CONEXS Summer School 2019

Sep 10. till Sep 12.

CONEXS Summer School: Analysing X-ray Spectroscopy

The Collaborative Network for X-ray Spectroscopy (CONEXS) is an EPSRC-funded network which aims to establish stronger links between experiment and theory in X-ray spectroscopy. The first CONEXS Summer School will be taking place this September at Newcastle University, focusing on analysis techniques for the near-edge structure of X-ray absorption spectra including FDMNES and CP2K. The school will include introductory lectures starting from graduate level and practical workshops.

10/09/20192019-09-10 - 12/09/20192019-09-12
Newcastle University, UK


The summer school is free to attend and accommodation will be offered free of charge at the Caledonian Hotel, Jesmond. The summer school itself will take place in the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University.



Please click the button below to register by 26th August 2019.

Outline Programme

Confirmed speakers include:

Axel Erbin, Stockholm University

Augustin Bussy, University of Zurich

Fernanda Nunes, University of Zurich

Yves Joly, French National Centre for Scientific Research



Tuesday 10th September

11:00-12:00 – Registration and Lunch

12:30-18:00 – FDMNES Lectures and Workshop


Wednesday 11th September

09:00-12:00 – CP2K Lectures

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-16:00 – CP2K Workshop

16:30-18:00 – Poster Session and Drinks Reception


Thursday 12th September

09:00-11:00 – CP2K and FDMNES workshop

11:30-12:30 – Closing Lecture


Advances in experimental methodology aligned with technological developments, such as 3rd generation light sources, X-ray Free Electron Lasers (X-FELs) and High Harmonic Generation (HHG), has led to a paradigm shift in the capability of X-ray spectroscopy, including absorption, emission, inelastic scattering and photoelectron, to deliver highly detailed information about the geometric, electronic, spin structure and dynamics on an extremely broad range of samples in a wide array of different environments. However, the complex nature and high information content of this class of techniques means that detailed theoretical studies are often essential to provide a firm link between the spectroscopic observables and the underlying structure and dynamics.

This EPSRC funded network aims to bring together experimentalists and theoreticians working in the area X-ray spectroscopy to achieve new levels of understanding, especially for the interpretation of experimental data. From the perspective of the computational community, direct engagement with experimentalists can highlight theoretical challenges and act as a catalyst for the development of new methods. For the experimental community, direct engagement with theoreticians will provide expertise in the new theoretical developments providing new opportunities for data analysis.


If you have any queries about the summer school, please get in touch with Faye Harland ( 

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