Previous XAFS Conferences

The series of XAFS Conferences until 2000 (XAFS11, Akoh) has a tradition over about two decades while more recent tradition is once per three decades. It is also a tradition that in the EC meeting during the conference period, the future conference in six years is selected by voting after presentations by organizers. Since six years ahead is difficult to foresee, criticism focused on the selection of conference sites. During the conference period of XAFS16, the EC felt that the proposal guideline and deadline information have not been specified enough to allow fully community input and postponed the site selection by one year. The deadline for proposals to host XAFS16 is Sept. 1, 2-10. See proposal guidelines available by Oct. 1, 2009.

XAFS1 1981 Daresbury (UK)
XAFS2 1982 Frascatti (Italy)
XAFS3 1984 Stanford (USA)
XAFS4 1986 Fontevraud (France)
XAFS5 1988 Seattle (USA)
XAFS6 1990 York (UK)
XAFS7 1992 Kobe (Japan)
XAFS8 1994 Berlin (Germany)
XAFS9 1996 Grenoble (France)
XAFS10 1998 Chicago (USA)
XAFS11 2000 Akoh (Japan)
XAFS12 2003 Malmo (Sweden)
XAFS13 2006 Stanford (USA)
XAFS14 2009 Camerino (Italy)
XAFS15 2012 Beijing (China)
XAFS16 2015 Karlsruhe (Germany)

Previous conference locations are indicated in the world-wide map and blowup of Europe. Three conferences were held in NA, eight in Europe and three in Asia.


Details on the proceedings of the first 14 XAFS conferences (1981-2009) (Courtesy of P. Fornasini)


1981 Daresbury Study Weekend Daresbury
Mar. 28-29
C.D. Garner
S.S. Hasnain
C.D. Garner
S.S. Hasnain
EXAFS for Inorganic Systems, Study Weekend, Daresbury Laboratory Rep. DL/SCI/R17, 1981, ISSN 0144-5677 27
1982 EXAFS and Near Edge Structure Frascatti
Sep. 13-17
A. Bianconi
L. Incoccia
S. Stipcich
A. Bianconi
L. Incoccia
S. Stipcich
EXAFS and Near Edge Structure I, Springer series in Chemical Physics, Vol. 27, Springer, Berlin, 1983, pp.1-420. ISBN 3-540-12411-X 94
1984 EXAFS and Near Edge Structure III Stanford
Jul. 16-20
A. Bienenstock
K. Hodgson
K.O. Hodgson
B. Hedman
J.E. Penner-Hahn
EXAFS and Near Edge Structure III, Springer Proceedings in Physics 2, Springer, 1984, ISBN 3-540-15013-7 139
1986 EXAFS and Near Edge Structure IV Fontevraud
Jul. 7-11
P. Lagarde
D. Raoux
P. Lagarde
D. Raoux
J. Petiau
Journal de Physique 47, Colloque C8, Suppl. au n. 12, 1986 237
1988 XAFS V Seattle
Aug. 21-26
F. Lytle
D. Sayers
E. Stern
J. Mustre de Léon
E. A. Stern
D. E. Sayers
Y. Ma
J.J. Rehr
Physica B 158, 1989 269
1990 XAFS VI York
Aug. 5-10
S. Hasnain S. Hasnain X-ray Absorption Fine Structure, Ellis Horwood, 1991, ISBN 0-13-973199-7 195
1992 XAFS VII Kobe
Aug. 23-29
H. Kuroda H. Kuroda
T. Ohta
T. Murata
Y. Udagawa
M. Nomura
Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 32, Suppl. 32-2, 1993 266
1994 XAFS VIII Berlin
Aug. 28-Sept. 2
K. Baberschke K. Baberschke
D. Arvanitis
Physica B 208-209, 1995 310
1996 XAFS IX Grenoble
Aug. 26-30
J. Goulon J. Goulon
C. Goulon-Ginet
N.B. Brookes
Journal de Physique IV, Vol. 7, Colloque C2, 1997 434
1998 XAFS X Chicago
Aug. 10-14
B. Bunker
S. Heald
T. Morrison
S. S. Hasnain et al. J. Synchrotr. Rad. Vol. 6, Part 3, 1999 241
2000 XAFS XI Ako
Jul. 26-31
T. Ohta
M. Nomura
S. S. Hasnain et al. J. Synchrotr. Rad. Vol. 8, Part 2, 2001 308
2003 XAFS XII Malmö
Jun. 22-27
N. Mårtensson
D. Arvanitis
O.C. Karis
N. Mårtensson
D. Arvanitis
O.C. Karis
Physica Scripta T115, 2005, ISBN 91-89621-21-2 333
2006 XAFS XIII Standford
Jul. 26-31
B. Hedman
P. Pianetta
K. Hodgson
B. Hedman
P. Pianetta
AIP Conf. Proc 882, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7354-0384-0 276
2009 XAFS XIV Camerino
Jul. 26-31
A. Di Cicco
A. Filipponi
A. Di Cicco
A. Filipponi
J. Phys.: Conf. Series 190, 2009 211
2012 XAFS XV Beijing
Jul. 22-28
Ziyu Wu   J. Phys.: Conf. Series, not yet published  

