AnXAS 2017

8th Workshop on Speciation, Techniques, and Facilities for Radioactive Materials at Synchrotron Light Sources

"Actinide XAS" is a series of unique international workshops, which focus on the basic- and applied research of radioactive materials using synchrotron-based techniques.

The workshops have been held in France (1st, 2nd and 5th), USA (3rd), Germany (4th), Japan (6th) and Switzerland (7th), since the first in 1998. In 2017 the workshop comes to the United Kingdom for the first time. It will be held at Queen's College, University of Oxford, on 11-13th April 2017. 

Conference Information for Delegates



Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Rizlan Bernier-Latmani - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Dr. Tonya Vitova - Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Dr. Thomas Dumas - Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), France

Prof. Neil Hyatt - University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Sarah Saslow - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Truong Nguyen - University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Francis Livens - University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Yukiharu Takeda - Spring-8, Japan

Dr. Daniel Grolimund - Swiss Light Source (SLS), Switzerland

Dr. David Shuh - Advanced Light Source (ALS), USA

Prof. Fred Mosselmans - Diamond Light Source, UK

Dr. Jörg Rothe - ANKA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Dr. Tsuyoshi Yaita - Spring-8, Japan

Dr. Andreas Scheinost - The European Synchrotron (ESRF), France






Abstract Submission: 9th March 2017

Early Registration: 9th March 2017 

Late Registration: 21st March 2017

Accommodation: 9th March 2017

Conference fees

Early Registration

£550 for conference registration, 3 nights college accommodation (with breakfast), conference dinner, buffet lunches.

£450 for conference registration, 3 nights college accommodation (with breakfast), conference dinner, buffet lunches.(STUDENT RATE)

£300 for conference registration, conference dinner, buffet lunches.

Late registration

£365 for conference registration, conference dinner, buffet lunches.


Local Organising Committee:

Sam Shaw (The University of Manchester) 

Melissa Denecke (The University of Manchester) 

Gareth Law (The University of Manchester) 

Oliver Street (The University of Manchester)

Claire Corkhill (University of Sheffield)

Claude Degueldre (University of Lancaster)

Steve Parry (Diamond Light Source)


Scientific Committee:

Andreas Scheinost (ESRF, France) 

David Shuh (ALS, USA)

Jörg Rothe (Anka, Germany)

Fred Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source, UK)

Rainer Dähn (SLS, Switzerland)

Kenneth Kemner (USA)

Joseph Somers (Germany)

Tobias Reich (Germany)

Christophe Den Auwer (France)

Eric Simoni (France)

Stepan Kalmykov (Russia)

Francis Livens (UK)

Katherine Morris (UK)

James Tobin (USA)

Philippe Martin (France)

Tsuyoshi Yaita (Japan)

Pier Lorenzo Solari (France)


Conference Administrator

Oliver Street (The University of Manchester)

Scientific Programme

  1. Actinides in Life Sciences, Medicine and the Environment
  2. Coordination Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides
  3. Solid State Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides
  4. Nuclear materials: Manufacture, Storage and Geological disposal
  5. Upcoming Techniques from the Table Top to Free Electron Lasers
  6. Analysis of Actinides at Synchrotron Facilities: Reports 

Please download the full conference programme and abstracts here




Registration LINK

Registration deadline:  9th March 2017 (with accommodation) 21st March (without accommodation)


Fee with accommodation at Queens college: £550 

Fee with accommodation at Queens college (STUDENT RATE): £450

Fee without accommodation: £300 (early registration) £365 (late registration)


The registration fee covers the participation on all sessions, lunch and coffee breaks during the meeting, drinks reception on the 10th, poster session at Diamond Light Source, the conference dinner and three nights accommodation at Queens college  (if requested). 

Participants requiring a visa for UK, and who would need a letter for a visa application, please contact the local organising committee: E-mail:

IMPORTANT Registrations remain preliminary until the conference fee is transferred to The University of Manchester.




Abstract submission opening day: 1st December 2016

Abstract submission deadline: 9th March 2017

Preparation of Abstract

Abstracts must be submitted for both oral and poster presentations. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Local Organising Committee.

Please submit abstracts to and specify whether you would like a poster or oral presentation and in which session.

Please make sure to download the Abstract Template



Accommodation is available:

Check-in 10/4/17 

Check-out: 13/4/17

On-site accommodation has been reserved for delegates and there is the option to book this by selecting a regtsitartion rate that includes accommodation. All rooms are en suite and located on the main central High Street site and include tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerators and many enjoy excellent views over the quads and gardens. A choice of Full English and Continental breakfast options are served in the historic hall.

Information for Guests



Queen’s College is situated on the High Street approximately 5 minutes walk from the main shopping area of the city. Due to the college’s central position in historic Oxford no car parking is available at the College, but buses from the Thornhill and Seacourt Park and Ride sites stop directly outside of Queen’s, as do buses from the train station, London and London airports (see below).

By road:

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west via the A34.


There are access restrictions for cars within the city centre, particularly for traffic coming into the centre from the east, along the High Street. For quick and easy access to the city centre you are advised to use one of Oxford's 5 Park and Ride sites. The 400 service from the Thornhill and Seacourt Park and Ride sites stops directly outside of Queen’s.

By train:

A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (; +44 (0)8457 484950).
By coach: Two services operate from London: one leaves from Victoria Coach Station (Buckingham Palace Road (Stop 7) every 10 - 20 minutes during weekdays (X90 Oxford Bus Company, the other from Grosvenor Gardens by Victoria Railway Station every 10 minutes at peak times (Oxford Tube, Both services pick up at Marble Arch.
There is also a coach service from Cambridge (X5 via Milton Keynes). For information on coaches to other major cities and airports contact National Express (; tel: +44 (0)8717818178).

Taxi information:

Taxi ranks are located at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.
ABC Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 770077
City Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 201201
Euro Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 430430
Radio Taxis, tel: +44 (0)1865 249743 or 242424

By air:

The most convenient arrival airport is London Heathrow, from which there is a frequent express coach service to Oxford. London Gatwick is a little further, but again there is direct coach service to and from Oxford. Visit ‘The Oxford Bus Company’ at for full airport coach services.
London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours. Visit for more information.


Please contact if you have any queries.