19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19)


IMC19 represents a forum for sharing and contesting the latest ideas and technologies in the world of microscopy. The 2018 program will be truly transformational, featuring the world’s thought leaders and rising stars. 

The scientific program will include world-renowned plenary and invited speakers, young scientists showcasing their research, digital posters and Pre-Congress workshops. The program will encompass four main streams – Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Instrumentation and Techniques and Frontier Issues.


Physical Sciences

Chair: Prof Julie Cairney – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: A/Prof Jodie Bradby, Prof Marc de Graef, Dr Alex la Fontaine, Prof Dr Joachim Mayer, A/Prof Matt Weyland, Prof Jin Zou 

PS1 - Nanoscale, nanostructured and porous materials

Dr. Ben Britton, Imperial College, UK

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Frances M. Ross, IBM, USA

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PS2 - Carbon-based materials and 2D structures

Chairs: Ute Kaiser & Dougal McCulloch

Prof. Dr. Ute Kaiser, ULM University, Germany

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Prof. Dougal McCulloch, RMIT, Australia

Professor McCulloch established and is the current Director of the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis and is the Associate Dean Physics in the School of Science at RMIT. He has published 200 papers in international refereed journals within the fields of advanced microscopy & microanalysis, carbon based solids and advanced coating materials. He currently has an h index of 33 and over the past 10 years, he has been awarded over $3M in competitive grant funding as lead investigator. He is a past President (2008-2010) of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society.

PS3 - Thin films, coatings and surfaces

Chairs: Xiuliang Ma & Zonghan Xie

Dr. Xiuliang Ma, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Ma is the head of Solids Atomic Imaging Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has nearly 30 years of experience in transmission electron microscopy of advanced functional materials and structural materials, aiming at setting up relationships between atomic scale information and a material’s properties. The materials that he has been working on range from metallic compounds, engineering alloys, to advanced functional materials, in which atomic mapping and high-resolution spectroscopy are of the major concern. His current research focuses on design, epitaxial fabrication, and atomic mapping of heteroepitaxial oxides, particularly interface-induced novel phenomena in ferroelectric thin films. Dr. Ma has published over 200 papers in well-known journals and co-authored 2 books. Dr. Ma also serves as the vice-president of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society.

Dr. Zonghan Xie, University of Adelaide, Australia

Zonghan Xie is a Professor in Materials Science and Surface Engineering. He grew up in Huaibei, a small town in eastern China’s Anhui Province, and studied Materials Science and Engineering at Northeastern University and Southeast University, both in China. In 2004 he received his PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) from the University of NSW (UNSW), supported by the IPRS scholarship program of the Australian Government. Subsequently he was awarded the Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Later Dr Xie worked as a researcher at the University of Sydney and the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA before returning to Australia in 2008 to assemble and lead a materials research group at ECU, WA. In July 2012 Dr Xie joined the University of Adelaide to undertake materials research and teaching at the School of Mechanical Engineering.

PS4 - Metals and alloys

Chairs: Xiaodong Han & Jianfeng Nie

Prof. Xiaodong Han, Beijing University of Technology, China

Professor Xiaodong Han works as a professor at and directs Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials of Beijing University of Technology. His research interest mainly focuses on developing novel electron microscopy tools and instruments for atomic scale and multi-scale in situ experiments on structural and functional materials. He and colleagues developed the Precise Atomic Resolution Mechanical Microscopy for investigation of the strain-induced atomic resolution dynamics of materials’ mechanical properties. His interests also include multi-scale mechanical-microscopy characterization and related device fabrication for energy, environment, corrosion and oxidation effects, information, structural and biomedical applications. The elasticity and plasticity mechanisms, high strength yet ductile structural materials, energy related materials and physics and catalysis materials. He published more than 150 papers at international recognized peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters and Acta Mater.. He currently serves as the President of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society.

Prof. Jianfeng Nie, Monash University, Australia

Jian-Feng Nie received his B.Eng. degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1986 and PhD degree from Monash University in 1993. He is a professor of Monash University. His current research interests cover physical metallurgy of magnesium and aluminium alloys, applications of scanning transmission electron microscopy in materials characterization, and processing-microstructure-property relationships in light alloys. He has published one book, one book chapter and over 150 papers based on results obtained from imaging and diffraction techniques of electron microscopy. He also edited proceedings of several major international conferences. He was awarded the Marcus Grossmann Young Authors Award of ASM International in 2006 and AIME Champion Mathewson Medal Award of TMS in 2015. He is editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, former Chair of Phase Transformations Committee of TMS, and chair of the National Events Committee of Materials Australia.

