LENS Webinar Series
Welcome to the LENS webinar series, which was launched in 2020 to showcase the remarkable applications of, and advances in, neutron science and technology.
Each webinar features expert speakers from across the world, who present on one of two themes: how neutron science contributes to the fight against global health threats, or new directions in neutron instrumentation. Each webinar is approximately one hour duration and includes an interactive Q&A session.
Check this page for updates on our upcoming webinars and to view the recordings of previous webinars.
3 November 2021, 10:30 – 12:00 CET
Join us for a themed LENS webinar, coinciding with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to find out how neutron scattering techniques are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research to help reduce our impact on the global climate.
Talk 1: How neutron science improves energy production, conversion, and consumption – Leonardo Chiappisi (ILL)
Talk 2: Investigating the oxidation of atmospheric aerosols using neutron scattering – Rebecca Welbourn (ISIS)
Talk 3: Polymer electrolyte membranes for energy devices – Quentin Berrod (CNRS)
Talk 4: Caloric materials for energy-efficient cooling – Karen Friese (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science-2)
10 June 2021: New Directions in Instrumentation
The Wolter optics based neutron microscope
Dr Daniel S. Hussey, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
27 May 2021: New Directions in Instrumentation
Ultra-high field magnets for neutron scattering: latest developments and possibilities
Dr Mark D. Bird, The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee
25 March 2021: Global Health Threats
Drug development & drug delivery systems
Targeting the Heart of a Virus: Design of SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease Inhibitors using X-rays, Neutrons and Computation
Dr. Andrey Kovalevsky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lipid Nanoparticles for mRNA delivery: using Neutron Scattering for their successful redesign
Dr. Marianna Yanez Arteta, AstraZeneca Mölndal
04 March 2021: Global Health Threats
Elucidating amyloid aggregation mechanisms behind neurodegenerative diseases
Co-assembly of lipids and the amyloid protein alpha-synuclein
Emma Sparr, Lund University
Structural Bases of Huntington’s Disease Pathological Threshold. An Integrative Structural Biology Approach
Pau Bernadó, CBS/CNRS Montpellier
11 February 2021: New Directions in Instrumentation
Exploring the potential of neutron imaging and diffraction techniques on IMAT instrument at ISIS, UK
Dr Genoveva BURCA , ISIS
26 November 2020: New Directions in Instrumentation
Multiplexing backends for neutron spectroscopy
Rasmus TOFT-PETERSEN, DTU/ESS
22 October 2020: New Directions in Instrumentation
Neutron Diffraction Instrumentation for stress determination
Thilo Pirling, Institut Laue-Langevin
08 October 2020: Global Health Threats
Microbial resistance and novel antibiotics
Studying the surfaces of bacteria using neutron scattering. Finding new openings for antibiotics.
Prof. Jeremy Lakey, Structural Biochemistry, Biosciences Institute, The Medical School, University of Newcastle
Antimicrobial peptides – from membrane interactions to drug delivery
Prof. Martin Malmsten, LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen
10 September 2020: Global Health Threats
Cancer-related research using neutrons
How does the Bcl-2 Protein family regulate apoptosis at the mitochondrial membrane level?
Gerhard Gröbner, Umeå University
Towards the catalytic cycle of a multidrug ABC (“ATP-Binding Cassette”) transporter
Jean-Michel Jault, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
25 June 2020: New Directions in Instrumentation
Neutrons for Magnetic Nanostructures on Surfaces: Beyond the Specular Intensity Wars
Artur Glavic, Paul Scherrer Institute
Global Health Threats
Advances in neutron instrumentation have made neutron scattering an essential part of research in soft condensed matter, structural biology and the health sciences generally.
This webinar series is organised by LENS Working Group 3 to engage the biomedical research communities in defining how neutron scattering infrastructures can contribute to solving some of the current major challenges.
The webinars will consist of presentations by leading experts from both neutron scattering and the health research communities, followed by a chance to discuss and ask them questions about their work.
Further webinars on topics related to research on some of the major health challenges of the aging population in the developed world are envisaged from August 2020 onwards on a bi-weekly basis:
- Amyloid aggregation and Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes type II
- Antibiotic resistance and new pathogens
- Drug development and delivery systems
New Directions in Instrumentation
New instruments and recent upgrades at European neutron sources, together with the world-leading instrument designs under construction for ESS, are bringing rapid changes to neutron science methods and science areas.
Progress in instrumentation is key to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the development of new and improved technologies. Sophisticated instrument concepts enable scientists to perform experiments with greater precision or higher sensitivity and to answer increasingly complex questions.
The webinars will feature live presentations of novel instrument concepts by leading experts from LENS member facilities, followed by an interactive Q&A session. The aim is to generate discussion, to develop new and existing contacts, and to disseminate the current capabilities and developments.
- The ESFRI Roadmap for Research Infrastructures in Europe has influenced European and national strategies, policies and funding since the first edition was launched in 2006. The latest roadmap, published on 7 December 2021, recognises the important role of the LENS Initiative in bringing together European analytical facilities to "identify synergies and opportunities for closer collaboration" and "improve the cooperation of various communities and enhance user facilities".
- The first call for applicants for the GNeuS fellowship programme is open from 1 November 2021 until 15 January 2022.
- In the context of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), LENS has compiled a variety of resources demonstrating how neutron scattering methods are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research, to help reduce our impact on the global climate.