EXSA Autumn School and Workshop on quantitative methods in X-ray spectrometry

In the second week of October, the first Autumn School of the European X-ray Spectrometry Association coorganized by EXSA, PTB and TU Berlin took place in combination with a workshop and a meeting of the Fundamental Parameter Initiative. Around 75 colleagues, 25 students among them, participated in a week of vivid debate and scientific exchange on the subject of “Quantitative Methods in X-ray Spectrometry”. Two days of lectures introduced the students to the subject while the workshop comprised talks about related current research and two lively discussions, one on Fundamental Parameters and the other on micro-XRF imaging.

Bestowal of the poster prize to Malte Wansleben (left) by EXSA president Michael Kolbe (right)

Additionally, the time dedicated to the posters presentation has encountered a great success and has provided an excellent platform for the attendees to showcase scientific research that complemented oral sessions running during the workshop. A poster prize has been organized to recognize a Ph.D. student who demonstrated high-quality research presented in a poster format and highlighted the scientific perspectives of the work. It was awarded to Malte L. Wansleben, Ph.D. student in PTB’s X-ray spectrometry group, for his work on “A compact and calibratable von-Hamos X-Ray Spectrometer based on full-cylindrical HAPG mosaic crystals”.

As the response of the community, both academic and industrial, to this first EXSA event of that kind has been overwhelmingly positive, a continuation of this activity is being considered.