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16. October 2018 - 19. October 2018 Neutrons and Food conference 2018
16. October 2018 - 19. October 2018 Neutrons and Food conference 2018Location

Sydney, Australia


The meeting will be held in the heart of Darling Harbour which forms part of our larger Sydney Harbour, recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful waterways. Darling Harbour is Sydney’s most exciting entertainment precinct and only moments from the heart of Sydney’s city centre. It offers multiple accommodation, entertainment and transport options including fine restaurants, museums, a retail marketplace and outdoor entertainment venues.

With neutron scattering remaining at its core, we also wish to extend and showcase nuclear-based techniques more broadly and how they are increasingly being employed. Such examples include neutron activation analysis and isotopic fingerprinting techniques for authenticity and traceability to combat food fraud. It is recognised that neutron methods are often applied in concert with other complementary measurement methods, including X-ray and light scattering, and such contributions where food materials are the focus are warmly invited.

The conference welcomes participants and contributions from the wide community of food science and product development, food packaging, and nutrition, as well as exponents of nuclear-based methods including scattering. In particular we intend to have a mixture of talks from food scientists and technologists with problems where scattering methods may be applicable, as well as talks from those already using scattering and other nuclear-based methods. We also anticipate the opportunity for one-on-one discussions to provide advice on specific problems as well as pre-conference presentations on what some of the techniques have to offer the food science community.

Further details are available on the conference website –



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07. October 2018 - 12. October 2018 XVII International Small Angle Scattering Conference
07. October 2018 - 12. October 2018 XVII International Small Angle Scattering ConferenceLocation

Traverse, Michigan, USA


The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory will host the XVII International Small Angle Scattering Conference (SAS2018) at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, Michigan, October 7-12, 2018.

We are excited to host the XVII International Small Angle Scattering Conference.

The United States has hosted this international conference three times (Syracuse, 1965; Gatlinburg, 1977; Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1999). Since the last conference in this series to be held in the U.S. was 1999, it is a great time to again hold this conference in the U.S.

Coincident with major facility upgrades with renewed small-angle scattering capabilities across the U.S. (National Synchrotron Light Source-II, Advanced Photon Source, and Linac Coherent Light Source) either complete or well-in-progress by 2018, the SAS2018 conference offers a timely opportunity to promote stronger scientific and personal interactions.

SAS2018 will serve to showcase the progress of small-angle scattering research in North America, including the many instruments at user facilities across the continent and the rich variety of research taking place.

We expect high-level researchers from around the world involved in all aspects of small-angle scattering research will attend and draw even greater participation in these conferences by U.S. researchers.

The conference will also help to raise the visibility of the importance of small-angle scattering investigations in research and industry.

We chose Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Michigan, as an ideal venue to help us promote strong interactions among the conference participants and to return this conference to a more intimate setting, in the style of a Gordon Research Conference.


Argonne National Laboratory

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22. July 2018 - 27. July 2018 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research
22. July 2018 - 27. July 2018 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage ResearchLocation

Castelldefels, Spain


The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research will highlight exceptional methodological research in cultural heritage, which has an impact on fundamental knowledge, interpretation, and conservation. This is the first GRC on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research to be held in Europe. It is also the first to incorporate the emerging utilization of computational and data science in cultural heritage research. The keynote speakers will provide overviews of the status of conservation science and of the growing impact of data science and artificial intelligence on cultural heritage research and applications.

The featured topics for oral presentations are:

  1. data science and computational science for image processing, image search, process modeling, and manufactured materials similarity analysis
  2. advanced analytical methods for tracing object origin and biological applications
  3. understanding production and degradation experimentally and analytically
  4. new strategies for treatment-based and preventive conservation.
    The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research will also include thematically complementary poster sessions.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 24, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated on the original webpage. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.


