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XAFS17 Conference in Kraków, Poland, 22-27.07.2018

July 24

Updated: Aug. 02, 2017

     International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) is organized since 1981, recently every three years. Each time it is placed in different part of the world and it was already organized by committees in USA, Japan, China and various countries in Europe. Conference is dedicated to presenting novel trends and developments in X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy and related methods. Since XAS research is recently widely diverse, the number of presented topics is growing each time. Presentations cover both experimental applications in physics, chemistry, biology, material science, earth science and many more, but also theoretical approaches. Moreover, technical developments and new instrumentation topics are strongly represented at XAFS, with emphasis to the use of not only synchrotron sources but also x-ray free electron lasers (XFEL) and laboratory setups. Typically, presentations are divided into plenary and keynote lectures given by experts in the field as well as contributed talks and poster presentations that is also an opportunity for students and young scientists to present their work. Moreover, as satellite meetings, workshops with ‘hands-on’ tutorials are organized. Previous conference, XAFS16, was held in Karlsruhe, Germany, 23-28 August 2015. It gathered more than 500 scientists from various countries and it was an excellent opportunity to establish or renew collaborations and contacts with colleagues in the field.

     In 2012, during XAFS15 in Beijing (China), proposals for the XAFS17 conference were briefly presented. After discussion, the IXAS Executive Committee held a closed-ballot vote to determine the conference venue. The Executive Committee voting results decided Kraków, Poland, to host XAFS17. Conference was scheduled to 22-27 July 2018.

     Kraków is the second largest city in Poland and a well-established academic center with the oldest in Poland, 650-years old, Jagiellonian University and many other universities, academies, polytechnics and research institutes. In 2015 in Kraków first polish synchrotron SOLARIS (Photo 1) was commissioning and started its operation to be available for users in 2018. Kraków is also a lively city, full of cultural heritage sites (Photo 2), world-famous art and excellent cuisine.


     The XAFS17 is being organized by the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society under the auspices of the International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS) in cooperation with: Synchrotron SOLARIS, Jagiellonian University and the Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, under the honorary patronage of the Major of the City of Kraków, Rector of the Jagiellonian University and the General Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków.

     Conference venue will be placed in Auditorium Maximum of Jagiellonian University (Photo 3). Auditorium Maximum is a modern conference and teaching facility opened in 2005. It is located in close proximity to the city center. It features a six conference rooms of varying sizes and functionalities which allows to organize parallel sessions in one building. The largest room is with theatre-style seating and capacity of 1200 people (Photo 4). Auditorium Maximum is also adapted for organizing poster session.


     XAFS17 program will cover all of the recent trends in x-ray spectroscopy field with lectures divided by topics, two poster sessions as well as social events – the opportunity to have discussions with colleagues, lecturers and business representatives. Conference dinner will be a chance to try excellent polish dishes and during the conference excursion you can enjoy Kraków old town, Wieliczka salt mine and many more.

     The Organizing Committee will be delighted to meet all scientists from all over the world who are interested in XAFS at the XAFS17 Conference in Kraków, a great place to do science and to enjoy Polish culture.

With my very best regards,

Prof. Wojciech M. Kwiatek

XAFS17 Chairman