PS5 - Ceramics and inorganic composites

Chairs: Ikuhara Yuichi & Peter Crozier

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PS6 - Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites

Chairs: Hala Zreiqat & Cheng Yan

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PS7 - Semiconductors and materials for communication

Chairs: Dave Muller & Jenny Wong-Leung

Dave Muller

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Jenny Wong-Leung, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australia

Jenny Wong-Leung is currently a senior fellow in the department of Electronic Materials Engineering at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. She has a BSc Hons in Physics (University of Bristol, UK) and a PhD on defects in ion implanted silicon (ANU, Australia). She was awarded an ARC postdoctoral fellowship (1998-2001) and an ARC QEII fellowship (2002-2007). She has over 15 years post-PhD experience and have collaborated extensively with research groups in the US, Sweden, Norway and the UK as well in Australia. Her research interests and expertise are in the electron microscopy of semiconductors processing, III-V nanowires, semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures as well as electrical characterisation techniques.

PS8 - Phase transformations and corrosion

Chairs:  David Young & Jim Howe

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PS9 - Amorphous and disordered materials, liquid crystals

Chairs: Amelia Liu & Paul Voyles

Dr. Amelia Liu, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Australia

Amelia received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and then took up a post-doctoral research position at Argonne National Laboratory from 2004-2007.  In 2008, Amelia returned to Australia and Monash University where she has completed fellowships in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Physics and Astronomy before taking a permanent role managing instruments and capabilities in the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.  Amelia‘s research interests focus on understanding the structure of disordered solids like glasses and amorphous materials. She was recently awarded the AMMS FEI Cowley-Moodie Award for Research in the Physical Sciences for the development of new S/TEM-based techniques to characterise the atomic structure of disordered materials.

Paul Voyles

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PS10 - Magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

Chairs: Shujun Zhang & Laura Bocher

Prof. Shujun Zhang, University of Wollongong, Australia

Shujun Zhang received Ph.D. from Shandong University, China, in 2000. He is Professor at ISEM, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prior to which, he was Senior Scientist at Materials Research Institute and Professor at Materials Science and Engineering Department of The Pennsylvania State University, US. He is associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Ultrasound, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control, Journal of the American Ceramic Society and Journal of Electronic Materials, Section EIC of Crystals, mdpi. He is senior member of IEEE and elected AdCom member of IEEE- UFFC (2016-2018). He was a recipient of the Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award of IEEE UFFC Society in 2011. He holds six patents and has authored/coauthored more than 380 papers in refereed journals, with Google Scholar H index of 58. He is now focusing on the fabrication- structure- property- performance relationship of dielectric/ferroelectric materials, for sensors, transducers and energy storage applications.

Laura Bocher, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, France

Laura Bocher is a research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) affiliated at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (LPS, Orsay, FR). Her main experimental research activities include functional nanostructured oxides mainly probed by advanced electron spectromicroscopy techniques.

She currently develops her activities on heterostructures, anisotropic crystals and nanostructured materials for energy technologies (thermoelectrics, phosphorents) and/or on systems presenting remarkable physical properties (multiferroic and magnetoelectric for spintronics). Her experimental approach aims at correlating more precisely the relationship between the physical properties at the macroscopic scale and the local structural, chemical, optical, and electronic properties of these nanostructured systems down to the atomic scale mainly by advanced STEM-EELS. She also combined these studies with X-ray spectroscopy techniques in synchrotron in particular on magnetic systems with X-ray absorption (XAS) and circular magnetic dichroism (XMCD) measurements. 

PS11 - Materials in geology, mineralogy and archeology

Dr. David Saxey, Curtin University, Australia

David has a background in experimental physics, and has worked in high-precision instrumentation and materials characterisation, with more than 10 years of experience in research and technique development in Atom Probe Tomography. David has managed Atom Probe facilities at the University of Sydney (Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2004-2006) and the University of Oxford (UK National Atom Probe Facility, 2007-2010) – studying a wide range of materials, within both academic and industrial collaborations. Prior to joining Curtin, David was Science Lead on the VK1 Airborne Gravity Gradiometer project – a Rio Tinto project aiming to develop the next generation of gravity survey systems for resources exploration. In August 2015, David joined Curtin University and now manages the Geoscience Atom Probe Facility within the John de Laeter Centre. The facility was established in 2015 with the purpose of applying atom probe microscopy to geoscience research.

