SR School 2018

Sep 16. till Sep 21.

Synchrotron Radiation School

The SR School provides postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of Synchrotron Radiation (SR), a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR.

16/09/20182018-09-16 - 21/09/20182018-09-21
Jesus College Oxford and Diamond Light Source

Diamond is delighted to announce it is to run a sixth synchrotron radiation school from the 16th to the 21st September 2018. The SR School aims to provide postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of SR, with a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR. It is largely aimed at physical scientists, but life scientists are welcome to apply. The school gives the attendees the opportunity to obtain hands-on practical experience of performing an experiment on several of the Diamond beamlines. At least 14 Diamond beamlines will be particpating in the school (see below for details)

The school will be co-located at Diamond and Jesus College, Oxford, with participants staying in Oxford.

The format of the school will be 2 days of lectures on SR methods, 2 days of experiments on the Diamond beamlines and on the final day there will be a symposium with 5 leading synchrotron practitioners talking about some of their research.


How to apply

This course is always very popular, so all registrants are required to complete the application form.  Priority will be given to those people in the earliest stage of their research career and who have definite plans to use Diamond. The strength of the application and the statement from the applicant's referee are crucial to Diamond in selecting attendees for the course. Given the expected over-subscription, registrants are expected to attend the entire course, thus if you apply please ensure you are available for the whole week.

Regsitration will open on the 22nd March 2018. 

Successful applicants will be asked to contribute of fee of £150 to attend.  Accommodation (5nights) and all meals for the duration of the course will be covered for attendees. 

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Invited Speakers - Symposium Day


  • Rob Lindsay, University of Manchester
  • Elizabeth Blackburn, University of Birmingham
  • Katherine Thompson, Birbeck College, University of London
  • Edman Tsang , University of Oxford
  • Howard Stone, University of Cambridge

Topics covered in the course lectures

  • X-ray Scattering
  • Symmetry and Crystallolgraphy
  • The Diamond Synchrotron
  • X-ray optics and detectors
  • An introduction to the data analysis program DAWN

And the synchrotron use of:

  • Infrared Microspectroscopy
  • Powder Diffraction
  • Resonant and Magnetic Scattering
  • Small Angle Scattering
  • Surface Diffraction
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Imaging
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectrocopy

 Click here for a provisional timetable 

Participating Beamlines

The heart of the SR School is the opportunity to do hands on experiments on a number of Diamond beamlines on days 3 and 4 of the school. Successful applicants will have a chance to measure real samples and see how data analysis is done. Each participant will attend four practical sessions. The beamlines participating in the course are outline below (click to be taken to the appropriate webpage.


Successful applicants will be invited to select up to 6 beamlines in order of preference and the organisers will endeavour to allocate practical sessions according to choices made, but this cannot be guaranteed as only a limited number of students can attend each practical. 
I05 B16
I07 I16
I08 B18
I10 I18
I11 I19
I13 I20
I14 B22
I15 I22