The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), located in Grenoble - France, is a joint facility supported and shared by 21 partner nations. The ESRF operates the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe, at 6 GeV. Each year several thousand researchers travel to Grenoble where they work in a first-class scientific environment to conduct exciting experiments at the cutting edge of modern science. Biologists, medical doctors, meteorologists, geophysicists and archaeologists have become regular users. Industrial applications are also growing, notably in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, petrochemicals and microelectronics.