News, Calls & Schools Calendar
News related to the Education and Training WP and calendar of supported schools.
The 22nd JCNS Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering is taking place September 3-14, 2018 in Juelich and Garching/Munich, Germany.
Deadline for application is May 13, 2018. read more
The 12th Central European Training School on neutron techniques will be held from May 6 to May 11, 2018 and is Hosted by BNC.
Application is now open. Deadline is the 15th of March. read more
Education and Training within the SINE2020 networking activities has the mission of enhancing the preparation for new generations of future users of European neutron and muon facilities.
The second call for the second half of the SINE2020 project is launched now, and refers to the period of 1 January 2018 – 30 September 2019. read more
The MATRAC school, with focus on application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science, took place from February 27 to March 3, 2017 in Utting/Ammersee (near Munich) and at the FRM II in Garching/Munich. In the video, two of the students tell us about the benefits of taking part. read more
Learn about neutron scattering and how you can benefit from using neutrons on 8 – 12 May 2017 at the 11th Central European Training School on neutron techniques in Budapest. Apply by March 15. read more
Learn about neutron scattering and how you can benefit from using neutrons on 4 – 15 September 2017 in Jülich and Garching. Apply by May 24. read more
Schools - 2018September
The topic for the 2018 European School on Magnetism will be Magnetism by Light, part of the Series of the European School on Magnetism. The School will take place from Sep 17th to Sep 28th 2018 in Kraków, Poland. The School is chaired by Marek Przybylski, under the auspices of the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology, AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. The history of the city dates back to the 7th century. It hosts 10 public and 13 private universities, several Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Center, delivering its first beam for users in 2017. Kraków is conveniently connected by plane.
Like previous editions of ESM, the 2018 School aims at providing a thorough understanding of magnetism based on a broad series of fundamental lectures, while offering the latest insights into up-to-date aspects of magnetism with lectures focusing on a special topic. The topic covered in 2018 is Magnetism by Light. This covers a wide range of fundamental phenomena deeply rooted in condensed matter physics, specific instrumentation and opportunities for applications. Focused lectures will cover ultrafast light-induced magnetization processes, magnetoplasmonics, microwave magnetism, magneto-optics, spectroscopic and synchrotron-based techniques etc. The School will be an opportunity for young scientists from the two fields, to meet, share their expertise and network.
The School is addressed at young scientists, mainly PhD students and post-docs, both experimentalists and theoreticians. It will consist of a ten-day training of lectures and practicals provided by prominent scientists active in today’s research, interactive question sessions, access to a library of magnetism-related books, and industrial contributions. The detailed program will be disclosed on September 2017, and the lecturers in November 2017. Request for participation will be launched in the Spring 2018.Organiser
Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology and AGH University of Science and TechnologyContact E-Mail URL Phone
+33 6 84 20 68 71Print
The 2018 edition of the thematic School of the Neutron French Society (SFN) will be dedicated to “Neutrons and Biology” and will take place in Carqueiranne (France) on September 16-19, 2018.
The School “Neutrons and Biology” will present an overview of the use of neutrons to probe the structure and dynamics of biological systems. Lectures will be presented by researchers from neutron international facilities and from academia and will include basic tutorials on the principles of neutron diffraction and scattering, a description of the neutron sources and instrumentation, as well as seminars on the application of neutron diffraction and scattering to different biological subjects. Students will also be introduced to the reduction, analysis and interpretation of experimental data and to the writing of an experimental proposal.
The target audience includes graduate students, PhD students and postdocs or experienced scientists not familiar with the application of neutrons to biology.
The list of topics includes:
- Neutron diffraction/crystallography
- Neutron reflectometry
- Elastic, quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering
- Small angle neutron scattering
- Integrated approaches
- Industrial applications
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The MATRAC 1 School will provide a systematic overview of the application of neutrons and synchrotron radiation to the structural analysis of engineering materials. Students and young scientists from research and industry from all of Europe interested in this field are welcome to participate.
