HERCULES

HERCULES -  the Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems - is a five-week school coordinated by the Université Grenoble Alpes and the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble INP).

This unique model of school in Europe provides students, postdoctoral and senior scientists from European and non-European universities and laboratories with an overview of the techniques and scientific possiblities associated with neutrons and synchrotron radiation for condensed matter studies (biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, geosciences, industrial applications). The school consists in specialised courses, lectures, practicals, tutorials and visits of European Large Facilities.

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The HERCULES school is split into two parts.

PART I -  Basic methods and instruments : for all participants (1.5 weeks)
PART II - participants choose between two parallel specialised sessions (3.5 weeks) :

  • Session A: PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF CONDENSED MATTER
  • Neutron and X-ray (and UV and IR) spectroscopies
  • X-ray reflectivity and diffraction of nano systems
  • Single crystal and powder diffraction
  • Coherent imaging and tomography
  • Neutron and X-ray magnetic scattering
  • Polarised X-rays and neutrons
  • FEL and ultra fast X-ray science
  • ...
  • Session B: BIOMOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS
  • Protein structure and dynamics
  • Studies in solutions
  • Partially ordered systems
  • Membranes, fibres and muscles
  • Crystallography of large structures (viruses,...)
  • Structural genomics
  • Biomedical applications (imaging, therapy)
  • Time-resolved and ultra-fast X-ray science
  • Biology with 4th generation sources
  • NMR, mass spectroscopy and electron microscopy
  • ...

Applications

Applications can be registered on the HERCULES website. Applications are accepted from:

  • Students enrolled in a doctoral programme of a European university
  • Postdoctoral and senior scientists from European public and industrial laboratories
  • Non-European doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists