Scientific programme

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Prof. Sandra van Aert
Prof. Sarah Haigh
Prof. Dr. Stefan Raunser
Prof. Andreas Rosenauer
Prof. Holger Stark
Dr. Marc Willinger

MS1: Microscopy and spectroscopy of energy related nanomaterials
Organizers: Miran Ceh and Christian Kübel
Tentative Abstract: The development of new microscopic and spectroscopic techniques based on electrons, ions and x-rays has improved the spatial and temporal resolution as well as the dose for analysis. Together with the ability to correlate different techniques and advances in in-situ methods, this has resulted in unprecedented ability to investigate local structure and chemistry coupled with charge and mass transport in energy materials and devices. This symposium will focus on recent advances in microscopy methods and their application to probe structural, chemical and electrochemical properties of materials for energy applications, including batteries, fuel cells, catalyst, photovoltaics and thermoelectric systems.

MS2: Nanostructures and materials for nanotechnology
Organizers: Andreja Gajović and Kristina Žagar Soderžnik
Tentative Abstract: With the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology, various electron microscopy techniques became essential in structural and chemical characterization of materials. Different correlative techniques are necessary for local property measurements of nanoparticles, one-dimensional structures (nanowires, nanotubes, nanorods), layered structures and heterostructures. This symposium is focused on the application of multiple electron microscopy techniques in determination of structural and chemical composition of materials for nanotechnology on nano and atomic scale.

MS3: Metals
Organizers: Dragan Rajnovic and Michalcova Alena
Tentative Abstract: The session is focused on microscopic studies of metals, alloys, intermetallics and metal matrix composites.
The unique and novel advanced-engineering metallic materials are attracting ever increasing research and development for their exceptional combination of properties such as ultra high strength combined with lightweight, improved fatigue, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and catalytic properties. To achieve this, the most important step is to determine structure - properties relationship, by interpretation and measuring of the data obtained by microscopy examinations (LM, TEM, SEM, SPM, EDS, EBDS, diffraction patterns etc.).
Additionally, in the session, special cases of metal sample preparation might be also presented.

MS4: Electron microscopy breakthroughs in the study of low-dimensional materials
Organizers: Peter A. van Aken and Janos Labar
Tentative Abstract: Recent technological breakthroughs for both imaging and spectroscopy using electrons have provided a fertile new research area for wide-ranging analysis of 2D and low-dimensional materials’ structural, chemical and physical properties together with their functionalities at unprecedented spatial and spectral resolution with single atom precision. 2D and low-dimensional materials as well as van der Waals heterostructures are a rapidly growing class of quantum systems with emergent electronic properties, low-background imaging substrates, as well as a vast number of potential applications, and electron microscopy has been fundamental to the discovery and investigation of these low dimensional structures. This symposium will focus on the state-of-the-art, current challenges and perspectives of electron microscopy studies of these materials. Contributions calling upon theoretical modeling to predict the properties and structure of these fascinating materials are also of interest.

MS5: Ceramics, composites, minerals, rocks and microscopy in cultural heritage
Organizers: Mirijam Vrabec and Nenad Tomasic
Tentative Abstract: All aspects of research on ceramics, composites, minerals and rocks that employ any kind of microscopy technique are welcomed. The studies of cultural heritage and its preservation using microscopy for characterization of the originally applied materials as well as those used for remediation and conservation are also possible topics of contributions to the session.

MS6: Interfaces in ceramics, metals and minerals
Organizers: Daniel Kiener and Aleksander Rečnik
Tentative Abstract: Interfaces are known to govern at variety of structural and functional properties in almost any material class. The session addresses structure-property analysis of interfaces in a wide range of materials using advanced microscopy and spectroscopy methods, including atomic scale imaging, modeling and interface reconstruction, local distortion analysis, in-situ microscopy of interface reactions and measurements of thermal, electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties. Studies of interface structures, reactions, phase transitions, exsolutions, topotaxial replacements and grain growth phenomena in functional materials and minerals, employing wide range of microscopy methods from macroscopic down to the atomic scale, are welcome.

MS7: Emerging topics in micro- and nanomechanical characterization of materials
Organizers: Miroslav Slouf and Jannik Meyer
Tentative Abstract: This session deals with recent and/or emerging topics and applications in the field of materials science connected with light, electron or scanning probe microscopy. The contributions should be focused on the structure-property relations in new functional materials, such as systems for biomedical applications, implants and tissue engineering, systems for local drug release and delivery, and hybrid nanostructured systems. Novel micro- and nanoscale methods connecting microstructure and performance of materials, such as indentation, are welcome.

