Microscopy Conference 2019

01–05 September 2019 • Berlin, Germany

Microscopy Conference 2019

01–05 September 2019 • Berlin, Germany

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Scientific program

A first insight into the scientific program can be found in our program overview:

Confirmed plenary speakers
Niels de Jonge (Saarbrücken/DE)
Knut Müller-Caspary (Jülich/DE)
Shigeki Watanabe (Baltimore, MD/US)
Lena F. Kourkoutis (Ithaca, NY/US)
Claus Ropers (Göttingen/ DE)
Florent Houdellier (Toulouse/ FR)
David Smith (Tempe, AZ/ US) 

Session descriptions
We will be offering 7 sessions (120 minutes each) for each of the three main topics, material sciences, life sciences, and instrumentation and methods. Every session will start with one or two invited lectures, followed by three or four lectures from submitted abstracts.


Material sciences 1 | Functional materials (magnetic, ferroic, semiconductors)
This session is devoted to functional materials, based on magnetic, (multi)ferroic and semiconducting materials and combinations thereof.  We expect contributions on these materials' structure and properties as well as on methods to investigate these.

Material sciences 2 | Thin films, interfaces, coatings, composites
Thins films and heterogeneous interfaces are ubiquitous in our daily life, and often structure and chemical composition on the atomic scale are crucial for their macroscopic functionality. At the same time today's electron microscopes allow for a multitude of experiments, tackling thin film phenomena, functionality of materials or devices, or dynamic processes, which make use of advanced imaging, diffraction, spectroscopic and/or in situ techniques. The session encourages contributions from all fields, where interfaces, thin films, and composites play a central role. This may be organic/inorganic interfaces, hybrid materials, as well as internal interfaces such as phase or grain boundaries in alloys. Share your recent experiments with us revealing the structure, chemical composition, bonding, functional properties, or internal fields in thin films and at interfaces, perhaps in a dynamic environment.

Material sciences 3 | Energy-related materials and catalysts
This session is dedicated to microscopic insight into properties of various materials and devices used for energy production, including also catalysts. We especially invite contributions involving in-situ or in-operando studies as well as correlative microscopy approaches or characterization work using environmental microscopy.

Material sciences 4 | Metals, alloys and intermetallics
This symposium will present recent progress in the field of metals, alloys, and intermetallic compounds. The material portfolio includes high entropy alloys, chemically complex alloys and metallic glasses and aims at bringing together specialists from materials development, microstructure evolution and materials testing. Contributed papers are very much welcome.

Material sciences 5 | Soft matter, polymers, C-based materials
Materials made of elemental carbon or carbon in organic compounds such as polymers are a most important subject of electron microscopy and require special techniques for imaging and analysis. The focus of the session is on carbon nanostructures such as graphene or nanotubes, on polymers, fibers, as well as on other low-dimensional structures and soft materials in general. Of particular interest are the requirements for electron microscopy techniques that are adapted to study these materials.

Material sciences 6 | Nanostructured materials (Particles, 2D-materials, porous materials)
Elementary units like nanoparticles and nanosheets are representing important discrete building blocks for the the assembly of next-generation nanostructured and/or porous materials. Advanced techniques of sample preparation and electron microscopy are required to quantitatively determine the (3D)-structure of these materials and to link structural aspects to their function.

Material sciences 7 | Ceramics, oxides, minerals
Recent technical innovations in electron microscopy hardware and software including high-brightness guns, high-energy resolution monochromators, novel aberration correctors, fast and collection-efficient electron and X-ray detectors, software for dedicated data acquisition and analysis, have provided a fertile new ground for the analysis of ceramics, oxides, and natural minerals with unprecedented spatial and spectral resolution. In many of these materials, their unique properties are closely related to the local structure or structural disorder at internal interfaces as well as crystal defects within in the bulk. There is a need to understand the interplay between chemistry, atomic and electronic structure on the atomic level and across correlation lengths of tens to hundreds of nanometers. This session will focus to review the forefront of scientific achievements and impacts in the field of ceramics, oxides, in addition to natural minerals.


Instrumentation and methods 1 | Advances in instrumentation, software
This session will concentrate on latest instrumental developments for advanced electron microscopy as well as for analytical purposes like EELS/Energy-filtered Imaging, EDS and related techniques. Contributions on new imaging techniques with dedicated detectors and Software are also welcome.

