Mid-conference excursion

Baroque Dresden

NB: Fully booked due to capacity reasons

Nicknamed “Florence on the Elbe,” the capital of Saxony houses the famous Frauenkirche and the Old Masters art collections, the “Blue Wonder” bridge and the Green Vault treasures, picturesque banks of the Elbe River and the popular Wilhelminian district.

During the excursion, there will unfortunately not be time to visit all these sights. We will concentrate on the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Mathematical-Physical Salon), the Dresden Zwinger and the exhibitions of the "Grünes Gewölbe" (Green Vault), the Saxon Treasury.

Milestones of Science - Masterpieces of Art

Over 300 years ago, Augustus the Strong collected the high-tech inventions of his time and brought them together in the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon.

Telescopes, pocket watches and orreries as well as globes, calculating machines and various automata are fascinating testimonies to the highly developed craftsmanship of scientific instrument making of the time. They fascinate us both by their aesthetic diversity and the quality of their workmanship.

The exhibitions are a testimony to the intense preoccupation of the Electors with questions of surveying, metrology and astronomy, as well as their enthusiasm for elaborate mechanical devices.


Ion Beam Center in Dresden Rossendorf

NB: Fully booked due to capacity reasons

The Ion Beam Center (IBC) at the HZDR is a leading European user facility for basic and application-oriented studies in the field of physics and materials science with ions. The IBC stands for many years of scientific and technical expertise and operates various machines and about 40 dedicated end-stations providing ion beams of almost all stable elements in a wide energy range from eV to 60 MeV.

Amongst the services offered at the IBC are ion beam modification of materials by ion implantation and irradiation, surface processing by low-energy / highly-charged ions (LEI/HCI) or focused ion beams (FIB), ion beam analysis (IBA), and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Some of the IBC’s highlights include IBA set-ups for in-situ (partly real-time) thin films studies, a double beamline, a PIXE camera and an ion microprobe for chemical imaging of large samples with adaptable spatial resolution, as well as an ion microscope (ORION Nanolab) for high-resolution imaging and nanofabrication. Users of the IBC can take advantage from add-on services comprising sample preparation and clean-room processing, surface and thin film metrology (electron microscopy and spectroscopy, X-ray scattering) and the availability of specific software for the simulation of ion-related processes or data evaluation.

The IBC offers its facilities and services to users from research and industry. The IBC user beam time has grown to more than 17.000 hours per year (2019). For researchers access to IBC facilities is granted free of charge.

Access to the IBC is provided based on a proposal procedure. Proposals can be submitted via the portal HZDR-GATE continuously. The scientific quality of the proposal is evaluated and ranked by an external international user selection panel. Fast-track access is offered for small scale test / pilot experiments after direct approval by local IBC experts. For industrial / commercial ion beam services the HZDR spin-off company HZDR Innovation GmbH offers fast and direct access to the facilities based on individual contracts.

More detailed information about the instrumentation and the anaylitical methods can befound here.

Saxon Switzerland

Both excursions will meet in the afternoon at the Bastei to jointly visit the Saxon Switzerland national park along the Elbe valley, south-east of Dresden – one of the most amazing landscapes of Germany.

The journey home will start in the evening hours on a historic paddle steamer of the  "Weißen Flotte Dresden" (White Fleet).