June 10-21, 2019


Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School


GRIDS is a summer school that was started in 2018 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

  • Pierre-Andre Amaudruz (TRIUMF)
  • Aksel Hallin (UofA)
  • Nigel Hessey (TRIUMF)
  • Rafeal Lang (Purdue)
  • Alison Lister (UBC)
  • Kate Pachal (SFU)
  • Daniel Santos (Grenoble)
  • Silvia Scorza (SNOLAB)
  • Craig Woody (BNL)
  • Viktor Zacek (UofM)



Application submission for GRIDS2019 is now open!

The number of students will be limited, so an application process is being used.


This is a 3-step process.


1. Apply - includes a letter being sent from student's supervisor (Student is responsibe for asking supervisor to send this)

2. Get Accepted

3. Register


Please click on the link below to APPLY online.


Applications are be accepted.


A confirmation email will be sent directly from the registration system upon completion of your application.


If you are traveling from outside Canada, you may need a visa to enter Canada. Please refer to the Government of Canada site (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp) 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:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/index.asp  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.    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp


GRIDS2019 will take place at TRIUMF in Vancouver BC, Canada

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

map of TRIUMF



4004 Wesbrook Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3





Take the bus here

Drive here

Common driving routes




A limited number of rooms has been set aside for GRIDS2019 participants at the UBC Place Vanier Residences on the UBC campus. The Place Vanier Residences are only a 20 minute walk from TRIUMF.


Place Vanier is made up of a mixture of single and double or triple rooms, with shared washrooms.

Place Vanier Residences





Room rates: $54/night shared accommodations


For the duration of the school (12 nights) - arrival June 9, 2019 - departure June 21, 2019 will be a cost of accommodations will be $648.00. This includes wired* internet access in the room, as well as all taxes and fees.


Room bookings will be made and paid for through the registration system after acceptance to GRIDS2019.


Attendees may request additional days before or after the school dates to accommodate travel plans.


*wired internet will require you to bring your own ethernet cable, or purchase one from Place Vanier.





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: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/tourist.asp


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 tsi@triumf.ca 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.




Week 1

Preliminary schedule week 1 Lecture 5Lecture 4Lecture 3Lecture 2 Lecture 1

Week 2

Preliminary schedule week 2 Lecture 6 Lecture 8 Lecture 9 Lecture 10 Lecture 7

Group Rotation Schedule

Group Rotation Schedule



Temperatures for June

June average temperature 16°C 61°F
June high 20°C 78°F
June low 12°C 54°F


Summer (June - September)




Electric voltage is 120 Volt

electric plug
Wall socket and plug: Image shows a classic plug with two flat parallel prongs and one with a grounding pin.

Tipping and Currency Conversion

Tipping culture: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g153339-s606/Canada:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html

Currency converter: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/daily-converter/?page_moved=1




Committee Chairs

  • Tony Noble, McDonald Institute/Queen’s (co-chair)
  • Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)
  • Mark Richardson, Queen's U (co-chair)

Organizing Committee

  • Doug Bryman [UBC / TRIUMF]
  • Ken Clark [McDonald Institute/Queen's U/TRIUMF]
  • Philippe Di Stefano [Queen's U]
  • Pietro Giampa [TRIUMF] (co-chair)
  • Dana Giasson [TRIUMF]
  • Tony Noble [McDonald Institute/Queen's U] (co-chair)
  • Marcello Pavan [TRIUMF] (co-chair)
  • Marie-Cecile Piro [University of Alberta]
  • Wolfgang Rau [TRIUMF]
  • Fabrice Retiere [TRIUMF]
  • Mark Richardson [McDonald Institute] (co-chair)
  • Alan Robinson [University of Montreal]
  • Aleksey Sher [TRIUMF]
  • Isabel Trigger [TRIUMF]



Contact Us

contact us




E-mail: grids@triumf.ca