Plenary and invited speakers


Andre Vantomme

Quantum Solid State Physics, KU Leuven, Belgium 
"Recent achievements in IBA"

Marco Durante        winner of the IBA prize 2013

Biophysics Department, Director, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Germany
"Applied nuclear physics at new particle accelerators"

Mariaelena Fedi

Mariaelena Fedi, INFN, Florence, Italy
"Small accelerators for cultural heritage - analytical capabilities and historical overview"


Katharina Lorenz

INESC-MN, IPFN, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
"Ion Implantation and Radiation Effects in Group-III Nitride Semiconductors"


Chiara Latessa 
Associate professor at the Physics department of the University of Trento (Italy) and associated scientist at the INFN-TIFPA (Trento, Italy)
"Paradigm shifting of microdosimetry in particle therapy"



Thomas Haberer        winner of the IBA prize 2020
Scientific and technical director of the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center at the Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany

Prof. Haberer has devoted his scientific career to the interdisciplinary field of ion-beam tumor therapy. In particular, he introduced a crucial innovation in particle therapy: the raster-scan technique. It consists of a method to deliver the dose that focuses the relativistic ion beams down to pencil size, and scans them over the volume of the tumor. This method allows the full clinical exploitation of the advantageous properties of ion beams, as the highly efficient stopping ions are guided into the target volume only, thus sparing healthy tissue and organs close to the tumor.     

Juha Muhonen

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
"Si quantum technology with implanted donors"

Zdravko Siketic

Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
"MeV SIMS application in material science"

Daniel Primetzhofer

Uppsala University, Sweden
"Development of ion-beam tools for non-destructive composition analysis"

wilhelm.pngRichard A. Wilhelm
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
"Highly charged ion interaction with surfaces"

Dr. Wilhelm investigates the charge exchange dynamics and the resulting nano-structuring processes of highly charged ions at surfaces. He uses suspended 2D materials for ion transmission spectroscopy, which allows to limit the total interaction time to the femtosecond scale opening new ways to address fast ion-induced phenomena directly in experiment.

kerveno.pngMaëlle Kerveno
Maëlle Kerveno, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, CNRS – Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
"New challenges for experimental data dedicated to reactor physics"

InMy research filed concerns nuclear data for nuclear energy applications and I am especially interested in new measurements of neutron inelastic scattering on actinides. We use the prompt g-ray spectroscopy method with the GRAPhEME device near the  EC-JRC-GELINA neutron facility in Geel (Belgium).

Rene Heller

Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
"Elemental mapping on the nm scale: RBS and SIMS in the Helium Ion Microscope"

maleka.pngPeane Maleka
iThemba LABS, Cape Town, South Africa
"Unique high energy neutron beams at iThemba LABS"

I am a research scientist based at iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) a multidisciplinary research facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. iThemba LABS is centred on the development, operation and use of particle accelerators and related research equipment. As a scientist, my main responsibilities include research and training of postgraduate students on applied nuclear sciences. Currently, I’m the responsible scientist for refurbishment of the neutron vault at iThemba LABS. The ultimate goal for the renovation is to provide to the global neutron science community, an access to a unique world-class facility capable of providing well-characterised quasi-monoenergetic neutrons in the energy range of about 40 MeV to 200 MeV.

Federico Picollo

Physics Department, University of Torino, Italy
"Diamond devices for biological application (lab on chip)"

Thomas Cocolios

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
"Novel radioisotopes for medical applications: the CERN MEDICIS project and beyond"


Marie Davídková

Nuclear Physics Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
"Microdosimetry of ionizing radiations and its application in radiotherapy and radioecology"

Pavol Rajec

BIONT, Slovakia
"Recent trends in development of PET radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear medicine."