Dr. Ashley Slattery, The University of Adelaide, Australia

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PS12 - Materials for energy production, storage and catalysis

Chairs: Christina (Tina) Scheu 

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PS13 - Physical science applications of in-situ microscopy

Chairs: Masaki Takeguchi & Xiaozhou Liao

Dr. Xiaozhou Liao, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr. Xiaozhou Liao is a full professor in the University of Sydney, Australia. He conducted his PhD research under the supervision of late Professor David Cockayne FRS in the University of Sydney in 1997—1999 and was awarded his PhD degree in 2000. He moved to USA taking up a Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001 and was a research scientist in the University of Chicago from 2004 to 2006. He returned to Sydney as a lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in June 2006.

Dr. Liao’s research interest focuses on the structures and structure–property relationships of advanced structural and functional materials using ex-situ and in-situ electron microscopy techniques. He has published more than 200 papers that have been collectively cited ~10,000 times. He was the recipient of the 2000 Cowley-Moodie Award and the 2014 John Sanders Medal awarded by the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society.

Masaki Takeguchi, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Masaki Takeguchi is Station Director of Transmission Electron Microscopy Station, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan, and has actively involved in developing instrumentation and methodology for in-situ TEM. He is also Managing Director of Advanced Characterization Nanotechnology Platform (ACNP) project, and leads promotion and operation of advanced characterization infrastructure network in Japan. He has published over 200 papers during JEOL Ltd. (1992-1998), National Research Institute for Metal (1998-2001), and NIMS(2001-present).

Instrumentation and Techniques

Chair: Prof Joanne Etheridge – Monash University, Australia
Committee: Prof Michael Bosman, Prof Wah Chiu, Prof Jacob Hoogenboom, Prof Sandra Van Aert, Prof Roger Wepf

IT1 – Instrumentation

Chairs: Greg McMullan & Nestor Zaluzec

Greg McMullan

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Nestor Zaluzec, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

A Fellow of both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago, Zaluzec continues to hold the tripartite role of Senior Scientist, Educator and Inventor in the Photon Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research includes development of instrumentation and techniques for state-of-the-art analysis in x-ray and electron spectroscopy, and electron optics targeted to expand the impact of electron-optical beam lines for characterization of soft and hard matter in both static and dynamic states. As a researcher he wields these bleeding edge technologies with collaborators to study vexing problems in technologically important materials during studies of: structural phase transformations, radiation damage in metals and ceramics, immobilization of nuclear waste, magnetic nano-arrays, elemental segregation in: alloys, semiconductors, polymers, and catalysts, in vacuum, gases and liquid and into the realm of soft-matter and cryo-microscopy of macromolecular materials and proteins.

IT2 - Computational methods for data acquisition, analysis and visualization

Chairs: Steven Ludtke & Nigel Browning

Prof. Nigel Browning, University of Liverpool, UK

Nigel Browning is currently the Chair of Electron Microscopy in the School of Engineering and the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Liverpool.  He has over 25 years of experience in the development of new methods in electron microscopy for high spatial, temporal and spectroscopic resolution analysis of engineering and biological structures.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).  He received the Burton Award from the Microscopy Society of America in 2002 and the Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2003 for the development of atomic resolution methods in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM).  With his collaborators at LLNL he also received R&D 100 and Nano 50 Awards in 2008, and a Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2010 for the development of the dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM). 

Dr. Steven Ludtke, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Dr. Ludtke holds the Charles C. Bell Jr. Professorship of Structural Biology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Cryo-EM Core. Dr. Ludtke’s group focuses on CryoEM and CryoET, and is best known for development of the popular EMAN scientific image processing software suite.   Recent software innovations include development of a deep learning based semi-automated segmentation tool for high resolution cellular tomograms and a strategy for using bispectra to speed CryoEM single particle processing by more than an order of magnitude. His group’s biological research interests span a wide range of topics from the interaction of peptide antibiotics with lipid bilayers to the structures of membrane channel complexes to in-situ structural analysis of macromolecules within cells.

