Course within the Erice School “SOLID STATE PHYSICS” 


XII School on Neutron Scattering (SoNS)  “Francesco Paolo Ricci” 

“Introduction to the theory and techniques of neutron scattering and applications to Cultural Heritage”

30 April – 9 May 2014, Erice (Italy)

Application deadline:  1st April 2014



The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMCSC) in the medieval town of Erice, Sicily, was the ideal site of the XII School of Neutron Scattering (SoNS) Francesco Paolo Ricci. The relaxed atmosphere of the school provided plenty of opportunity for students and lecturers to discuss science, socialize, and enjoy the local Sicilian cuisine and, of course, Marsala wine. Introductions and friendships that began here will lead the students to long-lasting relations in the neutron community.

We are indebted to Giorgio Benedek for including SoNS within the International School of Solid State Physics and for being such a gracious host, and to students and lecturers alike for joining in a truly superb event. Next year SoNS becomes a formal International school in the EMCSC, taking place from 28 July to 3 August, 2015. Mark your calendars!


Course within the Erice School “Solid State Physics” and SoNS  School , XII Edition

Group Photo 2014

From top left: Roger Pynn,  Daniela Di Martino, Mikkel Jensen, Ian Anderson, Jacopo Corsi, Harlyn Silverstein, Carlo Cazzaniga, Dario Tresoldi, Silvia Tancredi, Giulia Festa, Pamela Masciopinto, Gabriele Salvato, Luca Pizzimento, Camilla Bressan, AnnaMaria Muoio, Carmen Altana, Giorgia Albani, Giovanna Rogati, Chan Loong, Chiara Gramaccioni, Carla Andreani, Amanda Quirk, Konstantin Batkov, Francesco Armetta, Giuseppe Gorini, Roberta Reale, Antonella Scherillo, Victoria Garcia Sakai, Jack Carpenter, Alice Miceli, Giorgio Benedek

Photo Gallery


January 2014

Application is now open for the XII School of Neutron Scattering  (SoNS) “Francesco Paolo Ricci”:

Introduction to the theory and techniques of neutron scattering and applications to Cultural Heritage. The school will be held at the ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE, Erice (Sicily, I) as a specialized course within the International School of Solid State Physics (Director: Giorgio Benedek), between the 30th April and the 9th of May 2014.

The course is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply early, as late applications will not be accepted.  Students are selected for the course based on their need to utilize neutron scattering techniques as part of their present and/or future research activities.


The School Francesco Paolo Ricci, an international school established in 1994, provides a comprehensive training in the fundamental concepts of neutron scattering.

The school provides an excellent introduction to neutron scattering which is developed through to its application in contemporary research. It consists mainly of lectures and tutorials covering both the theory and technical aspects of neutron scattering with a particular emphasis on applications to Cultural Heritage. 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 and inelastic scattering, imaging, small-angle scattering, reflectometry, and neutron-spin-echo.

The XII edition of the School will be held at the ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE (EMCSC)  as a Course within the International School of Solid State Physics (Director: Giorgio Benedek).

School Director: Ian Anderson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US)
School Vice-Directors: Gabriele Salvato (CNR, IT), Antonella Scherillo (ISIS, UK)

School Objectives: Educate graduate students on the utilization of major neutron facilities, in neutron scattering techniques, instrumentation and data collection, analysis and interpretation. Expose participants to cutting-edge research in neutron application to Cultural Heritage. Build interactions between graduate students, their research centres and university groups, Lectures will include basic and simulation tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods.

Target Audience: The School is ideally suited to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Students attending universities majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science, or related fields.

Registration and fees

To register you will need to fill out the online registration form, submit a ‘personal statement’ and a ‘statement from your supervisor’. Registered students will receive feedback of the selection starting from end of January onwards and before April 2nd 2014. Once accepted you will need to fill out the travel_form, travel form to be returned to andersonian@ornl.gov and copy to school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it.

Application Deadline: April 1st 2014

School fees include the cost of lodging during the school, breakfast, evening meal, teaching materials. There are 25 residential places available.

Fee. You are kindly requested to pay the all- inclusive fee of 900 € per participant plus 100 Euro per day for each accompanying person (if any), by bank transfer to the account of the School Of Neutron Scattering “Francesco Paolo Ricci”. 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.  Please, do not forget to bring with you a copy of the bank receipt proving the payment. You will receive the receipt from the school secretariat. In case you have difficulties to perform the payment in this way, please inform the School Scientific Secretariat school_fpricci@its.me.cnr.it for instructions.

Payment should be made:

By bank transfer to:  School Of Neutron Scattering “Francesco Paolo Ricci” (Account name)
BANK NAME: BANCA UNICREDIT Agenzia ROMA II Universita’ Tor Vergata (30075)
IBAN: IT83R0200805168000101604596

Online Payment via PayPal



The Society of Italian Researchers and Professionals In Western Canada
is pleased to announce the 2014 ARPICO Scholarship to attend the
12th School on Neutron Scattering Francesco Paolo Ricci

ARPICO invites graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
at Canadian Universities and Laboratories to apply.

How to apply:
Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at Canadian
Universities/Laboratories are eligible
Please, send a cover letter and your CV to info@arpico.org (.pdf format)

Deadline for application: March 31st, 2014

Scholarship covers for return-airfare from home institution to Italy,
school registration fee, lodging, and meals. The winner will be notified
by email by April 3rd, 2014.