Lucille Beck

LMC14/LSCE - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
"IBA and AMS techniques for Cultural Heritage studies"

Jan Kučera

Nuclear Physics Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
"Recent achievements in NAA, IBA, and AMS application for cultural heritage investigations at NPI"

Massimo Chiari

INFN, Florence, Italy
"Nuclear physics for the environment and cultural heritage: A LABEC experience"

Lyudmila Goncharova

University of Western Ontario, Canada
"Ion beam implantation for Si photonics"

Dr. Lyudmila Goncharova joined the University of Western Ontario as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 2007, and became an Associate Professor in 2014, her work has been continually funded through NSERC Discovery Grants. The focus of her research has been in exploring and optimizing semiconductor materials and nanostructures for enhanced electronics, optoelectronics, and more recently in the broader area of materials and the role they play in influencing new technology and impacting society.


Gastón Garcia

 CMAM-UAM, Madrid, Spain
"Ion beams and synchrotron light in perspective"

Raquel González Arrabal

Instituto de Fusión Nuclear "Guillermo Velarde", Madrid, Spain (materials for nuclear fusion)
"Current status and new approaches in the development of Plasma facing materials for nuclear fusion reactors"

Raquel González Arrabal is professor at the Instituto de Fusión Nuclear "Guillermo Velarde" (IFN), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). After his PhD (2001) at the Technische Unviersität Wien (TUW), she worked as postdoc at the Atominstitut der österreichischen universitäten (ATI/TUW), Centro de Microánalisis de Materiales (CMAM/UAM), Parque Científico de Madrid (PCM) and Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología (IMN/CSIC).
Her field of interest is the developing and testing of materials with improved properties to work under extreme conditions. She has published more than 60 papers in ISI journals. She has more than 100 presentations in conferences all around the world and has lead and participated in different national and international research projects funded by public and private entities

Maria Del Carmen Jiménez Ramos

 Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
"IBIC microscopy for semiconductor detectors research"

Alan Owens

European Space Agency, ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Prague, The Czech Republic 
"Semiconductor materials for radiation detection –  current status and AND future development"

Aurélie Gentils

University Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France
"Dual ion irradiation of nuclear materials in situ in a Transmission Electron Microscope at JANNuS"

The research of Aurélie Gentils on “Ion Beam Modifications of Materials” originates in her Ph.D. thesis work in 2003. Her research at CNRS since 2008 investigates ion beam modifications in nuclear materials, using mainly JANNuS-Orsay, an invaluable experimental tool of direct relevance for the investigation of microstructure's kinetics in materials at the nanoscale under single and/or dual ion beam(s). She is currently the scientific leader of this quite unique facility that comprises a Transmission Electron Microscope connected to two ion accelerators, allowing direct observation of ion beam induced modifications in materials at the nanoscale.   



Ljudmila Benedik
Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
"Application of NAA in environmental research"


Katia Parodi
Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
"Nuclear physics for reduction of range uncertainties in clinical and pre-clinical applications of ion beams"

Katia Parodi is full professor and Chair of Medical Physics at the Physics Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Munich. Since her doctoral studies at the Research Center Rossendorf in Dresden, Germany, through her postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, as well as her researcher position at the Heidelberg Ion Therapy Center in Heidelberg, Germany, her main research interests have been focused on high precision image-guided therapy with protons and light ion beams. In this context, she has experimentally investigated and even clinically evaluated different nuclear physics techniques for range monitoring of ion therapy, which she is currently extending to pre-clinical research in the framework of an ERC consolidator grant.   

Sandro Rossi
Fondazione CNAO, Pavia, Italy
"Hadrontherapy: physics meets oncology in the fight against cancer"

Sandro Rossi is Director General of the National Centre for Oncological Hadrontherapy in Pavia, commissioned and financed by the Italian Ministry of Health with the purpose of treating oncological patients with innovative techniques based on the use of particle beams (protons and carbon ions). Sandro Rossi is a physicist and coordinated, first as Technical Director and since 2008 as Director General, the design, the construction and the start-up of the accelerators and the medical devices at CNAO. During his career Sandro Rossi has published several scientific articles, has participated as a speaker in many conferences and for some years he has taught University courses in Physics and Particle Physics Applied to Medicine. 

rubel.pngMarek Rubel
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Fusion Plasma Physics
"Ion Beam Analysis in Studies of First Wall Materials in Controlled Fusion Devices"

Field of research: Plasma- material interactions in controlled fusion devices. Material modification and analysis.