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The interfacial regions between bulk media, although often comprising only a fraction of the material present, are frequently the site of reactions and phenomena that dominate the macroscopic properties of the entire system. Hence, the understanding of the self-organization of molecules at interfaces and their corresponding static and dynamic properties defines a central theme of Colloid and Interface Science.

Linear and nonlinear optical reflection techniques, X-ray and neutron scattering and the scanning pro be techniques are powerful tools in the armoury of surface scientists that deepened our understandin g of the interfacial architecture. Unfortunately, presentations at international conferences pr ovide at most overviews of applications of scientific methods, but do not allow a meaningful in-depth discussion of the particular experimental and theoretical background. Textbooks provide sound information, but there is a lag time between the development of new methods and their inc orporation in textbooks and in University courses.

This workshop s hould bridge this gap and is designed for motivated PhD students and Post-docs in the field of Colloid and Interface Science. The major objective is to discuss modern surface analytical tools that increased our understanding of interfaces. Selected surface analytical tools are presented in tutorial review style by scientists using these techniques in their daily research. The information is then discussed and deepened in small workgroups. The interaction and active discussion of the participants is a crucial element of our workshop.