C. Richard Johnson and Robert Van Langh

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25. June 2018 - 29. June 2018 14th International Conference on Diffusion in Solids and Liquids - DSL2018
25. June 2018 - 29. June 2018 14th International Conference on Diffusion in Solids and Liquids - DSL2018Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands


The DSL conference has as its aim to create a binding platform for scientists, researchers, those in industry, laboratories, as well as students, to network, learn and share their knowledge. Furthermore, it will provide new insights in overcoming the current challenges which are faced by academics and industrialists related to diffusion in its many areas.

The event will provide ample opportunity for conference delegates to network and improve their knowledge in an attractive, cultural and friendly environment: Amsterdam, in the Netherlands!

Conference Topics:

Mass Transfer

  • Basics of diffusion
  • Carburisation and Nitridation
  • Internal precipitation
  • Alloy heat treatment
  • Particle growth and coarsening
  • Microstructural and crystallographic texture evolution
  • Reactive diffusion
  • Phase transformations
  • Multiphase diffusion systems
  • Microelectronic and nanoscale systems
  • Interfaces
  • Diffusion in crystalline and amorphous materials
  • Diffusion in porous media
  • Surface oxidation and corrosion
  • Phase diagrams
  • Ad- and ab-sorption
  • Diffusion coefficients
  • Solute trapping at solid liquid interfaces
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Numerical methods
  • Experimental methods
  • Industrial applications

Heat Transfer

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Numerical methods
  • Experimental methods
  • Industrial applications

Microstructure &Properties

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Numerical methods
  • Experimental methods
  • Industrial applications

Nanodiffusion & Nanostructured Materials

  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanocomposites
  • Biomaterials
  • Industrial applications

Alternative Energy

  • Solar
  • Bio
  • Hybrid
  • Hydro
  • Hydrogen
  • Geothermal
  • Wind

And many Special Sessions!


Prof. A. Öchsner

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24. June 2018 - 28. June 2018 American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS 2018)
24. June 2018 - 28. June 2018 American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS 2018)Location

College Park, Maryland, USA


The American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS 2018) will provide essential information on the breadth and depth of current neutron-related research worldwide.

Hosted by the Neutron Scattering Society of America, this year’s Conference will feature a combination of invited and contributed talks, posters sessions, tutorials and an industrial exhibit. Mark your calendar today and plan to attend ACNS 2018!

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Opens: Early January, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Preregistration Opens: Mid-April, 2018

Scientific Program

The five-day conference will feature oral and poster presentations covering:

  • Plenary and Prize Sessions
  • Advances in Neutron Methods
  • Hard Condensed Matter
  • Soft Matter
  • Biological Structures and Dynamics
  • Neutrons for Energy and Sustainability
  • Materials Chemistry and Synthesis
  • Structural Materials and Engineering
  • Neutron Physics


Neutron Scattering Society of America

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19. June 2018 - 26. June 2018 Bombannes 2018 - 14th European Summer School on "Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter"
19. June 2018 - 26. June 2018 Bombannes 2018 - 14th European Summer School on "Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter"Location

Vacation Centre “Les Bruyères”, Carcans-Maubuisson, Gironde, France


The Bombannes summer school is devoted to the practical «state-of-art» approach to scattering methods, using neutrons, as well as X-ray and light sources – today’s key techniques to study structure and dynamics in systems containing colloids, polymers, surfactants and biological macromolecules. Since 1990 the Bombannes school series introduces, on a fundamental level, the current methodology of static and dynamic scattering techniques and their applicaiton to soft matter systems. It provides with a period of 2 years advanced training for young researchers with a working place in European laboratories at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.


