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Neutron scattering

ANSTO-HZB Neutron School

Sun 23 Jun at 2.30pm - Fri 28 Jun at 4.00pm
New Illawarra Road
Lucas heights NSW 2234
Abstract Submission - Opens 15 December 2018
Important dates
Abstract Open: 15 December 2018 Abstract Closes: 1 March 2019 Notification Sent: 11 March 2019 Registration Open: 12 March 2019 Registration Closes: 28 April 2019

This school is primarily aimed at participants who have completed their Bachelor degree in physical, engineering and life sciences, and early stage researchers e.g. PhD students and postdocs.  

It aims to provide an introduction to neutron scattering techniques, hands-on experimental experience and inspiration for the application of neutrons to future research.  

Places are limited to 24 participants.  Australian and NZ students from AINSE-member universities will be able to access travel funds to attend the course.  

The school will consist of both lectures and hands on experimental sessions, as well as including a poster session for the participants to present their work and discuss it with attending neutron scattering scientists.  


Scope of the ANSTO-HZB Neutron School

The school will consist of technique lectures, application lectures, workshops, experimental training as well as presentation sessions. These will be:

Technique Lectures 

  • Introduction to Neutron Scattering
  • Neutron Sources, Guides and Instruments
  • Deuteration
  • Reflectivity
  • Small Angle Neutron Scattering
  • Crystallography and Diffraction
  • Residual stress diffraction and strain scanning 
  • Imaging, Radiography and Tomography
  • Triple Axis Spectroscopy and Back-scattering spectroscopy
  • Time-of-Flight Spectroscopy and Be-filter spectroscopy

Application Lectures

  • Magnetism 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Biology
  • Advanced materials


  • Security clearance
  • Induction to B82 (Neutron Guide Hall)
  • Sample environment
  • Proposal writing

Presentations and social program

  • Scientific Poster session with ANSTO staff, HZB guests external academics - We will hold a poster session which will give the participants of the school the opportunity to present their work and discuss with scientists how neutrons could benefit their research
  • Presentation session  - Participants of the school will give a presentation on one of their experimental training sessions on the last day
  •  Welcome BBQ
  • School dinner

Three hands-on experimental training sessions, chosen from:

  • Powder Diffraction
  • Single crystal Laue
  • Reflectometry
  • Residual Stress Diffraction
  • Small Angle Neutron Scattering
  • Time-of-flight Spectroscopy
  • Imaging and Tomography
  • Triple-Axis Spectroscopy

How to Apply

To apply for a place on the ANSTO-HZB school please submit an abstract through our electronic submissions.  The abstract should describe your research (or planned research if you are at the beginning of your studies) to be presented as a poster for the Monday night of the school.  Also in the accompanying application we’d like you to explain why neutron scattering is important to your studies and to indicate the three techniques you would like to undertake hands-on experimental training on.


Cost of registration includes:

  • All sessions
  • Accommodation (Lucas Heights Motel)
  • Meals
  • Social Program


All lectures and practical are on the ANSTO Lucas Heights site which is located ~40 km south-west of the Sydney CBD

Security Clearance

ANSTO is a secure site and we require all the attendees of the school to be registered as guest researchers.  This will allow you to undertake the experimental training and to attend the lectures that are being held on site.  To obtain a site pass for ANSTO as a guest researcher you will be required to undertake a security check through an application administered by our on-site security team.   Details for undertaking this will be sent to successful applicants. 


The ANSTO-HZB school is inspired by the Berlin Neutron School which was one of the oldest established neutron schools. It was founded in 1980 by Prof Hans Dachs and was organised by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) until 2017. 

Organising Committee

Committee chair

Dr Helen Maynard-Casely

Instrument Scientist, WOMBAT - High intensity neutron powder diffractometer

ANSTO , Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Committee members

Kelly Cubbin

Events coordinator

ANSTO, Nuclear Science & Technology Landmark Infrastructure

Dr Anton LeBrun

Instrument Scientist, SPATZ - Neutron Reflectometer

ANSTO, Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Dr Richard Mole

Instrument Scientist, PELICAN - Time of flight spectrometer

ANSTO, Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Prof Dr Bella Lake

Head of Institute

Institute Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany

Dr Michael Rose

Communication and Events Officer


Prof Garry McIntyre

Research Leader

ANSTO, Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering


Code of Conduct

The ANSTO-HZB neutron school aims to foster an inclusive, welcoming and positive environment for all participates at this meeting. As such participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, or educational background. Disruptive or harassing behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and should be reported to members of the organising committee. We hope that everyone will enjoy the school.

ANSTO-HZB Neutron School

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