At the 2018 International Symposium on Negative Ions, Beams and Sources (NIBS) conference held in Novosibirsk, Russia, the University of Auckland won the hosting rights for the 7th NIBS conference to be held in New Zealand in August/September 2020. This will be the first time a major accelerator physics conference has been held in New Zealand and reflects the historical ground-breaking work done through the University’s collaboration with the Ion Source Test Facility (ISTF) research group at Buckley Systems’ manufacturing headquarters.
Buckley Systems CSIO, Dr Morgan Dehnel, was one of the main drivers behind the bid and is very excited about the event. “Hosting NIBS’20 brings the world experts in negative ion beams to New Zealand, which facilitates exposure to this field for professors and students in the Australasia region. It also provides a huge boost to our own negative ion beam collaboration with the University of Auckland, University of British Columbia, Buckley Systems Ltd and D-Pace Inc.”
A key highlight of the conference will be a tour of Buckley Systems’ impressive manufacturing facility with a chance to meet with the physics, design and operations teams, see the ISTF in action and talk to the researchers working on it.