Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) Remote Access Workshop in Oz.

University of Melbourne Feb 9, 2007

A one day, hands-on SSRL Remote Access Workshop that was held at the University of Melbourne within the new Learning Laboratory located in the School of Chemistry (see images below).

Report on the SSRL Remote Access Workshop

Download the report here: includes photos from the workshop.


Aina Cohenpowerpoint (35Mb)
Julian Adamspowerpoint (4.4Mb)
Edward Snellpowerpoint (8Mb -animated) (6Mb -printable)

Handouts: (see also

Online Manuals:

The SSRL macromolecular crystallography beamlines has much in common with the crystallography beamlines under construction at the Australian Synchrotron (AS). The Stanford Automated Mounting robot (SAM) and the Blu-Ice/DCS hardware control system software are to be used at the AS. Remote access to the AS crystallography beamlines will use the SSRL Web-Ice software.

Travel and accomodation support is available; contact Peter Turner. See below for accommodation suggestions.

Workshop Presenters:

  • SSRL: Aina Cohen, Clyde Smith, Graeme Card, Mike Hollenbeck
  • HWI: Eddie Snell

Draft Workshop Schedule

  • A draft of the schedule of this one day workshop can be obtained through this link (MSword .doc)

Important: It is essential that all the samples sent to SSRL are not considered biohazards (infectious/pathogenic agents; viruses, toxin producing agents, r-DNA, etc.). Participant sending samples must list the contents of each crysta lthat they are submitting.

Note: The SSRL beamlines use a particular pin type:

  • Hampton 18 mm copper magnetic pins (part number HR4-900) or
  • Hampton 18 mm magnetic pins (part number HR4-902).

Pins can be provided if needed.

The last workshop was held at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and images from this workshop can be found at:

A video of the cassette loading process is available (25 Mb). Also see section 4 the SSRL users manual.

Information on liquid nitrogen use at SSRL:

Images of the University of Melbourne's new multi-media Learning Laboratory:


A map of the University of Melbourne campus is available here as a PDF file. The School of Chemistry is located at G17 on this map.

Accommodation Suggestions:


4 Stars

Rydges North Melbourne is conveniently located on the city's fringe and offers guests 70 well appointed, modern guest rooms. It is 10 minutes from Melbourne University and the CBD, with regular tram services operating in Flemington Road. The property also features the newly branded and stylish Polo Café & Bar, serving delicious modern Australian cuisine. RNM has just completed an extensive refurbishment to guest rooms and public areas.

Address: Cnr Flemington Road and Harker Street, North Melbourne Victoria 3051
Phone: 03 9329 1788 (in-house reservations)


4 Stars

Vibe Carlton enjoys a superb position opposite Optus Oval and is minutes to Melbourne Zoo and The University of Melbourne. A ten minute walk brings you to Lygon Street and just five minutes on the tram takes you to the heart of the CBD.

At Vibe Hotel Carlton, complimentary car parking is available and each guest room has recently been updated with a feel that is light, bright and airy. All rooms provide guests with such amenities as internet access and cable television.

Address: 441 Royal Parade, Parkville Victoria 3082
Ph: 03 9380 9222 (in-house reservations)
Fax: 03 9387 6846


4 Stars

Nestled between Melbourne's glittering city centre and the vibrant café and fashion precinct of Carlton, the Downtowner on Lygon hotel Carlton is the perfect place to stay for a weekend of discovery, for business or for pleasure.

Address: 66 Lygon Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Ph: 03 9663 5555 (in-house reservations)
Fx: 03 9662 3308
ARC -- Australian Research Council