The next school is taking place from 3 to 7 September 2018. The venue will be in Lauenburg (near Hamburg) and Hamburg. The focus of the practical training will be on synchrotron experiments. Neutron data analysis will also be practised. Therefore, the participants will spend two days doing experiments at GEMS/DESY in Hamburg.
The MATRAC 1 School is significantly funded by German and Swedish authorities for their respective students. Furthermore, we are currently applying for financial support for students from other EU countries in the frame of the SINE2020 Neutron and Muon Advanced Schools.Therefore, the participation fee amounts to 100 €.
The fee includes board and lodging for the duration of the school as well as the book “Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science” which has resulted from previous summer and autumn schools with the same title.
The application process is further explained on the events website.Organiser
Nicola KampnerE-Mail URL Phone
Institute of Materials Reseach
Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
If you are a student in the field of physics, chemistry, material science or biosciences with a BSc (or an equivalent qualification), you are welcome to apply for a place on this year’s JCNS Laboratory Course – Neutron Scattering, organized by Forschungszentrum Jülich.
Each year, the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University (Prof. T. Brückel, Prof. G. Roth, and Dr. R. Zorn) organizes a laboratory course in neutron scattering with experiments at the neutron scattering facilities of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ.
The course consists of two parts: a series of lectures, combined with the opportunity to take part in neutron scattering experiments. The lectures encompass an introduction to neutron sources, along with scattering theory and instrumentation. Furthermore, selected topics of condensed matter research are be presented.
Lectures are held at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the experiments take place at the neutron facilities of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching near Munich.
The laboratory course is part of the curriculum at the RWTH Aachen.
The aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental techniques of neutron scattering and their scientific potential.
Forschungszentrum Jülich supports students coming from outside the Aachen area by offering free accommodation and half-board. Travel expenses will also be reimbursed within reasonable limits.Organiser
Forschungszentrum JülichContact Name
Dr Reiner ZornE-Mail URL Phone
+49 2461 61-5275Print
V Course within the Erice School “NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION”
The Vth course “Neutrons for Chemistry and Materials Science Applications” within the ERICE School “International School of Neutron Science and Instrumentation” is organized as a two-part master class. It provides a coherent set of introductory lectures on design, construction and implementation of instrumentation, sample environment and software to address the scientific requirements of the user community. The specialized topic focusses on software, concentrating on chemistry and materials science applications. Foundation lectures on structural analysis, using average structure (Rietveld) and local structure (total scattering) methods, and dynamics, using experimental data analysis techniques and theoretical modelling, will introduce the participants to the rapidly growing combined approaches available to neutron scatterers today. The further growth of optimized instrumentation, sample environment and software are crucial to addressing the myriad of scientific problems investigated by the user community.
The Course will consist of lectures and specialised seminars directed towards graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and junior scientists working at universities and large-scale facilities. It will provide a broad overview of the field, including the most recent ideas and advances in instrumentation, modelling and experimental capabilities, as well as a critical discussion of the development issues involved. Evening lectures will highlight the historical role of neutron scattering techniques. With a target audience of 25-30 students, the school intends to promote collaboration in instrumentation design, including sample environments, and successful implementation of reliable software for current and next generation large-scale neutron facilities. By gathering participants with different backgrounds, the course encourages cross-fertilization of ideas. Continued success at large-scale facilities need strong interactions in instrumentation, sample environment, software and modelling development programmes between facilities and university-based researchers.Organiser
University of Rome Tor VergataContact E-Mail URL Print
Soft condensed matter systems are of ever increasing importance for a wide variety of technological applications, ranging from material science, biophysics, biotechnology to food processing and micro- and nano system technology. Such systems are, however, of such complexity that it is difficult to extract molecular level information by typical experimental methods. The use of powerful neutron sources with advanced instrumentation, coupled with even more powerful computational modeling and direct analysis of experimental results from such sources, is opening new opportunities for elucidating the dynamics in complex soft matter systems.
