School SoNS XIV Edition

 ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE

“DESIGNING AND BUILDING A NEUTRON INSTRUMENT”

2nd Course of the Erice School “NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION”

[XIV School of Neutron Scattering “Francesco Paolo Ricci” (SoNS)]

1st April – 9th April 2016, Erice (Italy)

Application deadline: 1 March 2016

 
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Application is now open for DESIGNING AND BUILDING A NEUTRON INSTRUMENT – the 2nd Course within the Erice School “NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION” (Directors: Ian S Anderson, Carla Andreani and Roberto Caciuffo) and the XIV Edition of School of Neutron Scattering (SoNS) “Francesco Paolo Ricci”. The Course will be held at the ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE, Erice (Sicily, IT) between the 1st April and the 9th of April 2016.

The School is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply early, as late applications will not be accepted. The 2016 Course focuses on the design and construction of neutron instruments for large-scale facilities. In addition to lectures on theory, sources, and neutron instrumentation, students will be tutored by world leading experts in the various neutron scattering techniques. Students will be organized into groups which will design and “build” a neutron instrument during the week. The course thus includes instrument design, as well as instrument project management activities, at the end of which each student will have an overview of the process of designing and building a neutron instrument. Students are selected for the course based on their need to utilize neutron instrument design and construction project techniques as part of their present and/or future research activities.

The school is aimed at young instrument and development scientists, engineers, and designers at international and national neutron facilities, although graduate students or postdocs at universities with an interest in neutron instrument projects would also be welcomed.

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About

The School focuses on neutron instrumentation, mainly for large-scale facilities for compact neutron facilities. Students are selected for the course based on their need to utilize neutron instrument design techniques as part of their present and/or future research activities.

The course is aimed at young instrument and development scientists, engineers, and designers at international and national neutron facilities, although graduate students or postdocs at universities would also be welcomed. In addition to lectures on theory, sources, and neutron instrumentation, students will be tutored by world leading experts in the various scattering techniques including diffraction, quasi-elastic, inelastic and deep inelastic scattering, neutron imaging, small-angle scattering, reflectometry, and neutron-spin-echo.

With a target audience of 25-30 students, the school is intended to promote activities in instrument design and form the next generation of instrument designers.

Directors of 2nd Course: Ken Andersen (ESS) and Kenneth W Herwig (ORNL)

School Objectives

  • Educate graduate students, early-career scientists and engineers on neutron scattering techniques with a focus on instrumentation
  • Foster interactions between students, research centres and university groups
  • Help train the next generation of instrument builders for today’s and tomorrow’s neutron facilities

The school will use a practical “hands-on” approach, centred around daily group tutorials in which neutron instruments are designed and project managed through to “completion” . The programme will include introductory lectures on the principles of neutron sources and instrumentation, as well as evening lectures on particular highlight areas. 

Target Audience: The School is ideally suited to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career engineers who are interested in instrumentation development and design and plan to be involved in neutron instrument projects in the near future. “

Registration and fees

STUDENTS: To register you will need to fill out the online registration form, send a ‘personal statement’ and a ‘statement from your supervisor’ to ken.andersen@esss.se and herwigkw@ornl.gov, and copy to school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it. Registered students will receive feedback of the selection starting from mid-March. Once accepted you will need to fill out the Student Registration Form and a Student travel form to be returned to ken.andersen@esss.se and herwigkw@ornl.gov, and copy to school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it by the date specified in the form header. Fee payment details are reported in a specific section of the Student Registration_Form. Deadline for student registration and travel forms is the 10th of March.

LECTURERS: please fill out the Lecturer_Registration_Form and the Lecturer_Travel_Form to be returned to ken.andersen@esss.se and herwigkw@ornl.gov, and copy to school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it by the date specified in the form header. Fee payment details are reported in a specific section of the Lecturer_Registration_FormDeadline for lectures registration and travel forms is the 1st of March.

The Registration Fee for students and lectures is €1000.

School fees include the cost of lodging during the school, breakfast, lunch, evening meal, teaching and all course materials.

Payment of registration Fee is due by the 20th of March. Payment should be made by bank transfer to:

Account name: Fondazione Ettore Majorana e Centro di Cultura Scientifica

Bank Name: Unicredit Private Banking S.p.A.

