Diamond’s programme of scientific and technical workshops and conferences has been crammed full this year. We have so far hosted 16 international conferences and workshops for over 836 delegates.
A workshop presenting introductory lectures to the various SAXS techniques possible and an interactive afternoon session with the software available at Diamond, ideal for early career researchers as well as PhD students, followed by the main S4SAS meeting, which included keynote and contributed talks, posters and discussions on the latest results plus future prospects for SAXS at Diamond (I22, B21, I07, etc.) together with a perspective of the field from the wider international SAS community.
ScanningPhotoElectron Microscopy (SPEM) 2014
SPEM2014 is the forum that brings together experts and interested scientists in the field of ScanningPhotoElectron Microscopy, both for core-level and valence band studies of solids, to discuss the present status and directions of the techniques.The scope of the SPEM2014 workshop was to enable the world-wide community of designers and operators of SPEM instruments to meet and to disseminate the capabilities to a broad audience of the academic and industrial communities and highlight the most recent achievements in research and instrumental development. Held at Diamond in March and with 50 delegates in attendance, the workshop was the 2nd edition of the SPEM series. The first was held in 2010 in Trieste, Italy.
Diamond takes the responsibility of encouraging the careers of young and upcoming scientists very seriously and is therefore involved in a number of regular schools and training events that provide the future generation of researchers with fantastic opportunities to further their knowledge and gain invaluable practical skills. 2014 has so far seen students attending a wide variety or events: 25 attended the Env-rad-net training school, 35 came to Diamond for the S4SAS Workshop day, 40 completed a week long BCA-CCP4 summer school, 40 took up the opportunity of a User meeting student day and 50 were chosen to attend the SR Summer School. In addition, students are always encouraged to attend the numerous workshops and events we hold here at Diamond.
The largest of the events Diamond hosts for students is the SR Summer School, which took place between 21-26th September. Held bienially, 50 postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of SR are offered a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR. This week long course includes a very rare opportunity to have two days hands-on practical experience of performing experiments on several of the Diamond beamlines. Co-located at Diamond and Jesus College, the SR Summer School is a residential course and due to its unique content is usually oversubscribed by 400%.
Synchrotron Radiation User Meeting (SRUM) 2014
September 2014 saw Diamond hosting its annual User Meeting where nearly 300 members of the Diamond user community, staff and suppliers gathered for a two-day event. The meeting featured five parallel workshops that covered topics in Coherence Diffraction and Imaging, Surfaces Interfaces and Symmetry, Time Resolved and Dynamic Studies, Geoscience and MX & Circular Dichroism and also included a keynote speech by Professor John Spence (pictured above), Director of the BioXFELconsortium, a National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centre in the USA. Not only did the meeting give delegates the opportunity to participate in discussions about the latest developments in each field, but offered up the chance to meet with their peers in an informal setting, hopefully encouraging new collaborations for the future.
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