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Dr. Evgeny Altynbayev, NRC “Kurchatov Institute” – PNPI, Russia 
DR. EVGENII ALTYNBAEV is a scientist at the National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" - Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (NRC KI - PNPI) in department of condensed matter investigations (Gatchina,Russia). His research is focused on small-angle neutron diffraction investigations of helical magnetic structures. Scientific activities of Evgenii are also connected to the study of the dynamical properties of the Dzyaloshinskiy-Moriya helimagnets with neutron spin-echo and small-angle neutron scattering. His expertise include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Neutron Spin-Echo, Neutron Diffraction, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering.

Dr. Ken Andersen, ESS, Sweden
Ken Andersen is Head of the Neutron Instruments Division at the European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden. He was previously in charge of the Neutron Optics lab at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France and has worked as a neutron instrument scientist at both ILL and ISIS in the UK. His research interests centre around the design and optimization of neutron instruments for both steady-state and pulsed neutron sources. He is an adjunct professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University, Denmark.


Dr. Mikhail Avdeev, JINR, Dubna, Russia
Prof. Dr. Mikhail V. Avdeev was born in Penza, April 14, 1972. In 1995 he graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) majoring in solid state physics and received his Ph.D. (2002) and D.Sc.(2012) from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia. His research interests cover various areas of structural research by applying neutron scattering methods including small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from complex multicomponent systems (magnetic fluids, nanocarbon materials, biological solutions), neutron reflectometry (NR) from liquid-containing interfaces (adsorption of nanoparticles on solids from colloidal solutions, electrochemical interfaces), and development of neutron scattering experiment design (SANS and NR instruments at the IBR-2 pulsed reactor, JINR, Dubna). At present, he is a senior researcher, head of the Neutron Optics Sector of the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics at JINR. Dr. Avdeev is the author of more than 160 publications and several lecture courses on applications of neutrons in Moscow State University, St.-Petersburg State University and State University ‘Dubna’.

Dr. Earl Babcock, JCNS, Munich, Germany
Earl Babcock completed his PhD in Atomic physics at the University of Wisconsin Madison studying the fundamental processes of 3He polarization using the SEOP technique. This work led him to collaborations on polarized neutron methods with colleagues at NIST and later a post doc in the ILL neutron optics group from 2005 to 2008. At the ILL he worked on the optimization of 3He polarization for both MEOP and SEOP techniques, and instrumentation and methods for neutron polarization applications.  Since 2008 he has been a researcher at the JCNS at the MLZ focusing on applying polarization and polarization analysis for the neutron scattering instruments. His main focus has on development of in-situ 3He polarizers and techniques for wide angle polarization analysis using PASTIS. He also has expertise working on neutron optics, magnetic environments, and in polarized neutron scattering methods and experiments utilizing 3He neutron spin filters.

Dr. Anatoly Balagurov, JINR, Dubna, Russia
A.M.Balagurov graduated from Moscow State University in 1968 and received research scientist position in Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of JINR (Dubna). He was principally responsible for the construction of time-of-flight diffractometers at the pulsed neutron sources in FLNP and development of neutron diffraction as a tool for condensed matter studies. His Ph.D and doctor degrees are connected with structural studies of complex magnetic oxides (cuprates, manganites, cobaltites), multilayer lipid structures and materials of relevance to nuclear energy sector using neutron beams. In 2000 he was awarded with Russian State Prize for development and realization of neutron diffraction at steady state and pulsed neutron sources.
At present he is chief scientist of FLNP, JINR and associated professor of Moscow State University. His current activity is connected with neutron scattering studies of magnetic oxides, materials for lithium-ion batteries, and Fe-based alloys with enhanced magnetostriction.

Dr. Gizo Bokuchava, JINR, Dubna, Russia 
Dr. Gizo Bokuchava is head of the Diffraction section at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia). His research interests are focused on residual stress studies by time-of-flight neutron diffraction and development of correlation RTOF diffractometry method at long-pulse neutron sources.


Dr. Robert Cubitt, ILL, Grenoble, France
Robert Cubitt has worked at the Insitut Laue Langevin since 1994 after completing his PhD at Birmingham UK with the great Ted Forgan.  He has been an instrument scientist both on the reflectometer D17 and the SANS instrument D33.  He has worked for many years studying vortex matter in superconductors and more recently exotic magnetic structures such as Skyrmions. He has always maintained an interest in neutron optics and instrumentation.

