Synchrotron Radiation School 2023

Sep 17. till Sep 22.

Synchrotron Radiation School 2023

The Synchrotron Radiation 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.

17/09/20232023-09-17 - 22/09/20232023-09-22
Diamond Light Source


Diamond Light Source is delighted to announce the 8th edition of the Synchrotron Radiation School, taking place from Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd September 2023.

The SR School aims to provide postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of synchrotron radiation (SR), with a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR.

The school is largely aimed at physical scientists, but life scientists are welcome to apply. This event will give the attendees the opportunity to obtain hands-on practical experience of performing an experiment on 16 Diamond Light Source beamlines. 

The school will take place in person, between Diamond Light Source and Jesus College (Oxford), where accommodation for the participants will also be provided. 

The format of the school will include a “break the ice” indtroduction session inclusive of a communication/engagement talk, will be followed by 2 full days of lectures on SR methods, 2 days of experiments on the Diamond Light Source beamlines plus 1 final symposium day with a number of leading synchrotron practitioners talking about their research.

Invited Speakers

  • Prof Joanna Collingwood, University of Warwick
  • Dr Enrico da Como, University of Bath
  • Prof Tom Hase, University of Warwick
  • Dr Craig Robertson, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Roberto Volpe, Queen Mary University of London


  • X-ray Scattering
  • Symmetry and Crystallography
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • The Diamond Synchrotron
  • X-ray optics and detectors
  • Using software to look at SR data

Synchrotron Radiation use of:

  • Infrared and Terahertz spectroscopy
  • Powder Diffraction
  • Resonant and Magnetic Scattering
  • Small Angle Scattering
  • X-ray Imaging
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Provisional agenda

Please download here the provisional agenda for SR School 2023.

Diamond Light Source 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 on each beamline for further details).


















Successful applicants will be invited to indicate up to 6 beamlines in order of preference and the organisers will endeavour to allocate practical sessions according to choices made. Please note that being allocated to one of the preferred Beamlines is not guaranteed.


This course is always very popular and highly oversubscribed, therefore all applicants are required to complete the application form including a reference letter from their supervisor. The strength of the application and the statement from the applicant's referee are crucial to Diamond in the selection process.

Crucial to the selection will be the strength of the application, the statement from the applicant's referee as well as the commitment to attend SR School 2021 in its entirety. 

Finally, priority will be given to applicants in the earliest stage of their research career, and to those who have definite plans to use Diamond Light Source for their future experiments.

To apply, please complete the following application form by the end of Monday 3rd July 2023.

Successful applicants will be informed on the outcome of their application by the week commencing Monday 24th July 2023.


Registration fee

If your application is successful, there will be a £500 fee to attend the event.

The registration fee will include accommodation with breakfast at the Jesus College (Oxford) with check-in Sunday 17th - check-out  Friday 22nd September 2023, plus all meals and refreshments from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd, as well as the transfers between Jesus College and Diamond Light Source.

Attendees will be required to cover the cost of their transport to and from Jesus College.

Contact the organisers

If you have any queries relating to this workshop, please contact the Diamond Events Team who will be able to help.

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