Teacher Professional Development

Teachers' Workshop 

Connect classroom science with scientific research! This workshop is an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada’s biggest research facilities. Each year we open our doors to the nation’s science teachers, providing them the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Learn about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Make connections to science curriculum

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in the science classroom.

The Teachers’ Workshop also provides the necessary training for your students to be able to participate in the award winning Students on the Beamlines program.

2019 Teachers' Workshop TBA

Saskatoon, SK

Meet the Scientist - Learn the Research - Participate in the Experiment - Connect to Curriculum



Click HERE for more photos from our 2018 Teachers' Workshop!

Previous Years

2018 Agenda
2017 Agenda
2016 Agenda
2015 Agenda

Examples of Practical Hands-On Sessions:

  • IDEAS in Action
    •  Investigate chemical differences in samples collected by participants
  • Crystals and Diffraction: Biology
    • Prep the sample and view the structure of a protein crystal from synchrotron data
  • Anatomy of a Beamline: Light and Optics
  • Cryogenics Systems Essential for Synchrotrons
  • Enabling Student Research: How to Put Your Students in Charge of THEIR Research

Examples of Topics Typically Covered:

  • How exactly does this state-of-the-art machine produce its brilliant light?
  • The Grand Tour – See this magnificent facility up-close and personal!
  • The basis of synchrotron research techniques
  • Discover how synchrotron research techniques contribute to nanotechnology and the development of cutting edge materials
  • Learn about the possibilities being explored in health sciences
  • Understand the imaging and therapy capabilities of synchrotron facilities for biological tissues
  • Learn how synchrotron techniques can impact environmental chemistry research
  • Students on the Beamlines: How did it work? Look at the perspective of the teacher and students that have participated.

Examples of Past Presenters:

  • From the CLS User Community: Dr. L. Dean. Chapman (X-Ray Imaging Canada Research Chair); Dr. Ingrid Pickering (Canadian Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science); Dr. Sven Achenbach (Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Device Fabrication); Dr. Elisabeth Schultke (Medical Imaging, University of Saskatchewan); Dr. John Tse (Canadian Research Chair in Material Studies – Theoretical Materials); Dr. Alex Moewes (Canada Research Chair in Materials Science with Synchrotron Radiation)
  • From the CLS Beamline Scientists and Staff:  Dr. Scott Rosendahl (Mid-IR - Scientist); Dr. Gosia Korbas (BioXAS - Scientist); Dr. Brant Billinghurst (Far IR - Scientist); Dr. Robert Blyth (Science Projects Manager); Grant Cubbon (Health, Safety and Environment Manager); Dr. Shaun Labiuk (CMCF – Research Associate); Dr. Chithra Karunakaran (Environmental and Earth Sciences Manager); Dr. Grant Billbrough (Accelerator Physicist); Tracy Walker (Education Program Lead); Dr. Julie Thompson (Scientist – Industry); Dr. Lucia Zuin (VLS-PGM – Staff Scientist); Dr. Ferenc Borondicks (Mid IR - Scientist); Dr. Lachlan Maclean (SXRMB - Scientist);
  • From the Students on the Beamline Program: Jacqueline Gregoire (Teacher, Saskatoon); Bryan Chappell (Teacher, La Loche); Larry Bogdan (Teacher, Avonlea); Michele Olchowsky (Teacher, Maymont); Students from Centennial Collegiate Science Academy (Saskatoon)


We Can Come To You!

There are many ways that the Canadian Light Source can support your professional development opportunities for educators. Contact us and we will work with you to bring a session to your professional development, conference or convention. As resources permit, the session may be in person or by remote presentation.

Some ideas of what we can do for you:

  • A presentation explaining what a synchrotron is and how it works
  • An overview of educational opportunities available at the CLS for students and/or teachers
  • What students are capable of: Students on the Beamlines project case studies
  • Doing “real” science: How authentic scientific inquiry has been successful with high school students
  • Presentation of research of particular interest to teachers
  • Workshop drawing connections between your curriculum and synchrotron light production and/or synchrotron research

There are many ways that the science curriculum and CLS research/technology can be connected. We can plan something that will fit with your event.



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Contact Us

Tracy Walker
Education Programs Lead 
Email:  tracy.walker@lightsource.ca
Phone: 306-657-3525

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Coordinator

Email:  anna-maria.boechler@lightsource.ca
Phone: 306-657-3745

how can we help?

If you’re looking for information on how you can use CLS techniques in your research program, please contact us using this form.

Example queries may include: Feasibility around a potential experiment? A scientific problem we can help you solve? Is your question related to a specific technique? Do you want to know more about how to apply for beamtime?

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