Dr. Fabienne Duc, LNCMI, France
Fabienne Duc is a CNRS scientist since 2001. She received her PhD from the University of Grenoble in 1998 for her work on synthesis and structural characterizations of high Tc superconductors. Following postdoctoral position at the University of Lausanne, she joined the Centre d’Elaboration des Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales, CNRS-Toulouse, in 2001 where she has been working on new transition metal oxides exhibiting low-dimensional magnetic properties. In 2006, she joined the High Magnetic Field Laboratory (LNCMI, CNRS, Toulouse) to be actively involved in the projects combining high pulsed magnetic fields, x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. She is now responsible at the LNCMI for the 30-T and 40-T pulsed field devices (transportable pulsed field generator and cryomagnets) dedicated respectively to x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements (collaboration LNCMI-ESRF) and neutron diffraction in high pulsed magnetic fields (collaboration LNCMI-ILL-CEA-Grenoble), supporting synchrotron and neutron users in their experiments. Her scientific interests are magnetic field-induced phases in strongly correlated electron systems (magnetic quantum spin systems and heavy fermions).


Dr. Martin Dulle, JCNS (FZJ), Jülich, Germany
Martin Dulle studied chemistry at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria where he obtained his PhD in physical chemistry in 2012. Following that he started to work as a Post-Doc at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. The main focus of his research ever since then is on soft-matter quasicrystals using scattering (X-rays, neutrons) as well as molecular dynamic simulations. Since 2017 he is working as a researcher at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. In addition to his research on quasicrystals he investigates the in-situ growth kinetics of various types of nanoparticles by combining many different techniques (SAXS/SANS, WAXS, UV-Vis, Raman) and use them simultaneously on the same sample volume.


Dr. Quentin Faure, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
Quentin Faure has recently finished his PhD in Grenoble under the supersion of V. Simonet and B, Grenier, in collaboration with S. Petit. His PhD work was focusing on quantum magnetism, more specifically on antiferromagnetic anisotropic spin chains. This work has emcopasses neutron scattering, numerical calculations and thermodynamics measurements under pressiure. A theoretical input was brought by T. Giamarchi and S. Takayoshi. He is now a post-doctorate fellow since April 2019 in the London Centre of Nanotechnology led by Prof. Desmond McMorrow. His current scientific proeject is focussing on the study of topological aspects in strong spin-orbit coupling Irridates compounds.

Dr. Artem Feoktystov, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany 
Artem Feoktystov is an instrument scientist at the Jülich Center for Neutron Science (JCNS) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich and is responsible for the small-angle neutrons scattering instrument KWS-1. He completed his PhD at Kyiv National University in close collaboration with Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. His research interest is in the field of magnetic nanoparticles with an expertise in the scattering of polarized neutrons and polarization analysis

Dr. Alexander Frank, JINR, Dubna, Russia
Dr. Alexander Frank graduated from Moscow State University in 1965 and received research scientist position in I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy. His PHD thesis related to the problem of the neutron beta decay. He obtained a degree Doctor of science in physics and mathematics with his thesis titled "The problems of the ultracold neutrons optics”. Since 1992 he had research position in FLNP of JINR, Dubna. At present he is chief researcher of FLNP and associated professor of Dubna University. His current activity relates to the fundamental problems of neutron optics.

Dr. Anne-Caroline Genix, Université Montpellier, France
Anne-Caroline Genix is assistant professor at University of Montpellier, in the Soft Matter group of Laboratoire Charles Coulomb. She works on polymers and polymer nanocomposites, with a particular interest in structure and dynamics probed mostly by small-angle scattering and dielectric spectroscopy.


Dr. Francesco Grazzi, CNR-IFAC, Firenze, Italy
"I am physics researcher at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara” in Firenze, Italy. I am active in neutron scattering field since 2003 when I started to work in the project and construction of the INES diffractometer, located at ISIS, under the supervision of Dr. Marco Zoppi. I am member of the board of the Italian Society for Neutron Scattering (SISN).
My main research focus is in the field of neutron methods application to historical metallurgy since 2006. I work in the characterization of historical and archaeological metal artifacts, aiming to identify the technological processes involved in their manufacturing, mainly using neutron diffraction and neutron imaging techniques".

