International AIC School on:

Scattering Techniques: From Microscopic To Atomic Structures

Camerino, Italy
The School will take place at the Palazzo Ducale, piazza Cavour, as detailed in the school location page

First Circular
Under the patronage of Associazione Italiana di Cristallografia

Scope of the School

Properties of materials strongly depend on their structure. Diffraction techniques and Crystallography are traditionally recognized as the ideal nanoprobe to reconstruct and “image” the atomic arrangement of ordered systems. The advent of highly brilliant and coherent radiation sources along with advanced computational methods have widened new, appealing horizons of diffraction-related methodologies to fields traditionally seen as the “world” of other techniques. In fact, a growing attention has been devoted to the potential of hard X-Ray to image non periodic objects or to investigate, at different length scales, composite and supramolecular systems showing complex, hierarchical architectures of systemes d’arrosage automatique.

The purpose of the School is to run a thread through different Scattering and Imaging Techniques, each able to investigate the structure of materials at different length scales, from the micro to the atomic level and beyond.

Basic theoretical principles will be treated for each technique and several fields of application will be presented: Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Mineralogy, Biology and Medicine.


Organizing Committee

Participants needing further information are kindly invited to contact Simona Galli (

Confirmed speakers

Registration Form

To register to the School, please fill in the on-line registration form

Double Room Accommodation

Single Room Accommodation

No Accommodation

Academic Young

380 Euros

460 Euros

250 Euros

Academic Senior

430 Euros

510 Euros

300 Euros

Non Academic

430 Euros

510 Euros

300 Euros

Accompanying Person

240 Euros

125 Euros

A “young” participant is an undergraduate student, a PhD student, or a post-doc researcher without a permanent position.

The “double room” and “single room” registration fees include:

● Participation to the School

● Five-nights accommodation in a Guest House (please consult the Lodging Page for details)

● Lunches, coffee breaks, welcome party and social dinner

They do not include the remaining dinners and the travelling expenses.

Participants willing to lodge in a hotel are invited to consult the Lodging Page.

The “double room accompanying persons” registration fee includes:

● Accommodation in a guest house (please consult the Lodging Page for details)

● Lunches, coffee breaks, welcome party and social dinner

Admission to the School area during the lessons is not allowed.


A limited number of Grants covering, partly or completely, the registration fee are available for young undergraduate, PhD or post-doc students.

After having registered to the School, interested participants shall explicitly apply for a grant before April 30th 2009, by sending to Antonella Guagliardi (

● Their Curriculum Vitae

● A presentation letter signed by their tutor supporting and justifying the request

WARNING: Participants applying for a grant must

● Register to the School

● Apply in due time. Applications later than April 30th 2009 will not be taken into consideration.

● Pay the Registration Fee only after the Grants allocation announcement is made, after June 1st 2009, in case their request has not been (partially or completely) accepted.


March 5th
Opening of the Registration
Publication of detailed School Programme

April 30th
Deadline for submitting the application for a partial or a full Grant

June 1st
Feedback from the Organizers concerning the Grants allocations

June 30th
Deadline for the Registration


To pay the registration fee, please place a bank transfer, within two weeks since the registration and after having received confirmation of the registration by school secretary (Simona Galli), to:

Account Name: AIC – Congressi e Scuole
Bank: Banca Regionale Europea
Bank Address: Agenzia Cravino, via Taramelli 20, ZIP-CODE I-27100, Pavia, Italy
IBAN Code: IT39O0690611399000000005853
specifying “AIC School 2009 Registration” and checking that your name is indicated.

WARNING: Participants are expected to pay all bank transfer fees or exchange currency fees, which are not included in the Registration Fee. If the payment results incomplete, the balance will be requested at the Registration Desk.

After placing the bank transfer, please send a copy to Simona Galli either by e-mail ( – please specify “AIC School 2009 Payment” in the subject) or by fax (+39-031-326230 - please specify “to the attention of Simona Galli”).