The series of “Bombannes”-schools proposes advanced training for young post-graduates and post-doctors (typically aged 22 to 35 years) by recognized soft-matter experts from all over Europe.The school is devoted to a practical approach to neutron, X-ray, and light scattering experiments involving theoretical principles, mathematical transformation back to real space and structural model calculation of the scattering.It is aimed at young soft matter scientists (using scattering methods in their home laboratory or at large-scale facilities) who have already some background in this domain and want to learn complementary techniques and to exchange their experience.The primary objective is to explain current methodology of static and dynamic scattering techniques (avoiding both under and over-exploitation of data) rather than a general course on colloids and polymers.Basic information on data interpretation, on the complementary properties of the different types of radiation, as well as information on recent applications and developments will be presented.The planned activities will ensure permanent contact between lecturers and students and will guarantee that all participants stay the whole week together. The students will present their current project or problem in a compulsory short oral presentation followed by a discussion.

Deadline for pre-registration: 21 February 2018


Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France; Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, Université de Montpellier, France

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18. June 2018 - 22. June 2018 SISN Advanced School 2018
18. June 2018 - 22. June 2018 SISN Advanced School 2018Location

Bolzano, Italy


The present Advanced School organized by the Italian Society of Neutron Spectroscopy is addressed to specializing students, PhD students, post-docs and researchers (with no limitation in age) with some experience in neutron scattering and interested in deepening their knowledge about the statistical and computational methods of typical aid in neutron data analysis and interpretation. A highly interactive environment is expected: with lecturers, tutors and participants in continuous interaction, in the spirit of a workshop or symposium. Data handling, specific correction procedures, main analysis programs, and simulation techniques will be dealt with for neutron diffraction, inelastic and quasi-elastic spectroscopy, and small-angle scattering, in the attempt of facing the main difficulties that can be encountered AFTER the, sometimes trivial, collection of count rates in a file. Innumerable details regard welldone neutron data analysis, and the ways to reach some confidence about the reliability of the results, based either on comparison with simulation data or by statistical checks, or finally by physical soundness.

The lectures are generally envisaged to be in English. Only in the absence of non-Italian people in the audience (composed of both lecturers/tutors and participants) the spoken language might be agreed to be Italian. The general lectures will be followed by equally very important tutorials, which are meant to be the core of the school and the topic moment for discussion and exchange between tutors and participants. Tutorials are intended to give specific information on the typical tools used for data treatment and evaluation of the results in the various areas relevant to neutron scattering.



Italian Society of Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN)

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11. June 2018 - 15. June 2018 12th European conference on Non-Destructive Testing - 12th ECNDT
11. June 2018 - 15. June 2018 12th European conference on Non-Destructive Testing - 12th ECNDTLocation

Gothenburg, Sweden


12th ECNDT provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen global collaboration. It is a unique occasion to see and to be seen by a large number of specialists in the field of NDT from all over the world. Take the opportunity to promote your organization in a unique exhibition environment where researchers and leading experts meet to share ideas and expertise.

The location of the event is Gothenburg which is located in the heart of Scandinavia. It is beautifully situated on the Swedish west coast making it one of Northern Europe’s most attractive cities.

Packages are already bookable and available on a first come first served basis. Make your booking as soon as possible to guarantee your preferred choice of sponsorship. The conference is organized within the cooperation of the Nordic countries and their NDT societies.

Main topics

  • Additive Manufacturing and Semi-finished Products
  • NDE & NDT of Civil Infrastructure Systems and Materials
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Transportation, Railway and Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Nuclear Applications
  • Oil and Gas
  • Energy Generation
  • NDE of Composites
  • Robotic and Automation
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Reliability and Statistics
  • Qualification, Certification, Standards and Training
  • Materials Characterization (NDC)
  • Guided Waves
  • Surface Methods (MPI & PT)
  • Laser Ultrasonics and EMAT
  • Ultrasonic Phased Arrays
  • UT Microstructural Scattering
  • Nonlinear Ultrasonics
  • Eddy Current
  • Sensor Concepts
  • Thermography and Thermosonics
  • Microwave, Terahertz, and Infrared NDE
  • X-ray, CT, and Radiographic Methods
  • Modelling and Data Processing
  • Imaging

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+46 (0)31-708 86 90

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27. May 2018 - 01. June 2018 Fatigue 2018
27. May 2018 - 01. June 2018 Fatigue 2018Location

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France


On the occasion of its return in Europe, the Congress will be hosted for the first time in France, and more precisely on the Futuroscope area located in the “Grand Poitiers” agglomeration.

