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EXRS 2020 - European X-ray Spectrometry Conference

From 21.06.2020 until 26.06.2020
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21st - 26th June 2020, Bruges, Belgium
EXRS 2020 - European X-ray Spectrometry conference

The University of Antwerp (AXES group), together with Ghent University (XMI group) and Liege University (CEA) have the pleasure of inviting you to the 2020 edition of the European X-ray Spectrometry conference. This edition of the EXRS conference, organised in collaboration with the European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS), will take place in the historic city centre of Bruges (Belgium), which is listed as UNESCO world heritage.

The European Conference on X-ray Spectrometry (EXRS) is a biennial conference series that started in 1984 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This conference has become a traditional meeting for scientists from around the world working in X-ray spectrometry or using one of its several techniques: X-ray fluorescence (conventional, micro-fluorescence, synchrotron-based and total-reflection), electron microprobe, PIXE, XRD, etc. It represents an exciting discussion forum for basic research and applications of X-ray spectrometry in a rich variety of fields like materials science, chemistry (analysis of materials, quantification), radiation physics, medicine (medical physics, medical imaging), biology, environment, cultural heritage, technology and industry. EXRS is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in theoretical, experimental and applied XRS, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others. The last three conferences were held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 2018; Gothenburg, Sweden 2016 and Bologna, Italy 2014.

The scientific programme consists of invited lectures from distinguished scientists, oral presentations and poster contributions given by the participants and an industrial exhibition, including technical presentations given by the sponsors.

The major topics to be discussed include:
- Interactions of X-rays with matter and fundamental parameters;
- Quantification, simulation and modelling;
- XRS instrumentation (sources, optics and ED/WD detectors, including mobile devices);
- TXRF and related techniques;
- PIXE and electron induced XRS;
- Synchrotron radiation;
- Microbeams and scanning imaging techniques;
- Full field X-ray imaging and tomography;
- X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy; X-ray diffraction;
- XRS applications in biology/health, environment, industrial production, cultural heritage, nanotechnology, energy, ....

In the 15th century, Brugge was the cradle of the Flemish 'Primitive' painters and a centre of patronage and painting for artists such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. Many of their works were exported and influenced painting styles all over Europe. Exceptionally important collections have remained in the city until today. A ccording to UNESCO, Bruges (Brugge in Flemish) is an outstanding example of a medieval settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric over the centuries, with various original Gothic constructions forming the town's identity. The conference will take place in the medieval Saint John's Hospital (Oud Sint-Jan), one of the oldest European infirmaries. This is located in the heart of the city, close to the Cathedral and at walking distance to various heritage sites such as the Groeningemuseum, the Chapel of the Holy Blood, the Belfry, the Beguinage, etc.

Further information from:
EMAS Workshop Secretary
c/o University of Antwerp
Department of Chemistry, Research group PLASMANT
attn. Mr. Luc Van’t dack
Campus Drie Eiken, Universiteitsplein 1
BE-2610 Antwerp-Wilrijk, Belgium
tel: +32-3-265.23.43, fax: +32-3-265.23.43, email: