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[kfn-info] Good News from MLZ

KFN email newsletter on Dec. 19, 2019

Dear friends of neutron research,

FRM II received four fresh fuel elements this morning, so operation can be re-started as planned in the beginning of 2020.

The KFN thanks all representatives in politics, ministries and science who committed to solving this very special situation. The next task will be finding a long-term solution for the transport problem.

We are glad that operation starts again in January. Proposals for the MLZ Rapid Access Programm can be submitted until January 10, 2020, see

This year, access to neutron instruments has been reduced by the shut down of the reactors at LLB, HZB and in Kjeller in Norway. All the more, we rely on MLZ and the future ESS. We would like to cite Helmut Schober, who is nevertheless optimistic: “European neutron science owes its outstanding performance over the last 50 years largely to the close-knit network of facilities available to scientists. The three reactors closed in 2019 were all vital pillars of this network, in particular BER II in Berlin and Orphée in Paris, which both ran extensive international user programmes. Fortunately, significant steps have already been taken to prepare for these closures. ESS is well on its way, while the remaining major European sources have invested heavily into upgrading their capacities and capabilities. In addition, LLB will maintain its neutron activities by engaging in strong collaborations with other facilities and the future ESS. Provided we can maintain the proper level of support, Europe can expect to retain its world-leading position.”, see

>> RACIRI Summer School 2020

The RACIRI Summer School 2020 will take place from August 23 to 30, 2020 in Varberg, south of Göteborg in Sweden. The venue Varbergs Kusthotell will add a coastal touch to the attractive summer school on materials sciences with neutrons and synchrotron radiation. A report from the summer school 2019 is part of the RAC neweslleter, see below. More information can be found on the website

>> News from the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster

the German-Swedish cooperation in materials sciences and structural biology with neutrons and synchrotron radiation Röntgen-Ångström Cluster has just published its latest newsletter, see

We send our best wishes for a healthy, peaceful 2020 and for exciting science,

Astrid Schneidewind, KFN chair
Karin Griewatsch, KFN PR


Overview of deadlines and events in the next month (see also

31.12.2019: Frist für die günstigere Anmeldung zum Joint Polish-German Crystallographic Meeting 2020, 23.-27.02.2020, Wrocław, Polen

06.01.2020: Anmeldefrist für 2020 Winter School Nanoparticles: from fundamentals to applications in life sciences, 02.-07.02.2020, Kandersteg, Schweiz

10.01.2020: Frist für Messzeitanträge Rapid Access at MLZ, Garching

10.01.2020: Frist für Meldung von Publikationen zu Messungen an BESSY II, BER II oder HFM/EXED aus dem Jahr 2019, Berlin

15.01.2020: Frist für Abstracts zur 14th European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics, 04.-08.05.2020, Grainau, Eibsee

20.01.2020: Frist für Antrag auf finanzielle Unterstützung EPDIC17 - The European Powder Diffraction Conference, 26.-30.05.2020, Šibenik, Kroatien

23.01.2020: Anmeldefrist für 51st IFF Spring School - Quantum Technology, 23.03.2020-03.04.2020, Jülich

24.01.2020: Frist für Artikel für den MLZ-Jahresbericht, Garching

29.01.2020: Frist für die günstigere Anmeldung zum 15th European Molecular Imaging Meeting, 24.-27.03.2020, Thessaloniki, Griechenland

01.02.2020: Frist für Abstracts zu EPDIC17 - The European Powder Diffraction Conference, 26.-30.05.2020, Šibenik, Kroatien

07.02.2020: Frist für die günstigere Anmeldung und Antrag auf finanzielle Unterstützung zur DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion Kondensierte Materie, 15.-20.03.2020, Dresden