• SAXS excites

    International SAXS Symposium 2019

    Event Date

    24 to 25 September, 2019

    Event Location
    Graz University of Technology
    The event is hosted by Graz University of Technology.

Welcome to the exciting world of SAXS

  • “SAXS excites”, the International SAXS Symposium 2019, will not only give an insight into the diversity of SAXS and its applications, it will also be your platform to reflect on current trends, foster discussions, and exchange ideas for the future.

    In 2017 the international symposium “SAXS excites” was held for the first time and hosted more than 100 participants from all over the world. World-renowned keynote speakers, talks, and a great poster session contributed to an exclusive event. We aim to continuously expand the SAXS family to encourage multidiscipline cooperation and open an exchange of views between renowned scientists, young scientists, and industry.

  • Your benefits

    • Globally recognized key scientists, young scientists, and attendees from complementary fields have the chance to share their thoughts and ideas.
    • The event is a unique opportunity to distribute the benefits of SAXS to related fields.
    • Establishing contacts, broadening your horizon, and discussing the future of SAXS will be at the center of our symposium.

The event is sponsored by:


Welcome to two days of "SAXS excites"!

    • First things first

      The welcome reception and the official opening of SAXS excites, the International SAXS Symposium 2019, will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

      Social program

      Coffee and lunch as well as the conference dinner are included in your participation fee. The optional company tour of Anton Paar GmbH is free of charge.
      Please register for these events via the registration & abstract form.

      Company tour

      This optional tour takes place on September 24, 2019, 4:00 p.m. A shuttle bus will be available and leaves at around 3:30 p.m from the event location. The tour will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Afterwards you are directly shown to the conference dinner at “Sudhaus”.

      Symposium dinner

      The symposium dinner will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
      Location: Anton Paar Sudhaus GmbH
      “Sudhaus” is a new à la carte restaurant with its own brewery producing unique beers. A brewery tour demonstrating the modern brewery process and some sampling demonstrations are the “entrée” to a casual get-together.

      As all great things have to come to an end …

      … the scientific symposium’s program ends on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 5 p.m.

      We are here for you

      The reception desk will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



We are happy to welcome renowned national and international experts at SAXS excites, the International SAXS Symposium 2019:

    • Jan Ilavsky

      Argonne National Laboratory, USA

    • Jan Skov Pedersen

      Aarhus University, Denmark

    • Tobias Madl

      Medical University of Graz, Austria

    • Yongfeng Men

      Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    • Michael Krumrey

      Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany

    • [Translate to tu-graz:] Stephan Roth

      Stephan Roth

      KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden & Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany

New speakers will be announced here. Please check this site regularly for the updated list.

Event impressions 2017

“Come and meet other curious minds at the International SAXS Symposium 2017.”

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With a view to supporting inventive talent and exploring future needs, SAXS excites brings together globally recognized key scientists and young scientists across complementary fields to discuss the latest trends and stimulate fruitful exchange between curious minds.

You would like to know more about the scientific contributions at SAXS excites?

  • Please register here to receive access to the digital abstract book


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  • SAXS (Small Angle X-Ray Structure) is one of the leading technologies for the analysis of crystalline-, molecular-, and nanostructures. For a long time, SAXS was regarded as pure basic research only, but nowadays it is an established method in modern analytics and applied research in the industry.

    SAXS contributes significantly to the knowledge and understanding of the stability and mode of action of biomolecules, e.g. proteins, enzymes and antibodies, and thus the development of new active ingredients (APIs) and medicaments in solid and liquid formulations. Antibiotic resistance and the increasing number of allergies are only two key points which underline the importance of SAXS as an analytical method.

    A further future field for the SAXS method is the control and analysis of nanoparticles during production. Today, nanoparticles are the norm in many everyday products, e.g. in cosmetics, detergents, clothing and solar cells. They give the different products their special characteristics. There are many more future-oriented applications using SAXS as a leading technology.