Instrumentation and methods 2 | Phase-related techniques (holography, ptychography, phase plate, DPC, COM, beam shaping)
This session focuses on recent developments and applications of phase contrast and phase retrieval techniques, including pixelated STEM, ptychography, differential phase contrast and electron holography at both atomic resolution and medium resolution. We also welcome contributions on electron beam shaping in space and time using refractive and diffractive masks and electromagnetic fields, including new directions based on conventional and programmable phase plates for applications in both physical and life sciences.

Instrumentation and methods 3 | In-situ, environmental, time-resolved electron microscopy
This session focusses on the recent methodological and instrumental developments in in-situ electron microscopy. A broad field is covered, ranging from environmental TEM, development and application of liquid- and gas-cell sample holders, in-situ sample stimuli and fast and ultrafast electron imaging and detection schemes.

Instrumentation and methods 4 | Quantitative TEM/STEM, simulation, new software developments, diffraction
This session is devoted to quantitative high-resolution TEM, STEM, SEM and diffraction. Main subjects are the quantitative description of diffraction and imaging, new approaches in image simulation, comparison of simulation with experiment, as well as development and application of methods for the atomic-level determination of structure, composition, strain as well as electric and magnetic fields.

Instrumentation and methods 5 | Low energy electron microscopy (STEM, TEM, SEM) and FIB-techniques
Topics of the symposium are methodology developments and applications of imaging and diffraction techniques using low electron energies (at 80keV and below) as well as advances in understanding electron probe-specimen interactions. FIB-related techniques include new developments in imaging with ions, nanostructuring and sample preparation.

Instrumentation and methods 6 | Spectroscopy (EELS, EDX)
The session covers analytical techniques related to inelastic scattering and subsequent processes as well as the corresponding simulations and data treatment. Examples for such techniques are EELS, EFTEM, EDX, CL, ... .

Instrumentation and methods 7 | 3D and analysis of big data
This session will focus on new approaches in tomography, making use of  modern high‑speed recording devices, spectroscopic and other new signals for hyperspectral data, and in‑situ tomography creating massive  amounts of data. The data management as well as image processing and  analysis of big data will be the other focus in this session.


Life sciences 1 | Single particle, cryo-TEM
This session will highlight the recent advances in single particle electron cryomicroscopy, which has emerged as an important tool for the analysis of biomolecular structures. We will not only focus on the recent hardware and software development, but also on improvements of sample preparation and novel insights into biological mechanisms.

Life sciences 2 | Pathology, pathogens and diagnostics
The session will have a focus on imaging in the study of infectious diseases (e.g. studying host-pathogen interactions). Contributions on imaging in diagnostics or other fields of pathology are welcome.

Life sciences 3 | Imaging of large volumes
Volume Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) gathers techniques of growing importance in the field of biomedical imaging, as they offer subcellular resolution on a large range of sample scales, from cells to organisms and tissues. This session will illustrate the diversity of methods and applications of the current volume SEM modalities, namely array tomography (AT), serial block face SEM (SBEM) and focused ion beam SEM (FIBSEM) highlighting their shared and specific challenges linked to the sample preparation, imaging and data analysis.

Life sciences 4 | Cryo and Plastic Section Tomography on Biological Samples
Electron Tomography is a tool that offers unique, three-dimensional insight into biological samples.  This session will focus on the application of electron tomography on both plastic and cryo samples to study subcellular compartments, viral particles, and macromolecular structures such as cytoskeletal elements. Studies using competitive methods to tomography that reach comparable resolution are also welcome.

Life sciences 5 | Correlative and multimodal microscopy
Correlative Microscopy aims at combining different imaging modalities to generate more or better information than can be generated by each modality as a stand-alone technique. Although the combination of light and electron microscopy (Correlative Light Electron Microscopy, CLEM) is the best-known approach in the Correlative Microscopy field, other imaging modalities and approaches such as X-rays are being introduced into the workflow. This session will highlight the current state of the field and the latest developments involving new imaging modalities.

Life sciences 6 | Probes and localization techniques
This session focuses on advanced methods for high-resolution localization of (bio)molecules in cells and tissues, with emphasis on electron microscopy (e.g. pre- and post-embedding labelling with antibodies/lectins/nanobodies etc., Tokuyasu-cryosection or freeze-fracture replica labelling). Of particular interest are contributions dealing with new methodolocical concepts, as well as with new types of probes, that could be reproduced and applied in a feasible manner by “normal”, well-trained biomedical scientists and technicians.

Life sciences 7 | Advances in sample preparation
The session offers a platform for advanced techniques in imaging strategies, embedding methods as well as labeling and staining procedures for electron microscopy of biological samples including correlative approaches, analytical EM, 3D-EM, in-situ EM.