Recent Trends of XAFS Conferences

Table shows the list of countries and regions of attendants for XAFS 13 (2006) and XAFS14 (2009). Comparing the participant's breakdown according to the national origin, apart from the advantage of the host nation, one can notice that the conference attendees come from more and more widely spread countries. This trend is not surprising since synchrotron radiation facilities became accessible for researchers and data analysis codes were distributed all over the world. The time scale is rather short and it is not difficult to expect that this trend will continue in the next decade. The IXAS therefore should be strengthened in their activities to meet demands from the expanding community, to further upgrade the scientific program and information exchange. Statistics of the XAFS14 attendants show that three major regions with the average 150 attendants are America (North America and South America), Asia-Oceania, Europe while another emerging region is Russia and Middle East. It is apparent that the advantage of hosting region is sensitively reflected in the statistics but three regions cover 90% and the IXAS EC may need to consider the statistics in selecting the EC members in the future.

Category Statics of XAFS13 and XAFS14

The 15th International Conference on
X-ray Absorption Fine Structure

July 22 - 28, 2012 Beijing, China


Scientific Trends

Today XAS research is so widely distributed and still is growing in diversity which is a right word to describe recent activities that span from biology to condensed matter, from chemistry to nanoscience. Accordingly XAFS Conferences cover such a wide areas of science and it is difficult to categorize presentations. However, it would be worthwhile to see a recent trend from temporary categories. Here categories for XAFS11 (Akoh, 2000) and XAFS14 (Camerino, 2009) are compared. For simplicity two conferences are compared in categories given below.

  • Molecules & Clusters
  • Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Surface
  • Interface and Nano-structures
  • Amorphous, Glass and Liquids
  • Magnetic Materials
  • Materials for Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Biological Systems
  • Catalysts
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Data Analysis, Related Phenomena
  • Dichroism
  • Theory and Fundamentals
  • Strongly Correlated Materials, Novel Functional Materials
  • Time-resolved, Fast Dynamics
  • Radioactive Materials

The original categories (a-n) are based on K. Baberschke's review on the XAFS conference (J. Synchrotron Rad. 8, 1012 (2001)). Reflecting the recent trend, Strongly Correlated Materials, Novel Functional Materials (o), Time-resolved, Fast Dynamics (p) and Radioactive Materials (q) were added (H. Oyanagi, Sep. 1, 2009).

By comparing the categories for XAFS11 and XAFS14, one would find an obvious trend that all categories are growing in number and distributions are more averaged out, indicating that all fields are growing which explains why XAFS conferences are always successful. Moreover, topics such as strongly correlated materials such as high temperature superconductors and manganites, novel materials such as iron oxynictides, time resolved studies and studies on dynamics, and radioactive materials newly joined to the family. Detailed report on the latest conference (XAFS14, 2009) will be found at the conference web but it is obvious that the XAS community is growing steadily.

The 16th International Conference on X-ray Adsorption Fine Structure
23 - 28 August 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany


Result of Final Voting for XAFS16 Site Selection

January 25, 2011

Final voting (2nd voting) for choosing the site of XAFS16 took place and as of today, all members (11) have voted. (One EC member abstained.)


The results of Final Voting are the following.

France: 4
Germany: 7

The site of XAFS16 is now determined as Germany. We appreciate all voting EC members for continuous efforts and endurance.

Message from the Chair

The voting process was planned as a two-round system where the first stage was evaluation to pick up the top two. As the results were so close the second round of voting scheme was decided by a preference survey. The results of preference survey chose the second round of voting between Germany and France. The second round of voting took place and the results were Germany: 7 and France: 4. The whole process of site selection took more than three months. It was a long painful period for both proposers and us. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my greatest thanks to all proposers and the EC members for taking time.

During the course of voting period, all EC members learned that an open call for hosting proposal works, allowing motivated proposers to prepare excellent plans while choosing one is quite difficult. I expect, however, that there will be a number of qualified potential hosting proposals as long as community promotes and progress. The IXAS EC will make sure to give them a chance of entry in the race and will patiently review them and choose the best plan. The issue of current choosing (web voting) is temporary but I hope that the best scheme will be ready under the next chair.

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