Speakers 2017

We were happy to welcome renowned national and international experts at "SAXS excites", the International SAXS Symposium 2017

    • Jill Trewhella

      The University of Sydney, Australia

      “Small-Angle X-ray Scattering: an Effective Probe of Biomolecular Structure to Understanding Function”

    • Mitsuhiro Shibayama

      Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, Japan

      “Probe-SAXS and Deformation Studies on Nano-composite gels with 2D-Pair Distribution Function Analysis”

    • Detlef Smilgies

      Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, Cornell School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, USA

      “In-situ Real-time Studies of Soft Materials Using GISAXS and GIWAXS”

    • Michal Hammel

      Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

      “X-ray solution scattering (SAXS) combined with crystallography and computation: defining accurate macromolecular structures, conformations and assemblies in solution”

    • Georg Pabst

      University of Graz, Austria

      “Structure and Interactions of Complex Biomembrane Mimetics”

    • Tobias Madl

      Medical University of Graz, Austria

      “Integrating SAXS and Complementary Techniques for Structure Determination”

    • Dmitri Svergun

      EMBL, Germany

      “Small angle X-ray scattering on biomacromolecular solutions: current progress and perspectives”

    • Andreas Thünemann

      Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany

      “SAXS for the determination of the size distribution of nanoparticles: Application in catalysis”

    • Taku Ogura

      Lion Corporation, Japan

      “Industrial Applications of SAXS Techniques for Household and Personal-care products”




    • Otto Glatter

      Graz University of Technology, Austria

      “From Dilute Solutions to Hierarchically Organized Dense Systems - Application of Scattering Methods in Soft Matter Science”

    • Heinz Amenitsch

      Graz University of Technology, Austria

      “SAXS – opportunities for in situ and in-operando”


SAXS excites, the International SAXS Symposium 2019, will take place at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Chemistry, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria. The welcome receptions and all lectures will be held there.

  • How to get there

    • By airplane

      Graz has an international airport, Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof, which can be reached via Frankfurt, Munich, Zürich, and Vienna. A local train shuttle takes you from the airport to the city. Taxis are available at the departure gate.

      By train

      Graz Main Station is well-connected to the center and other parts of the city, and a number of buses and tramways take you downtown.
      Austrian trains (ÖBB)
      Public transport in Graz (GVB)

      By car

      From Vienna (AT), via A2 in the direction of Graz.
      The distance is approx. 200 km and it will take you about 2 hours.
      From Munich (GER) via A8, A9.
      The distance is approx. 388 km (4.5 hours).
      From Maribor (SLO) via A9.
      The distance is approx. 68 km (1 hour).
      From Zürich (CH) via A96, A995.
      The distance is approx. 700 km (8 hours).

Accommodation in Graz

"SAXS excites", the International SAXS Symposium 2019, is held in Graz, Austria,
a city that was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1999.

Hotel Gollner | Augarten Hotel | Star Inn Hotel Graz | Parkhotel | Hotel zum Dom

Additional accommodation possibilities in hotels, bed & breakfasts,
and apartments can be found via
Graz tourism.

Please note that accommodation will not be booked for you by the organizing committee.

Organizing & Scientific Committee

  • Organizing Committee

    The organizing committee of "SAXS excites",
    the International SAXS Symposium 2019, consists of:

    Barbara Seibt, TU Graz (Austria)
    Michaela Flock, TU Graz (Austria)
    Angelika Scheiflinger-Latal, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)
    Gerhard Ehmann, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)

  • Scientific Committee

    The scientific committee of "SAXS excites",
    the International SAXS Symposium 2019, consists of:

    Otto Glatter, TU Graz (Austria)
    Georg Pabst, KFU Graz (Austria)
    Angela Chemelli, TU Graz (Austria)
    Tobias Madl, Med Uni Graz (Austria)
    Heiner Santner, Anton Paar GmbH (Austria)