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EMAS 2020 - 14th REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON: The edge of new EM technology
Postponed to 2022
The EMAS 2020 Regional Workshop stands in a line of biennial events held by EMAS, designed to provide postgraduate-level and research workers in materials science, material engineering and related subjects, with basic knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of electron probe-based analytical techniques. The 14th workshop aims to provide an overview of current and new electron microscope and dual-beam technology, together with the analytical possibilities they offer. The workshop is organised as low-budget meeting with lectures on practical and theoretical aspects of electron microscopy given by experts in their fields. The format and content of the meeting is tailored to the needs of research workers, as well as practical microscopists, keen to obtain a broader overview of analytical techniques currently available on the platform of an electron microscope or dual-beam system.
Past EMAS Regional Workshops were held in Finland (1994), Hungary (1996), Spain (1998), the Czech Republic (2000), Poland (2002), Slovenia (2004), Germany (2006), Italy (2008), the Netherlands (2010), Italy (2012), Austria (2014), France (2016), and Great Britain (2018).
The core topics of the 14th EMAS Regional Workshop are:
- Fundamentals of new EM technology
- Introduction to SEM
- Introduction to TEM
- Introduction to FIB-SEMs
- Overview of microanalytical techniques
- Volume analysis by FIB-SEM
- In-situ experiments in SEM/TEM
- Visits to and programme organised by Tescan and Thermo Fisher Scientific at their development labs
- Applications of new EM technology
- Sample preparation for SEM
- Application of EM in steel research
- Application of EM in mineralogy/geology
- Multiscale analysis of materials
- Combined SEM + AFM studies
The programme will consist of invited lectures delivered by renowned experts, and two poster sessions. The invited lectures and poster abstracts will be published in the workshop’s Book of Tutorials and Abstracts. The official language of the workshop will be English.
Download the announcement for the scientific programme.
All participants to the workshop are invited to make a poster presentation. Abstracts of poster contributions to be presented during the workshop should fit two A4 page; the Word-template is available on the EMAS website (www.microbeamanalysis.eu/abstract-submission). Detailed guidelines are mentioned on the template. Online submission details are given on the workshop webpage.
The abstract has to be submitted by 15 March 2020. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their poster by 23 March 2020.
A number of EMAS bursaries are available to student members of the Society. They include a free “student” registration and free accommodation package for the duration of the Workshop (in a shared twin room) in a hotel assigned by the Workshop. The conditions for the award of an EMAS bursary are as follows:
- the applicant must submit an abstract for a poster contribution;
- the applicant must be a student member of EMAS;
- a letter from the applicant's supervisor supporting the application must accompany the application (see further).
A number of EMAS bursaries are available to technician members of the Society. They include a free “student” registration and free accommodation package for the duration of the Workshop (in a shared twin room) in a hotel assigned by the Workshop. The conditions for the award of an EMAS bursary are as follows:
- the applicant must submit an abstract for a poster contribution;
- the applicant must be a member of EMAS and <30 years of age at the time of application;
- a letter from the applicant's supervisor/manager supporting the application must accompany the application (see further).
The quality and relevance of the work presented in the abstract are the main criteria on which successful applications will be judged. A maximum of two bursaries per person can be awarded.
Bursary applications must be sent to the Workshop Secretariat referring to the relevant poster contribution abstract, reaching it by 15 March 2020. Applicants will be notified of the allocation of an EMAS bursary by 23 March 2020.
Online registration is available on the EMAS website (www.microbeamanalysis.eu/workshop-registration). Participants are encouraged to complete registration and arrange for their payment, preferably by 31 March 2020 to qualify for reduced rates.
Workshop registration fees
Student (ID required)
(by 31 March)
(as of 1 April)
Extra workshop dinner ticket
1-day ticket (Monday)
The registration fee for respectively EMAS members, non‑members, students and EMAS Bursary recipients, includes a copy of the workshop’s Book of Tutorials and Abstracts (invited lectures manuscripts and poster abstracts), three lunches, and refreshment breaks during the workshop, the welcome get-together (Sunday 17 May), and the workshop dinner (Monday 18 May).
The 1-day ticket (Monday) includes a copy of the workshop’s Book of Tutorials and Abstracts, lunch, the refreshment breaks and the workshop dinner.
Payment of the registration fee should be preferentially made through the EMAS website using the online PayPal system (no account necessary); no credit card information will be stored on the EMAS website; various payment options are available (e.g., credit cards) depending on your country. An invoice/receipt will be generated by the system.
