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ADD2019: da Michela Brunelli

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce ADD2019, the 4th edition of the School and Conference on Analysis of Diffraction Data in real-space:

co-organized by the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and the European Synchrotron (ESRF), and taking place 17 to 22 March 2019 at the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) campus in Grenoble, France.

Building on the positive experience of ADD2011 (12-14 October 2011), ADD2013 (18-22 March 2013) and ADD2016 (7-11 March 2016), the 5-day programme of ADD2019 includes 2-1/2 days for the School followed by 2-1/2 days for the Conference, basically the same format as for ADD2016.

The ADD2019 School and Conference aim to deepen the understanding and to further the training of the various communities working on real-space data analysis for neutron and x-ray diffraction techniques. Fourier transformation of diffraction data into real-space, traditionally used for the structural determination of liquids and glasses, is now increasingly employed for partially-disordered crystalline powder samples.

The scientific scope of ADD2019 pertains to both x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques, and will again include single-crystal diffuse  scattering as an integral part of the School and the Conference.  The  School proposes pedagogic lectures on real-space data-analysis techniques followed by 7 parallel sessions of hands-on tutorials for training with various data-modelling software packages: DISCUS, PDFgui, DiffpyCMI, EPSR, Spinvert, RMCProfile, and Yell.  The Conference proposes 8 invited talks and about 16 additional oral contributions, as well as a poster session.

Real-space analysis of total-scattering data or “PDF-analysis” provides  a snapshot of the local structure within the sample, and is therefore sensitive to both static and dynamic atomic correlations, and hence complementary to the space-time averaged structure provided by the well-known Rietveld refinement of diffraction data.  PDF-analysis now enjoys a wide field of application, in particular to nano-structured materials.

More detailed information, including on-line registration and a preliminary programme, can be found on the webpage link given above.
Note that registration will soon open, and that the deadline for abstract submission is 27 January 2019 (oral and poster contributions), and 24 February 2019 for late abstract submission (posters only).

Looking forward to seeing you in Grenoble,

The organizers:
Michela Brunelli (DUBBLE/ESRF)
Gabriel Cuello (ILL)
Henry Fischer (ILL)
Gavin Vaughan (ESRF)


MAUD school

A Trento si svolgerà la tradizionale scuola di MAUD, per analisi in diffrazione da polveri.

MAUD 2018
Materials Characterization by the Combined Analysis
Trento, 26-29 November, 2018


Evento per giovani ‘ceramisti’

La Società Ceramica Italiana, in collaborazione con il Young Ceramists Network, organizza un evento dedicato ai giovani ricercatori (<35 anni) che si terrà a:

Bologna, Area Ricerca CNR, 26-27 Novembre 2018
Deadline per sottomettere l’abstract: 30 Settembre

Tutte le tematiche attinenti a materiali e processi ceramici sono benvenute!

La partecipazione è gratuita. Le migliori presentazioni orali e poster saranno premiate e avranno un contributo economico per partecipare alla ECerS Conference 2019 di Torino.

Progetti PhD a ILL

Dear Colleague,

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a PhD project is:

midnight Friday 2 November 2018

PhD projects satisfying the criteria for the academic in-house mission of the
ILL’s PhD program are put into competition via a transparent selection process.
Project selection is a two-stage procedure involving evaluation by in-house
review panels and decisions by the ILL directors.

Notification of short-listed projects will be sent out around mid January 2019.
Final selection will take place on 5 February 2019, when the ILL supervisors of
the short-listed projects are invited to defend the project via a presentation.

Scientific excellence is the main selection criterion.  However, other criteria
will also play a role in the selection process of PhD projects:

–> How well the submitted project contributes to the main mission of the
ILL PhD program, namely to enhance the academic life at the ILL while
simultaneously training future experts in neutron science.

–> How well the PhD proposal helps ILL scientists to strengthen their scientific
profile by knitting close ties with the user community.  The ILL co-supervisor
should therefore play an important role in the definition of the project.

–> In addition, the ILL management has to make sure that a proper balance
is achieved in terms of scientific topics, ILL instrumentation groups, as well as
the national distribution of host universities corresponding to the PhD proposals.

–> Finally, a student candidate may be proposed for the submitted PhD project,
in which case the student’s CV and cover letter should be attached to the email
sent to phd(at) along with the other application documents.  Although NOT a
prerequisite for a valid PhD proposal, a strong student candidate would be a plus,
albeit not a guarantee, for acceptance of the PhD project.  Full consideration will
be given to PhD proposals not containing a student candidate according to
the criteria listed above.

Please follow carefully and fully the application instructions at:

Thank you for your interest in the ILL’s PhD programme,

— The ILL Graduate School

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Borsa per il cofinanziamento di un soggiorno all’estero per l’anno 2019

Cari soci,

AIC bandisce anche per l’anno 2019 una borsa per il cofinanziamento di un soggiorno all’estero per un giovane ricercatore. La scadenza per la presentazione delle domande è il 10 dicembre 2018.
Il bando può essere consultato al seguente link:


Buona giornata

Novità sul sito della Commissione S&C!

Da oggi (12 settembre) pubblicheremo le offerte di lavoro, borse di studio e positions varie, prese dalle più comuni mailing lists.