An optimal extraction of molecular level information contained in experimental data of soft matter systems depends heavily on the use of advanced data analysis and modeling for its interpretation by close collaboration between experimentalists and theoreticians as well as the application of complementary experimental techniques. The school will accordingly offer a series of lectures on ways in which inelastic neutron Scattering (INS), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Molecular Dynamics (MD) and other theoretical modeling methods can be combined to extract unique information on the dynamical behavior of a variety of soft matter systems.
The school is structured as follows: select topics will be introduced by motivating lectures, which describe recent breakthrough results and also include basic information on data interpretation and complementary aspects of different techniques. The students will then select a small project and will be guided by a lecturer toward a solution. The goal of the school is for the students to become more familiar with forefront neutron scattering and molecular dynamics methods and their application to current research in complex soft matter systems.
Registration is open from 23 Feb 2018 to 10 Jun 2018.Organiser
Niels Bohr InstitutetContact URL Print
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USADescription
Neutron diffraction: One of the most powerful techniques for exploring the magnetic materials and compounds is neutron scattering. When a material develops long-range magnetic ordering, neutron diffraction is the perfect technique to determine the struture of such ordering. In this school, you will be working with neutron data from both single crystal and powder neutron diffraction and learning the basic concepts of representational analysis to interpret the data.
Representational analysis: Modern science has given rise to exotic materials with interesting bulk properties, which can only be understood in light of their magnetic structures. However, these magnetic structures are increasingly complex and characterized by a large number of parameters. In order to reduce this complexity one must apply representational analysis to take advantage of the inherent symmetries in the crystallographic systems studied.
Target audience: The school is intended for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and young scientists working in condensed matter physics, materials science, and related fields. The main goal is to provide an overview of this rapidly growing field so that young scientists will have the opportunity to work at the frontiers of this new exciting field.
Topics will include
- Representational analysis of complex magnetic structures
- Symmetry and magnetic structure determination: developments in refinement techniques and examples
- Geometrical frustration and incommensurate magnetic ordering
- Magnetic structure refinement with neutron powder diffraction data using Fullprof, MODY, SARAh, etc.
Both theoretical and experimental aspects will be covered.Organiser
NCNR, UMD, ORNLContact URL Print
Gaithersburg, MD, USADescription
The twenty-fourth annual Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) “Summer School on Methods and Applications of Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Neutron Reflectivity” will be held from Tuesday, June 19 to Saturday, June 23, 2018. This year’s summer school is devoted to methods and applications of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron reflectometry (NR) techniques.
The school is targeted at those with little or no previous experience with neutron scattering methods. The combination of introductory lectures and training in scattering techniques will provide participants with a unique opportunity to become familiar with neutron scattering methods and their application to current research topics.
Attendance for the summer school is limited to 35 students and to people affiliated with US universities and US industry.
The Summer School is sponsored by the NCNR and by the National Science Foundation under the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) cooperative agreement number DMR-1508249. Financial support for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty may be requested on the summer school application form.
Seven instruments will be featured in this year’s summer school, 4 SANS instruments and 3 NR instruments. The SANS instruments featured will be NGB 30 meter SANS, NGB 10 meter SANS, NG7 30 meter SANS and BT5 USANS. The NR instruments featured will be the NGD Off-Specular Reflectometer, NGD Polarized Beam Reflectometer/Diffractometer and NG7 Horizontal Sample NR.
Immediately following the summer school, the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS) will be held at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, from June 24-28, 2018. Summer school students who submit an abstract to the ACNS can request financial assistance (subject to availability of funds) for subsidized housing, reimbursement of the registration fee, and bus transportation to the conference. The ACNS encourages submission of abstracts on investigations that utilize or have the potential to utilize neutron techniques.
ACNS Abstract Deadline: March 9th, 2018.
The deadline for submitting summer school applications is midnight on April 2, 2018.
