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German Neutron Scattering Conference
Deutsche Neutronenstreutagung 2012

September 24-26, 2012 Jülich/GSI-Bonn - Germany


The German Conference on Neutron Scattering 2012 – Deutsche Neutronenstreutagung DN-2012 – offers a forum for the presentation and critical discussion of recent results obtained with neutron scattering and complementary techniques.  The meeting will be held in Bonn from 24th to 26th September 2012.  It is organized on behalf of the German Committee for Research with Neutrons – Komitee Forschung mit Neutronen KFN – by the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH.  In between the large European and international neutron scattering conferences ECNS (2011 in Prague) and ICNS (2013 in Edinburgh), it offers the vibrant German and international neutron community an opportunity to debate topical issues in a stimulating atmosphere. Originating from “BMBF Verbundtreffen” – meetings for projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – this conference series has a strong tradition of providing a forum for the discussion of collaborative research projects and future developments in the field of research with neutrons in general.  Neutron scattering, by its very nature is used as a  powerful probe in many different disciplines and areas, from particle and condensed matter physics through to chemistry, biology, materials sciences, engineering sciences, right up to geology and cultural heritage; the German Neutron Scattering Conference thus provides a unique chance for exploring interdisciplinary research opportunities. It also serves as a showcase for recent method and instrument developments and to inform users of new advances at neutron facilities.

The participation of young scientists is particularly welcome.  Thanks to financial support from major German neutron centers, we are able to offer students a reduced conference fee and to award the prestigious “Wolfram Prandl Prize” for young investigators.  We encourage young academics to submit oral contributions.

As evidenced by the choice of English as the main conference language, international participation is highly welcome.  This year, due to the location of Jülich in proximity to the Belgian and Dutch borders, we particularly invite our colleagues from Belgium and the Netherlands to join us and enrich the DN-2012 with their contributions. In view of our close collaboration in the ESS project, we also extend a special invitation to our Swedish and Danish colleagues.

The German and European neutron communities are eagerly looking forward to the realization of the European Spallation Source ESS in Lund, Sweden.  With a beam power of 5 MW, this novel long pulse source will lead neutron scattering into a new era and enable scientists to perform experiments that they can only dream of today.  The German neutron community, being one of the largest and most productive worldwide, is keen to contribute to the future realization and scientific exploitation of this leading source.  Special sessions will be dedicated to explore how this next-generation neutron facility can best contribute to solving the Grand Challenges modern societies face in terms of energy, information technology, transport, health and the environment.


Logo_Endversion.jpgImages: Forschungszentrum Jülich, M.Hermann/TRICKLABOR (top right), W. Schürmann/TUM (bottom right)


Link to Komitee Forschung mit Neutronen (KFN) with the announcement of the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize.

Additional Information

For questions please contact:


Conference Office
Ms. Barbara Köppchen
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS-2)
52425 Jülich
Phone: +49 2461 61-4750
Fax: +49 2461 61-2610