Dr. Béatrice Grenier, ILL, Grenoble, France
Béatrice Grenier is associate Professor at the University Grenoble Alpes working for the laboratory INAC/MEM/MDN of the CEA-Grenoble. She is long-term visitor at the Institut Laue Langevin as well, and she has been co-responsible between 1999 and 2010 of the CRG-CEA single-crystal diffractometer D23. She teaches to Bachelor and Master students and also gives lectures on crystallography and magnetic structures in various schools devoted mostly to PhD students. She is notably director of studies at the European school HERCULES on large-scale facilities. Her research concerns quantum magnetism, and more particularly the effect of magnetic field and/or doping by impurities in antiferromagnetic spin chains. Her technique of choice to study the static and dynamical magnetic properties in these systems is neutron scattering.


Dr. Thomas Gutberlet, JCNS, Jülich, Germany
Thomas Gutberlet is senior scientist at "Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH". His research interests are in the field of neutron scattering at interfaces and biology and the development of neutron methods and sources. He has been working in the late ESS project before the decision on construction was done. He has been instrument scientists at the reflectometer AMOr at PSI and was Head of User Office at MLZ and HZB before he joined the Jülich Centre for Neutron Sciences for the development of high brilliance accelerator based neutron sources. His scientific interests beyond neutron methods are in structure and dynamics in biological model membrane systems; structure and interaction of peptides and proteins with biomembranes; self assembly of molecules at interfaces and complex biomimetic structures at fluid and solid-liquid interfaces.

Dr. Sergey Istomin, MSU, Moscow, Russia
Sergey Istomin studied chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University in 1988-1993 where he also obtained his PhD in chemistry in 1997 (title of the thesis "Complex niobium oxides with niobium in a mixed valence”). In 1998-2000 he was a postdoc at Max-Planck Institute for solid state research, Stuttgart, Germany in the group of Professor A. Simon. In 2001 he obtained associate professor position at the Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University. In 2011-2012 he worked as invited scientist at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden. His current scientific research interests covered synthesis, crystal structure study and characterization of various 3d-metal oxides with high electrocatalytic activity in oxygen reduction reaction at low and high temperatures.


Dr. Gordon J. Kearley, Uni.Coll. Dublin, Ireland
Gordon (Don) Kearley has been working in neutron scattering since his thesis in 1980 (UK). Several years as instrument responsible on IN5 at the ILL (France), then Head of Scientific Computing at ILL until 1999. At the reactor institute at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) he was Professor of Radiation Physics (neutrons and positrons) where he developed an interest in energy-related materials. Finally, moved to ANSTO (Australia) where he was Research Leader until becoming a “gentleman scientist”.  Principle interests are experiments and modelling of the dynamics of small molecular systems, typically those associated with sustainable energy applications. Periodic interest in neutron instrumentation techniques.

Elizabeth G Kelley, PhD, NIST Center for Neutron Research, USA 
Liz Kelley is an instrument scientist on the very small angle neutron scattering (VSANS) instrument at the National institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware where she studied block copolymer synthesis and self-assembly. She then was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the NCNR before starting her current position. Her work focuses on linking the structure and dynamics of soft materials with a current emphasis on biomembranes.

Dr. Sergey Kichanov, JINR, Dubna, Russia
Sergey Kichanov is a Senior Researcher at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia). His research interests range from studies of condensed matter at high pressures to structural aspects of the formation of optical properties in nanostructured materials. Recently, his research interests were added by methods, instrumentation, and techniques of the neutron radiography and tomography and applications. Kichanov team has provided a lot of research in the field of non-destructive studies of cultural heritage items, materials science, building and construction materials, etc.

Dr. Mikhail Kiselev, JINR, Dubna, Russia
Dr. Mikhail Kiselev graduated from Physical Faculty of Lomonosov State University in Moscow in 1977 with specialization in theoretical nuclear physics. He obtained a degree Doctor of science in physics and mathematics with his thesis titled "Structure and properties of lipid membranes: neutron and synchrotron study" in 2011. He is a professor of Dubna State University in Dubna and Lomonosov State University in Moscow. Since 1977 he has been working in Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna. Since 2000 till present time he is a leading scientist at the Laboratory. His visiting fellowships include: 1996-2000 synchrotron DCI, LURE, Orsay, France. 2004-2010 Pharmaceutical Faculty, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany. Number of article in the referred journals 91, 2 textbooks, h-index 22. Mikhail Kiselev gives a lecture course at Dubna State University titled "Atomic energy and nuclear reactors", at Lomonosov State University in Moscow titled "Modern neutron sources" and "Lipid nanorstuctures and methods of their research". His current scientific activity includes investigation of structure and properties of the lipid membranes via scattering of neutrons and X-ray; characterization of the nanodrugs from soybean phospholipids by small angle scattering of neutrons and X-ray.

