SAXS excites

International SAXS Symposium

Graz, Austria

Welcome to the Exciting World of SAXS


SAXS excites, the International SAXS Symposium, won’t just give you insights into the diversity of SAXS, but it’ll also give you a chance to reflect on current trends and exchange ideas about the future.

The goal of the symposium is to continuously expand the SAXS family. By doing so, we want to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation and the open exchange of views between renowned scientists, young researchers, and industry leaders.

The first three SAXS excites symposia were held in 2017, 2019, and 2023. Combined, these had over 200 participants from around the globe. With world-renowned keynote speakers, captivating talks, and engaging poster sessions, these events were unforgettable.


  • Share your thoughts and ideas with internationally recognized key scientists, young researchers, and other attendees from complementary fields.
  • Distribute the benefits of SAXS to related methods and applications.
  • Establish contacts, broaden your horizon, and discuss the future of this fascinating X-ray structure analysis technique.

The event is sponsored by:

Impressions SAXS excites 2023

The third International SAXS excites symposium was held at the Graz University of Technology from April 4 to April 5, 2023. More than 80 participants from 18 countries discussed the latest science and expanded their network.

Previous SAXS excites Meetings

Want to learn more about the presentations from the previous SAXS excites meetings in 2017, 2019, and 2023?

Please register here to receive access to the digital abstract book


About you

SAXS (Small Angle X-Ray Structure) is one of the leading technologies for the analysis of crystalline-, molecular-, and nanostructures. For a long time, SAXS was regarded as pure basic research only, but nowadays it is an established method in modern analytics and applied research in the industry.

SAXS contributes significantly to the knowledge and understanding of the stability and mode of action of biomolecules, e.g. proteins, enzymes and antibodies, and thus the development of new active ingredients (APIs) and medicaments in solid and liquid formulations. Antibiotic resistance and the increasing number of allergies are only two key points which underline the importance of SAXS as an analytical method.

A further future field for the SAXS method is the control and analysis of nanoparticles during production. Today, nanoparticles are the norm in many everyday products, e.g. in cosmetics, detergents, clothing and solar cells. They give the different products their special characteristics. There are many more future-oriented applications using SAXS as a leading technology.

Previous Speakers

Jill Trewhella

The University of Sydney, Australia

Mitsuhiro Shibayama

Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Detlef Smilgies

Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, Cornell School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, USA

Michal Hammel

Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Georg Pabst

University of Graz, Austria

Tobias Madl

Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dmitri Svergun

EMBL, Germany

Andreas Thünemann

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany

Otto Glatter

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Heinz Amenitsch

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Jan Ilavsky

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Jan Skov Pedersen

Aarhus University, Denmark

Yongfeng Men

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Michael Krumrey

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany

[Translate to tu-graz:] Stephan Roth

Stephan Roth

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden & Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany

Karen Edler

University of Bath, United Kingdom

Denise Erb

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany

Sylvio Haas

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany

Cy Jeffries

EMBL Hamburg, Germany

Stefan Salentinig

Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

Organizing committee

The organizing committee of
SAXS excites includes:

Monika Filzwieser, TU Graz (Austria)
Barbara Seibt, TU Graz (Austria)
Marius Kremer, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)
Heiner Santner, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)