This venue, with its unique mixture of cultural heritage and modernity, will constitute a memorable experience for all attendees.

The Organizing Committee will also help delegates who wish to extend their stay by proposing tours with many outstanding attractions (Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Atlantic Coast, vineyards, ).

The Fatigue 2018 Congress will be the twelfth in a series of major international conferences held since 1981. This series aims to provide a discussion forum for both fundamental aspects and practical applications of fatigue, covering all aspects of fatigue, all type of materials, and all fields of interest (transportation, energy, electronics, civil engineering, medicine ,…).

More precisely, potential authors are invited to submit an abstract to the conference secretariat before the deadline in one of the topics, classifiied in 6 main themes:

  • General topics
  • Theoretical and Numerical approaches
  • Innovative approaches
  • Fatigue of non-metallic materials
  • Specific Domains
  • Industrial case studies.


French Society for Metallurgy and Materials, SF2M

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24. May 2018 - 26. May 2018 International workshop on Particle Physics at Neutron Sources - PPNS-2018
24. May 2018 - 26. May 2018 International workshop on Particle Physics at Neutron Sources - PPNS-2018Location

Grenoble, France


The Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) and the Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie (LPSC) continue a decennial series of particle physics workshops held at the ILL.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Properties of the Neutron
  • Fundamental Symmetries and Interactions
  • Hadronic Parity Violation
  • Search for eV-Neutrinos
  • Fundamental Constants
  • New Techniques and Ideas

The workshop will consist of invited review talks introducing these topics, contributed talks, and a poster session. Contributions will be published in a refereed journal.




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09. April 2018 - 10. April 2018 Challenges in additive manufacturing industrial qualification: key solutions at large scale infrastructures
09. April 2018 - 10. April 2018 Challenges in additive manufacturing industrial qualification: key solutions at large scale infrastructuresLocation

Grenoble, France


From process qualification until component certification, additive manufacturing presents big challenges as a new field of material processing with multiple new parameters. Therefore, new insights concerning characterization are envisaged for process and component standards and certification, as well as for experimental benchmark input for modellings.

European large installations ILL and ESRF offer a common frame for additive manufacturing industrial investigations, where unique static (scanning) and dynamic (in-situ) studies on stresses and imaging, from the nanometre until several centimetres range, are possible. To foster industrial escalation of additive manufacturing, we aim at bringing together industry and applied sciences to address key manufacturing issues regarding final quality assessment of products.

To have a look at the Program follow this link.

Why neutrons?

  • For non-destructive and bulk characterization: neutrons can penetrate several cm into matter.
  • For new information: neutrons interact in a different way with matter, hence giving another contrast, i.e. for hydrogen!
  • For sample environment and in-situ studies

Why Synchrotron?

  • High energy X-rays, allowing higher penetration depth for real 3D imaging of high density samples.
  • High intensity X-rays for non-destructive probing of material structure and devices with high spatial resolution from millimetres to nanometres.
  • High intensity X-rays for real time measurements with less than a microsecond time resolution and high-throughput analysis under real manufacturing and operating conditions.




