IsoSiM/HGS-HIRe Summer School

  • Martin-Niemöller House 3 Am Eichwaldsfeld Schmitten, HE, 61389 Germany

The summer school on "Isotopes for Science and Medicine" is being jointly organized by IsoSiM NSERC CREATE (Canada) and HGS-HIRe (Germany). It will be held in Schmitten, Germany, 25 - 30 July, 2016. It is targeted at Masters and Doctoral students as well as early career postdocs working with radioisotopes in different areas of research.

Summer School Program

The summer school will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction

    • Reiner Krücken (TRIUMF / University of British Columbia, Canada)
    • Alexander Gottberg (TRIUMF, Canada)
  • Accelerators

    • Oliver Kester (GSI Darmstadt / University of Frankfurt, Germany): "From the ion source to the injection into the synchrotron"
    • Harald Klingbeil (GSI Darmstadt / Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany): "Synchrotrons and storage rings"
  • Material Science 

    • Markus Bender (GSI Darmstadt, Germany): "Materials modification and nanostructures produced with heavy ions in the electronic stopping regime"
    • Rob Usiskin (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart, Germany): "Transport effects in lithium ion conductors"
  • Marine Research

    • Florian Koch (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Germany): "Stable isotopes in Marine Science" and "Isotopes as tracer of biogeochemical processes in Marine Science"
  • Nuclear Medicine & Imaging

    • Andrea Denker (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany): "Proton therapy"
    • Julia Mannheim (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Nuclear Physics & Astrophysics

    • Almudena Arcones (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)
    • Christoph Scheidenberger (GSI Darmstadt / University of Giessen, Germany)

Soft-skills workshop: Leadership and Management Skills

  • How to improve your communication and collaboration skills.
  • How to reach your career goals more efficiently and more effectively.
  • How to establish and maintain a peer support group.
  • How to establish and strengthen your research network. 


Summer school costs

There is no registration fee for school and soft-skills workshop. The costs for the accommodation and travel have to be covered by the participants: 

  • 77 Euros per person a day (full board and accommodation in double bedroom)
  • 12 Euros "Tagungspauschale" per person a day

Summer school venue

The summer school will take place in Martin-Niemöller Haus in a cozy town of Schmitten at the foot of the Feldberg mountains north of Frankfurt. 

Travel: (The fastest and easiest way) If you arrive at Frankfurt Airport, take trains S8 or S9 from the local train station (Regionalbahnhof) in the lower level of Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Central Station ("Hauptbahnhof", ca. 15min). Presently there is some construction in the S-Bahn train tunnel in Frankfurt downtown, so you'll arrive upstairs at the long-distance platforms and have to head to the lower levels to catch S-Bahn S5 direction Friedrichsdorf which runs every 30min. The train summer schedule can be found here.  In "Bad Homburg" take bus no. 50 from the bus station in front of the station at 10:52 or 12:52 direction "Gravenwiesbach" and get off at Schmitten-Arnoldshain "Forsthaus" (ca. 40min ride). From there it is a 5-10min walk to the Heinrich-Niemoeller Haus. The fare for a single ticket from the airport to Schmitten is ~9 Euros.

(For the adventurers) Check out the RMV webpage here.

For participants which arrive after 13:00 or need assistance, please contact us. We will have a limited number of seats in rental cars, and can pick up some people at the train station "Oberursel" (one stop before Bad Homburg).

Please plan your trip so that you arrive ~13:00, before the first lecture which starts at 14:00.

Important dates

31 May 2016    Registration deadline
3 June 2016     Notification of the successful applicants
25 July 2016    Beginning of the summer school
28 July 2016    Excursion to GSI

Organizing committee

Henner Büsching (Managing Director, HGS-HIRe, University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Reiner Krücken (IsoSiM Program Director, TRIUMF / University of British Columbia, Canada)
Iris Dillmann (IsoSiM Scientific Coordinator, TRIUMF / University of Victoria, Canada)
Monika Stachura (IsoSiM Program Coordinator, TRIUMF, Canada)