SAXS excites

International SAXS Symposium 2023

Event Date
April 4 to 5, 2023

Event Location
Graz University of Technology
The event is hosted by the Graz University of Technology

Welcome to the Exciting World of SAXS


SAXS excites, the International SAXS Symposium 2023 will not just give you insights into the diversity of SAXS, but it will also be a chance to reflect on current trends, foster discussions, and exchange ideas for 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 two SAXS excites symposia were held in 2017 and 2019. Both hosted over 100 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:


SAXS excites: The scientific program will comprise five sessions with keynote lectures and oral presentations as well as one poster session. Detailed schedule

First things first

The welcome reception and the official opening of the symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.

Social program

Coffee, lunch, and the conference dinner are included in your participation fee. The optional company tour of Anton Paar GmbH is free of charge. Please register for these events via the registration and abstract submission form.

Company tour

An optional tour takes place on April 4, 2023 in the afternoon. Shuttle buses will be available, and these will leave after the end of the scientific program from the event location. The tour will take approximately 1.5 hours. Afterwards you will be taken directly to the conference dinner at “Sudhaus” right next door.

Symposium dinner

The symposium dinner will take place at “Sudhaus” on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. “Sudhaus” is an à la carte restaurant with its own brewery that produces unique beers. 
Location: Anton Paar Sudhaus GmbH

As all great things have to come to an end

The scientific symposium’s program ends on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 5 p.m.

We’re here to help

The reception desk will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Karen Edler

University of Bath, United Kingdom

Jan Ilavsky

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

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

History 2017 and 2019: Have a look at our keynote speakers from previous SAXS excites events.


Registration must be completed online and is required for all symposium participants.

Apart from plenary lectures by invited speakers, participants can present their scientific work orally or during the poster session.

Participants applying for an oral or a poster presentation will be contacted by the organizing committee via e-mail for further instructions and abstract submission after completing the registration.

Please note that your accommodation will not be booked by the organizing committee. You will find more information on accommodation possibilities here.

Registration deadlines:

Registration is open

  • The registration deadline for a poster presentation is March 17, 2023.

Participation fee:

  • Universities, Research Centers, Industry, NPOs: 250 €
  • Students, PhDs: 160 €

Covid-19 situation

The SAXS excites Symposium will be held according to the Austrian government’s Covid-19 regulations and the Graz University of Technology’s policies (e.g., regarding travel, building access). The organizing committee reserves the right to cancel or postpone the physical symposium at any time.


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SAXS excites 2023

Previous SAXS excites Meetings

You would like to know more about the scientific contributions presented at the previous SAXS excites meeting held in 2017 and 2019?

Please register here to receive access to the digital abstract book


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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


The SAXS excites International Symposium will take place at the Graz University of Technology, Institute of Chemistry, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria. The welcome reception, and all lectures will be held here.

Getting here

By airplane

Graz has an international airport, Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof, which can be reached via Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Vienna.
A train takes you from the airport to Graz’s main train station in about 10 minutes. Taxis are available at the departure gate as well.

By train

Graz’s main station is well-connected to the center and other parts of the city, and a number of buses and tramways take you downtown.
Austrian trains (ÖBB)
Public transport in Graz (GVB)

By car

From Vienna (AT), via A2 in the direction of Graz. The distance is approx. 200 km and it will take you about 2 hours.
From Munich (GER) via A8, A9. The distance is approx. 388 km and it will take you about 4.5 hours.
From Maribor (SLO) via A9. The distance is approx. 68 km and it will take you about 1 hour.
From Zürich (CH) via A96, A995. The distance is approx. 700 km and it will take you about 8 hours.

Accommodation in Graz

The SAXS excites International Symposium 2023
will be held in Graz, Austria,
a city that was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1999.

Please note that your accommodation will not be booked by the organizing committee.

Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and apartments can be found on the Graz tourism website.

Organizing and Scientific Committee

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)

Scientific committee

The scientific committee of
SAXS excites includes:

Tobias Madl, Medical University Graz (Austria)
Andreas Keilbach, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)
Georg Pabst, University of Graz (Austria)