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HERCULES Oversea School in the NSRRC


The Asia-Pacific Edition of HERCULES (Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental System) in Taiwan was held from July 6th to 24th at the NSRRC. There were 59 participants in total from 20 countries and 27 lecturers given by greatly honored scientists with long-term dedication and remarkable research accomplishments in the fields of synchrotron radiation research or neutron science from Europe, U.S.A. and Asia-Pacific region.

The course consisted of common lectures for the first week, followed by one week of hands-on experiments and concluded by another week of advanced lectures, wherein each stage proceeded two parallel sessions of different specialties. The two sessions are session A, Physics and Chemistry of Condensed Matter, and session B, Biomolecular Structures and Dynamics. Based on participants’ research interests and backgrounds, Hercules School provided customized courses for all. Each participant chose 6 courses of hands-on experiments from 20 end-stations of the Taiwan Light Source.

HERCULES School, organized by Université Joseph Fourier and Grenoble INP, has provided training for students, postdoctoral and scientists from European and non-European universities and laboratories, in the field of synchrotron radiation and neutron for condensed matter studies (biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, geosciences, and industrial applications) since 1991. Throughout years of dedication to cultivating next-generation scientists, HERCULES School has been recognized as an internationally known training course.

Starting 2010, HERCULES School has been cooperating with oversea synchrotron radiation facilities every 5 years to help nourish more young scientists outside Europe. On Dr. Wen-Guey Wu’s recommendation, the former director of the Science and Technology Division of the National Science Council of Taiwan in France, the NSRRC co-organize this international event with HERCULES School.

This training course not only enables students and young scientists to get access to the valuable synchrotron radiation and neutron related knowledge imparted by lecturers from around the world, but also inspires more potential young scientists from countries where the synchrotron radiation facilities are still yet to be developed. This transregional cooperation between Hercules European School and the NSRRC will continue to benefit both the cultivation of young scientists and inspire more possible scientific cooperation in the future.

Group photo after the grand opening of 2015 Asia-Pacific Edition of HERCULES in Taiwan.
During the breaks, some of the lecturers organized special sessions for participants to have further discussions.