It is a great pleasure to invite you to the second edition of the International Workshop BIONEUTRON 2012: Neutron Scattering Highlights on Water and Biological Systems which will be held from 26th to 29th May 2012 in Taormina, a fascinating Sicilian town (Italy).


The workshop is mainly addressed to highlight the versatile applicability of neutron scattering to the everwidening field of biological studies, as well as its complementarity with other spectroscopic and numerical techniques. Special emphasis will be addressed to water in the bulk phase, in confinement, at surfaces, in solutions and in biological systems.


The main scope is to provide an up-to-date insight into neutron scattering and into complementary techniques and to furnish a representative sampling of some experimental findings which, in the broad area of research under the general headings “biophysics”, “biomaterials” and related topics, have recently been object of considerable scientific scrutiny.


More than ever before, the scientific community is interested on using the strengths and capabilities of different facilities and techniques to their best advantage and the large neutron fluxes produced in next-generation spallation facilities such as the European Spallation Source (ESS) are likely to soon find expanded application in biology.


The workshop aims to attract researchers from completely different horizons providing a forum to bring together scientists from academia, industry and other research organizations so reinforcing a community at a time where the field is progressing rapidly. Invited lectures will range from experimental results, modeling and theory to biotechnological applications.


The papers related to the conference topics will be published on a Special Issue of Chemical Physics.


The workshop will strongly encourage the participation of young researchers, being also a reference for the XI International School of Neutron Scattering Francesco Paolo Ricci "Neutron Investigation of Biosystems", which will be dedicated to the formation of students in neutron spectroscopy techniques applied to the investigation of the structural, dynamical and functional properties of biosystems, and to their biotechnological applications.


Looking forward to seeing you in Taormina,
Salvatore Magazù and Federica Migliardo