Students ranked second, third, and four will be awarded a partial scholarship covering registration fee, lodging, and meals.

For more information contact us at info@arpico.org or visit our website.


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, including a neutron beam-time proposal writing exercise. School lectures can be found here.

Topics covered during the school include:

  • Introduction to Neutron Scattering
  • The Neutron, Neutron Sources and Moderators
  • Quasielastic Neutron Scattering
  • Neutron Spin Echo
  • Neutron Instrumentation
  • Inelastic Neutron Scattering
  • Diffraction
  • Neutron Imaging
  • Inelastic Neutron Scattering
  • Detectors
  • IMAT beamline
  • Neutron Diffraction and Small Angle Scattering
  • Between science and humanity: the so-called archaeometry
  • NMR from Ancient Paper
  • Non Scattering Techniques
  • Neutron Resonance Capture and Imaging and Tomography


Information about the school will also be available on

Teaching Materials

Instrumentation I  Ian Anderson  Lecture Notes

Instrumentation II  Ian Anderson  Lecture Notes

Instrumentation III  Ian Anderson  Lecture Notes

Inelastic Scattering I Carla Andreani Lecture Notes

Inelastic Scattering II Carla Andreani Lecture Notes

Between science and humanity: the so-called archaeometry Simonetta Bonomi

The Neutron Jack Carpenter   Lecture Notes

Neutron Sources Jack Carpenter Lecture Notes

Applications to CH II Giulia Festa Lecture Notes

Detectors I Giuseppe Gorini Lecture Notes

Applications to CH III Giuseppe Gorini Lecture Notes

Neutron Imaging I N Kardjlov Lecture Notes

Neutron Imaging II N Kardjlov Lecture Notes

Data and Image Analysis N Kardjilov Lecture Notes 

Neutron Diffraction Chun Loong Lecture Notes

Small Angle Scattering Chun Loong Lecture Notes

CANS Chun Loong Lecture Notes

NMR from Ancient Paper Francesco Mallamace Lecture Notes

X-ray Imaging Alice Miceli Lecture Notes 

Non Scattering Techniques I Alice Miceli Lecture Notes 

Non Scattering Techniques II Enrico Perelli Cippo Lecture Notes

Applications to CH IV Enrico Perelli Cippo Lecture Notes

Introduction to Neutron Scattering I Roger Pynn Lecture Notes

Introduction to Neutron Scattering II Roger Pynn Lecture Notes

Introduction to Neutron Scattering III Roger Pynn Lecture Notes

Introduction to Neutron Scattering IV Roger Pynn Lecture Notes

Reflectometry Roger Pynn Lecture Notes

How to Write a Proposal Victoria Garcia Sakai Lecture Notes

Applications to CH VI  Gabriele Salvato Lecture Notes

Practical Experiments Antonella Scherillo Lecture Notes

Applications to CH I Antonella Scherillo Lecture Notes

Applications to CH V Antonella Scherillo Lecture Notes

Neutron Spin-Echo  Christiane Alba-Simionesco Lecture Notes

Quasielastic Scattering Christiane Alba-Simionesco Lecture Notes

The Neutron Landscape Christiane Alba-Simionesco

Detectors II Marco Tardocchi Lecture Notes

The Year of Crystallography Michele Zema



Christiane Alba-Simionesco (Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, CEA, F)

Ian S. Anderson (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN, US)

Carla Andreani (University Roma Tor Vergata, I)

Jack Carpenter (Argonne National Laboratory, IL, US)

Giulia Festa (University Roma Tor Vergata, I)

Nikolay Kardjlov (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, D)

Victoria Garcia-Sakai (ISIS Pulsed neutron Source, STFC, UK)

Chun K. Loong (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Giuseppe Gorini (University Milano Bicocca, Milan, I)

Francesco Mallamace (University of Messina, Messina, I)

Alice Miceli (University Roma Tor Vergata, I)

Roger Pynn (Indiana University, Bloomington, US)

Enrico Perelli Cippo (CNR-IFP, Milan, I)

Gabriele Salvato (CNR-IPCF, Messina I)

Antonella Scherillo (CNR-IPCF, I and ISIS Pulsed neutron Source, STFC, UK)

Marco Tardocchi (CNR-IFP, Milan, I)

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.



Accommodation of participants is organized by the Ettore Majorana Foundation in the outstanding location of EMCSC , named after an outstanding Italian physicist, either in their premises. Accommodation is organized 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  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 national connections to the major Italian cities. Arrival (on April 30) and departures (on May 9) 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 April 1st.

On the official arrival day (30th April), transportation from Palermo or Trapani airports to Erice will be provided by the EMFCSC. 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 April 1st. 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 International School of Solid State Physics.

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.: 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 30th April, not later than 12:30 a.m.

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

On the official day of departure (May 9), transportation to Palermo or Trapani airports will be provided by the EMFCSC.


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 senior participants, children, accompanying nurse, etc.) and requests should be indicated in the Travel Form and negotiated with the Conference Scientific Secretary for instructions.

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 which 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. Coming soon.



School Director
Dr. Ian Anderson

Dr. Antonella Scherillo

Dr. Gabriele Salvato

Dr. Roberto Senesi
University of Rome Tor Vergata, I


  • Roberto Senesi (University Rome Tor Vergata and CNR, I)
  • Cirino Vasi (CNR, I)




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