Workshops, Conferences and Schools 2006

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


International Workshop on X-ray spectromicroscopy and imaging for improving life conditions and human health*
May 20th - 22nd, 2006
Trieste, Italy
X-ray spectromicroscopy and imaging are continuously developing techniques bridging the gap between visible light microscopy and electron, and other charged particle microscopy, particularly in terms of penetration, lateral resolution, and chemical sensitivity and specifity (micro-XANES, XRF etc). State-of-the-art performance in all these areas is undergoing steady improvement using 3rd and 4th generation synchrotron light sources as well as X-ray laboratory sources. The workshop tackles the scopes in
  • One-dimensional and two-dimensional X-ray focusing
  • Critical comparison of different imaging methods
  • Progress on data analysis and image processing methods
  • Microtomography and phase sensitive imaging
  • Detectors with high DQE
  • Spectromicroscopy and imaging with FEL as well as lab sources
  • fs and ps time resolved X-ray spectromicroscopy and imaging

The workshop welcomes specialists from all over the world to establish the International Consortium on X-ray Imaging “I<CCDX>I”, and to form a Round Table for the fabrication of diffractive X-ray optics in frame of the EC FP6 I3 initiative.

28th International Free Electron Laser Conference (FEL2006)*
August 27th - September 1st, 2006
Berlin, Germany
The Free Electron Laser (FEL) conference is the annual event for the FEL community to present and discuss progress and new ideas on the physics and technology of free electron lasers. The conference series is focused on the scientific, technological, and user aspects of free electron lasers. More than 300 scientists from 22 countries gathered for one week in Berlin to hold a lively and prosperous conference.

Nanospectroscopy using Synchrotron Radiation - International Workshop*
July 12th - 14th, 2006
Villigen, Switzerland
TThe SLS is presently constructing the PolLux beamline which is dedicated to scanning x-ray transmission microscopy (STXM) for polymers, environmental science and condensed matter physics. The PolLux beamline should produce first images in June 206 and is expected to be available for pilot users starting September 2006. This workshop will serve as an introduction to this beamline and the science possible with it. It will gather experts in STXM and novice users interested in using this technique for their future work. The workshop aims at establishing a new user community for this beamline and will not only provide an introduction to the technique and the science but also allow hands-on experience at the instrument.


  • Principles of nanospectroscopy
  • Applications to polymers
  • Applications to hard condensed matter
  • Introduction to the PolLux beamline
  • Complementary techniques
  • Hands-on demonstration of the new beamline
  • Possibility to perform test experiments

Pharmaceutical Applications of X-Ray Powder Diffraction*
September 1st - 4th, 2006
Geneva, Switzerland
The European Powder Diffraction Conference (EPDIC)is the only European conference completely dedicated to all aspects of the analysis of polycrystalline materials by diffraction methods. Started in Munich in 1991, EPDICs have rapidly become reference points for all researchers in the field, and are now ideal places for the presentation and diffusion of new developments in powder diffraction instrumentation, analysis, and applications.

The purpose of the pharmaceutical workshop was to bring together outstanding X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) scientists and pharmaceutical industry representatives to discuss issues of current mutual interest. New methods and trends in the XRPD field were presented, which are relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, regulatory aspects of daily laboratory work were discussed, which are crucial for this industry. As an example, a talk on quantitative phase analysis delivered by a world expert who has developed a powerful quantitative computer program was associated with a talk delivered by a representative of the Quality Assurance (QA) explaining the stringent restrictions and rules in the pharmaceutical industry that need to be fulfilled in order to accept a new product or a new experimental procedure.

4th International Workshop on Nanoscale Spectroscopy and Nanotechnology*
September 17th - 21st, 2006
Rathen, Germany
The aim of the workshop was to bring together the different communities engaged in nanoscale research, in particular the (i) synchrotron radiation (ii) scanning probe and (iii) device fabrication communities. The scope included electronic, optical, magnetic, mechanical and transport properties on nanoscale systems as well as nanomanipulation. It was the goal to discuss current trends and establish overlap and synergy areas, where concerted research efforts will result in new directions for nanostructure research. The contributions were grouped in the sessions X-ray Microscopy and Raman Scattering, Quantum Dots/Wires and Thin Films, Highest Spatial Resolution and Molecular Systems, Magnetism, and Applications. The workshop was attended by about sixty participants from ten countries.

Actinide-XAS-2006: 4th Workshop on Speciation, Techniques, and Facilities for Radioactive Materials at Synchrotron Light Sources*
September 18th - 20th, 2006
Karlsruhe, Germany
Actinide-XAS-2006 is the 4th Workshop on Speciation, Techniques, and Facilities for Radioactive Materials at Synchrotron Light Sources. The workshop focus is on the applications of and results from synchrotron-based techniques in radionuclide/actinide sciences. Results in actinide research using numerous synchrotron techniques will be presented including x-ray absorption spectroscopy, high resolution inelastic x-ray scattering, resonant magnetic soft x-ray scattering, surface diffraction, and micro-focused fluorescence analysis. The Actinide-XAS-2006 target audience is both persons already involved in the field, as well as newcomers. Presentations of new scientific results and status reports from facilities will be made by invited and contributing speakers, demonstrating progress made since the last workshops in 1998, 2000, and 2004. Newcomers will learn about the types of information that can be obtained using synchrotron radiation and become informed about the possibilities available for the study of radioactive samples at several synchrotron light sources. A poster session is held on one evening to stimulate discussion.