Dr. Peter Konik, NRC “Kurchatov Institute” – PNPI, Russia 
Peter Konik works at the National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" - Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (NRC KI - PNPI) and was responsible for the neutron guide system optimization at the PIK reactor. He currently leads a young group dedicated to the neutron instruments sumulation and optimization using Monte-Carlo calculations. His main interests include neutron instrumentation, optics and compact neutron sources.

Dr. Evgeny Kravtsov, IMP UB RAS, Yekaterinburg, Russia 
Dr. Evgeny Kravtsov is a head scientist in Nanospintronics Division of the Institute of Vetal Physics (Ekaterinburg, Russia). His research interest is centered on investigations of structure and magnetic properties of magnetic nanostructures: multilayers, thin films and heterostructures using neutron and synchrotron scattering techniques.

Dr. Vladimir Luzin, NSTLI Neutron Scattering, ANSTO, Australia
Dr Vladimir Luzin is an instrument scientist working on residual stress diffractometer KOWARI at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ANSTO). Over his career, he also worked at different neutron facilities including JINR (Russia), GKSS (Germany), NIST (USA). His research area is application of the residual stress and texture measurement techniques to a wide range of materials, from modern industrial materials to geo-materials and cultural heritage objects. Also he has appointments of a Conjoint Professor at School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle (Australia) and a Guest Professor of Central South University (China).

Dr. Lucile Mangin-Thro, ILL, Grenoble, France
After her PhD at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, where she worked on high-Tc cuprate superconductors using polarized neutron scattering, Lucile Mangin-Thro joined the Institut Laue-Langevin in 2016 as instrument scientist on the D7 diffuse scattering spectrometer. She is now particularly extending her expertise to frustrated and low dimensional magnetism. Beyond her research activities, she is also member of the administration council of the French neutron scattering Society.


Dr. Bastian Märkisch, TUM, Germany
The research area of Bastian Märkisch (b. 1974) focuses on precision experiments in particle physics at low energies in search of physics beyond the standard model, with particular emphasis on the weak interaction in the decay of free neutrons. He is currently leading the efforts of the PERKEO III and PERC collaborations.Märkisch studied physics at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Edinburgh and completed his PhD in 2006 in Heidelberg under the supervision of D. Dubbers. This was followed by several research visits to Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, where he subsequently took up a position as a scientist. Since 2010 he has headed a research group at the Physikalisches Institut of Heidelberg University within the framework of a priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG): SPP 1491 - Precision experiments in particle-and astrophysics with cold and ultracold neutrons. In 2015 he was given a faculty appointment at TUM


Dr. Nicolas Martin, LLB, France
Nicolas Martin received his PhD degree from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) in 2012 for his work on applications of the neutron resonant spin echo (NRSE) technique to the study of structural and dynamic properties of low-dimensional magnets. After a postdoctoral stay at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (Garching, Germany), he joined the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB, Saclay, France) in 2014. His work focuses on spin textures and topological defects developing in various media, including chiral magnets, re-entrant spin glasses and frustrated oxides. These problems are tackled by a combination of neutron scattering, x-ray spectroscopy and μSR. He is co-responsible of the PA20 small-angle spectrometer at the LLB and involved in the design of the future beamline ‘SAM’ (a SANS instrument embarking a NRSE option) to be installed at the Institut Laue Langevin.


Prof. Aleksander Matic, Сhalmers University of Technology, Sweden 
Aleksandar Matic is a Professor in Physics and head of the Condensed Matter Physics Division at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. He received his MSc degree in engineering physics from Uppsala University and his PhD degree from Chalmers University of Technology. His research interest is direct towards soft matter and energy applications. Major themes for his research group is new materials for Li-Sulfur batteries and structure and dynamics of ionic liquids and other high concentrated electrolytes.


Dr. Marisa Medarde, PSI, Switzerland
Marisa Medarde obtained her PhD in Physics at the University of Barcelona. After a post-doc at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland) and two years at the Argonne National Laboratory (USA) she returned to Switzerland, where she is leader of the Physical Properties of Materials group at Research with Neutrons and Muons division of the Paul Scherrer Institute. Her research is focused on the study of complex transition metal oxides with highly correlated electrons using neutron and x-ray scattering techniques in combination with bulk transport and magnetic properties. Presently, her main scientific interests are multiferroic materials and complex oxides at the boundary between itinerant and localized behavior.

