A number of pre- and post-conference workshops will be held as part of ACMM-27 at both The University of Western Australia and Curtin University campuses.

Workshops are open to both ACMM-27 registrants and the local research community. The cost to enrol for a conference workshop is discounted for people who are also registered to attend ACMM-27. Some workshops have maximum capacity limits, so get in quick! If you have questions about a workshop, please e-mail the organiser(s).

All costs include GST; full day workshops include morning/afternoon teas and lunch; half day workshops include relevant morning/afternoon tea.

Enrolment in Workshops is now OPEN.

Conference Workshops

2D and 3D Image Analysis with Fiji

Description: Starting from basics of digital imaging theory through to automation of analysis code this workshop has something for everyone. The first day begins with simple area and volume measurements, progresses through to object segmentation and counting and finishes with AI and machine learning approaches. The second day builds on the fundamentals of the first with attendees learning to code and automate complex analysis for many images or large data sets.

Audience: Beginners through to advanced imaging users. The majority of examples used will be biologically based but the principals learnt can be applied to other images just as easily.

Notes: Bring own laptop with power adapter. Have Fiji installed (specific instructions will be provided to those that register). Watch a 1 hour lecture on digital imaging theory before hand (link will be provided to those that register).

Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: $150 (Registered for ACMM-27); $200 (All others)

Maximum # Participants: 50

Organisers: Cameron Nowell (Cameron.nowell@monash.edu)
Pam Young (pamela.young@sydney.edu.au)
Jeremy Shaw (jeremy.shaw@uwa.edu.au)

Introduction to Three-Dimensional Electron Diffraction / MicroED

Description: The workshop will cover basic theoretical and practical aspects of 3D electron diffraction technique (3D-ED / microED) and its application to structure determination of nano/microcrystalline materials of different classes – from inorganic, to organic and biological compounds. The workshop will include lectures and tutorials demonstrating the use of electron diffraction data for structure analysis.

 Topics covered:

  • Theoretical background of electron diffraction
  • Sample preparation methods for 3D-ED: from inorganics to proteins
  • Data collection of 3D-ED data: introduction to the instruments
  • 3D-ED data processing
  • Structure solution and refinement of small molecules and macromolecules
  • Dynamical refinement
  • History & Perspectives of 3D-ED

Audience: Beginners, new to the field of diffraction or MicroED

Notes: Attendees will need to bring a laptop. Further instructions will be sent to registrants closer to the workshop.  

Date: Saturday 28 January
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: $100 (Registered for ACMM-27); $150 (All others)

Maximum # Participants: 40

Organisers: Hongyi Xu (hongyi.xu@mmk.su.se)
Kasun Athukorala (kasun.athukorala@uq.edu.au)
Na’ama Koifman (n.koifman@uq.edu.au)

Cryo-Electron Tomography: Theory and Practice for Beginners

Description: This will be an in-person full day workshop for beginners that will be partitioned into two half-day sessions. The morning session will comprise a series of lectures focussing on the theory and practical applications of cryo-electron tomography in the biological sciences. The lectures will touch on cryo-ET of recombinant/purified protein complexes, in situ cryo-tomography and sub-tomogram averaging, as well as practical considerations of data acquisition and reconstruction pipelines. The afternoon session will include a hands-on practical course covering the use of etomo (IMOD) for the reconstruction of cryo-tilt series. There will be a short introduction at the start the day and a wrap up at the end.

Audience: Beginners interested in Cryo-ET. Microscopists; Structural Biologists; Cell Biologists.

Notes: The attendees will be required to bring a laptop capable of running IMOD (pre-installed, details to be sent to confirmed registrants) with 150 Gb hard drive space. If they do not have a laptop capable of this, please let the organisers know and we can arrange access to a computer. The organisers will provide the cryo-tilt series data for the practical e-tomo course for registered attendees closer to the date of the workshop.

Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: $100 (Registered for ACMM-27); $150 (All others)

Maximum # Participants: 20 

Organisers: Nicholas Ariotti (n.ariotti@uq.edu.au)
Sylvain Trépout (sylvain.trepout@monash.edu)
Georg Ramm (georg.ramm@monash.edu)

Introduction to Imaging Mass-Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS, LG-SIMS, APT)

Description: This one-day workshop will introduce the operating principles and applications of three types of imaging mass-spectrometry techniques. The techniques covered are Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), Large Geometry-SIMS (LG-SIMS, including NanoSIMS) and Atom Probe Tomography (APT).

The workshop will include a laboratory tour of the John de Laeter Centre.

Audience: The organisers encourage people new to the field as well as experienced SIMS users to attend.

Notes: Closed shoes required (for lab tour).

Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Curtin University
Cost: $150 (Registered for ACMM-27); $200 (All others)

Maximum # Participants: 40 

Organisers: William Rickard (w.rickard@curtin.edu.au)
David Saxey (david.saxey@curtin.edu.au)
Laure Martin (laure.martin@uwa.edu.au)

Electron Backscattered Diffraction: Approaches and Applications

Description: The workshop will cover the basics of EBSD analysis and aims to provide a more advanced insight of the application of EBSD as a research tool across multiple disciplines for academic and industry-related research. The workshop will highlight practical approaches to data acquisition and Applications include established fields in materials and geo-sciences as well as emerging new fields, e.g. 3D printing. 

Audience: Beginners and more advanced users of technique.

Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: 09:00 – 12:30
Location: Curtin University
Cost: $100 (Registered for ACMM-27); $150 (All others) 

Organisers: Zakaria Quadir (zakaria.quadir@curtin.edu.au)
Steven Reddy (S.Reddy@curtin.edu.au)

Monte Carlo Simulations in Electron Microscopy

Description: This workshop will describe two Monte Carlo simulations softwares, CASINO and Mc-X-Ray, for electron trajectories to simulate BSE and X-ray generated and detected signals in electron microscopy of bilk specimens and also for transparent specimens in STEM where bright and dark field images modes will be covered. Emphasis will be given on applications exemples and also how to use these programs with demo exemples that will be performed on-site. 

Audience: Beginners and advanced users are welcome

Notes: Attendees must bring a laptop.

Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: 09:00 – 12:30
Location: Curtin University
Cost: $100 (Registered for ACMM-27); $150 (All others)  

Organisers: Raynald Gauvin (raynald.gauvin@mcgill.ca)

Electron Beam X-ray Microanalysis

Description: The workshop will begin at an introductory level with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS) on Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and also cover basics and some more advanced aspects of electron probe microanalysis (EPMA)/wavelength dispersive x-ray spectrometry (WDS), x-ray mapping, and SEM-based automated mineralogy.

Audience: Beginners and more advanced users of the technique.

Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Location: Curtin University
Cost: $100 (Registered for ACMM-27); $150 (All others) 

Organisers: Zakaria Quadir (zakaria.quadir@curtin.edu.au)
Karsten Goemann (karsten.goemann@utas.edu.au)

Focussed Ion Beam Workshop

Description: The workshop will cover the basic operating principles and applications of Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM). Applications covered include nanofabrication, site specific sample preparation, 3D slice and view, and FIB-based Time of Flight-Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FIB-ToF-SIMS). The content will be delivered as lectures and laboratory demonstrations. The demonstrations will be conducted in the John de Later Centre on a Lyra3 FIB (equipped with EDS, EBSD and ToF-SIMS).

Audience: All levels of researchers and industry participants. The focus will be mostly technical.

Notes: Participants are welcome to bring their own samples/data for discussion. Closed shoes required (for lab demonstrations).