Alternatively, if you prefer to pay by bank transfer or any other offline payment method, please choose the "pay offline" button and follow the instructions; this will generate your invoice, which includes bank transfer and contact details.
A refund of the registration fee (less € 50 administration costs) will be granted only if notification of cancellation is given to the workshop secretariat by 15 April 2020. After this date no refund will be made. Refunds will be processed after the Workshop.
These include the Sunday informal get-together and the Monday evening workshop dinner at the “Technical Museum in Brno” (Purkyňova 105, Brno - Královo Pole).
The organisers cannot be held responsible for any personal accident or damage to the property of the participants.
Personal information supplied to EMAS will be held on computer and will be used only for purposes connected with the activities of the European Microbeam Analysis Society.
A limited number of rooms have been blocked for EMAS 2020 attendees in two hotels in Brno:
a) Vista Hotel (https://www.vista-hotel.cz/en) – 4-star – room rates of 1,350 CZK per night in single room and 1,550 CZK per night in double room (breakfast included) + 19 CZK per person/day of local tax. 10 rooms have been set aside, until April 30th, after which date bookings will depend upon availability. Bookings can be done by e-mail to: hotel@vista‑hotel.cz.
b) Hotel Palacky (http://www.hotel-palacky.cz/en), which is the closest to the conference venue, offering double rooms only (twin beds) at rates of 850 CZK per night (single occupancy) and 1,400 CZK per night (double occupancy) (breakfast included) + 15 CZK per person/day of local tax. 27 rooms have been sent aside, until April 17th after which date bookings will depend upon availability. Bookings can be done by e-mail to: recepce@hotel‑palacky.cz.
For an overview map, please download the announcement.
The workshop will be held at the Faculty of Business and Management of the Brno University of Technology, Kolejni 2906/4, Brno.
Brno is the second largest town in the Czech Republic with over 400,000 inhabitants and the capital of the South Moravian Region.
The city of Brno has a long-year tradition in science and technology; it is connected to prominent scientists and thinkers such as Johann Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian friar and the founder of modern genetics, who conducted his pea plant experiments here. For a few decades, Brno has been a place of research institutes and companies involved in development and production of electron microscopes. At present, it hosts companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific (FEI), TESCAN, and Delong Instruments, all of them engaged in the business of electron microscopy and relevant nanotechnology tools and methods. Brno is also known as a student town hosting more than 80,000 students of 13 universities.
You can find tips for your individual exploration of Brno – not only from the sightseeing perspective – on the Brno tourist office’s website (www.gotobrno.cz/en/).
- By air
- Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (international airport): prg.aero/en/.
- Brno Airport (regular flights to London and Munich): brno-airport.cz/en/.
- Vienna Airport (international airport, usually easier to reach than the Prague airport): viennaairport.com/en/passengers.
- By train
Trains departing from the Brno Main Station (Hlavní nádraží) connect to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Berlin and Ostrava.
- By car
Brno can be reached by the D1, D2 and D52 motorways. Current traffic information inside Brno can be accessed at www.doprava-brno.cz/, while traffic information for the whole of the Czech Republic can be accessed at www.dopravniinfo.cz/Default.aspx?lang=en.
Brno University of Technology (BUT) is the largest technical university in the Czech Republic, founded in 1899. It provides education, spanning from technology and science to economics and arts, to more than 10,000 students. BUT runs five research centres on its own and has a major share in two more.
CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) is a joint project of five universities and institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences residing in Brno to create environment for excellence in research. Part of the project under the Brno University of Technology (CEITEC BUT) deals with advanced nano- and microtechnologies and advanced materials and hosts a unique scientific infrastructure CEITEC Nano providing access to the state of the art scientific instruments for nanotechnology and materials research in cleanroom environment.
15 March 2020
15 March 2020
23 March 2020
23 March 2020
31 March 2020
17-20 May 2020
deadline for submission of abstracts for poster presentations.
deadline for applications for EMAS Bursaries.
notification of acceptance of poster contributions.
notification of decisions on EMAS Bursary applications.
early registration deadline.
EMAS 2020 Workshop, Brno, Czech Republic.
Luc Van ’t dack
TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s., Brno
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Brno
European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS)
c/o University of Antwerp
Department of Chemistry, Research group PLASMANT
Mr Luc Van’t dack
Campus Drie Eiken, Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Antwerpen-Wilrijk, Belgium
tel: +32-3-265.23.43, fax: +32-3-265.23.43