IT3 – Methods and workflows for correlative microscopy

Chairs: Fei Sun & Saskia Lippens

Fei Sun

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Saskia Lippens

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IT4 - Cryo-TEM techniques for biological material

Chairs: Christopher Russo 

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IT5 - In-situ, environmental and time-resolved microscopies

Chairs: Patricia Kooyman & Pratihba Gai

Prof. Pratihba Gai, University of York, UK

Pratibha Gai is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  She is Foundation Professor of Electron Microscopy, Professor of Chemistry and Physics and co-founder of the York Nanocentre at the University of York, UK.  She joined York from DuPont, USA. She held senior positions as DuPont research fellow and concurrently adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. Previously, she established and led the Catalysis Group at the University of Oxford. She graduated with a PhD in physics from University of Cambridge. She has original publications and inventions in several areas including, novel catalysts, coatings, superconductors, semiconductors and electronic ceramics. With E D Boyes she co-pioneered atomic resolution-environmental (S)TEM (E(S)TEM) to image gas-solid reactions, which is used globally. She received the 2010 Gabor Prize of the Institute of Physics, UK, and L’Oréal-UNESCO International Women in Science Award as the 2013 Laureate for Europe.

Patricia Kooyman

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IT6 -Diffraction techniques

Chairs: Randi Holmestad & Kenji Tsuda

Prof. Randi Holmestad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Randi Holmestad (born in 1967) is (since 99) a professor at Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.   She has a PhD (Dr. ing.) in materials physics from NTH,Trondheim, in 1994 and a MSc (Siv. Ing.) in technical physics, from the same university in 1991. Holmestad’s present research interests are focussed on materials physics; transmission electron diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy (TEM, HREM, EDS, EELS, STEM), materials microstructure and the relation to macroscopic properties, modelling and simulations in materials physics. Ongoing projects are on aluminium alloys, solar cell materials, electron diffraction and new functional materials. She has educated 14 PhD students and 55 MSc students, in addition to co-supervision of 6 PhD students. Holmestad has had several sabbaticals abroad, latest 6 months in 2005 and 2012, both at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. Web of Science (Nov 2017): Cited documents = 190, Citations = 2165, h-index = 26.

Prof. Kenji Tsuda, Tohoku University, Japan

Apr. 2016 – Present: Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University.

Nov. 2001 – Mar. 2016: Associate professor, IMRAM, Tohoku University.

Apr. 2001 – Oct. 2001: Research associate, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University.

Apr. 1992 – Mar. 2001: Research associate, Research Institute for Scientific Measurements (RISM), Tohoku University.

Nov. 1991: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, Awarded the degree of PhD in Physics.

IT7 - Multi-scale 3D imaging

Chairs: Paul Matsudaira & Sara Bals

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IT8 - Phase-related techniques

Chairs:  Etienne Snoeck & Nobuo Tanaka

Dr. Etienne Snoeck, French national Centre for Scientific Research, France

Etienne Snoeck graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in 1984 and get in PhD at the “Laboratoire d’Optique Electronique” of Toulouse in 1986. He entered at CNRS as full researcher in 1989. In 1993-1994 he spent a year in the group of Prof. R. Sinclair in Stanford University. From 2009 to 2016 he was associated director Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón of Saragossa (Spain) in charge of the «Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas ». He led the “nanomaterials” group at CEMES from 2012 to 2016 and was the leader of the European Community project « ESTEEM2 » which gathered the major European laboratory in Transmission Electron Microscopy. He became director of the CEMES laboratory in 2016. His research concerns the development of quantitative electron microscopy techniques and more especially of Electron Holography for quantitative measurements of electrostatic and magnetic fields. Dr. E. Snoeck gave 15 invited talks in international conferences, published 234 peer-reviewed journal articles and his “h” factor is 38.

Dr. Nobuo Tanaka, Japan

Dr. Tanaka is studying nano-structure science, thin film physics, catalysis science, and surface/interface physics by using aberration-corrected high-resolution electron microscopy including phase imaging, environmental electron microscopy and electron tomography. He is also interested in magnetic properties of transition metal clusters and micro-devices studied by using spin-polarized and vortex electron beams as well as EELS.

