From 08.05.2016 until 11.05.2016
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Aims and scope

The EMAS Regional Workshops are biennial events 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 X-ray microanalysis.  The workshops are organized as low budget meetings with lectures on practical and theoretical aspects of EPMA given by internationally recognized experts.  The format and content of the meetings are tailored to the needs of the practical microanalyst routinely dealing with problems of instrumental procedures, specimen preparation, data collection and quantification, as well as those of research workers keen to obtain a deeper understanding of the physics underlying X-ray production, measurement and analysis.

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), and Austria (2014).

The core topics of the 12th EMAS Regional Workshop are:

  • Electron beam - specimen interactions
  • X-ray spectroscopy (WDS and EDS)
  • Light element analysis
  • Quantitative electron probe microanalysis
  • Analysis under low-vacuum conditions
  • Sample preparation
  • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)

A special session entitled “Analysis of non-conducting materials” will be organized including two technical sessions dedicated to this subject.  Topics covered in these two sessions will include:
Session on non-conventional methods:

  • Analysis of coatings
  • Analysis in the VP-SEM
  • Combination of analytical techniques for geological materials analysis
  • Comparison of µ-XRF and EDS
  • Low-voltage analysis

Session on non-conventional materials:

  • in situ experiments in the VP-SEM
  • Sample stability in the VP-SEM
  • Analysis of gunshot residues
  • Analysis of transuranium elements
  • Analysis of multi-phase materials
  • Instrument development



Scientific programme

The programme will consist of invited lectures delivered by renowned experts, and two poster sessions.  Three round-table discussions will also be held during the workshop.  The invited lectures and poster abstracts will be published in the Workshop Book of Tutorials and Abstracts.  The official language of the workshop will be English.

For the complete scientific programme please download the announcement of the workshop.



Poster presentations

All participants to the workshop are invited to make a poster presentation. Abstracts of poster contributions to be presented during the workshop should fit one A4 page; please use the provided Word-template. Detailed guidelines are mentioned on the template.

The abstract, has to be submitted before 15 February 2016. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their poster by 1 March 2016.

Later arriving abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016.  Notification of acceptance will be done as soon as possible after receipt.




Authors of contributions related to the topic of the workshop’s special session are invited to submit a manuscript for publication in an issue of the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis, to appear some months after the Workshop.  All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts will have to be submitted using the journal’s on-line submission procedure.



EMAS Bursaries

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 2 bursaries per person can be awarded.

Bursary applications must be sent to the Workshop Secretariat referring to the relevant poster contribution abstract, reaching it before 15 February 2016. Applicants will be notified of the allocation of an EMAS bursary by 1 March 2016.




Online registration is available on this website. Participants are encouraged to complete registration and arrange for their payment, preferably by 31 March 2016 to qualify for reduced rates.

Workshop registration fees

EMAS member
Student (ID required)
Early registration
(by 31 March)

€ 350.00
€ 400.00
€ 175.00
Late registration
(as of 1 April)

€ 400.00
€ 450.00
€ 200.00
EMAS Bursary
Extra workshop dinner ticket
1-day ticket
€  50.00
€ 150.00

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), two lunches, and coffee/refreshment breaks during the workshop, the welcome reception (Sunday 8 May), and the workshop dinner (Tuesday 10 May), and transport from/to Avignon from Monday to Wednesday.

The 1-day ticket includes a copy of the workshop’s Book of Tutorials and Abstracts, lunch and the coffee/refreshment breaks, and transport from/to Avignon on the day of attendance.




Payment of the registration fee should be preferentially made through the EMAS website using the online PayPal system; 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.



Cancellation policy

A refund of the registration fee (less € 50 administration costs) will be granted only if notification of cancellation is given to the workshop secretariat before 15 April 2016. After this date no refund will be made. Refunds will be processed after the Workshop.




The organizers cannot be held responsible for any personal accident or damage to the property of the participants.



Personal data

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.




Hotel accommodation is arranged in Avignon.  It is recommended that hotel bookings are made as soon as possible.  Some possibilities are available through the Avignon Tourism Office.  It is possible to stay in the Le Yatis hotel near the CEA Marrcoule research centre.





The workshop will be held at the Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule (ICSM), which is located next to the CEA Centre de Marcoule in bagnols-sur-Cèze, near the Rhone River. See map at the bottom of this page.  A complimentary coach transfer is offered between Avignon and Marcoula (45 min).

Avignon is a beautiful historical town; it was capital of Christendom in the middle Ages. Many monuments remind of this glorious history: the Palace of the Popes, the Saint-Benezet bridge (Pont d’Avignon) – of worldwide fame through its commemoration by the song, and the ramparts, constitute an exceptional complex of monuments listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

After having explored the city of Avignon, you can also visit its surroundings, with several UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites, namely Roman monuments in Orange, Arles, the Pont du Gard, and the Decorated Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche (grotte Chauvet).



How to get to Avignon

- By air:
a) Avignon Caumont airport (low-cost companies); 8 km from Avignon.
b) Marseille-Provence airport; 57 international destinations including 32 European destinations.
c) Airport MP2 (low-cost terminal).
d) Nîmes-Arles-Camargue airport (low-cost companies).

- By train:
a) Gare Avignon TGV: with direct high-speed lines from Paris (2h40), Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, Geneva, Brussels, Lyon, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich and Amsterdam.  There are frequent local trains to the Gare Avignon Centre.
b) Gare Avignon Centre: regional trains, intercity lines, TGV (high speed train) to Paris (3h20) and Eurostar Avignon-London.
Rail traffic information, timetables, tickets, and on-line booking: uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/.

- By car:
Avignon can be reached by the A7 Highway (exit Avignon Nord when coming from Paris and Lyon, or exit Avignon Sud when coming from Marseille, Nice, and Italy).
Avignon can be reached by the A9 Highway (exit Remoulins when coming from Nîmes, Montpellier, and Spain).
Information on parking in Avignon can be found at: www.avignon-tourisme.com/menu/practical-tips/come-to-avignon/access/parkings-87-2.html



About the CEA Centre de Marcoule and the Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule

CEA Marcoule has been active in the Gard (South of France) for a long time, working for the Defence Department, then the nuclear industry for more than 50 years.  It is in charge of nuclear operations at the site, where there are 1,600 people working on a daily basis in Research and Development processes in the downstream phases of the nuclear fuel cycle.

ICSM - Marcoule Institute for Separative Chemistry is a Joint Research Unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche UMR 5257) between CEA, CNRS, University of Montpellier, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM).  Its main mission is to innovate for selective separation and recycling.  The institute hosts the Laboratory for the Study of Matter under Environmental Conditions.



Key dates

15 February 2016
15 February 2016
01 March 2016
01 March 2016
31 March 2016
01 April 2016
08-11 May 2016

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
'late' abstract submission deadline
EMAS 2016 Workshop, Marcoule, France



International Scientific Committee

François Brisset
Nicolas Dacheux
Hans Dijkstra
Olivier Dugne (chair)  
Xavier Llovet
Michael B. Matthews
Renaud Podor
Silvia Richter



Local Organising Committee

Emmanuelle Brackx
Nicolas Dacheux
Olivier Dugne
Renaud Podor  (chair)
Mariette Tuffery
Luc Van’t dack



Workshop Secretariat

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
URL: http://www.microbeamanalysis.eu/