BRANCH NAME: 07858 TRAPANI

STREET: Via Garibaldi 9 – 91100 Trapani, Italy

IBAN: IT 47 I 02008 16407 000600000655

BIC SWIFT: UNCRITMM

Fee. (Period 1st April- 9th April) Students are kindly requested to pay the all- inclusive fee of 1000 € per participant student plus 100 Euro per day for each accompanying person (if any). The participation fee is unbreakable, independently of the number of days you stay at the Conference, whereas the accompanying persons are charged on a daily basis.

Fee. (Period 1st April- 9th April) Lectures are kindly requested to pay the all- inclusive fee of 1000 € per participant lecture, whereas the accompanying persons are free of charge. The participation fee is unbreakable, independently of the number of days you stay at the Conference.

Bring with you to ERICE a copy of your payment. You will receive the receipt from EMCSC secretariat. In case you have difficulties to perform the payment in this way, please inform the Conference Scientific Secretary for instructions.

Programme

The school programme consists of lectures, tutorials and problem classes with occasional evening lectures. In addition, students will be asked to give short presentations to their tutorial groups about their current research projects.

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Speakers

School Site

“Ettore Majorana” Foundation and Centre
Monastero San Rocco (Isidor I. Rabi Institute)
Via Guarnotta, 26
91016 ERICE, Italy

Erice is located in Sicily, one hour’s drive west of Palermo.

The “Ettore Majorana” Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMFCSC) is named after the outstanding Italian physicist Ettore Majorana, born in Sicily in 1906.

Embracing 110 Schools, covering all branches of Science, the Centre is situated in the old pre-mediaeval city of Erice, where three restored monasteries (one of which was the residence of the Viceroy of Sicily during the XIV and XV Centuries) provide an appropriate setting for high intellectual endeavour. These ancient buildings are now named after great scientists and strong supporters of the “Ettore Majorana” Centre.

The San Francesco Monastery (former Viceroy’s residence) is now the Eugene P. Wigner Institute with the “Enrico Fermi” Lecture Hall. The San Domenico Monastery has become the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute with the “Paul A.M. Dirac” Lecture Hall. The San Rocco Monastery is now the Isidor I. Rabi Institute with the “Richard P. Feynman” Lecture Hall, the Directorate and the main Secretariat of the Centre. There are living quarters in all three Institutes for people attending the courses of the Centre. The Erice Station of the World Laboratory Seismological Network is located in the I.I. Rabi Institute. The “Daniel Chalonge” and the “Paul A.M. Dirac” Museums are located at the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute.

Check-in. On your arrival at the reception desk you shall fill the registration form, receive your room, your folder and your EMCSC badge. The reception desk is located at the EMCSC main building (San Rocco).

Badge. You are requested to have always your badge on, inside the EMCSC as well as outside, especially at restaurants, during excursions, social events and shopping (see below)

Technical facilities. Moderate Xerox-copying is free. A limited number of PC’s and internet terminals are available to participants at San Rocco (room of the 16th Century Madonna). Free wireless connection is available in various areas of the Majorana Centre.

Accomodation

Accommodation of participants is organized by the Ettore Majorana Foundation (EMFCSC) either in their premises or in local hotels on the basis of the indications provided by the Organizing Committee and by participants in the Travel Form. Special requests should be addressed to the School Scientific Secretary, school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it.

The locations of all housing facilities (Centre, Institutes, and Hotels) are shown on the Erice map, included in the documents you will receive upon registration.

There is a “coffee room” in the I.I. Rabi Institute where coffee, tea, mineral water and snacks are available at any time. This “coffee room” is also used for breakfast.

There is a “piano room” with a keg of complimentary Marsala wine. This “piano room” can also be used for working parties. The “piano room” will close at midnight.

A computer room is available at the I.I. Rabi Institute.

Breakfast is served at San Rocco coffee area to all participants accommodated in the EMCSC premises, whereas participants in hotels may have their breakfast there or at San Rocco.

Restaurants. At the restaurants associated with EMSCS meals are free – you just have to show your badge and sign a list provided by the restaurant. Beverages and meals not included in the EMCSC menu are extras and should be paid for. The choice among the associated restaurants is absolutely free. Thus, if you need a special food (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) you should negotiate directly with the restaurant (the EMSCS secretary will be glad to offer his assistance). Coffee, tea, sandwiches, fresh fruits, mineral water, and Sicilian sweets are freely available 24 hours in the San Rocco coffee area and in the coffee-break area at San Domenico.

How to reach Erice

By air. Palermo has an international airport with national and international connections. Recently, also Trapani is offering connections to several European cities, being served by several low-cost air companies. Arrival and departures transfers are provided by the EMFCSC.