MS8: Catalysts, sensors, semiconductor materials and devices, thin films and interfaces
Organizers: Goran Drazic and Roberto Balboni
Tentative Abstract: In addition to semiconductors, catalysts and sensors have reached a growing scientific and technological interest in recent years. Microscopy and spectroscopy techniques used for imaging and quantitative assessment of structural, electronic and optical properties of these materials are the main topics of this session. Contributions on nano to the atomic-scale characterisation of thin films, interfaces and materials integrated into novel devices are also invited to this symposium, which focuses on the correlation between synthesis, structure and properties. In situ, in operando, correlative and other state-of-the-art microscopy techniques studies of related materials are as well welcome.

IM1: Advances in sample preparation techniques in material sciences and life sciences
Organizers: Meltem Sezen and Katalin Solymosi
Tentative Abstract: Since the last decade, we have observed tremendous methodological and instrumentational developments in microscopy. The novel experimental setups and approaches evidently require the introduction and careful development of novel sample preparation techniques. Resolution and other capabilities of microscopes have been pushed well beyond former limits, setting new requirements for the preparation process. This Session focuses on recent developments in sample preparation methods ranging from e.g. focused ion beam (FIB) to ultramicroscopy, including various novel and conventional applications in different disciplines of science and technology. We aim to provide insights into important techniques that provide novel data or refute old dogmas in material sciences as well as in life sciences.

IM5: Advances in In Situ and Cryo-EM instrumentation and techniques
Organizers: Vladislav Krzyzanek and Elena Tchernychova
Tentative Abstract: The symposium will be focused on new developments in the experimental in situ and cryogenic techniques and instrumental capabilities applied across the fields in materials science, chemistry, physics and biology. It will cover developments and applications of in situ, environmental, cryogenic EM, scanning probe and related sample preparation techniques. The contributions are welcomed from, but not restricted to the following areas: dynamic observations of materials’ transformation under elevated and very low temperatures, strong electric and magnetic fields, irradiation, catalysis, corrosion, mechanical testing, in-operando electrochemistry, as well as contributions to all aspects of SEM, FIB, TEM, STEM and CLEM at low and very low temperatures, including cryo-stages, problems with condensation, freeze-fracturing, sublimation, measurements of local temperature.

IM3: Advances of electron optical instrumentation
Organizers: Max Haider and Tomas Radlicka
This session would like to attract contributions related to instrumentation for advanced imaging and analytical systems. Hence, developments in electron optics and any progress in hardware improvements but also any advancement of hardware control and improvements of long time stability of such systems are welcome.

IM4: Low Energy excitations
Organizers: Michael Stöger-Pollach and Walid Hetaba
Tentative Abstract: Recent instrumental developments in electron microscopy, such as new aberration correctors, more efficient electron monochromators, or the ability of combining ultrafast electron-beam and light pulses, are opening a myriad of unprecedented opportunities, enabling the exploration of localized excitations over a broad spectral region (from the mid-infrared to the ultraviolet), with combined energy-space-time resolution that is quickly approaching the meV-nm-fs domain. The symposium will address the latest developments in combined light and electron spectroscopies for measuring, quantifying, understanding, and modelling a wide range of low-energy excitations of primary interest in various fields of applications, including elementary excitations in condensed matter systems; phonons and vibrational excitations in solids, nanoparticles, and molecules; and plasmons, excitons, and other types of polaritonic modes in optical materials. New findings in this field rely on an ample suite of techniques that include monochromated EELS, cathodoluminescence in TEM and SEM, time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy, PEEM, LEEM, PINEM, SNOM, STM and AFM-based spectroscopies, RIXS, and electron/photon momentum-resolved spectroscopies.

IM2: High Energy excitations and chemical quantification 
Organizers: Gerald Kothleitner and Cécile Hébert 
Tentative Abstract: Being able to measure, quantify and model various spectroscopic signals from different sources of radiation and instruments, has advanced the characterization of materials significantly. This wealth of information generates new grand challenges in understanding and modelling the underlying fundamentals of signal generation and intelligent processing of large data sets. The symposium will address the latest developments and technical advances in measuring, analysing and understanding high energy excitations in materials and chemical analysis with spectroscopies at high spatial resolution. Topics of interest will include light, electron, x-ray and other spectroscopies for measuring high energy excitations and for chemical analysis. This includes monochromated core-level EELS, EDX, WDS, EPMA as well as SE spectroscopy, low dose methods, atomic resolution chemical mapping, STXM, XAS, XAFS, XELFS, RIXS. Contributions are invited on hardware and technique developments, theory and simulation, data processing as well as applications covering both physical and biological sciences.

