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Please see the following two announcements relevant to the ORSO community. Both have closing dates coming up in October.

Dates: Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th November 2021
Venue: Online (via Zoom).

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual ISIS Reflectivity Training Course. The course will take place online via Zoom on four days in November: Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th of November 2021.
This training school will have a varied content suitable for novices and more experienced users (i.e. is not limited to PhD students):

  • principles of reflectometry, including polarised neutron reflectometry
  • working principles of time-of-flight reflectometers (including a virtual guided tour)
  • data reduction principles
  • reflectivity fitting theory (model building approaches, fitting strategies etc)
  • error analysis techniques for reflectivity data
  • case studies for different science areas and using different fitting software
  • live interactive demonstrations and exercises using online resources,
such as IDAaaS and Google Colab
  • live help and advice for users, who have already collected reflectivity data

The course is free of charge, but spaces are limited due to availability of online training environments, so a short justification is required, such that a selection process can take place in the case of oversubscription.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend all relevant course sessions and to prepare and test their access to online learning resources ahead of the course (details will follow).

To apply, please click here to complete a short application form.
Application deadline is 23:00 GMT on Sunday 17th of October.
For questions please contact
Max Skoda ( or
Luke Clifton (

Renewed call for Abstracts for SXNS16

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for SXNS16, the 16th International Conference on Surface X-ray and Neutron Scattering, co-organized by the European Spallation Source and MAX IV Laboratory with the support of the Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science.
The conference, which was delayed due to the pandemic, will now take place 11th - 14th January 2022 in Lund, Sweden.
The scientific programme for SXNS16 will emphasize novel techniques for surface x-ray and neutron scattering including instrumentation and source development. Topics will include in-situ and in-operando surface studies, nanostructured surfaces and interfaces, surface and interfaces in soft matter, biological interfaces, emergent interfacial materials, and dynamics of surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures.
Our plenary speakers are Robert Feidenhans'l (XFEL, Germany) and Robert Thomas (Oxford University, UK), and a full list of invited speakers is on the website. 
The deadline for abstract submission is very soon on 22nd October 2021, with the registration deadline on 16th November 2021. Registration is now open.
New or updated abstracts are welcome, and all those that previously submitted abstracts (in 2020) will be contacted to confirm their submissions.
For further information visit the website above or e-mail:
Looking forward to seeing you in Lund,
The chairs of SXNS16:
Tom Arnold (ESS)
Ann Terry (MAX IV)
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