The Swiss Society for Photon Science was founded in 2019.

Its mission is to represent and support scientists active in the many different fields of photon science. It speaks with one voice and provides input to strategic planning of photon science in Switzerland. Through periodic newsletters and events, the Swiss Society for Photon Science aims to advance the science of light and to raise the awareness of photon sciences as one of the central pillars of our daily life. SSPh's core values are respect, integrity and inclusivity and a commitment to excellence and diversity.

The SSPh is open to everybody interested in the topics represented by the society.


Introduction to Synchrotron and XFEL Radiation – Techniques and Applications Prof. Phil Willmott, Swiss Light Source and University of Zürich
A new massive-open-online course (MOOC) offered by the EPFL will be published on 11th April 2022. The introductory course includes a description of the interaction of matter with x-rays, the production of x-rays at synchrotrons and x-ray free-electron lasers, and the optics and experimental instrumentation needed to carry out experiments at such large-scale facilities.
Photon Science Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025–2028 by the Swiss Photon Community
On a mandate of the Confederation, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) developed individual roadmaps for scientific research infrastructures. Overall, there is a total of 7 roadmaps (Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Neutron Science, Particle Physics, Photon Science, Astronomy (in preparation)) published altogether in March 2021. The Photon Science roadmap distills findings and recommendations with respect to large scale photon sources for the period 2025 to 2028. It includes three chapters, one on synchrotrons, one on XFELs and one on support infrastructure, such as ‘Fastlabs’. Each chapter provides details to back-up the main recommendations.