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11. March 2018 - 15. March 2018 UCANS-VII - 7th. International Meeting of Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources
11. March 2018 - 15. March 2018 UCANS-VII - 7th. International Meeting of Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron SourcesLocation

Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina


Advances in science and technology in the field of neutron science have been dominated by a fruitful combination of major international facilities supported by networks of smaller regional facilities. Recent advances in accelerator technology and neutronic design have made it possible to construct small-scale accelerator-driven neutron facilities that would be able to play a significant role in neutron technology and science. The neutron applications using compact accelerator driven neutron sources are now becoming more and more important since it can cover various fields such as material science, engineering, nuclear physics, cancer therapy, soft error, cultural heritage and so on, and therefore they would play a more significant role in the future.
The Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources (UCANS, was formed in 2010 to support the ongoing development of small accelerator based neutron sources around the world. Since then, fruitful meetings were held in Beijing (China) 2011, Bloomington (U.S.A) 2012, Bilbao (Spain) 2013, Sapporo (Japan) 2014, Legnaro (Italy) 2015, and Xi´an (China) 2016.
UCANS-VII, the 7th. International Meeting of the Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources, will be held in San Carlos de Bariloche (, Province of Rio Negro, Argentina. The dates are March 11 – 15, 2018, and the venue is Hotel Amancay ( located in the beautiful LLao-Llao area, at 25 Km from downtown Bariloche.


  • Accelerators and beam optics,
  • Target radiation damage and heat removal,
  • Moderator neutronics,
  • Optical devices,
  • Neutron detection,
  • CANS Projects and Innovative instrumentation,
  • Material characterization.
  • Other applications of CANS,
  • Nuclear Astrophysics and Nuclear Data,
  • Medical applications,
  • Computer simulations and data-analysis software,
  • Education



Neutron Physics Department, Nuclear Engineering, CAB, CNEA


Rolando Granada

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08. March 2018 - 09. March 2018 SYNERGI 2018
08. March 2018 - 09. March 2018 SYNERGI 2018Description

SYnchrotron and NEutron Radiation Go Industrial
New analytical tools for engineering materials science

Europe has the best portfolio of Advanced Research Infrastructures (ARI) worldwide, serving a wide and dynamic academic community of many tens of thousands of scientists every year. These large-scale and unique facilities enable remarkable insights into materials of all types, particularly in engineering materials science. The research infrastructures are open not only for fundamental science, but are increasingly becoming a routine tool exploited for proprietary research by companies. When you cannot solve your problem with conventional technique available in your lab, Advanced Research Infrastructure might be able to help you.

Key note speeches on engineering applications
of neutron and synchrotron facilities:

  • Daigo Setoyama, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., JP
  • Axel Müller, OHB System AG, DE
  • Paul Collier, Johnson Matthey plc, UK

Business to Research Matchmaking
(in cooperation with Enterprise Europe Network)

Exhibition, research service providers
and research infrastructures

Detailed programme and registration at:

SYNERGI 2018 will demystify analytical Research Infrastructures (RIs)
for industry in the field of engineering, energy- and microtechnology.
Learn how RIs are already working with a wide range of buisnesses
and build with us a future vision of how RIs could be better integrated
into the regional and European innovation processes.


Dr. Marc Thiry

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German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS) Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Außenstelle DESY)
Notkestr. 85
22607 Hamburg

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05. March 2018 - 08. March 2018 26th Annual Meeting of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK)
05. March 2018 - 08. March 2018 26th Annual Meeting of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK)Location

Essen, Germany


The venue of the Annual Meeting is Essen in the heart of the Ruhrgebiet that is actually not as grey as some of you might expect. In the contrary, after coal and steel industries have contracted and shifted to more environmentally friendly processes, this area has undergone a remarkable transformation. Notably, in 2010, Essen was the center of the European Capital of Culture, and in 2017, it is the European Green Capital.

Many scientific disciplines rely on crystallography, covering inter alia fields like materials sciences, geosciences, crystal structure determination, and protein crystallography. The University of Duisburg-Essen with its two campi at Duisburg and Essen (and a third campus for the University Hospital) has two central research units with direct relevance to crystallography: Nanosciences, as represented by the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), and biological sciences, as represented by the Center for Biomedical Technology (ZMB). Both have supported the Annual Meeting. In the direct vicinity there are other major research institutions like the Universities at Bochum and Dortmund and a number of Max-Planck Institutes and Fraunhofer institutes, many of them relying on chemical, physical and biological crystallography.