Dr. Yuri Nikitenko, JINR, Dubna, Russia 
At present he is senior  scientist of FLNP, JINR, head of  group at polarized neutron spectrometer REMUR. His current activity is connected with investigations of coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in layered structures and development of new neutron methods:  neutron reflectometry with registration of secondary radiation, polarized neutron reflectometry in oscillating magnetic field, spin-echo neutron reflectometry.

Dr. Francesco Piscitelli, ESS, Lund, Sweden
Dr. Francesco Piscitelli is an expert in thermal neutron detectors at the Detector Group of the European Spallation Source in Sweden since 2015. He has specialised in alternative technologies, mainly in Boron-10-based detectors.
Between 2010 and 2014, he was based at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL (Grenoble, FR) where he carried out his PhD in Physics from the University of Perugia (Italy) and a post-doc with ESS. During the past years he has dedicated his work to one of the major current issues in neutron detection: alternative solutions to the scarce He-3. He tackled both the problem of He-3 replacement for large area applications and the performance enhancements for small area high resolution and high rate detectors.
He contributed to the design, construction and characterization of several detectors, including the quantification of the gamma-ray and fast neutron sensitivities of B-10-based detectors to demonstrate the reliability of this new technology.
He has been always interested and involved in neutron reflectometry. He has developed the detectors that will be installed at the two ESS reflectometers exceeding the current limits of He-3 based detectors operational at existing reflectometry instruments. 

Dr. Anatoliy Senyshyn, Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II)
Anatoliy Senyshyn is an instrument scientist working on high-resolution neutron powder diffractometer SPODI and leading Group “Structure Research” at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II). He received his PhD on Solid State Physics at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine. His research is focused on the structural studies of energy materials and electrochemical energy storage systems.

Dr. Valery Shvetsov, JINR, Dubna, Russia
V.N.Shvetsov graduated from the Moscow State University in 1986 and received junior research scientist position in  Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of JINR (Dubna). His PhD degree is connected to the development of the new type of UCN source at the pulsed reactor. Since 1997 he is involved in experimental work on development, creation and physical calibration of the neutron and gamma detectors onboard spacecrafts. In 2010-2012 he worked as invited professor at the Pohang Science and Technology University (POSTECH), Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering.
At present he is the director of the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of JINR.


Dr. Andreas Stadler, JCNS (FZJ), Jülich, Germany
Dr. Stadler studied physics and biophysics at Technical University Munich, Germany, and at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France. He obtained his PhD degree with Dr. Giuseppe Zaccai in 2009 in physics in the field of protein dynamics using quasielastic incoherent neutron spectroscopy as experimental method. After that he joined Forschungszentrum Julich to work first on a project using coherent X-ray diffraction in molecular biophysics, and later joined JCNS-1 in 2011 to start working on the structure and dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins using small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering and neutron spin-echo spectroscopy. Since 2015 he is senior scientist with permanent position and in 2019 he obtained his habilitation from RWTH Aachen university in physical chemistry. His current scientific activity is focused on the investigation of the structure and dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins and on the relevance of molecular flexibility for biological function. Experimental techniques used include neutron spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering.


Dr. Nina-Juliane Steinke, ISIS, UK
Dr. Nina-Juliane Steinke is instrument scientist for the spin-echo enabled polarised neutron reflectometer Offspec at the ISIS neutron and muon source, UK. She completed her PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge, UK and then a research fellowship at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she worked on magnetic thin film heterostructures using MBE growth and polarised neutron reflectometry techniques. She joined the ISIS neutron and muon source in 2012. Her current research is focused on topology and magnetic thin film systems using a variety of complementary techniques, mainly neutron reflectometry, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and muon spectroscopy.

Dr. Robert Bewley, ISIS facility, UK
Dr. Alistair Cameron, TU Dresden, Germany
Dr. Francoise Damay, LLB, France
Dr. Alexander Frank, JINR, Dubna, Russia
Dr. Shibabrata Nandi, JCNS (FZJ), Jülich, Germany
Dr. Margarita Russina, HZB, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Karin Schmalzl, JCNS (FZJ), Jülich, Germany