Tribute to Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner

ENSA joins the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in the tribute to Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner, who passed away on the 5th of November 2022 at the age of 79, in Berlin. In addition to his many scientific contributions and his efforts for neutron scattering at the Hahn Meitner Institut and its evolution into the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Michael worked for our community as chair of ENSA during the period 2009-2014.

In Prof. Michael Steiner we have lost a brilliant researcher and a special person to whom we owe a lot. Our thoughts are with his family and relatives. The  Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin had paid tribute to his work in an obituary.

He shall be greatly missed.

prof. Ferenc Mezei wins Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award

We would like to congratulate our much appreciated colleague and distinguished scientist Prof. Ference Mezei as a laureate of the

Gothenburg Lise Meitner Awards 2021

Citing the website of the Award:

Ferenc Mezei will receive the award
“For the inventions of the neutron spin echo method and the super mirror, which have significantly advanced neutron scattering methods, and for the long pulse neutron source concept, which is the foundation for the novel technical design of the European Spallation Source now being built in Lund.”

Besides these, and many more qualities, we highly appreciate having prof. Mezei as the national delegate of Hungary for ENSA, and are grateful for his role as vice-chair in the board with prof. Alba-Simionesco.

QENS/WINS: online 2021 + San Sebastian 2022

Dear Colleague,

First of all, we sincerely hope that you and all your close people are healthy and safe.

As you may remember, QENS/WINS2020 could not be held as planned, and was postponed to 17-21 May 2021. In view of the development of the pandemics, we have rescheduled the face-to-face conference again.

We are happy to announce that QENS/WINS WILL TAKE PLACE IN SAN SEBASTIAN, DURING THE DATES 23-27 MAY 2022.

In the meantime, to keep the interest, update/exchange science and technology in the QENS community, we will celebrate in addition an online short version of QENS/WINS during the dates initially planned for the rescheduled event: 17-21 May 2021.

You can find information about the two events at:

You are warmly invited to join us online in May 2021 and in person in May 2022!

Best regards,

Arantxa Arbe and Juan Colmenero
Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 5
20018 San Sebastián

Organizers of QENS/WINS

QENS/WINS 2020 San Sebastian

The QENS/WINS 2020 Conference will be celebrated in San Sebastian (Spain), from June 8 to June 12, 2020

This event will constitute the 14th Edition of the QENS series and the 9th of the WINS workshops.

The main purpose of QENS 2020 is to cover the broad spectrum of scientific activities related with the investigation of dynamical processes in different systems using quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques. QENS 2020 will offer a platform for discussion and exchange of scientific ideas among the experts in this field, and a general overview to newcomers about the capabilities of QENS in exploring atomic and molecular motions and relaxation processes of novel materials, soft matter and biological systems. As a novelty, this QENS Edition will explore and exploit the potential synergies between different methods (including experimental techniques and simulations), in order to face diverse scientific challenges emerging in different research fields.

WINS 2020 will cover innovative aspects of neutron instrument design. Progresses on new spectrometer projects will be presented. As in previous editions, the theme of “New idea, New concept, New design, New instrumentation for New sciences” will be followed. New developments in the application of polarization analysis, magnetic field, pressure, or improvements in sample environments for soft matter systems will be covered. Software for data acquisition, analysis and instrument simulation will be also part of the program. In analogy with the spirit of QENS 2020, the synergy with complementary methods –in this case mainly with advanced simulations and extensive Monte Carlo simulations—will be emphasized.

Please visit and join us in San Sebastian!