Summary of the 11th CETS

The 11th Central European Training School on Neutron Techniques was held between 8 - 12 May, by the Budapest Neutron Centre (consortium of MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics and MTA Centre for Energy Research). The primary aim of the school was to provide insight into the neutron beam based structure analysis of the materials on theoretical, and also practical level.

In this year the school hosted 29 participants (PhD students, post-doc students and researchers) from 13 countries (Argentina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom), who have shown great interest learning the basics of the theory, practice and data treatment of neutron science.

The 10 hours of theoretical training was given, besides BNC staff, by the researchers from ILL-France, ESS-Sweden, JINR-Russia, and HZB-Berlin. Employing the BNC neutron facilities 15 hours of practical training were conducted focusing on scattering techniques, such as small angle neutron scattering, neutron diffraction, neutron reflectometry, prompt gamma activation analysis and neutron radiography.

On the last day of the school the students presented their own research via short, three minutes talks and posters as well. In the end, they received their well-earned certificates. Special awards were given for the most active participants.

CONTACT Workshop

CERIC-CEI Training in advanced material characterization in Large Scale Research Infrastructures taking place in Trieste (Italy) on June 26/27.

The workshop will be organized within the framework of the projects CONTACT, co-funded by CEI and Horizon 2020 ACCELERATE, supporting the long-term sustainability of large scale research infrastructures.

The objective of the workshop is to introduce researchers to the scientific opportunities available for them in CERIC, as well as to guide them in writing successful proposals to get free open access to top-class EU research infrastructures. The training includes practical sessions at the CERIC facilities in Trieste.

The workshop is open to researchers at any career stage. A limited number of grants, covering the full costs of travel and accommodation, will be available for participants from target countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRO Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

More information about the workshop programme can be found here.


  Neutron Imaging and Neutron Methods in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage conference

In the recent years, modern scientific methods have led to a wealth of information in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research concerning the composition of artefacts both on a molecular level and on the mechanical built of objects that cannot be dismantled without destroying them. X-ray methods from radiography to fluorescence have become widespread, but the potential of neutron methods has barely been tapped. Neutrons easily penetrate thick layers of metals, even lead, while revealing organic material like wood, leather or bones in sealed metal or stone containers. Two- and three-dimensional imaging provides visual information, while neutron activation analysis delivers elemental composition information, and neutron scattering reveals alloys and textures.

NINMACH addresses archaeologists and conservators from museums and universities and aims to illustrate the potential of neutron methods in cultural heritage research.

 In order to participate, please register and submit your abstract at your earliest convenience via our INDICO WEB-PAGE.

We'd be glad to welcome you in Budapest.