WARNING: Participants applying for a Grant do not have to pay at the Registration time. They are invited to consult the Bursary and Funding Page for details.

How to get to Camerino

Camerino is located in the Macerata province and in the Marche region. It can be easily reached by private car or by public transports.

By plane

Participants are suggested to use regular flight to Ancona, Bologna, Rimini, Rome or Milano. The Ancona airport is the nearest one.

By train

Castelraimondo-Camerino railway station

At the Castelraimondo station there is a connecting bus to Camerino. Shuttle service from Castelraimondo railway station to Camerino provided by CONTRAM (tel. +39 0737 63401;

Train schedule for Sunday. Aug. 30th

Napoli Cle




Change in:



Shuttle to Camerino 13:20





Change in: Fabriano

Shuttle to Camerino 13:20





Change in: Fabriano

Shuttle to Camerino 13:20





Change in: Civitanova M.

San Severino M.

Shuttle to Camerino 15:30





Change in: Civitanova M.

San Severino M.

Shuttle to Camerino 15:30





Change in: Fabriano

Shuttle to Camerino 16.55





Shuttle to Camerino 20.15

By car

From Adriatic coast (Rimini, Ancona): by A14 Highway to Civitanova Marche then to Tolentino and finally Camerino

From Tyrreniam coast (Rome): by A1 Highway to Orte, then Terni, Foligno and finally Camerino


January 30th 2009 First Circular available

February 3rd 2009 Sponsorship confirmed: Crystal Impact - Software for Chemists and Material Scientists

March 5th 2009 Registration opening

March 6th 2009 Thanks to the sponsorship by SCI (Società Chimica Italian) some additional grants for student belonging to SCI are available. See Bursary page for details.

Scientific Program

Sunday 30

17.00 – 19.00


19.00 – 19.30

Opening Ceremony

20.00 – 22.00


Monday 31 - Principles of Scattering: From Micro to Nano Level

09.00 – 11.00

Elastic Scattering from Matter - G. Margaritondo

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Light Scattering: Theoretical Aspects – F. Ferri
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13.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.30

Light Scattering: Applications – F. Ferri

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 – 19.00

SAXS Techniques - G. Croce

Tuesday 1 - Principles of Imaging: From Micro to Nano Level

09.00 – 10.30

Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers - G. Margaritondo

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

X-ray Tomographic Microscopy: a Powerful, Real-Space Imaging Technique - M. Stampanoni

12.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.15

Coherent Diffraction Microscopy: Theoretical Aspects – L. De Caro

15.15 – 16.30

Coherent Diffraction Microscopy: Applications – C. Giannini

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30

Imaging In Transmission Electron Microscopy - M. Gemmi

18.30 – 19.30

Confocal Microscopy - F. Ferri

Wednesday 2 - Principles of Diffraction: From Micro to Atomic Level

09.00 – 10.30

Crystals and Symmetry - P. Macchi

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00

WAXS: Single Crystal Diffraction – P. Macchi

12.00 – 13.00

Applications of Single Crystal Diffraction – M. Zema

13.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.00

WAXS: Powder Diffraction - A. Guagliardi

16.00 – 17.00

Applications of Powder Diffraction – S. Galli

17.00 – 17.30

Coffee break

17.30 – 19.00

X-Ray Microdiffraction Techniques - C. Giannini

Social Event (Football Match)

Thursday 3 - Diffraction: From atomic to sub-atomic level

9.00 – 11.00

Electron Diffraction - M. Gemmi

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

The Phase Problem: from non-Periodic Objects to Crystals – L. De Caro

Social Events

All the participants to the School are kindly invited to participate to the

● Get Together Party, on Sunday 30th August 2009 at the Palazzo Ducale

● Social Dinner, on Thursday 3rd September 2009 at the Ristorante “Rocca del Borgia”

● Football Match “Students vs Professors”, on Wednesday 2nd September 2009