XTOP 2020 – the 15th Biennial Conference on High-Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Imaging – will take place in Minsk, Belarus, from 13 to 18 September 2020. The first day of the conference will traditionally be devoted to the companion school with tutorial lectures, aimed (not only) to students. During the next 4 days of the conference, a number of invited and contributed talks, as well as posters will be presented.
XTOP is focused on various aspects of X-ray research, covering such fields as X-ray diffractometry, reflectometry, small angle X-ray scattering, stress and strain analysis, and different imaging techniques. The conference provides a scientific platform for researchers and engineers that helps to discover new developments in X-ray instrumentation, measurement techniques, analysis, and applications. Special attention is paid to the presentation of such up-to-date research area as experiments at synchrotrons and XFELs. Besides, XTOP demonstrates introduction of state-of-the-art approaches to analysis like artificial intelligence to solve the most challenging problems. For this purpose, the conference gathers outstanding experts worldwide for giving presentations.
XTOP provides an ideal place where all researchers, interested both in theoretical advances and various applications, can discuss recent innovations and exchange their ideas and experience.
The venue of the conference, Hotel Belarus, is situated in the center of Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus. Minsk is a modern city with deep historical roots, founded in 1067 and having the population of about 1.9 million people now. It is a clean and safe city with an extended public transport network, suitable for convenient connections between its different parts. Several options of sightseeing tours will be suggested to the participants of the conference to give experience the diversity of Belarusian cultural heritage.
The National Airport Minsk is connected by direct flights with 58 airports in Europe and Asia. It takes approximately 40 minutes to get from the airport to the city center by taxi and about 1 hour when traveling by bus.
We constantly monitor the situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 and analyze information and recommendations distributed by WHO and local healthcare authorities. We consider different possible scenarios of the disease dynamics and are ready to adjust the organization of our conference accordingly.
Taking into account the uncertainties in the predictions of the COVID-19 spread dynamics, we decided to provide potential participants of the conference more flexibility in taking the decision concerning their participation and extended the deadlines both for abstract submission and payment of registration fee.
We wish good health to you, your families, and colleagues.
Foreign citizens of 74 countries (including most European countries, Australia, USA, Japan, etc.) can enter Belarus for up to 30 days without getting Visa if they enter the country through the National Airport Minsk. Additionally, long-term Visa-free stay is available for citizens of 24 countries (Russia, Ukraine, Brasilia, Argentina, etc.).
We didn’t hire any third-party organization for helping conference participants with accommodation or other services. If you are contacted by someone who asks your personal data, copy of ID, credit card number, etc. and promises to help you with your accomodation, it is FRAUD! Do not open any links from such e-mails, do not provide any personal data or pay any money them. Some of the fraudulent companies, known for such fishing e-mails and telephone calls, are Exhibitor Housing Services (EHS) and Expo Hotel Services (also EHS).
Atomicus OOO, Minsk, Belarus
Institute of Nuclear Problems, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
The Organizing Committee of the 15th Biennial Conference on High-Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Imaging shall observe the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirms the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, sex or age, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science.
At this meeting no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.
The XTOP does not discriminate in selecting the keynote speakers, school lecturers, oral and poster presenters on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in a profit and non-profit organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. All applications for participation are accepted on the basis of qualifications, merit, and conference scientific value and needs.
The XTOP Organizing Committee strives to achieve gender balance in all sessions of the conference bearing in mind other diversity needs and its existing obligations to geographic and academic discipline representation where appropriate. To achieve the aim, the XTOP Organizing Committee will support procedures to promote gender balance in respect of all of its activities including selection of candidates for keynote talks, invited and regular presentations.