IT9 - STEM and TEM imaging

Chairs: Richard Leapman & Peter Nellist

Dr. Richard Leapman, National Institute of Health, USA

Richard Leapman obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University. He subsequently trained in the Materials Department at Oxford University and in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell, where he contributed to development of EELS for the nanoscale characterization of materials.  Dr. Leapman then moved to the National Institutes of Health to develop STEM and EELS for analyzing supramolecular structure and subcellular elemental composition. More recently, his group has developed approaches based on STEM tomography and serial block-face SEM for 3-D imaging of cellular and tissue ultrastructure.  In 2011, Dr. Leapman was elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.  He serves as an Editor of the Journal of Microscopy and on editorial boards of other microscopy and nanotechnology journals.  Currently, he is Scientific Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH, while also heading NIBIB’s Laboratory of Cellular Imaging and Macromolecular Biophysics.

Prof. Peter Nellist, University of Oxford, UK

Pete Nellist is a Professor in the Department of Materials, and a Tutorial Fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He leads a research group that focuses on the applications and development of high-resolution electron microscope techniques, in particular scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), including atomic resolution Z-contrast imaging, ptychography, electron energy-loss and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and applications of spherical aberration correctors. Pete gained his PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Since then he has worked in academia and in the commercial world in the UK, USA and Republic of Ireland. In 2007 he was awarded the Burton Medal by the Microscopy Society of America for exceptional contributions to microscopy, and in 2013 the Ernst Ruska Prize of the German Microscopy Society.  He is Vice-President of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Board Member of the European Microscopy Society.

IT10 - SEM, FIB, scanning probe and surface microscopy

Chairs: Tomonobu Nakayama & Raynald Gauvin & Alex de Marco

Prof. Tomonobu Nakayama, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Tomonobu Nakayama is the Deputy Director, Administrative Director and a Principal Investigator at International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Sceince (NIMS) and also a Professor at University of Tsukuba. He graduated and received his master’s degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology (1988), and later received a PhD in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1999. He worked for Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd., JRDC (former JST), RIKEN, and moved to NIMS in 2002. He has been investigating nanofunctionality of integrated material systems using scanning probe microscopes and related techniques, such as manipulation of atoms and molecules, multiple-probe scanning probe microscopy. His research is largely motivated by his belief that a development of new methodology and technology at the nanometer regime is essential to open a new paradigm of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Prof. Raynald Gauvin, McGill University, Canada

Professor Raynald Gauvin received his Ph.D. in 1990 at École Polytechnique de Montréal in Metallurgical Engineering. He was then appointed as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke where he became associate Professor in 1995 and full Professor in 1998. In 2001, he joined the department of Mining and Materials Engineering of McGill University, Montréal, Canada, as a full Professor. Pr. Gauvin’s research interest are related in developing new methods to characterize the microstructure of materials using high resolution scanning electron microscopy with x-ray microanalysis and Monte Carlo simulations. He is the creator of the CASINO program that is used by more than 10 000 users in the world. He has more than 300 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was Invited Speaker in more than 100 international scientific conferences. He won several scientific prices, most notably the 31st Canadian Materials Physics Medal in 2007 by the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, the Heinrich Award in 1997 from the Microbeam Analysis Society of America and the Prix d’excellence du président de l’École for the best Doctorate Thesis defended in 1990 at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Pr. Gauvin was the President of the Inter American Societies of Electron Microscopy (CIASEM) from 2009 to 2011, the President of the Microbeam Analysis Society of America (MAS) from 2005 to 2006, the President of the Microscopical Society of Canada (SMC) from 2001 to 2003 and the President of the International Union of the Microbeam Analysis Societies (IUMAS) from 2000 to 2005. He is currently the holder of the Birks Chair in Metallurgy. He was appointed in 2017 Honorary Member of the Europran Microbeam Analysis Society.

