Imagine a source that produces X-rays 100 billion times brighter than the X-rays used in hospitals, X-rays that allow us to fathom the structure of matter down to the minutest detail, at the atomic level.  Imagine no further! These X-rays, endowed with exceptional properties, really do exist. They are produced at the ESRF - The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - located in Grenoble, France, in an international and innovative campus.

Fostering an interest in science and technology

Observing matter and decoding its secrets are at the heart of humanity's quest to improve the understanding of the world around us.  Functioning like a "super microscope", which reveals the structure of matter in all its beauty and complexity, the ESRF contributes to answering questions such as: What is our planet made of? How can we explain the properties of matter? Will we be able one day to develop better targeted drugs for cancer? To produce more efficient renewable materials? To invent new electronic components? To tackle pollution more successfully?  The ESRF supports many initiatives and public events aimed at making sophisticated science understandable to a range of audiences, from public, high-school students, to young children.

Sharing science with the younger generations

The ESRF has a strong responsibility and interest to share science progress and technology with the younger generations.  Very active in the field of advanced training and education, the ESRF has developed its own educational programme "Synchotron@School".  With "Synchotron@School" , the ESRF offers a unique one-day programme of experimental workshops and ESRF site visits for high school students and their teachers. The aim of these days of hands-on science is for the students to better understand the construction of a research project, and to discover the diversity of science careers in an international facility.

Discover the ESRF

Visit the ESRF

Practical information for individual or group visits.


Information for teachers and high school students on how to join our educational programme.

For kids

Learn about the ESRF and synchrotron science. Have fun with our science quizzes and games!

Located in Grenoble, France, the ESRF is an active partner of the global innovation campus, known as GIANT (Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies).


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