Published: August 24, 2018

The International Scientific Committees of the QENS (‘Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering’) and WINS (‘Workshop on Inelastic Neutron Spectrometers’) Conferences have chosen the candidacy of the ‘Polymers and Soft Matter Group’ of CFM to host their next joint Edition in 2020.

Polymers and Softmatter group of CFM, with Professors Juan Colmenero and Arantxa Arbe standing at the top left corner of the picture.

The CFM proposal by Arantxa Arbe and Juan Colmenero was supported by more than 70% of the votes. This is an extraordinary success, taking into account that the competitor was the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA, that runs the HFIR reactor and the spallation source SNS –the neutron source that currently produces the most intense pulses in the world.

The QENS Conferences cover the broad spectrum of scientific activities related with the study by means of quasielastic neutron scattering of the dynamics of diverse materials. QENS offers a platform for discussion and exchange of scientific ideas among the experts in the field, and a general overview of the possibilities of QENS techniques for the investigation of atomic and molecular motions to potential new users.

On the other hand, the workshops WINS are focused on instrumental aspects of quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering techniques. There, the innovations and new developments in the design of new spectrometers or improvements and optimization of existing instruments are presented. Though originally the QENS and WINS conferences were held in an independent way, it has been put forward that their joint celebration is highly synergetic and enhances their scope and impact on the scientific community related with the quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering techniques.

Images of quasielastic neutron scattering spectrometers.

The joint celebration QENS/WINS 2020 will constitute the 14th Edition of the QENS series and the 9th of the WINS workshops. Together with the International and European Conferences on Neutron Scattering (ICNS and ECNS, respectively), this is the most relevant event for the scientific community using neutron scattering to decipher dynamical properties in systems on any nature. The last Edition, held in July in Hong-Kong, has gathered more than 130 scientists from allover the world.