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The University of Manchester at Harwell

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Collaboration and communication are central to our activities.

We work with Manchester colleagues and other users of national facilities providing equipment and technical support for high risk or challenging experiments.

We organise a range of events including public seminars and workshops.

Annual workshop on Advances in X-ray imaging

Since 2016, we have held an annual workshop in the summer on Advances in X-ray imaging, the aim of which is to bring together scientists from different fields to discuss developments and applications of a variety of X-ray imaging and complementary techniques, and to build international collaborations.

These workshops are a collaboration between The University of Manchester at Harwell, 3Dmagination Ltd, Diamond Light Source and the Collaborative Computational Project in Tomographic Imaging (CCPi), all of whom co-fund and co-organise the event. These workshops take place over one or two days, with speakers coming from a range of international organisations.

Unfortunately, the 2020 workshop was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, our 5th annual workshop took place for the first time online via Zoom Webinar over two morning sessions on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 February 2021. This workshop was a great success with the surprising advantage that relocating the workshop online has also made it accessible to a larger and more diverse audience. The workshop attracted scientists from 18 countries spread over 5 continents.

Thanks to our excellent speakers, a variety of complementary imaging techniques (synchrotron/lab-based X-rays, neutron facilities, correlative microscopy) were highlighted and applied for dynamic studies (catalytic reactor, plasticity, sintering processes, bat wings, superalloy, methods to investigate cracking, Li-Ion batteries, soft tissues, imaging of large samples). With the huge amount of data generated, the workshop revealed again the problem we are facing with data manipulation and the need to develop new ways to visualise, extract and predict/validate scientific information from the datasets. Techniques/rigs development and data mining have been a game changer for many applications over the past workshops and we will expand further this growing momentum during the 6th workshop next year.