RACIRI Summer Schools

RACIRI Summer Schools offer a unique training for young researchers in materials and life science, who utilize neutrons and X-rays.

The next RACIRI Summer School will be held in 2021

The RACIRI 2020 Summer School is postponed and will be held held 22 August – 29 August 2021 in Varberg, Sweden.

The theme is "X-rays and Neutrons for a Sustainable Future - Advanced Materials, Environment, Human Health". It is now possible for postdoctoral students, doctoral students or master's students at Swedish universities or research institutes to apply.

In general, admittance to the RACIRI Summer School is based on national calls in the partner countries Sweden, Russia and Germany and granted through a nomination process based on scientific excellence.

Each country will organize the calls and the nomination process autonomously and may engage for that purpose national research organizations to rely on their experiences, networks and best practice mechanisms in advertising the RACIRI Summer School and in nominating young researchers.

Up to 20 successful applicants in Sweden will receive an invitation to attend the RACIRI Summer School 2020 and the necessary funding for courses, accommodation and food. The nomination process will be organised by the Swedish Steering Committée for Röntgen Ångström Cluster. 

Applicants are requested to electronically submit:

a) a CV

b) a one-page motivation letter explaining why he/she would like to participate and how this might benefit his/her ongoing or planned research

c) One reference letter from the supervisor or the director of research.

Note! Dates and more information about applying will be posted here in 2021.

The 2021 program

The program structure, the addressed topics and the lectures are designed to improve a fundamental understanding rather than just focus on plain experimental methods and techniques. In addition, structure and program of the summer schools emphasize a stimulating learning environment with sufficient time for social & cultural activities among the students.

Internationally renowned scientists and experts from the relevant fields will be invited as lecturers and tutors. Poster Sessions and a Science Slam are part of each RACIRI Summer School. At the end of each lecture day, the students are offered Tutorials, where they can meet and discuss with each lecturer of the day separately in a relaxed atmosphere.

These program parts stimulate the interaction and a close dialogue between the generations.

RACIRI Summer School – a unique training for young researchers

The Baltic region is significantly strengthening its analytical research capabilities over the next decade for users from all over the world with existing and upcoming top research facilities:

  • European X-ray Free Electron Laser (European XFEL) in Hamburg,
  • European Spallation Source ESS and the Max IV Laboratory in Lund,
  • PETRA III, the future PETRA IV synchrotron-radiation facility and the soft-X-ray FEL FLASH at DESY,
  • High-flux research reactor PIK in Gatchina near St. Petersburg.

RACIRI Summer Schools offer a unique training for young researchers in materials and life science, who utilize neutrons and X-rays. The schools address PhD students, master (diploma) students in their final research year, and young postdoctoral researchers from institutions predominantly of the three partner countries.

Germany, Russia and Sweden jointly launched the RACIRI Summer School initiative in 2013. The initiative is based on two bilateral cooperation platforms: The German-Swedish Röntgen-Ångström Cluster RAC and the German-Russian Ioffe-Röntgen Institute IRI.

A key target of both platforms, RÅC and IRI, is the training of the next generation of researchers in order to contribute to the best possible exploitation of this most-advanced research infrastructure.

Main goals

The main goals of RACIRI Summer Schools are to:

  • Strengthen a broad scientific knowledge base of the next generation of researchers in advanced materials research,
  • Contribute to the necessary interdisciplinary literacy in relevant scientific fields and disciplines.

Read more on the RACIRI website External link.

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