The 13th Canadian Powder Diffraction Workshop

The Canadian Light Source and the University of Saskatchewan are committed to minimizing the transmission of the coronavirus. We acknowledge the utmost importance of taking preventive steps to minimize the virus transmission. Thus, the Canadian Powder Diffraction Workshop will be postponed until further notice. Applicants will be emailed when a new date is decided.


The Canadian Light Source is in the University of Saskatchewan campus. The lectures and data analysis practice sessions will be held in a computer lab (Arts 41) at the University and several commercial and free data analysis software’s will be available. The data acquisition sessions will happen on a Bruker diffractometer. The program includes a tour of the Canadian Light Source facility.

Participation in the Workshop will be limited to approximately 30 participants. This will ensure plenty of face time for participants to interact with Speakers and Instructors to mingle and exchange about currents trends in powder diffraction while learning/reviewing the basics of the field and software.

The programs TOPAS, GSAS-II, Bruker DIFFRAC.SUITE and EVA will be used for teaching and practical demonstrations at the Workshop, as well as the ICDD database.

The Workshop is targeted towards students, postdocs and practitioners who would benefit from an improved understanding of the basic theory and practice of powder and 2D diffraction for analyzing materials.

Participants are invited to bring one or two problems of their own research to be worked out at the Workshop with expert advice from the Speakers and Instructors who will be present.

Short demonstrations and presentations will be spread out over the four days in order for the participants to appreciate some of the theory and practice behind the process. Examples of some simple and some more difficult powder diffraction, Rietveld and 2D diffraction analyses will be presented, as well as hints on preparing data for publication. Those who do not have access to powder, 2D or 3D diffractometers can use experimental data provided by the instructors or measured during the practice sessions at the beamlines. Several practice data sets will be supplied.

Participants are encouraged to stay an extra day to participate at the CLS Annual Users Meeting. This will be an opportunity to attend the plenary lectures and present your research at the poster sessions.  Poster prizes and refreshments will be available.

Note: Travel support for students and Academic staff is available through the Larry Calvert CNC/IUCr Trust Fund Award. Applications for participants to this workshop will still be considered for the June 30th Larry Calvert deadline.