A number of prominent Plenary Speakers have agreed to give presentations at our Annual Congress:

  • Leonid Dubrovinsky (Bayreuth/DE): Crystallography taken to the extreme
  • Holger Dobbek (Berlin/DE): Carbon oxide activation at biological Ni,Fe centres
  • Kenneth Harris (Cardiff/GB): New experimental techniques for exploring crystallization pathways and structural properties of solids
  • Randy J. Read (Cambridge/GB): TAn unexpected crystallographic insight into renin secretion
  • Sven Lidin (Lund/SE): Structure Dynamis in Crystaline Solids
  • Erdmann Spiecker (Erlangen/DE): The new era of in situ electron microscopy: From qualitative observations to quantitative studies on the nanoscale
  • Paulina Dominiak (Warszawa/PL)


Directly after the Annual Meeting of the DGK, a workshop on methods and applications of neutrons on hot topics will take place.

The conference will be accompanied by a specialised industrial exhibition. Interested companies are requested to contact Conventus.


German Crystallographic Society (DGK)

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01. March 2018 - 09. March 2018 38th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering
01. March 2018 - 09. March 2018 38th Berlin School on Neutron ScatteringLocation

Berlin, Germany


The Berlin Neutron School is one of the oldest established neutron schools. It was founded in 1980 by Prof Hans Dachs and is organised by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB). The aim of the school is to provide an introduction to neutron scattering with an emphasis on hands-on, practical experience using the instruments at the BERII reactor.

The first three days of the school consist of detailed lectures on the principles and techniques of neutron scattering followed by a tour of the instruments and an introduction to sample environment. As well as the course lectures given by members of HZB, external guest lecturers will be invited to review current issues in the field of neutron research. In the past, Dr Paul Henry (ESS) discussed the planned European Spallation Source and Dr Andrea Denker (HZB) has lectured on neutron auto-radiography of paintings and artifacts.

After attending the lectures the students begin the hands-on experiments. They are divided into groups of four to five people from similar subject areas and do triple-axis spectroscopy, powder diffraction, small angle scattering, reflectometry, time-of-flight spectroscopy, tomography and residual stress analysis under the guidance of the instrument scientists. The experiments last three hours each and take place over three and a half days. Furthermore, we will hold a students´ poster session which will give the students the opportunity to present their work and discuss with the HZB scientists how neutron scattering could benefit their research. The poster session will be followed by the Neutron School dinner. Finally, on the last day of the school the students will attend lectures on how to use neutron scattering as a tool for research in various subject areas e.g. biology, chemistry, engineering and physics, and how to apply for neutron beamtime at HZB.

This school is primarily aimed at advanced students who have completed their Bachelor degree in physical, engineering and life sciences, and early stage researchers e.g. PhD students and postdocs. The course is part of the curriculum of the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences at the Technical University Berlin.

Applications are accepted until 15 October 2017.

School Fee
There is no registration fee for participation in the 38th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin provides non-local participants with free accommodation.

Travel Support
A contribution to travel support may be available on request.
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Professor Bella Lake

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
14109 Berlin-Wannsee

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27. February 2018 - 08. March 2018 ISIS Neutron Training Course 2018
27. February 2018 - 08. March 2018 ISIS Neutron Training Course 2018Location

Didcot, UK


The annual ISIS Practical Neutron Training Course is aimed at PhD and post-doctoral researchers who have little or no experience of neutron scattering, but whose future research program aims to make use of neutron scattering techniques at ISIS.

The course runs annually for 10 days at ISIS and takes around 35 students.

We stress that this is a hand-on course using the ISIS neutron instruments aimed at complete beginners to neutron scattering.

