NMI3 was present at the ICNS2013
Thanks to NMI3 support conference fees for students could be kept low
By Inês Crespo, Information Manager, 29/07/2013
This year the International Conference on Neutron Scattering took place from 8 – 12 July in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The beautiful city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO heritage site, welcomed us with a full week of sunshine.
The conference counted with over 800 delegates who listened to very interesting talks that exemplified the contribution of neutrons to a myriad of research fields. In the corridors during the poster sessions, we could hear lively discussions that likely fostered brilliant research ideas.
The NMI3 stand and Neutron-Geographical Competition
In the exhibition hall, conference delegates could visit the circa fifty stands where they could learn about the work developed in a number of neutron facilities from around the globe as well as about neutron-related materials offered by the companies present.
NMI3 had a stand where delegates could taste special sweet ultra cold neutrons with chocolate quarks inside while appreciating the posters with the results of the NMI3 Joint Research Activities (JRAs) or reading the recently published brochure NMI3: a success story , where they could read scientific highlights, interviews with the JRAs' coordinators, and important results from the previous phase of funding of the project (if you would like to receive a copy please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org).
NMI3 competition – winner Julia Repper
The ones willing to test their neutron-geographical skills were given the logos of the facilities part of the NMI3 Access Programme , which they had to place in the right place on a map.
Given that NMI3 encourages inter-cultural collaboration among facilities, our map had no boarders, which made the participants' task even more difficult.
We were glad to see that the ones who took on the challenge were very successful!
To increase the delegates' motivation to take part of our competition we offered two copies of the book “Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics” (A. Furrer, J. Mesot and T. Straessle).
As the pictures show, to keep NMI3's collaborative spirit the competition was often made in groups where people helped each other.
Unfortunately we could offer only two books so we made a tombola with the participants' names. The lucky winners were Julia Repper from the Paul Scherrer Institute and Stefano Bellissima from the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze.
We are sorry for the other participants and we hope they are happy with the NMI3 bookmarks, brochures and sweets they have received!
The NMI3 Industry Workshop
At ICNS, NMI3 held a workshop to explore interaction between neutron and muon facilities with industry. The Industry as a Supplier workshop took place on Tuesday afternoon, July 9. The meeting brought together suppliers of key equipment for neutron and muon instruments with people from the facilities who are responsible for purchasing and procurement and the clients who are the facility engineers and scientists.
This short meeting brought together an audience of around 40 people from industry, the facilities and the European Commission. Participants could receive important insights from nine presentations on different aspects of 'industry supplying facilities'. To conclude the meeting, all participants enrolled in a fruitful round-table discussion about the issues addressed.
A second workshop, to be held in 2014, will focus on 'industry as a user'. For further information please click here .
ICNS was the perfect opportunity to announce the launch of Neutronsources.org. Coordinated by NMI3 and supported by a network of Press Officers from the neutron centres, this comprehensive website contains useful information about the neutron world. For further information about what neutronsources.org has to offer, please click here.
Among highlights of the conference was the prize ceremony that took place during the closing session. The prizes included a total of 17 posters recognised as the best ones presented at ICNS; the award of the “Young Scientists Prize” to Elisa Wheeler from ILL; the “AONSA Prize” to Balebail Anantha Dasannacharya retired from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in India; the “Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut” Prize to Johan Chang from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; and finally the “Walter Hälg” Prize awarded to Joe Zaccai from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.
Between interesting talks, insightful posters, informative stands, and a taste of the Scottish culture, everyone seems to have enjoyed the week.
This successful series of conferences will continue. The next one will be the European Conference on Neutron Scattering that will take place in 2015 in Saragoza, Spain, and ICNS2017 in Daejeon, South Korea.
For a complete account of ICNS2013 please read the respective article in the next issue of Neutron News.