IM6: 3D S(T)EM for analysis of large scaled biological systems
Organizer: Gerd Leitinger and Reinhard Rachel
The 3D analysis of a given intact cell, the basic unit in living systems, in its integrity is still a major challenge in structural cell biology, in particular when seen in their natural environment. A number of powerful tools have been made available in the past years which enable us to investigate cells in great detail. In this session we aim to bring together all those aiming to contribute to new developments for the in-depth investigation of large or small, intact cellular systems, using SEM and / or S/TEM, eventually in combination with light microscopy, in imaging mode and/or analytically.

IM7: Advances in multi-modal light, scanning-probe and electron microscopy
Organizers: Pavel Hozák and Dušan Chorvát
Tentative Abstract: This session cover recent advances in microscopy techniques with special focus on multi-modal and correlative approach. Participants are invited to present developments in the field of light microscopy (e.g. phase, scattering, nonlinear, time and spectrally - resolved), scanning probe techniques (especially combining several modalities) and all fields of electron microscopy. The main target of the session is instrumentation and methodology combining and correlating various signals from the same biological specimen, as well as related advances in data processing and visualization. Contributions describing progressive probes and new contrast methods for LM/EM are also welcomed.

IM8: Advanced instrumentation and techniques for diffraction-based imaging
Organizers: Marco Cantoni and Christoph Koch
The recent trend to move to lower accelerating voltages in electron microscopy both utilizes and requires a) recent advances in instrumentation, such as aberration correction, b) techniques such as 4D-STEM and ptychography, which have less requirements on the electron optics and promise high signal at low dose, c) electron optically very thin specimen such as 2D materials for which there seems to be enormous scientific interest. For this session we invite contributions that focus on recent advances in the development of 4D-STEM/ptychography-based techniques, covering both experimental and theoretical/algorithmic aspects, but also applications and advanced specimen preparation techniques relevant to low-energy EM.

LS1: Symbiotic interactions, plants, microorganisms and environmental sciences
Organizers: Günther Zellnig and Rok Kostanjšek
Tentative Abstract: The dynamic development of microscopic techniques in recent years has provided new insights into living organisms on cellular and molecular level. In this respect, the session will address the application of contemporary microscopic approaches to various aspects of the structure and function of plants, animals and microorganisms in relation to their environment. Special emphasis will be placed on interactions between organisms including mutualistic interactions, pathogenesis and biofilms. Contributions providing new insights into the effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on organisms, including the challenges posed by environmental change, are also welcome.

LS2: Morpho-functional explorations of cells and organs
Organizers: Srećko Gajović and Margit Pavelka
Tentative Abstract: It is challenging, to use microscopy as a tool to study the functions of cells and organs. An excellent example is the Golgi apparatus, where microscopy was a key tool to demonstrate its dynamics in both animal and plant cells. Microscopy can contribute not only in describing the architectures of subcellular structures, but in analysing the morpho-functional interactions between the cells and their dynamics at the organ level as well. This is complemented by the even more complex use of microscopy to desribe symbiotic interactions or the biodiversity in a chosen habitat. The current session spans a variety of magnifications with a single question, how to visualize dynamic processes and, by use of microscopy, understand their functions. We cordially invite you to submit your work related to this topic and look forward to receiving exciting contributions.

LS3: Cryo-EM of subcellular compartments and image processing
Organizers: Thomas Marlovits and Jürgen Plitzko
Tentative Abstract: Cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryoET) provide us a high-resolution gateway to the molecular processes that underlie life. These techniques allow us to view biological molecules in their native state and at high resolution, to image and determine their dynamics and, moreover, their socio-molecular interactions. Still, improvements and developments in sample preparation, workflows that integrate different tools and co-localization strategies, along with new image processing approaches are needed to exploit the full potential of these methods. This session will discuss the latest technological advances and present tangible examples that demonstrate the strength of both cryoEM and cryoET.

LS4: Bio- and nanomaterials for therapeutic and diagnostic applications
Organizers: Stefania Meschini and Natasa Nestorovic
Tentative Abstract: In this session, the field of nanobiotechnology, the Life sciences meet Material sciences, as the golden standard for definition of stucture of nanoparticles, their path and targeted destination in the living organism is Electron Microscopy. We encourage the contributors to show novel research on bio-and nanomaterials and their safety. The materials could be generated for delivery purpose into the living organism, to consumer products and particles designed for environmental applications. Therefore, the session aim to elucidate the function and safety of novel bio- and nanomaterials in living systems.

