RIKEN Research is promoting research laboratories etc. of a domestic and foreign researcher concluded to the research complex developed with the Harima science park city in Hyogo Prefecture west Harima and domestic and foreign university, national and public research laboratories, and industrial world and variegated research cooperation besides pioneering research that centers on positive use for SPring-8 is promoted.

RIKEN SPring-8 Center was established

RIKEN and JASRI established SPring-8 Joint Project for XFEL

The "law regarding the promotion of public use of the Synchrotron Radiation Facility"was amended and it became the "law regarding the promotion of public use of advanced large research facility"

RIKEN SPring-8 Center was reorganized to mission-oriented structure; Innovative Light Sources Division, Photon Science Research Division, Advanced Photon Technology Division