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ANSTO - HZB Neutron Training Course 2024

Sun 27 Oct at 4.00pm - Fri 1 Nov at 2.00pm
$650 inc GST (Successful applicants only)
New Illawarra Road
Lucas Heights NSW 2234
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The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are pleased to announce the ANSTO – HZB Neutron Training Course 2024. 

The aim of the training course is to provide a broad overview of neutron scattering theory and applications to demonstrate the utility of the technique to a wide range of sciences. The course will consist of lectures and practical sessions using the neutron beam instruments of the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS). Subjects covered include:

  • basic theory
  • instrumentation
  • small-angle scattering
  • reflectometry
  • deuteration
  • crystallography and diffraction
  • imaging
  • residual stress and strain scanning
  • inelastic scattering
  • quasi-elastic scattering
  • polarised neutrons.

There will also be a demonstration of sample environment equipmentand a tutorial on writing proposals. New, for this year, the training course is offering a practical option in computational analysis (an introduction to DFT calculation with Quantum Espresso). Participants will also have the opportunity to present their work to ANSTO and HZB staff in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the training course poster session.        

The training course has limited places and is particularly suited to those who are new to neutron scattering and is aimed at students (Honours, Masters, PhD) and early career researchers. We encourage applications from those studying the following suitable areas of: 

ANSTO HZB Study Areas

Submission process

Interested applicants are required to submit an abstract via the online portal.  In a maximum of 300 words, briefly describe:

  • your research project / area
  • why neutron scattering could be beneficial to your research
  • what benefit attending the course will bring you.

Submissions open: Monday 8th April 2024 (9:00am AEST)

Submissions close: Monday 3rd June 2024 (12:00pm AEST)

Important Dates



Abstract submissions openMonday 8th April 9:00am AEST
Abstract submission closeMonday 3rd June 12:00pm AEST
Applicants advised of outcomeTuesday 25th June 5:00pm AEST
Registrations open for successful applicantsTuesday 25th June 5:00pm AEST
Registrations closeSunday 22nd September 11:59pm AEST
Poster PDF dueFriday 18th October 12:00pm ADST


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We would like to thank AINSE for their student travel support funding 


Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Instruments

Successful applicants

All successful applicants will be required to pay the registration fee of $650 inc GST (AUD) which includes:

  • All lectures and practical sessions
  • Daily return coach travel from Rydges Hotel Cronulla to Lucas Heights (excluding Sunday where participants must make their own way to Lucas Heights) 
  • Accommodation (check in Sunday 27th Oct, check out Fri 1st Nov) NOTE: this is a residential training course, hence it is expected that local Sydney and Wollongong based participants will also stay at the hotel for the duration of the school. Please contact the Organisers if this presents a barrier to your participation.
  • Meals (Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)
  • Poster session with drinks and dinner on Monday 28th October
  • Printed A0 (Portrait) poster (PDF must be sent no later than Friday 18 October 12pm ADST)
  • Gala Dinner on Thursday 31st October

*Successful applicants will also be required to submit and pass the ANSTO security clearance requirements before the start of the course and all non-Australian citizens will require a valid entry visa. (Visa invitation letters will be issued to successful applicants who obtain ANSTO security clearance only). Successful applicants are advised not to register until they have obtained ANSTO security clearance and valid visa entry.

The registration fee does not include:

  • cost of travel to and from the course on Sunday
  • evening meal for Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information


ANSTO-HZB Neutron Training Course Committee