LS5: Membrane contact sites, trafficking and extracellular vesicles
Organizers: Ágnes Kittel and Horst Robenek
Tentative Abstract: We have just got a lesson about the importance of contacts in human society. The contact and transfer of information is just as important in the smaller world of cells and organelles. However, the diversity of membrane contact sites, the ways of trafficking between similar and different organelles as well as the multilateral roles of extracellular vesicles displaying similar appearance with different composition or being different in appearance and similar in their content, is not fully understood yet. And many questions cannot be answered only with orchestrated application of different approaches including the wide spectrum of microscopical techniques.

LS6: Multidisciplinary approaches for medical and biological sciences
Organizers: Marie Vancova and Melek Öztürk
Tentative Abstract: We seek contributors showing diverse combinations of both established and latest imaging technologies resulting in interesting applications, including novel sample preparation methods, etc.  We aim to create a large multidisciplinary team sharing new ideas and approaches that may inspire you and thus encourage progress and flexibility in medical and biological sciences.

LS7: Microscopy in the development of novel materials for biomedicine and biotechnology
Organizers: Suzana Segota and Maja Sikiric
Tentative Abstract: The constantly growing need for novel materials in biomedicine and biotechnology requires implementation of state-of the art, multidisciplinary approach in their development. If effective and safe to use materials are to be developed, their behaviour during the preparation, storage, as well as their interactions within the system in which they are implemented should be thoroughly understood. In this sense, the different microscopy techniques are proven to be an indispensable tool. This section is aimed to present recent advances in applying microscopy in the design, preparation and characterization of novel devices for biomedicine and biotechnology application such as delivery systems and biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

Workshop 1: The Golgi Apparatus – Microscopy of a complex organelle
Organizers: Margit Pavelka and Srecko Gajovic
Tentative Abstract: This special Open Topics-session is dedicated to the microscopic exploration of the multiple functions of the Golgi apparatus in different cells and organs and its ability to adapt to changes of cellular states and respond to pathologies and drug treatments. With its unique architecture of cisternae and tubules forming stacks, ribbons and networks, the Golgi apparatus constitutes a central crossroads of antero- and retrograde cellular traffic, secretion, endocytosis and recycling routes. Lipid trafficking and signaling, vesicle formation and membrane maturation and the role of the Golgi apparatus in mitosis, apoptosis and cell death are in the center of current cell biology research. Special questions are concerned with the Golgi apparatus dynamics, dissociations, reformations and biogenesis. We look forward to an exciting workshop of inspiring presentations, dialogues and panel discussions. You are cordially invited to participate!

Workshop 2: Research infrastructures for Electron Microscopy in Europe
Organizers: Etienne Snoeck, Regina Ciancio and Angus Kirkland
Tentative Abstract: The European Community has supported access to advanced EM facilities through various integrated infrastructure programs with have funded projects including ESTEEM, NFFA, and instruct within FP6, FP7 and H2020. However, the EC strategy regarding research infrastructures (RIs) is now changing within the forthcoming horizon europe (HE) program, where the EC is focussing support on 5 "missions"(*), requiring complementary expertise more than on specific techniques. The proposed workshop will review past projects, analyzing their success and weaknesses and will discuss the possible organization of the european EM community to provide wide access to their expertise in tackling the big challenges defined by the EC. (*) The horizon europe (HE) framework program aims to deliver solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world. It identified five following missions to be intended as a mandate to solve a pressing challenge in society within a certain timeframe and budget: cancer, adaptation to climate change, Healthy oceans, seas coastal and inland waters, climate neutral and smart cities, soil health and food.

Open topic 1: EM Core Facility – What is the optimal operational model for serving users?
Organizers: Eija Jokitalo and Aleš Benda
Preliminary topics:
1. Sample preparation – do you prepare the samples for user, do you teach users how to prepare samples or are users bringing already prepared samples? What would you recommend.
2. Where is the boundary between service and collaboration? Which rules do you apply to correctly identify deserved co-authorships for facility staff?
3. How do you handle radioactive substances used for EM sample preparation? Have you tried to replace them by other chemicals?
4. How much do you help with data analysis? At what stage do you handle the data over to the user? Raw, aligned, completely processed?
5. Do you guarantee defined quality of your services? If yes, how? Do you charge users for unsuccessful experiments?

Open topic 2: Electron irradiation effects in transmission electron microscopy
Organizers: Toma Susi and Arkady Krasheninnikov
Tentative Abstract: The ability of modern aberration-corrected instruments to resolve atomic structures has advanced to a point where electron irradiation damage is often their primary limitation. At the same time, focused electron irradiation has become a new tool for the controlled manipulation of structures and even individual atoms. In both cases, precise understanding of the electron–matter interaction is important for further progress. While knock-on damage can now in some cases be quantitatively described, ionization effects have proven significantly more challenging to quantify. Precision measurements that can provide experimental guidance for the development of new theoretical models are both needed to advance our knowledge and capabilities.