Important note

  • Users must let the beamline staff know in case there is a risk that the scheduled beamtime will not be utilized. There could be so many potential reasons for cancelation, to name a few, for example, the risk that the visa is not granted on time; the lab experiment required for the synchrotron experiment is not finished before the beamtime.
  • It is very important to be in communication with the beamline staff, in case of such a risk, because if alternatives are not possible to resolve the situation then the staff can tentatively schedule another project to utilize the canceled beamtime.

Coming to CLS

  • In case you need accommodation during beamtime there are many hotels located in Saskatoon downtown or in proximity to the University of Saskatchewan.
  • For more information visit Canadian Light Source.


Facility access and training

  • First, you need to register as a CLS user and in order to gain access to the facility there are a number of requirements that need to be fulfilled, follow the instructions listed on the Canadian Light Source website.
  • It is recommended to complete the training modules online prior to arriving at CLS because it would save considerable time during check-in at the User Service Office.

Samples and Equipment

  • All samples and equipment, which you are planning to bring to CLS, must be reviewed and listed on the proposal.
  • Samples that are not on the proposal will not be permitted at CLS.
  • Samples/equipment can be amended through the user-portal project page way in advance.

Sample shipment

  • International users must ship their samples following the instructions below.
  • The sample list within the package must also contain the following essential information: To/From Names, Beamline: BioXAS-Imaging; Beamline staff contact information; Proposal permit number; Sample list with clear naming; Storage specifications; Sample handling instructions.
  • Ship your approved sample prior to your scheduled beamtime.
  • Users are responsible for the cost of transportation and customs clearance for shipments; C.O.D packages are not accepted.
  • Packages must be addressed to the permanent staff of the BioXAS-Imaging beamline.
  • To expedite outgoing shipments, you can make round-trip shipping arrangements from your home institution. Please advise Shipping and Receiving if you have made these arrangements.

Shipment Address

  • Gosia Korbas or Viorica (Ibi) Bondici
  • BioXAS-Imaging
  • Canadian Light Source, Inc.
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • 44 Innovation Boulevard
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Canada S7N 2V3
  • More details about Canada Customs, shipment labels, and packaging requirements can be found under Shipping.

Contact information of the shipping and receiving department

  • Open times: Monday to Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm (closed for breaks from 10-10:15 am, 12-12:30 pm, 3-3:15 pm).
  • Contact information: email , phone 306-657-3657.

Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO)

  • All the users, who are collecting data at the BioXAS-Imaging beamline, are required to attend onsite training specific to the beamline.
  • This training covers all the hazards at the beamline, provides instructions on how to act in case of an emergency and how to operate the beamline safely.
  • Beamline staff will provide the training usually before the beamtime starts.

NOTE: Physical modification to beamline components/setup should never be conducted without explicit approval or assistance from the beamline staff. 

User area

  • There are two computers available at the beamline, the linux operating system is used to operate the beamline and collect the data and the windows computer is utilized to communicate with various cameras for beamline diagnostic and monitoring.

After Beamtime

Data transfer


  • All your samples must be removed or you can arrange storage with beamline staff.
  • For information about shipping of samples/equipment from CLS please visit Canadian Light Source Shipping.


  • Users are required to keep the area clean and tidy during their time at the beamline and clean up after themselves once beamtime is completed.