Transport from Airport. Participants must communicate to school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it their arrival and departure times and flight numbers of their arrival in the Travel Form by March 5th.

Transportation from Palermo or Trapani airports to Erice will be provided by the EMFCSC on the official arrival day. A limousine or a bus of the Ettore Majorana Centre (EMCSC) will be available, provided you have properly filled and returned the Travel Form no later than March 5th. On your arrival at the airport you shall look for the driver of the EMCSC who is waiting for you and shall carry you to Erice. He will be there showing around the poster of the School.

Missing driver. In case the driver is not there within half an hour after your exit from the arrival area, you should call the Secretariat of the EMCSC (phone no.: (+39) 0923 869133) for instructions. NB: the cost of a trip to Erice by taxi is rather expensive and may not be reimbursed by the organizers unless the trip has been authorized by the EMCSC.

Participants arriving at Palermo airport should look for the “Ettore Majorana” meeting point inside the arrival exit where the EMFCSC driver will be waiting.

Participants to the School must arrive in Erice on 1st April, not later than 12:30 p.m.

Participants should register upon arrival at the Centre Secretariat (I.I. Rabi Institute).

On the official day of departure, transportation to Palermo or Trapani airports will be provided by the EMFCSC.

Get-together

You should not miss the after-dinner get-together which is due at 9.30 p.m. on the arrival day at the Marsala Room in San Rocco. You should do your best to reach Erice before 5. p.m. in order to have enough time to get in touch with the environment and to have a quiet dinner. No problem, however, if you cannot reach Erice but late at night: somebody will be waiting for you at the arrival place anyway. Participants from remote areas may ask to arrive one day earlier or/and leave one day later, with no extra-charge, provided rooms are available in Erice.

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons are considered in all respects as regular participants with the same benefits and duties: unless differently stated, they are requested to pay a fee of 100 Euro/day and to wear the EMCSC badge. Please indicate the name(s) of the accompanying person(s) in the Travel Form. Special cases: persons accompanying lectures and senior participants, children, accompanying nurse, etc.. These requests should be indicated in the Travel Form of lectures and senior participant and negotiated with the Conference Scientific Secretary.

Further Information

General information. After registration you should carefully read: (1) the material in the folder concerning the regulations of the EMCSC, meals, the location of restaurants working for EMCSC, etc.; (2) the specific information about your course posted in the entrance hall of San Rocco (location and starting time of lectures, program, social events, etc.).

Banking. A bank service (Banco di Sicilia) is available for cash, money transfer and exchange operations, at two-minute walk from EMCSC (please, show your EMCSC badge at the bank counter to avoid bureaucracy).

Smoking is forbidden inside all the facilities of the EMCSC (San Rocco, San Domenico, San Francesco), including rooms. Restaurants in Erice are all no-smoking.

Dress. Erice is at about 800 m above sea level, on top of a mountain next to the sea. Even in Summer evenings in Erice may be chill and, occasionally, foggy or/and windy. Do not forget to bring a good pull-over. Lecture rooms are inside old buildings and are agreeably fresh. On the other hand temperature at the archeological sites as well as at the beach can be blistering hot. Take all possible precaution: light stuff, good jogging shoes (to walk on the stones of the archeological sites as well as on the rough pavement of Erice streets), swimming suite (beach towels are provided by the EMCSC), sun-glasses, a good hat, etc. No formal dress is requested in any event, banquet included.

EMCSC Personnel. The EMCSC relies on a local staff, reduced in number but very efficient, ready to solve all difficult problems that may arise (travel ticket & reservation changes, PC facilities, visa, medical care, police, etc.). For all technicalities concerning the course (travel grants, posters, transparencies, etc.) refer directly to the Workshop Secretary.

CM vs. EMCSC. The EMCSC is not a village of Club Mediterraneé®. Besides planning one excursion to the archeological sites, a reasonably long break is scheduled between morning and afternoon sessions to allow for contacts and discussions in the inspiring environment of Erice. The School discourages trips to the beach during the full working days and it should not be requested to organize excursions besides the planned ones. The success of the School relies on the full attendance of ALL participants to ALL sessions.

Social Programme: Visit to Segesta archaeological site

Contacts

Secretary
Email: school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it Phone: +39 06 7259 4117

Directors of 2nd Course of the ERICE “SCHOOL OF NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION”

Dr. Ken Andersen (ESS), ken.andersen@esss.se,
Dr. Kenneth W Herwig (ORNL)
herwigkw@ornl.gov,

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