Alex de Marco

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IT11 - Optical Nanoscopy and Spectral Imaging Techniques

Chairs: Colin Sheppard

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IT12 - Spectroscopy – High energy excitations and local chemical analysis

Chairs: Gianluigi Botton & Gerald Kothleitner

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IT13 - Spectroscopy – Low energy excitations and ultrafast spectroscopy

Chairs: Odile Stephan & Javier Garcia de Abajo

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IT14 – Advances in Atom Probe Tomography

Chairs: David Larson & Ross Marceau & Leigh Stephenson

Dr. David Larson, CAMECA Instruments, USA

David J. Larson is Director of Scientific Marketing for CAMECA Instruments. He received his PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin and is currently the President of the International Field Emission Society. Prior to joining CAMECA, he held staff positions at Seagate Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and was a U.S. National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College). His awards include the Burton Medal (Microscopy Society of America), Honorary Staff (University of Sydney), Honorary Staff (University of Wisconsin), the Cosslett Award (Microbeam Analysis Society), Visiting Scholar (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), and the Innovation in Materials Characterisation Award (Materials Research Society). He has approximately 250 research publications and eight patents.

Dr. Ross Marceau, Deakin University, Australia

Dr Ross Marceau is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University. He also leads the Deakin Advanced Characterisation Facility at IFM and is manager of the atom probe instrument. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) obtained from The University of New South Wales, and a PhD from The University of Sydney at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. After completion of his PhD in 2008, Dr Marceau became a research associate of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals at The University of Sydney (2008 – 2011). Following this he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Max Planck Institute for Iron Research) in Düsseldorf, Germany, prior to starting at Deakin University in 2013. Ross serves as an Editor for the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis, and is a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Field Emission Society (IFES).

Leigh Stephenson

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Frontier Issues

Chair: Prof Julie Cairney – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: A/Prof Jodie Bradby, Prof Marc de Graef, Dr Alex la Fontaine, Prof Dr Joachim Mayer, A/Prof Matt Weyland, Prof Jin Zou 

FI1 - Outreach

Chairs: Tim White & Jenny Whiting

Prof. Tim White, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Tim White is a Director in the President’s Office Research Strategy and Co-ordination Unit responsible for Science and Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a Professor and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Materials Science & Engineering, and Co-Chair of the NTU Research Integrity Committee. Prior to joining NTU in 2005, he acquired over 35 years of research experience at national laboratories in Australia and Singapore in materials science and engineering, minerals processing, nuclear waste treatment and environmental management. These appointments included group leader at The Australian Atomic Energy Commission and Multiplex Professor of Environmental Technology developing ceramic methods for the treatment of toxic metal wastes at brown-field sites in Australia.

He served as the Head of the Department for Materials Science (2006-2009) and Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterization, Testing and Simulation (FACTS) (2005-2009) at NTU. Tim was Secretary of the Materials Research Society of Singapore (2003-2007), Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at the Australian National University (2009-2012) and President of The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (2010-2013). Formally trained in solid state chemistry his research has focused on unravelling nonstoichiometry and functionality in complex oxides (catalysts, electrolytes, and hazardous and nuclear waste forms), through advanced analytical methods to investigate condensed matter. Other research in Singapore includes: Team leader (1999–2001) at the A*STAR Environmental Technology Institute validating the performance of membrane technology for the recovery and recycling of automotive oil; Director (2001-2004) at the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) responsible for developing a program of advanced research for the development of new ecomaterials for environmental protection. International research partners include the National Research Council of Canada, Fraunhofer UMSICHT of Germany and Johnson Matthey of the UK. His recent research is concerned with the discovery of thermoelectric materials and the properties of hybrid perovskites as photovoltaic materials. He is also a pioneer of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and for several years delivered one of the few such courses in the world that awards full academic credit. He current teaching is in partnership with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München to develop a new on-line platform to serve the needs the Skills Future lifelong learners, as well as catering for graduate students.

Jenny Whiting

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FI2 - Data management (storage, processing and sharing)

Chairs: Wojtek Goscinski

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FI3 - Facility management

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FI4 - AMMRF-ACNP exchange of technical experience session

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Life Sciences

Chair: A/Prof Filip Braet – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: Dr Lucy Collinson, Prof Yves Dufrêne, Dr Jan Ellenberg, Prof Katharina Gaus, A/Prof Eric Hanssen, Prof Bram Koster, Prof Thomas Müller-Reichert, Prof Rob Parton, Prof Peter Peters, Dr Melanie Rug, Dr Yannick Schwab, Prof Paul Verkade, Dr Renee Whan, Dr Rosemary White

Since the last IMC conference, the life sciences have witnessed unprecedented progress that coincides with the development of novel microscopy instrumentation and approaches. New breakthroughs in optical super-resolution imaging, cryogenic approaches, direct electron detection, including the ever-growing activity in correlative and integrated imaging have changed the landscape of biological microscopy for many generations to come. Contributors to these thrilling advances have recently been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of optical super-resolution imaging and cryogenic electron microscopy. This part of the IMC-19 program aims therefore to accurately report on those advances with special emphasis on how these innovations have contributed to our enriched understanding in the complexities of life.

