11th Central European Training School on Neutron Techniques

Date: 8-14 May, 2017

Location: Budapest KFKI Campus of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Application deadline: 15th March

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 training consists of 5 days of lectures and experimental works. Available instruments: Small Angle Neutron Scattering (YS), Reflectometer (GINA), Triple Axis Spectrometer (TAS), Neutron Diffractometer (ND), Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis and Neutron Induced Prompt Gamma-ray, Spectroscopy Station (PGAA/NIPS-NORMA)

Grants are available.

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Sao Paulo School on Scattering: Diffraction and Imaging using Light, Neutrons and X-rays

Date: 17-21 July, 2017

Location: Abrahão de Moraes Auditorium at the Institute of Physics of the University of Sao Paulo (IFUSP), Brazil.

Registration deadline : 30 May, 2017

The comprehension and control of several properties of matter were the basis for the technological revolution that we experienced on the second half of the 20th century and on the beginning of 21st century, with the so called Nanotechnology. Computer chips, liquid crystals screens, LED, transistors, drugs, cosmetics, etc, are just a few examples of products directly related to this field.

In Brazil there are several groups with international relevance on the use of scattering techniques (X-Rays, neutrons and light) for the structural investigation of system at nanoscale. With the advent of the new Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source (SIRIUS) and the future Multipurpose Brazilian Reactor (RMB), a broader range of scientific applications will open to the Brazilian researchers. For an efficient use of its facilities, it is necessary to have a qualified user community.

The main objective of the São Paulo School on Light Neutrons and X-ray (1st SPSLNX) is to introduce young PhD students, postdocs and researchers,  from different areas and background, to the applications of light, neutrons and X-rays scattering. In this school, worldwide experts  will teach the theoretical aspects and discuss advanced applications using scattering techniques for structural characterization.

Topics covered: Small-Angle X-ray Scattering, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering, X-ray Diffraction, Neutron Diffraction, Dynamic Light Scattering, Static Light Scattering, Diffusion Wave Spectroscopy, X-ray Imaging, Neutron Imaging, Advanced applications, New Brazilian Synchrotron/Sirius, Multipourpose Brazilian Reactor/RMB

More details, information and registration procedures can be found at the event website:

15th Oxford School on Neutron Scattering

Date: 3-15 September, 2017

Location: St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK.

Deadline for application is 1st May, 2017.

The school is intended primarily for scientists, student and postdoctoral researchers, who are new to the field of neutron scattering. It provides an excellent introduction to the field, which is developed through to its application in contemporary research. Lectures and tutorials covering all aspects of the theory and practice of a variety of neutron scattering techniques will be given by international experts. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in modern techniques and applications at both steady state and pulsed neutron sources and have the opportunity to hear about the latest research being carried out with the technique.

Topics covered during the school include: Neutron sources, Neutron instrumentation, Neutron scattering theory, Diffraction, Disordered Materials, Spectroscopy, Small angle scattering, Reflectometry, Spin-Echo, Engineering.


21st Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering

Date: 4-15 September, 2017

Location: Juelich and Garching/Munich, Germany.

Deadline for application is May 14, 2017.

The course will consist of one week of lectures and exercises and one week of practical training at the neutron scattering facilities of Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ. It is the aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental technique and its scientific power.

Students of physics, chemistry, material science and biosciences are  invited to apply for participation. There is no tuition fee.  Accommodation and meals during the course will be provided by JCNS. Travel expenses will be reimbursed within reasonable limits.

For further information and to apply for participation please visit our website:


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.


The jubilee 10th edition of the Central European Training School on Neutron Techniques was organized by Budapest Neutron Centre (Wigner Research Centre for Physics and Centre for Energy Research) between 2nd and 6th of May 2016. The school follows a more than ten-year tradition: at first it was organized every 2-3 years, in recent times annually. The primary aim of the school is to provide insight into the neutron beam based structure analysis of materials. In addition it provided a forum for the attending students to connect their own area of research with the neutron investigation methods.

This year the school hosted 31 participants (PhD students, post-docs, graduate students and researchers) from 18 countries (Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Hungary, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Taiwan , Turkey, Ukraine ), who have shown strong interest to learn the basics of the theory, practice and data treatment of neutron science.

The 15 hours of theoretical training was given in Budapest Neutron Center (BNC) by researchers from ILL-France, ESS-Sweden, JINR-Russia, and University of Vienna - Austria. Employing the BNC neutron facilities 14 hours of practical training were conducted. As a conclusion to the school, well-earned diplomas were delivered and special awards were given to the most active participants.

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