Mailing lists e siti inclusi:

  • AIC
  • MSA (Mineralogical Society of America)
  • Rietveld mailing list
  • ESRF
  • ILL
  • Elettra
  • BNL
  • Neutron mailing list
  • Pagina Linkedin di Daniel Chateigner

Se siete a conoscenza di altre opportunità, fatecelo sapere. Se ci sono altre mailing list da seguire, mandateci una mail o commentate questo post!

Monica, Rosanna e Andrea


Scuola AIC a Bari (29 agosto-2 settembre)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 2018 edition of the Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC) International Crystallography School (AICS2018) entitled "Powder Diffraction: Theory, Software and Applications", organized by the AIC Commission on Crystallographic Teaching in collaboration with research teams of CNR and University of Bari. 
The School will be held in Bari, Italy, at ‘Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Campus Universitario’, on 29 August-02 September 2018.

The aim of the AICS2018 school is to give an overview on the characterization of polycrystalline materials through X-ray Powder Diffraction. The topics of the school span from the fundamental principles of powder diffraction to advanced methods of data collection and analysis with examples of applications of scientific and industrial interests. Theory will be strictly followed by practical sessions centred on relevant software so that participants familiarize with some widely used computer programs for data analysis and interpretation of the results. The school is mainly addressed to PhDs and young researchers working in the field of Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Cultural Heritage and Engineering.

We can keep the registration fee relatively low as well as offer a convenient package including accommodation, lunches and social activities. Moreover, a number of bursaries are available to cover the registration fee in full or partially.

The deadline for bursary application is 20 May 2018, while registration will close on 15 June 2018.

More detailed information is available on the School web page

Please find attached a poster of the School for displaying at your local institution.

AICS2018 Flyer

We kindly ask you to disseminate the information about the School to people in your group/institute/department/company who might be interested.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and/or some of your colleagues at AICS2018 in Bari. 

With best wishes,
Angela Altomare and Emanuela Schingaro, 
Chairs of the Scientific Committee

Associazione Italiana Zeoliti: giornate studio a Modena

Le *giornate di studio dell’Associazione Italiana Zeoliti 2018* si terranno
a Modena il 20 -21 giugno 2018 presso il *Dipartimento di Scienze
Chimiche e Geologiche* dell’*Uni*versità di Modena e Reggio Emilia, in
occasione del trentennale della scomparsa del Professor Glauco Gottardi,
fondatore del gruppo modenese di ricerca sulle zeoliti naturali.

Le giornate *prevedono* sessioni scientifiche orali e poster e keynotes
di prestigiosi colleghi. La ricchezza di offerte culturali, la qualità
delle infrastrutture e la centralità geografica di Modena renderanno ancora
più interessante questo appuntamento.

La partecipazione dei giovani ricercatori sarà incentivata con varie
iniziative, tra le quali grants e registrazione a prezzo ridotto per
dottorandi e postDoc.

Sarà possibile inviare i contributi per comunicazioni orali e poster dal 28
febbraio al 10 aprile 2018.

Le informazioni relative a registrazione e sottomissione degli abstracts
sono disponibili sul sito web:

Vi aspettiamo a Modena per le Giornate AIZ 2018

Il comitato organizzatore

Remote data collection @GrandiSorgenti

Dear Colleagues,

Remote data collection is routinely possible at Diamond Light Source (DLS,
Oxford) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble)
and other European synchrotrons are also planning to make this available.
There will be an Instruct-ERIC / OPEN-Sesame Workshop, at the Weizmann
Institute of Science (May 14-18, 2018), describing these protocols for
remote data collection at DLS and ESRF with real-time demonstrations and
the possibility for participants to actually collect
data on their own or test crystals at the ESRF and DLS.
The data processing pipelines and the structure determination pipelines,
that are available at the synchrotron sites, will be explained and used.
This is particularly important due to the 1 year shut-down of the ESRF staring
in late in 2018.

For students/postdocs requiring travel support this will be possible.

There will be excellent opportunities to interact with experts from ESRF,
DLS, MAX-IV (Lund) on how to optimally benefit from this advanced
technology made available at these synchrotron for on-site and remote data
collection for the structural biology community. Computing facilities and
expertise are also available for using the remotely collected data in
subsequent structure determination and structure validation calculations.

The workshop is particularly targeted for students having projects aimed
at 3D structure determination using biomacromolecular crystals, working at
institutes that are a member of SESAME and/or working at institutes of
Instruct-ERIC countries relatively far from European Synchrotrons, as well
as for students from non-EU countries working at EU-institutes who need to
apply for visa, restricting efficient access to perform on-site data
collection. Students are encouraged to sent crystals in advance, which
will then be shipped to DLS or ESRF.

Details on these shipments will be provided to the participants of the

Please apply by the deadline 11-Mar-2018 at:

Best regards

Joel & Rik

Scuola “Metodi basati sull’uso di raggi X per analisi di molecole e materiali, con particolare enfasi sulla diffrazione di raggi X”

La scuola “Metodi basati sull’uso di raggi X per analisi di molecole e materiali, con particolare enfasi sulla diffrazione di raggi X” si terrà a Padova dal 4 all’8 giugno 2018.

Il programma è molto succoso!

Per info, seguite questo link.

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