August 6-17, 2018


TRIUMF Summer Institute - Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School


GRIDS is a new summer school for graduate students and new post-docs in nuclear, particle, and astroparticle physics to get hands-on training with the detector and instrumentation technology used in modern experiments.  It is aimed primarily for those students and post-docs with limited experience with experimental hardware.

The school will offer a diversified program, combining plenary lectures on a variety of topics from leading experts with hands-on laboratory experience with typical detector and instrumentation technologies.


Participants will develop a basic understanding of the interactions of particles with matter that are relevant to radiation detecting and of the physical mechanisms for collecting energy deposited by radiation.

Participants will also develop lab skills to operate commonly-used equipment for radiation detection in a safe and effective manner.


The school is open to National and International graduate students, and new post-docs. Acceptance to the school is limited.



Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Magdalena Bazalova-Carter (UVic): "Medical Application of Radiation Detectors"
  • Doug Bryman (UBC/TRIUMF): L3 "Gas Detectors"
  • Beatrice Franke (TRIUMF): Detecting ultracold Neutrons
  • Nigel Hessey (TRIUMF): L5 "Solid State Detectors"
  • Rafael Lang (Purdue U): L7 "Noble Liquid Detectors"
  • Thomas Lindner (TRIUMF): Data Acquisition and Electronics
  • Dan McKinsey (Berkeley): L8 "Low-Background Detectors"
  • Chuck Melcher (UT Knoxville): Scintillation and Photo-Sensors
  • Dave Nygren (UT at Arlington): History and Future of Radiation Detectors
  • Karoline Schaeffner (Gran Sasso Lab, Italy): Cryogenic Detectors
  • Michel Vetterli (SFU/TRIUMF): L2 "The interaction of charged particles and photons with matter" and L6 (Calorimeters and Particle ID)


Application submission for TSI/GRIDS2018 is now closed!

Numbers will be limited to 15-20 students, so an application process will be used.


This will be a 3-step process.


1. Apply
(by June 15, 2018)

2. Get Accepted

3. Register


Please click on the link below to APPLY online.


Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2018


If you are traveling from outside Canada, you may need a visa to enter Canada. Please refer to the Government of Canada site ( for instructions on how and who needs to apply for a Visitor’s Visa to come to Canada.


US citizens carrying a valid US Passport do not require a Visa to come to Canada.   Residents of the US who carry a passport from a country listed on the Government of Canada site will need an Invitation Letter from the Conference Chair to attach to their Visitor’s Visa Application.   Please give sufficient time for processing.  See:  for an  estimate of processing times.

As of March 15, 2016  any delegates from visa-exempt countries will need to apply for an eTA. The eTA costs $7.00 and allows for pre-screening of visa exempt nationals. Please see the link for details related to the eTA.


The Canadian Institute for Nuclear Physics has generously offered partial travel subsidies to students and post-docs of faculty who are CINP members.

To apply, please send an email to indicating the participant’s name, home institution, and the name and email address of the CINP-member supervisor.


TSI/GRIDS2018 will take place at the TRIUMF in Vancouver BC, Canada

TRIUMF is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

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4004 Wesbrook Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3





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A limited number of rooms has been set aside for TSI/GRIDS/2018 for participants at the UBC Totem Park Residences on UBC campus. The Totem Park Residences are only a 20 minute walk from TRIUMF.


Totem Park is made up of a mixture of single and twin bedrooms, with shared hallway washrooms and floor lounges (approximately 36 guests per floor). Floor lounges offer seating, TV, fridge, sink and microwave. Buildings are equipped with elevators.

Totem Park Residences





Room rates: $56/night shared accommodations


For the duration of the school (12 nights) - arrival August 5 - departure August 17, 2018 will be a cost of accommodations will be $670.00.


Room bookings will be made and paid for through the registration system after acceptance to TSI/GRIDS2018.


Attendees may book additional days directly with UBC, but will be based on availability, and students may be required to move to a different location.






Travel documents and visas

eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is a new entry requirement -- now in effect.

What you need to know to come to Canada:


Visas: If travelling from outside Canada, you may need a visa to enter Canada.

To request an invitation letter to attach to your Visitor's Visa application please send your request by email to after you submit your application.

Do I need a visa or eTA to come to Canada?

To find out for sure, check here:

About Vancouver

The city of Vancouver is located on the mainland of North America, in the southwest corner of British Columbia, which is the westernmost of Canada's ten provinces. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal range mountains, providing plenty outdoor activities, winter and summer. It is being said Vancouver is the only major city where you can go skiing and take a dip in the ocean on the very same day (without freezing too much). Having hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, it offers rich cultural diversity, spectacular scenery, world-class meeting facilities and a wealth of amenities. Conference venues, accommodation, restaurants, theatres, and recreational opportunities are readily available in this beautiful Pacific Coast location.





The detailed program schedule for TSI/GRIDS2018 can be found here.

All talks will be uploaded and can be viewed here.



Temperatures for August

August average temperature 18°C 64°F
August high 22°C 72°F
August low 14°C 57°F


Summer (June - September)




Electric voltage is 120 Volt

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Committee Chairs

  • Tony Noble, McDonald Institute/Queen’s (co-chair)
  • Nathalie Oullette, McDonald Institute(co-chair)
  • Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)

Organizing Committee

  • Doug Bryman, UBC/TRIUMF
  • Pietro Giampa, TRIUMF
  • Fabrice Retiere, TRIUMF
  • Mark Chen, Queen’s
  • Alan Robinson, University of Montreal
  • Philippe Di Stefano, Queen's
  • Isabel Trigger, TRIUMF
  • Ken Clark, McDonald Institute/Queen’s/TRIUMF



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