environment at SLAC proved to be beneficial for the academic and personal growth of the initially early-career postdocs. Afterwards all fellows decided to continue in academia, now as senior postdocs or group leaders. The funding has resulted in excellent research published in high-level journals, and I am confident that more exciting results will follow from the later fellows who have just started."