Registration is via the form in the link below and will close on November 30th, 2017

Outline of Course

  • Basic Principles (Neutron Time-of-flight, Detectors, Neutron materials and interations, Instrument Components, Neutron Scattering Theory)
  • Chemistry and Materials (Powder and single crystal diffraction, Rietveld refinement (GSAS), Molecular Spectroscopy, Diffuse scattering, Non-crystalline materials scattering)
  • Physics (Neutron diffraction, magnetic Rietveld refinement (Fullprof), inelastic scattering – polycrystals and single crystals, and reflectometry)
  • Soft Matter (Sample preperation and deuteration, Small-angle neutron scattering, Neutron reflectometry)
  • Optional Modules (Computational methods (DFT), Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Quasi-elastic Scattering, Biological SANS data reduction, Polarized reflectometry for soft matter, Strain in Materials)

The course includes accommodation at Cosener’s House in Abingdon, and travel expenses (within the UK) – and is free to participating students

Selection criteria for applications to the Neutron Training Course

The number of applications to attend the Neutron Training Course has always exceeded the number of places available on the course, and hence it has been necessary to have a selection procedure for allocating the places. One ISIS representative for each of the three modules attends a selection meeting together with one external ISIS user. The criteria used in making the selection are as follows:

  • Preference is given to students funded from the UK. This is interpreted broadly and it includes University, Research Council or UK Industry funding.
  • Preference is given to students at the beginning of their studies in neutron scattering.
  • Preference is given to applicants who, in the judgement of the selection committee will make a major use of neutron scattering, particularly at ISIS, in their studies.

In the assessment of applications, the statements submitted by the applicant and their supervisor carry the greatest weight, and so we would encourage applicants to ensure that they submit a strong statement emphasising the significance of neutron scattering in their research. In the event of a dispute concerning the outcome of the selection procedure, an ombudsman who has no involvement in the current course will be appointed.

Course Organizers
01235 446720
01235 445358
Christy Kinane 01235 446043


Walker, Helen (STFC,RAL,ISIS)

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01235 446720

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26. February 2018 - 09. March 2018 49th IFF Spring School
26. February 2018 - 09. March 2018 49th IFF Spring SchoolLocation

Jülich, Germany


The Spring School will provide an introduction to and an overview of current research topics in biophysics of living systems, with an emphasis on understanding biological structure, dynamics and function. Biomolecules, cells, tissues, and their multiscale interactions are the main building blocks of biological organisms. The physical understanding of their structural and dynamical properties and their organization and synergy is very challenging due to the enormous complexity and non-equilibrium behaviour of these systems.

However, this knowledge is essential for linking the structure and dynamics of biosystems to their corresponding functions. The goal of this Spring School is not only to give an overview of selected topics from biophysics to students and postdocs in physics, chemistry and biology, but also to establish an interdisciplinary connection between these fields. This includes, in particular, the introduction of biologists and chemists to physical experimental methods and theoretical modelling, and the introduction of physicists to the large variety of fascinating biological phenomena. Introductory lectures will present the basics of biosystems and biophysics.

These lectures are intended to establish a common level of basic interdisciplinary knowledge. Subsequent lectures will treat more advanced topics within different disciplines and emphasize interdisciplinary aspects.

The deadline for applications is 20 December 2017!


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

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26. February 2018 - 28. February 2018 Big Science Business Forum 2018
26. February 2018 - 28. February 2018 Big Science Business Forum 2018Location

Copenhagen, Denmark


Big Science Business Forum 2018 will be the first one-stop-shop for European companies and other stakeholders to learn about Europe’s Big Science organisations’ future investments and procurements worth billions of euros. The forum will offer your business the chance to:

  • Learn about business opportunities in the coming years, within a wide range of business areas.
  • Meet representatives from Europe’s Big Science organisations and their key suppliers.
  • Network and establish long lasting partnerships via business-to-business meetings (B2B), business-to-customer meetings (B2C) and in the open exhibition area.
  • Get insight into procurement rules, IPR, technology transfer and how businesses can interplay with the Big Science market.

