Workshops, Conferences and Schools 2005

The events marked with an asterisk(*) are supported within the N2 Networking Activity of the I3 Project IA-SFS. The requests for financial support must be submitted through one of the Member Representatives or one of the User Delegates


Workshop on Ultrafast Time-resolved Soft X-ray Science *
April 27th - 29th, 2005
Zeuthen - Berlin, Germany
One of the most exciting challenges to synchrotron radiation-based instrumentation today is to develop experimental techniques to produce and exploit ultra-short pulses (a few femtoseconds (fs)) of electrons or EUV and X-ray light. As in any nascent field, the implementation of methods strongly relies on the latest technological developments, regarding both sources, and experimental systems. New concepts and new theoretical tools have to be developed to fully exploit the potential of time resolved structural techniques and to establish a leading position for European science in the world-wide competition for sub-picosecond x-ray sources and experiments.

The workshop will be the third in a series on future ultra-fast experiments with SR which started in Napa Valley April 2002 and was continued in Montreux in April 2003. The aim is to bring together future users and prominent scientists from different areas of research, who work on the development or the applications of time-resolved techniques using ultra short pulses of X-ray, XUV, EUV radiation and of electrons.

International Workshop on Phase Retrieval and Coherent Scattering *
June 15th - 17th, 2005
Porquerolles, France
The main topic of the workshop is the use of coherent x-ray diffraction and scattering with (partially) coherent x-ray radiation. The workshop will cover the new scientific applications and novel technical developments of this rapidly evolving field. The workshop will additionally explore novel scientific applications of future coherent hard x-ray sources (e.g. Energy-recovery linac (ERL) and x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL)).

International Workshop on Infrared Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Accelerator Based Sources (WIRMS 2005) *
June 26th - 30th, 2005
Rathen, Germany
The scope of the workshop is to bring together Storage Rings and FEL scientists and synchrotron-infrared and FEL-infrared users to discuss the trends in these fields, and to promote even more promising applications.

7th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors *
July 4th - 7th, 2005
Grenoble, France
The 7th "International Workshop On Radiation Imaging Detectors", IWORID-7, took place in Grenoble, at the ESRF premises from July 4th to July 7th, 2005, and was co-organised by the ESRF and the CEA-LETI.
The workshop, held yearly at different places in Europe, focuses on the development of advanced detector technologies and detector systems, for various fields ranging from high energy physics, to medical imaging and Synchrotron Radiation.
This year's workshop. organised at the ESRF, had a special emphasis and focus on Detectors for Synchrotron Radiation and X-FEL applications, a rapidly growing field, both in importance and in volume.
The meeting attracted more than 150 scientists from Europe, USA and Japan, with a large participation of young scientists (PhD students and PostDocs). This is traditionally the case for the IWORID conferences.

X-Ray Spectroscopy of Magnetic Solids (XRMS 2005) *
October 18th - 20th, 2005
Villigen, Switzerland
XRMS 2005 brings together leading scientists in the field of spectroscopy of magnetic solids using x-rays. It provides a stimulating forum for new ideas, the discussion of future perspectives, and allows to establish new collaborations.
XRMS 2005 continues a series of workshops which started as satellites to BESSY users' meetings. Since they had proven very fruitful forums for informal discussion of recent results and future projects, XRMS2005 broadens the scope to the European scale.

Two colour experiments at synchrotron radiation sources: present and future *
November 10th - 11th, 2005
Trieste, Italy
The goal of the workshop is to bring together atomic and molecular scientists who have performed or are designing pump/probe experiments at the existing synchrotron radiation facilities; or have proposed and will perform pump/probe experiments at the recently built TESLA Facility at Hamburg and the future sources like Fermi@Elettra; or are working with laboratory sources like lasers. The discussion will centre on the scientific problems that can be tackled effectively, the most suitable methodological approaches and the possibility to establish joint-ventures to build advanced instrumentation to be shared among the groups and facilities.

RICH - Research Infrastructures for Cultural Heritage *
December 12th - 13th, 2005
Trieste, Italy
The workshop, organized by European scientific institutions with affiliations to advanced lasers, neutrons and synchrotron radiation research centres, is aimed at bridging the current knowledge gap between Research Infrastructures (RI) and the Cultural Heritage (CH) community, by bringing together RI scientist, current and future RI users in the field of CH, and a panel of leading CH experts.
It will consist of scientific sessions, including invited and contributed talks, as well as a poster session, focused on recent advances of Cultural Heritage research with neutrons, synchrotron X-rays and lasers.
A plenary session with Cultural Heritage experts will address future perspectives of large scale facilities in Cultural Heritage.