XTOP 2006 - 8th Biennial Conference on High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Imaging*
September 19th - 22nd, 2006
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany
XTOP will bring together experts in the fields of X-ray diffractometry, X-ray diffraction imaging / topography, and X-ray phase contrast imaging (radiography and micro-tomography). XTOP is one of the central scientific platforms concerning methods and instrumentation in synchrotron-based high-resolution X-ray diffraction methods, phase contrast imaging, and microtomography.
Immediately preceding the conference, on 18-19 September, a tutorial session comprising extended presentations by renowned international specialists for X-ray diffraction and X-ray imaging techniques will be dedicated to summarizing the present status of the entire field. The focus here is on giving comprehensive introductions to different topics.

The Full Spectrum - Biology between Infrared and Hard X-rays - and beyond*
September 26th - 27th, 2006
Kloster Wettingen, Brugg, Switzerland
The meeting brings together leading scientists in the field of structural biology and experts in biological spectroscopy and imaging as well as students and postdoctoral scientists. It will provide a stimulating forum to learn about the potential of complementary techniques, discuss future perspectives and to establish new collaborations. The workshop will combine invited talks and a poster session. Posters will be presented during a poster session and will also be available during conference breaks.

Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology 2006*
September 27th - 29th, 2006
Berlin, Germany
Bringing together about 120 key members of the synchrotron community and experts in the disciplines of Archaeology, Archaeometry, Art History and Conservation Science, the interdisciplinary workshop reported on the latest research accomplishments, highlighted ongoing projects, and catalyzed new interactions between these fields.

Biology and Medicine with Low Energy Synchrotron Radiation*
November 1st - 3rd, 2006
Aarhus, Denmark
This workshop is intended to bring together experts in the physics applications of SR and researchers with a background in biology and medicine with an aim to defining common interests in the use of SR. The Aarhus facility has considerable experience in the application of SR circular dichroism spectroscopy and X-ray microscopy to the studies of biomolecules and cells. Both techniques target structural information on biological systems in solution, allowing the monitoring of molecular dynamics and cell response in settings close to physiological conditions. The meeting programme will also include talks on radiation damage with photons and electrons. Participants will be updated on progress in the use of circular dichroism spectroscopy in the analysis of structure of biological macromolecules, with the emphasis on advantages of SR in this technique.
We will add a perspective on current uses of SR in X-ray microscopy for studies of cellular systems in the biomedical field. We plan to make the workshop a forum for workers seeking a primer on interdisciplinary collaborations in the fields of SR and biology.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples for circular dichroism and X-ray microscopy analysis.


"Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation for Physics and Chemistry or Biomolecular Structure and Dinamics" *
February 26th - March 31st, 2006
Grenoble, France
HERCULES is a course designed for training students and scientists from European universities and laboratories in the field of neutron and synchrotron radiation. It includes a part common to both sessions during a week and a half, followed thereafter by separate parallel sessions which are more specialized. The course ends with common seminars on the last day.
The two sessions are:
  • Session A: Physics and chemistry of condensed matter (48 full time participants for HERCULES 2006).
  • Session B: Biomolecular structure and dynamics (25 full time participants for HERCULES 2006).

It takes place in Grenoble, at the Polygone Scientifique Louis Néel, close to the Institut Laue Langevin and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. A week is organized either at ELETTRA (Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Trieste, Italy) or at Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (Neutron Facility in Saclay, France) from19 to 26 March.

The course includes lectures, tutorials, practicals, and visits to laboratories.

DESY Research Course on New X-Ray Science
"Scientific Applications of Coherent X-Ray Radiation" *
March 1st - 3rd, 2006
Hamburg, Germany
Experiments using coherent light, long-time known in the visible and applied here very successfully, have received during the last years a lot of attention for the X-ray regime. This interest was caused by the possibility to perform experiments using partially coherent radiation provided by synchrotron radiation from storage rings. In the future, FELs will be coherent sources of X-rays therefore providing strongly improved coherence properties.
The course is devoted to coherent X-ray radiation and its applications of scientific domains. Experimental techniques will be presented and key scientific applications will be discussed.
Topics of the course are:
  • Coherence properties of storage ring and FEL sources
  • Scientific applications of coherent X-rays
  • Experimental challenges and future possibilities

5th PSI Summer School on Condensed Matter Research
"Neutron, X-ray and Muon Studies of Nano Scale Structures"*
August 19th - 26th, 2006
Zuoz, Switzerland
As a continuation of our traditional summer school on neutron scattering we initiated four years ago an extended type of school which is called PSI Summer School on Condensed Matter Research. While the experimental methods provided by PSI to the scientific community, that is neutrons, muons and synchrotron light should still play a crucial but not exclusive role, the emphasis of the school is on a particular topic, to be defined every year. The topic of this fifth school (2006) will be Neutron, X-ray and Muon Studies of Nano Scale Structures.

The school is addressed mainly to the education of PhD and postdoctoral students without prior knowledge of neutron, X-ray and muon techniques and it is fully open to the national and non-national public.

Synchrotron Radiation Summer School 2006 *
August 29th - September 8th, 2006
Chester University Campus and Daresbury Laboratory, United Kingdom
The course will cover theory and experiment, there will be a programme of six days lectures and three days practical hands on synchrotron use. The school is aimed at research students and recently appointed PDRAs engaged in relevant research projects. The programme is wide ranging and dynamic.