For additional information, please visit the ACNS conference website.Organiser
NIST Center for Neutron Research National Institute of Standards and TechnologyContact URL Print
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.Organiser
Italian Society of Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN)Contact Name
Alessio De FrancescoE-Mail URL DownloadPrint
Argonne National Laboratory; Argonne, IL, USADescription
The fourth “Modern Methods in Rietveld Refinement for Structural Analysis” will be held from June 17-22, 2018, at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory in close partnership with Bruker-AXS, ANL, and the National Science Foundation.
The primary goal of this school is to teach participants methods for evaluating crystal structures from powder diffraction data with an emphasis on data collected on national user facility beamlines such as the 11-BM, 11-ID-B and 17-BM synchrotron beamlines at the APS at Argonne National Laboratory, the POWGEN and NOMAD time-of-flight neutron diffraction beamlines at the SNS of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the XPD and PDF beamlines at the NSLS-II synchrotron at BNL. This course will emphasize traditional non-molecular solid state compounds and uses the TOPAS software as the platform for Rietveld refinement and other forms of structural analysis (complementary trial license will be provided to participants). The combination of advances in instrumentation and advances in software algorithms now allow many challenging structural problems to be resolved solely from powder diffraction data, and an up-to-date instruction in modern methods of structural analysis will be provided.Organiser
Argonne National LaboratoryContact URL Print
The 12th Central European Training School on neutron techniques will be held from May 6 to May 11, 2018.
Application is now open. Deadline is the 15th of March.
CETS provides insight into neutron scattering techniques and their application for studies on structure and dynamics of condensed matter. Comprehensive experimental skills and guidance in result interpretation are going to be conveyed. The school will be a forum for the presentation and discussion of actual research works of young scientists.
Since the restart of the refurbished Budapest Research Reactor in 1992 international meetings are regularly organised in order to promote the national and Central European regional user activity, to contribute to instrument development as well as to facilitate the access of new users. Using the experimental stations, training of students and newcomers to the field is also regularly held for Hungarian university groups. Since 1999 a yearly joint Austrian-Hungarian training course used to be organised as well. Since February 2000 the cold neutron research facility is in operation, a liquid hydrogen cold source and the adjoining supermirror neutron guides provide excellent research opportunities on six experimental stations located in the neutron guide hall and the reactor hall. Therefore, the regular Austrian-Hungarian training course was extended, and we offer the possibilities of the cold neutron instruments for a hands-on-training for the European user community.
We are welcoming PhD and master students, post-doc scientists as well as newcomers to the neutron research from the field of structural research in physics, chemistry, biology, material science etc. The number of participants is limited to 25 (because of the training facilities available). There is no limit for the theoretical lectures.
The training consists of 2 days of lectures, 3 days of experimental work and 1 additional day of poster presentation and e-learning presentation. The lectures will give an introduction on neutron sources, neutron scattering techniques and recent developments in the field of neutron optics. The experiments will demonstrate to the students the art of utilization of instruments at a large-scale facility. They will get acquainted with sample preparation, experiment planning and running as well as data processing and interpretation of results. The participants will be divided into groups of maximum 5 students in order to facilitate individual involvement in the performance of the experiment. Each group will perform one or two neutron scattering experiments per day and each group will work at 5 different instruments. The official language of the lectures and practical works is English.
- Small Angle Neutron Scattering (YS)
- Reflectometer (GINA)
- Material Test Diffractometer (MTEST)
- Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA)
- Neutron imaging (RAD/NIPS-NORMA)
- Time of flight diffractometer (TOF)
- Neutron diffractometer (PSD)
See detailed presentation of the instruments at BNC site by clicking here.
Poster and Flash presentations
The participants will have the possibility to present a poster on the first school day. The Poster section will give the opportunity to the participants to present their field of interest as well as to have discussions with the instrument scientists about their research topics. The required poster size is A0 (841mm x 1189mm), portrait.
The Poster section has a special part, the so called Flash presentations. The participants are welcomed to present in 5 minutes and maximum 3 projected slides their poster. Preparation of a poster and a flash presentation will be highly appreciated in the selection of the participants and the award of a grant.
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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.Contact Name
Walker, Helen (STFC,RAL,ISIS)E-Mail URL Phone