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EXRS – European Conference on X-Ray Spectometry 2018 was held between 24th and 29th of June 2018 in GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. A six-day conference offered to 326 international delegates an opportunity to learn more about the latest development in theoretic, experimental and applied XRS, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share their own work and to learn from others. The scientific program consisted of invited lectures from distinguished scientists, oral presentations and poster contributions given by the participants, and industrial exhibition and presentations given by the sponsors.

The participants who came from 38 countries included 58 students, 192 researchers, 65 industrial exhibitors, and 11 accompanying persons. The conference also offered exhibition space to 25 companies, stage for 114 talks, and presentation space to 183 posters.

One of the highlight of the conference was a public lecture, on the evening of the 25th of June, that was given by prof. dr. Alexander Föhlisch from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and University of Potsdam; he also is a guest lecturer in Tokio and at the University of Stanford. Pror. Föhlisch, who held a lecture titled ‘Beating the complexity of matter by the selectivity of X-rays’, is one of the leading experts in the world in the field of spectroscopy with X-Rays, and the key personality in the development of the large international accelerators and sources of X-ray light.

X-rays contribute greatly to gain insight to crucial scientific questions. Thus, prof. Föhlisch presented the newest trends and opportunities arising with the research using modern sources of X-ray light in the large international research centres like synchrotrons (a type of cyclic particle accelerator) and free-electron lasers (laser whose lasing medium consists of very-high-speed electrons moving freely through a magnetic structure). The public lecture was attended by around 150 people who learned how can switching for information technologies become more efficient or how is rate and selectivity in chemistry influenced on the level of atomic constituents.