Registration OPEN: Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School (GRIDS) June 3-14, 2024 @ TRIUMF

Registration is open for the 2024 Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School (GRIDS2024) sponsored by TRIUMF and the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute (McDonald Institute), which will take place at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada from June 3 - 16, 2024

The registration deadline is Friday March 15, 2024.

About the School:

GRIDS2023 ( is a free summer school aimed at graduate students for whom particle and radiation detection plays an important role in their work, and who would like to gain hands-on experience with detectors and associated instrumentation technology. The goal of the school is to provide an introduction to practical aspects of detector principles and operations in nuclear, particle, and astroparticle physics, such that participants achieve a working knowledge of the origin of data produced by commonly employed detector systems.


GRIDS will offer a diversified program from leading experts, combining plenary seminars 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 detection, and of the physical mechanisms for collecting energy deposited by radiation. Operational principles will be covered for commonly employed detectors suitable for measurements of energy, momentum, timing, and particle identification. Low background environments and radio-frequency and electronic techniques will be discussed. Participants will explore design and decision-making in the field of radiation detection with focus on the rationale, limitations, and breadth of detector applications and development.

Participants will also develop laboratory skills to operate commonly used equipment for radiation detection in a safe and effective manner, identify common problems associated with operating particle physics detectors, and work as a team to experiment using a detector assembly.


  • The History and Future of Radiation Detectors
  •  Gas Detectors
  •  Scintillation Detectors
  •  Solid State Detectors
  •  Calorimeters and Particle Identification
  •  Noble Liquid Detectors
  •  Low-Background Techniques
  •  Data Acquisition and Electronics
  •  Cryogenic Detectors
  •  ISAC/radioactive ion beam Techniques

Laboratory experiments will include:

   Beamline Techniques
   Organic & Inorganic Scintillators
   Photo-Sensors Techniques
   Gas Detectors
   GEM Detectors
   Solid State Cryogenics Techniques
   Data-Acquisition Systems
   Low-Level Electronics
   Laser Technology
   Low-Background Techniques

Application and Registration Procedure:

The school will be accepting a limited number of participants, although we have increased the number of places this year somewhat. Applications along with letters of reference will be accepted via the GRIDS website (Registration opening later this week).

To lower any barriers to participation, some travel support is available from MI and TRIUMF. Please include any support needs you may have when applying.

Please recognize this is a limited resource, and so make it clear why your participation will rely on our travel support rather than e.g., support from your supervisor.

The application process is about to open through the website

Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by Friday, March 15th.
Successful applicants will be notified by early April.

For further information:

Visit the school website at for more information, including travel and accommodations.

Additional questions can be forwarded to

Organizing Committee:

Alexis Brossard, TRIUMF

Doug Bryman, UBC/TRIUMF

Andrea Capra, TRIUMF

Ken Clark, McDonald Institute/Queen's/TRIUMF

Pietro Giampa, TRIUMF (co-chair)

Dana Giasson, TRIUMF

Iain McKenzie, TRIUMF

Tony Noble, McDonald Institute/Queen's (co-chair)

Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)

Wolfgang Rau, TRIUMF

Mark Richardson, McDonald Institute/Queen's (co-chair)

Alan Robinson, University of Montreal

Aleksey Sher, TRIUMF

Jana Thomson, TRIUMF

Isabel Trigger, TRIUMF