4th Generation Light Sources and Ultrafast Phenomena *
December 14th - 15th, 2005
Trieste, Italy
This workshop has provided to the communities of
- FEL and laser physicists
- users interested in exploiting the FEL light for different purposes
the chance to assess the state of the art of the research in this peculiar field and to discuss new ideas.
At the same time, it represented a very important opportunity for training and transfer of knowledge to young scientists.
In particular, the 4th Generation Light Sources and Ultrafast Phenomena workshop took place in a crucial moment for the design and construction of new FEL sources operating in the EUV to the hard X-ray research. Of particular significance are the project in Germany (DESY and BESSY FELs), UK (4GLS), France (Arc-en-Ciel), Sweden (MAX-IV), USA (LCLS, Stanford) and Italy (Fermi@Elettra and SPARC).
The objectives of this conference were, overall, to compare the performances of the table-top sources with FELs source, in particular in the EUV very-soft X-ray region and to integrate the know-how of scientists operating with synchrotron based light sources and laser based light sources. The argument presented, during the workshop, ranged from the design and performances of the major FELs projects and their application in condensed matter, gas phase, low density matter and biological systems.


Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems
February 20th - March 25th, 2005

Grenoble, France
This five week course 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 (session A) and for biomolecular structure and dynamics (session B): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Geosciences, Industrial applications. It includes lectures, practicals and tutorials, visits of Large Facilities and a poster session. During the session, a special one week programme (March 13th - 20th, 2005) takes place either at ELETTRA, Trieste (Italy), or at Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, Saclay (France).

4th European Winter School on Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation *
March 7th - 12th, 2005
Planneralm, Austria
Neutron and synchrotron radiation have become essential tools in many fields of research, ranging from material science to the biological and biomedical sciences. Students and scientists from the disciplines of physics, earth sciences, chemistry, and engineering should become broadly familiar with the fascinating possibilities of the various techniques offered by world-class facilities in Europe.

This fivedays lecture course introduces the participants into the whole scope - from spectroscopy, diffraction/scattering, to imaging and nanofabrication - of this field, with an emphasis on basic principles, techniques and applications. Students and scientists from academia and industry in Europe and abroad are invited to register. Attendance is limited to 50 students.

DESY Research Course on New X-Ray Science
"New Science in the VUV to Soft X-Ray Domain" *
March 16th - 18th, 2005
Hamburg, Germany
The scope of this Research Course is to provide basic knowledge about new directions of x-ray research and their scientific applications. The topic of this course are the new challenging possibilities for experiments that will become available by the start of operation of the VUV-FEL at DESY in 2005. This facility will provide short-wavelength radiation of unprecedented brilliance in the range from 6-100 nm. The courses address early stage researchers and provide fundamental knowledge about experimental techniques, scientific applications, and complementary methods.

Nordic and European Summer school in Synchrotron Radiation Science
"New perspectives and new sources for VUV- and X-ray science" *
June 13th - 21st, 2005
Odengården, Röstånga and MAX-lab Lund, Sweden
This summer school for research students gives an introduction to Synchrotron Radiation Research with focus on the new perspectives opened up by the future sources for x-ray and VUV radiation. The course will cover the new development of storage rings and radiation from insertion devices approaching the diffraction limit. Free electron lasers (FELs) will be another topic. These will give access to femto-second pulses of ultra brilliant radiation.

A large part of the course will concern research applications and in the final part of the course there will be laboratory work on existing beam-lines at MAX-lab. The teachers are recruited among international experts and prominent researchers using the facility.

BioXAS Practical Course on metalloproteins and organism tissue *
June 14th - 19th, 2005
Hamburg, Germany
The main objectives of the training course will be to familiarize young biologists, biochemists, and biophysicists with state of the art in X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to ensure effective hands on training the number of participants is limited to 16. The demonstrations and the practical training will include sample preparation, data acquisition and data analysis. Research highlights to be presented at the end of the course will provide the participants with examples for the design of future experiments.

4th PSI Summer School on Condensed Matter Research - Topic: Spectroscopy/Microscopy *
August 14th - 21st, 2005
Zuoz, Switzerland
The purpose of the Summer School is to give the participants an introduction to the basic principles of spectroscopy and microscopy at synchrotron and neutron facilities. The lectures will cover both theoretical and experimental aspects, with particular emphasis on the utilization of three prominent experimental probes available at PSI: synchrotron light, neutrons, and muons. For admission, no specialized knowledge of the subject is required, but a masters degree (or equivalent) in natural sciences is necessary. In addition to the lectures, there will be poster and discussion sessions in which the participants are welcome to present their own results in the field of condensed matter.

CERN Accelerator School (CAS) & ELETTRA Syncrotron Light Laboratory: Intermediate Accelerator Physics Course *
October 2nd - 14th, 2005
Trieste, Italy
The CERN Accelerator School (CAS, established in 1983) holds training courses for accelerator physicists and engineers twice a year. The courses take place in conference centers in different member states of CERN and consist of a program of lectures and tutorials spread over a period of one or two weeks. The courses are jointly organized by CAS in collaboration with selected laboratories and institutions among the CERN Member States. Invited lecturers are chosen among the most qualified researchers from all European laboratories and higher education institutions. Participants come from member states of CERN and other countries world-wide. The language of the courses is English.