CINS Science Meeting – March 16th & 17th

CINS Science Meeting – March 16th & 17th

Registration remains open for the CINS Science Meeting to be held at McMaster University March 16th and 17th. We have a excellent program of invited talks from researchers across Canada and internationally.
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marcella Berg (URegina)
  • Gavin Hester (BrockU)
  • Liz Kelley (NCNR)
  • Xiaodan Gu (U. Southern Mississippi)
  • Ben Tutolo (UCalgary)
  • Anand Yethiraj (MUN)
  • Jonathan Gaudet (NCNR)

There will also be a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) sponsored panel session on Building Expertise for Canadian Neutron Scattering.
Confirmed Panellists:

  • Bob Watts (VP of Indigenous Relations, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
  • Jodi Cooley (Executive Director, SNOLAB)

Please register before February 27th. Registration is free.

We encourage students to submit abstracts as there will be a ‘Best Student Talk’ award sponsored by the University of Windsor.


We thank our sponsors:

LRP 2022: Call For Expressions of Interest

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the call for expressions of interest (EOI) for the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering Long Range Plan for 2022-2050 (LRP2022). EOIs are due January 31th, 2022, via

The LRP2022 will review the Canadian landscape of neutron beams for materials research, and will produce a list of recommended priorities for the decades to come. The CINS LRP2022 will provide single vision and unified voice for the highest priority projects in materials research using neutron beams in Canada to 2050.

We have launched a solicitation for EOIs to inform the LRP process. Chair’s of discipline specific sub-committees will review the EOIs and follow-up workshops will be held to refine the key neutron beam related needs for the different sub-committees to be synthesized into the LRP document.

Expressions of interest: An expression of interest (EOI) must be submitted in advance of the workshops. Please follow the template provided here. A EOI will be most effective and useful if it concisely summaries the idea, need or issue that the sub-committee chairs should be considering for prioritization.

Scope of EOIs: Topics may include (but are not limited to):
* instrumental needs
* foreign engagement
* auxiliary support
* science programs, science topics and science themes
* instrument design and development
* data analysis, data management and data storage
* funding issues (e.g. NSERC, CFI, funding policy for major research facilities)
* outreach, education and teaching
* training, careers, demographics and professional development
* equity, diversity and inclusion

* Quantum Materials
* Soft Matter
* Energy Materials
* Imaging
* Industry

Authorship: Each EOI must have a designated author for contact purposes. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.




Save the date: 2021 CINS Annual General Meeting

November 29 and 30th




The 2021 CINS Annual General Meeting will be held virtually.  The meeting will run Monday, November 29th and Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm (Eastern).  For more details please refer to the meeting website at:  We look forward to seeing you virtually in November!



Day 1 Monday, November 29

  1. Welcoming remarks – Drew Marquardt (2pm-2:05)
  2. Remembering Bill Buyers – Zahra Yamani (2:05-2:20)
  3. CINS Business – Drew Marquardt (2:20-2:50)
    1. Introduce new Board
    2. Science Council Elections
  4. CFI-IF 2020 Update – Bruce Gaulin (2:50-3:25)
  5. CFI-IF 2023 Update – Drew Marquardt (3:25-4pm)
  6. Adjourned

Day 2 Tuesday, November 30

  1. Welcoming remarks (2pm-2:05)
  2. Neutron Scattering Long Range Plan Launch – Bruce Gaulin (2:05 pm-3 pm)
  3. Neutrons Canada Update – John Root (3:00-4pm )
  4. Adjourned



“Beam-based Probes of Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry and Related Fields in Canada” Conference


The Centre for Molecular and Materials Science (CMMS) at TRIUMF is organizing a virtual 2-day workshop for Thursday, June 3rd and Friday, June 4th. The motivation for this workshop is that TRIUMF is engaged in developing a 20-year vision for the laboratory and our stakeholders. There have been several areas where the community would benefit from contributions from TRIUMF, both scientifically and on technical elements. This in turn would provide the community enhanced options for studies outside of the existing program in μSR and βNMR, building new capabilities and synergies. All these ideas need to be put in context of national and international developments and competitiveness.  

This workshop is designed to enable researchers, professors and scientists at Canadian institutions and facilities to present and discuss developments, and learn from ideas at other facilities and in other research areas. It will provide opportunities for coordination and identification of new concepts. The workshop will have sessions on the following topics:

Thursday, June 3rd (all times in PDT)
08:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Novel capabilities with μSR
10:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Neutron scattering (with an accelerator-based source)
13:00 – 15:00 Session 3: Polarized radioactive isotopes
15:30 – 17:30 Session 4: Muonic X-ray analysis and μ-SR

Friday, June 4th (all times in PDT)
08:00 – 10:00 Session 5: Positron annihilation spectroscopy
10:30 – 12:30 Session 6: THz spectroscopy in Canada
13:00 – 15:00 Session 7: Synchrotron light sources
15:30 – 17:30 Session 8: μSR idea and concepts

Each session will have three 30-minute talks followed by 30 minutes for discussion. Between each session there will be a 30-minute break, where additional discussions can occur. A link to the Indico site can be found here:  We are currently confirming the last of the invited speakers and contribution titles.

While there is no registration fee, registration is required for attendance to this conference. Please register by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 30th via the Indico site above. All registrants will be contacted via email on Monday, May 31st with the Zoom connection information.

Any questions can be directed to the Physical Sciences Division office at

Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering Planning Workshop

The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering will be holding a virtual Planning Workshop March 4th at 2 pm ET.  This workshop will be a discussion among neutron researchers to continue to build alignment on a national roadmap and the next major funding applications. The workshop will build on the success of the CFI 2020 Innovation Fund application, “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering”, aiming to take the community to the next level.

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Daniel Banks – Neutrons Canada and the national neutron strategy: developing a detailed roadmap for rebuilding Canada’s neutron beam capabilities
  2. Drew Marquardt ­– A prototype CANS as the centrepiece for a national-proposal to the CFI 2023 Innovation Fund
  3. Bruce Gaulin – A proposal to the CFI 2023-2029 Major Science Initiatives Fund
  4. Open discussion about strategy for each of the above.

Registration for the Zoom meeting is open by clicking here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Posted by / February 22, 2021 / Posted in Events

Inaugural Seminar

CINS is thrilled to announce the first set of seminars in our monthly seminar series. The February seminar will take place online Thursday February 25th at 3 pm Eastern Time. Our format will be two seminars 25 min. + 5 min for questions.

Dr. Zahra Yamani, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Fun with TAS: From Solid Superconducting Crystals to Liquid Heavy Water!
Dr. Dalini Maharaj, University of Windsor & TRIUMF
Conceptual design of a multipurpose CANS for Canada at the University of Windsor
Registration for the Zoom meeting is open by clicking here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Posted by / February 13, 2021 / Posted in Events

Highlights from the CINS meeting in Windsor

Science talks showing the range of research applications of neutron beams, from Alzheimer’s disease to rock formation, and intense discussion of the neutron beam community’s future are among the highlights from the CINS meeting at the University of Windsor.
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