Event Name

HERCULES 2016 - European School. 26 Years of Neutron & Synchrotron Radiation Science

Start Date 29th Mar 2016
End Date 29th Apr 2016

HERCULES is a European course for PhD students and young researchers using Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation for applications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Hard & Soft Condensed Matter.

    The 1-month school includes lectures (60%), hands-on practicals and tutorials at partner institutes (DESY and European XFEL in Hamburg, Ellettra and FERMI in Trieste, ESRF, ILL in Grenoble, Soleil and LLB near Paris, SLS in Switzerland) and Grenoble Laboratories (CEA, CNRS, EMBL, IBS).

    The school  includes a common part and two parallel sessions:

  • Biomolecular, soft condensed matter structure & dynamics
  • Physics and chemistry of condensed matter


    Why join Hercules ?

  • to learn new techniques using neutron and synchrotron radiation
  • to expand your theoretical and practical knowledge, not only for your present research but for your scientific career
  • to experiment these techniques on world-class instruments & beamlines
  • to build a network of relations with fellow young researchers and experienced teachers from all around the World

Deadline for application:   31 October 2015

Bursaries/reduced costs: a limited number of bursaries will be available either to reduce registration fees or cover travel costs.

Common Lectures:

  • Interaction of X-rays and neutrons with matter (absorption, elastic and inelastic interactions, ...)
  • Sources (neutron, synchrotron, XFEL)
  • Detectors
  • Optics &instrumentation
  • Diffraction (single crystal, powder..)
  • Scattering (elastic, inelastic..)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Imaging (Absorption, coherent,..)
  • etc.

Session A: Applications to Biomolecular, Soft Condensed matter, Structure and Dynamics

  • Protein structure and dynamics
  • Studies in solutions
  • Partially ordered systems
  • Membranes, fibres and muscles
  • Crystallography of viruses and ribosomes
  • Structural genomics
  • Biomedical applications (imaging, therapy)
  • Time-resolved and ultra-fast X-ray science
  • Biology with 4th generation sources
  • etc.

Session B: Applications to Physics and Chemistry of Condensed Matter

  • Neutron and X-ray (and UV and IR) spectroscopies
  • X-ray reflectivity and diffraction of nano systems
  • Single crystal and powder diffraction
  • Coherent imaging and tomography
  • Neutron and X-ray magnetic scattering
  • Polarized X-rays and neutrons
  • FEL and ultra fast X-ray science
  • etc.
Location Grenoble
URL http://hercules-school.eu

Category Training courses
Topics Biological macromolecules | Crystal growth | Data analysis | Electron crystallography | Free-electron laser | General | Inelastic X-ray scattering | Magnetism | Materials | Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography | Microscopy | Neutron scattering | NMR crystallography | Powder diffraction | Radiation physics | Small-angle scattering | Solid-state chemistry | Solid-state physics | Surface studies | Synchrotron radiation | XAFS studies | X-ray fluorescence | X-ray optics and imaging