Big Science as a business area – 16 parallel sessions

BSBF2018 will address 16 topics of Big Science as a business area. Extensive parallel sessions will focus on Big Science investments in the coming years in the following areas:

  • A1 Procurement, IPR and standards
  • A2 Remote handling systems
  • A3 Cryogenic technology
  • A4 Affiliated Big Science organisations I (TBC)
  • B1 Technology transfer
  • B2 Superconductivity and superconducting magnets
  • B3 Safety systems, licensing and protection of hazardous installations, access control, fire and gas detection
  • B4 Affiliated Big Science organisations II (TBC)
  • C1 Electrical, electronics, electromechanical and RF systems
  • C2 High precision and large mechanical components – manufacturing and assembly
  • C3 Instrumentation and Control and CODAC
  • C4 Engineering methodologies and tools
  • D1 Diagnostics, detectors and instruments
  • D2 Vacuum and leak detection technologies
  • D3 Basic material technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques
  • D4 Information and Communication Technologies

The investment potential of Europe’s Big Science market – plenary session I

In the program’s pleanary session I, delegates have a unique opportunity to get to know the investment potential of Europe’s Big Science market when high level speakers from the nine organising Big Science organisations will present their individual organisations.

Best practices of the Big Science market – plenary session II

In plenary session II, delegates will get to know the best practices there is on the Big Science market when prime contractors, SME and Industry Liaison Officers participate in a roundtable discussion.

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25. February 2018 - 30. March 2018 HERCULES European School 2018: Neutrons and synchrotron radiation for science
25. February 2018 - 30. March 2018 HERCULES European School 2018: Neutrons and synchrotron radiation for scienceLocation

Grenoble, France


This one month course, coordinated by the Université Grenoble Alpes, is designed to provide training for students, postdoctoral and senior scientists from European and non-European universities and laboratories, in the field of Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation for condensed matter studies (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Geosciences, Industrial applications). It includes lectures, practicals and tutorials, visits of Large Facilities and a poster session (each participant puts up a poster about her/his thesis or research topic for a day).

  • PART I: BASIC METHODS AND INSTRUMENTS (This part is common for all the participants – 1.5 weeks)
  • PART II is divided into two parallel specialized sessions (3.5 weeks)

The course is held in Grenoble at the Polygone Scientifique Louis Néel. This is close to partner institutions where practicals and tutorials will take place:

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) Institut Nanosciences & Cryogénie (CEA) Institut Néel (CNRS)

A special seven days programme is included , in a partner institution among European Large instruments, either at:

DESY and European XFEL in Hambourg, Germany [Canceled for the 2018 session, due to a shutdown of Petra III] Elettra and FERMI in Triest, Italy Swiss Light Source / Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland SOLEIL (St Aubin, France) and Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CEA Saclay, France)

The language of the course is English.


Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble Institute of Technology

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Maison des Magistères
25 rue des Martyrs
BP 166
38042 Grenoble Cedex 9

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27. January 2018 - 02. February 2018 The 2nd NEUBIAS Conference
27. January 2018 - 02. February 2018 The 2nd NEUBIAS ConferenceLocation

Szeged, Hungary


The organizers of NEUBIAS are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd NEUBIAS Conference, in Szeged!

The 2nd Annual Conference of NEUBIAS, gathering the whole BioImage Analysis Community into a multi-faceted event, offers two Training schools, a Working Meeting (Taggathon) and a Large Symposium dedicated to Scientific Developments and Open Tools in BioImage Analysis.

The event will be organized and hosted by Dr. Peter Horvath, Principal Investigator at the Biological Research Center (BRC) of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Szeged.

Topics Highlights of the Symposium

  • BioImage Analysis in Life Science, Developments,
  • Machine Learning, Bioimage Data Mining, Storage, etc…
  • Open source Software Lounge, Call4help, Open Tools,
  • Industry workshops, Panel Discussions and more


Prof. Peter Horvath

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+36 30 470 4261

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