LS-1. Structure and Function of Cells & Organelles

Chairs: Bram Koster & Sharon Wolf

Dr. Bram Koster, Netherlands Centre of Electron Naoscopy, Netherlands

The research and method developments of the Koster group are focused on the development of methods  combining high resolution fluorescence light-microscopy with ultra-structural imaging with electron microscopy. We develop technologies enabling the identification and visualization of specific macromolecular arrangements and/or changes in the cellular context. Bram Koster is one of the pioneers in the development of 3D electron microscopic imaging using electron tomography and worked on life sciences and materials sciences applications. He obtained his PhD Applied Physics in 1989 (Delft University, the Netherlands). After post-doctoral positions at UCSF (San Francisco) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry (Martinsried)  he returned to the Netherlands in 1997 (Utrecht University). In 2006 he relocated to his current position at the Leiden University Medical Center in the In 2014 he was appointed director of the Netherlands Center of Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN), also in Leiden.

Dr. Sharon Wolf, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Dr. Sharon Grayer Wolf was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Sharon earned her BA in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MSc & PhD degrees in Structural Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz, where they developed grazing incidence diffraction of lipids at the air/water interface. Dr. Wolf’s  postdoctoral training was with Dr. Kenneth H. Downing at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, and together with fellow postdoc Eva Nogales, they solved the structure of tubulin by electron crystallography.  Dr. Wolf returned to the Weizmann Institute in 1997 as a staff scientist in the Electron Microscopy Unit. Dr. Wolf  is currently  a Senior Research Fellow, and Head of the EM Unit, where she manages a group of 14 staff members.

Dr. Wolf specializes in the field of three-dimensional imaging of biological cells using electron microscopy. Together with her EM Unit colleague, Dr. Lothar Houben, and Prof. Michael Elbaum from the Department of Chemical & Biological Physics, she recently developed a new method for imaging frozen specimens using a scanning transmitted electron probe beam (published in Nature Methods in 2014). This method provides unprecedented new detail from thicker regions of cells, allowing researchers to examine previously unobservable cellular processes. Together with the group of Prof. Deborah Fass from the Structural Biology Department, Sharon used this novel technique to describe solid-state calcium storage in the mitochondria of human cells. Their results were recently published in Elife.

LS-2. Multiplex Live Imaging of Cells, Tissues & Organisms

Chairs: Renee Whan 

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LS-3. 3-D Structures of Macromolecules & Supramolecular Assemblies

Chairs: Eric Hanssen & Gabriel Lander

Assoc. Prof. Eric Hanssen, Bio21 Institute, Australia

Eric received his PhD in biological science from Université Claude Bernard in France in 1999 for his work done on the ultrastructure of elastic tissues. From 2000 to 2005 he continued this work as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide. In 2006 he joined the ARC Center of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science at La Trobe University to develop and implement cutting edge imaging techniques (electron and soft x-ray tomography, structural illumination). In 2010 he was recruited at the Bio21 Institute to develop the electron microscopy unit and implement cryo EM and 3D EM. His research interests lie in 3D electron imaging of both cellular and molecular samples

Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Lander, The Scripps Research Institute, USA

Gabe Lander has been solving the structures of macromolecular machines by cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) for over 12 years, using 3D structures to shed light on how protein assemblies interact with the cellular environment. Gabe received his B.S. in biochemistry from Binghamton University, and performed his graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute jointly under Bridget Carragher, Clint Potter, and Jack Johnson. Gabe then performed his postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, applying his streamlined cryoEM methodologies to investigate the properties of microtubule dynamics and the mechanism of protein degradation by the 26S proteasome. As an Associate Professor at The Scripps Research Institute, Gabe’s group uses the latest cutting-edge cryoEM instrumentation and innovative processing algorithms to determine the molecular bases for heart diseases, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, and cancers. Gabe is a recipient of an Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health, and is a Searle and Pew Scholar.