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Curtin University
Cost: $150 (Registered for ACMM-27); $200 (All others)

Maximum # Participants: 20

Organisers: Alex de Marco (alex.demarco@monash.edu)
Xiao Sun (xiao.sun@curtin.edu.au)
William Rickard (W.Rickard@curtin.edu.au)
Jing Fu (jing.fu@monash.edu)

Vendor Workshops

ZEISS: Lattice Lightsheet 7 - Gentle Live Cell Fast Volume Imaging

Description: The ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 workshop will provide an introduction to lattice lightsheet technology, and give an overview of the core imaging performance of the instrument. Lattice Lightsheet is a very gentle, fast volume imaging technique, and the ZEISS implementation enables biologists to use their traditional sample preparation techniques and sample holders for studying highly dynamic biological behaviour. The workshop will introduce participants to the outstanding imaging performance, with a focus on fast volume imaging. Single channel and dual channel images can be acquired, and processed accordingly. A discussion considering the processing steps associated with Lattice Lightsheet, such as deskewing, will also take place. Finally, a range of possible applications can be outlined that gives participants an idea of how useful the ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 would be in their facility.

Audience: Central imaging facility managers and all microscopy users. 

Notes: Closed shoes required (for lab demonstrations).

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 09:30 – 11:00 seminar & morning tea; followed by 1 hour instrument demonstration sessions throughout the day (optional)
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: Free

Organiser: Linh Doan (contact via microinfo.au@zeiss.com)

JEOL: Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Description: The workshop will include:

  • An introduction to cryoEM
  • Methods & applications
  • Camera options
  • Advanced methods of operation
  • Q&A
  • Instrument demonstrations @ CMCA

Audience: Anyone with an interest in cryo-electron microscopy.

Notes: Closed shoes required (for lab demonstrations).

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 09:00 – 12:30
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: Free

Maximum # Participants: 25 

Organiser: Kazuyo Jahja (k.jahja@jeol.com.au)

JEOL: TEM for Materials Science Research

Description: The workshop will include:

  • Special features of the F200 TEM
  • Advanced applications
  • Operation & techniques
  • Q&A
  • Instrument demonstrations @ CMCA

Audience: Anyone with an interest in using TEM for Materials Science. 

Notes: Closed shoes required (for lab demonstrations).

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: Free

Maximum # Participants: 25

Organiser: Kazuyo Jahja (k.jahja@jeol.com.au)

JEOL: Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) School

Description: The workshop will include:

  • Introduction to Field Emission EPMA
  • Advanced applications
  • Operation & techniques
  • An introduction to the IHP200F
  • Q&A
  • Instrument demonstrations @ CMCA

Audience: Anyone with an interest in EPMA and/or geoscience analytical methods.

Notes: Closed shoes required (for lab demonstrations).

 

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: Free

Maximum # Participants: 15

Organiser: Kazuyo Jahja (k.jahja@jeol.com.au)

ATA Scientific: Come Test Drive the Latest Phenom XL G2 Desktop SEM

Description: More than ever, modern manufacturing necessitates reliable, quality components. The next-generation Phenom XL G2 Desktop is a multi-purpose desktop SEM capable of observing large samples up to 100 mm x 100 mm. With fully integrated x-ray analysis (EDS) and fastest time to imaging (<60sec) the Phenom SEM is easy to use and suitable for investigating micron and submicron structures in high resolution. Using dedicated automation software, the Phenom ParticleX Desktop SEM is designed to meet quality control and assurance demands for a range of industries including additive manufacturing, steel, battery and cleanliness analysis. This workshop will include instrument demonstrations followed by additional “hands on” time for sample analysis.

Audience: Anyone with an interest in desktop SEMs.

Notes: Closed shoes required (lab demonstrations).

For Bookings: 0.5-1 hour instrument demonstration sessions are available throughout the day. Bookings are preferred but not essential. Contact David Myint (dmyint@atascientific.com.au or Mobile: +61 (0)448 086 569) to register your interest or to book your preferred timeslot (NOTE: you do not need to enrol through the workshop portal for this workshop).

Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Location: University of Western Australia
Cost: Free

Organiser: David Myint (dmyint@atascientific.com.au) or Mob: +61 (0)448 086 569

TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST or TO BOOK YOUR TIMESLOT FOR THIS WORKSHOP
contact David Myint
(Note you do NOT need to enrol through the workshop portal for this worskshop)