16th Oxford School on Neutron Scattering

2 - 13 September 2019

An ideal introduction to the theory, techniques and
applications of neutron scattering

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2nd September 2019

We hope that you are enjoying the start of the school! As was mentioned, your feedback is very important as it helps improve and shape the next school. As such, we ask you (and will remind you of it in lectures!) to please take some time at the end of each day to fill in the feedback forms. There is one per day.

27th August 2019

The school is fast approaching and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Oxford. Please remember:
Residential students: check into St. Anne’s College at the Porter’s Lodge near the entrance (Ruth Deech Building on Woodstock Road) to obtain your room keys. Dinner will be at 7pm in the dining hall.
All students: please meet on Monday 2nd September at 08:15 at the Porter’s Lodge at St. Anne’s College at the Porter’s Lodge near the entrance (Ruth Deech Building on Woodstock Road) and we will walk with you to the lecture theatre.

12th August 2019

All registered students should have received an email from the organisers. It contains important information relating to the school and an information pack. Please take time to read the email.

9th July 2019

The payments website is now open. Payments can only be made using a credit card and once successfully processed you will receive a confirmation email using the address you provided on the form.

Please note the required payment depends on you accommodation status: Residential £590 and Non-residential (No accommodation) £170.

The payment website can be found here: OSNS Payment

If you have any problems then please contact the school osns@stfc.ac.uk.

25th June 2019

We have now completed sending out letters to all of you who have applied to the school. We apologise to those for whom we were unable to offer a place. There was an exceptional demand for the school this year and the quality of applications was very high. We are in the process of finalising the payment procedure (note that it will be in GBP and using a credit card) and details will be posted here and emailed. Detailed programme and additional information will be available in the next few weeks.

Visa letters have been sent to the students that have requested one. If you haven’t received yours then please email osns@stfc.ac.uk as soon as possible.

We all look forward to seeing you in September.

16th April 2019

Applications for the school are now open. Deadline for applications has been extended to the 1st June 2019

21st January 2019

Applications for the school are now open. Deadline for applications is 12th May 2019

12th December 2018

The first announcement will take place in the second week of January 2019.

26th November 2018

Preparations for the 2019 school are well underway. We look forward to welcoming you next year to OSNS16.

About the School

The Oxford School on Neutron Scattering is intended for scientists and engineers who are new to the field of neutron scattering. Lectures and tutorials covering the theory and practice of neutron diffraction and spectroscopy are given by international experts. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in modern techniques and applications at both continuous and pulsed neutron sources and have the opportunity to hear about the latest research being carried out with the technique.


The first week of the school introduces students to the core concepts of neutron scattering, neutron sources and instrumentation, neutron diffraction and spectroscopy. The second week splits tuition into three focused science areas, physics, chemistry and soft/bio, and provides lectures on neutron techniques and concepts which are most relevant to each area. Each lecture will be accompanied by a tutorial session. The students will be asked to make short presentations to their peers about their current research projects and work in pairs to write a beamtime proposal. The students will also have the opportunity to visit the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Facility in Didcot, and to attend a number of evening lectures from prestigious names from the neutron community. In addition, this year are providing an option maths refresher for those students who may want it.

Topics covered during the school include:


Accommodation will be provided in rooms in St Anne's College, University of Oxford. Breakfast will be provided for each day of the school, and evening meals will be provided during the weekdays.

Application and Fees

Application:To apply for the school you will need to submit both a personal statement and a statement from your academic supervisor that will be used in the selection process. Applications should arrive no later than the 1st June 2019. The course is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply in plenty of time, as late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are selected for the course based on their requirements for neutron scattering techniques as part of their present and future research activities. Applicants will be notified shortly after of the outcome of their application. The school is open to all applicants worldwide.

To apply please visit https://tinyurl.com/16OSNS2019

Fees: School fees for 2019 are £590 (~ €670) per residential student which includes the cost of a en-suite room during the school, breakfast and evening meals, teaching materials, drinks reception and the gala dinner. There are 50 residential places available. There are also 10 non-residential places for students who do not require local accommodation, at a school fee of £170, which includes teaching materials, drinks reception and gala dinner. Fees will be payable once the names of successful applicants have been announced.

Social programme

A lively social programme is planned including a drinks reception and gala dinner and quiz evening. There will be opportunities for punting on the Oxford rivers, visiting historic places and exploring the city.

Further information

If you cannot find the information you need about the School on our website, please drop us an email at osns@stfc.ac.uk and we will try to answer your questions.


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