The European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry (EXRS) is a biennial conference series that started in 1984 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This conference has become a traditional meeting for scientists from around the world working in x-ray spectrometry or using one of its several techniques: X-ray fluorescence (conventional, micro-fluorescence, synchrotron-based and total-reflection), electron microprobe, PIXE, XRD, etc. It represents an exciting discussion forum for basic research and applications of x-ray spectrometry in a rich variety of fields like materials science, chemistry (analysis of materials, quantification), radiation physics, medicine (medical physics, medical imaging), biology, environment, cultural heritage, technology and industry. EXRS is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in theoretical, experimental and applied XRS, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.

This edition of the EXRS was organized in collaboration with the European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS) and took place in the historic city centre of Bruges (Belgium), which is listed as UNESCO world heritage. In addition, the City of Bruges and the Kenniscentrum VZW (Research Centre associated to Musea Brugge) provide logistical support.

The scientific program consisted of invited lectures from distinguished scientists, oral presentations and poster contributions given by the participants and an industrial exhibition, including technical presentations given by the sponsors.

The last three EXRS conferences were held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 2018Gothenburg, Sweden 2016 and Bologna, Italy 2014.


  • Interactions of X-rays with matter and fundamental parameters
  • Quantification, simulation and modelling
  • XRS  Instrumentation (sources, optics and ED/WD detectors, including mobile devices)
  • TXRF and related techniques
  • PIXE and electron induced XRS                        
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • Microbeams and scanning imaging techniques
  • Full field X-ray imaging and tomography          
  • X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy; X-ray diffraction
  • XRS Applications in biology/health, environment, industrial production, cultural heritage, nano technology, energy, ...