LS-4. Atomic Force Microscopy in Molecular and Cell Biology

Chairs: Yves Dufrêne & Peter Hinterdorfer

Prof. Yves Dufrêne, National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium

Yves Dufrêne obtained his Bioengineering degree and PhD at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He is now Professor and Research Director at the National Fund for Scientific Research. He is interested in studying the nanoscale surface architecture, biophysical properties, and interactions of living cells using atomic force microscopy (AFM), focusing primarily on microbial cells (bacteria, fungi). Currently, the main objective is to understand how pathogens use their surface molecules to guide cell adhesion and trigger infections, and to develop anti-adhesion strategies for treating biofilm-infections.

Prof. Dr. Peter Hinterdorfer, University of Linz, Austria

I was educated as biophysicist and worked mainly on high resolution microscopy techniques on native and model biological systems. In my time as student and PostDoc (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA) I learnt various fluorescence microscopy techniques. I started with scanning probe microscopy technologies from 1993 on, when I took a position at the University of Linz, Austria, where I am now working as department head of the institute of biophysics. I think I can say that we have done some pioneering work in single molecule force spectroscopy and that we invented a combined topography and recognition imaging technique. My running research grants and my publications may indicate that I see my focus in the application and development of advanced nanoscopic techniques for nano-bio technology, life science, and medical diagnostics. My particular research interests cover structural elucidation, molecular recognition and transport.


LS-5. Cellular Transport & Dynamics

Chairs: Rob Parton & Georg Ramm

Prof. Rob Parton, University of Queensland, Australia

Rob Parton studied biochemistry in the UK before moving to the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany. He received Royal Society and EMBO postdoctoral fellowships before becoming a junior group leader in 1990 studying endocytosis. In 1996, he moved to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a group leader in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Director of the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. His research centres on the microdomains of the plasma membrane, with a particular focus on caveolae and caveolins. He is using a number of experimental systems (including cultured cells, zebrafish, and mice) to understand how caveolae form, to dissect the structure of caveolae and caveolins, and to investigate the role of caveolae in health and in disease. He is currently a Chief Editor of Traffic and Associate Editor for Molecular Biology of the Cell and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Georg Ramm

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LS-6. Applications of Cryo Electron Microscopy in Biology

Chairs: Thomas Mueller-Reichert & Michel Steinmetz

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mueller-Reichert, TU Dresden, Germany

Thomas Müller-Reichert is interested in how the microtubule cytoskeleton is modulated within cells to fulfill functions in meiosis, mitosis and abscission. The Müller-Reichert lab is mainly applying correlative light microscopy and electron tomography to study the 3D organization of microtubules in the early embryo of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and in tissue culture cells. He got his PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and moved afterwards to the EMBL in Heidelberg (Germany) for a post-doc with Dr. Tony Hyman. He was a visiting scientist with Dr. Kent McDonald (UC Berkeley, USA) and set up the electron microscope facility at the newly founded Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG). Since 2010 he is head of the Core Facility Cellular Imaging (CFCI) of the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus of the TU Dresden (Germany).

Michel Steinmetz

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LS-7. Embryology & Developmental Biology

Assoc. Prof. Louise Cole, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Dr Cole completed her Masters and PhD in Prof. Hawes’ lab (Oxford) investigating endocytosis in plants and plant-host pathogen interactions. Her research included light and electron microscopy techniques. She brought these skills to Australia, to carry out postdoctoral work at UNSW investigating the role of pleiomorphic vacuoles in fungi. She later transferred to University of Sydney (USYD) and employed microinjection and confocal methods to study plant cell-to-cell communication. In 2004, Dr Cole became Light and Laser Optics Manager at USYD. In 2006, she moved to the Bosch Institute where she currently heads the Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF). Dr Cole has been instrumental in the growth and development of the AMF which now includes laser micro-dissection, optical tweezers, multi-photon, high-resolution confocal, slide-scanning and light-sheet technologies. AMF also trains and supports over 150 users per year on imaging methods required for biomedical research, including developmental biology, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular research.

Dr. Anastasios Pavlopoulos, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Pavlopoulos completed his PhD with Dr. Michalis Averof at IMBB-FORTH in Greece, his postdoctoral training with Prof. Michael Akam at Cambridge University and with Dr. Pavel Tomancak at MPI-CBG in Germany, before taking up an independent group leader position as a Fellow at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in US (2013-present). His lab aims to understand the molecular genetic and cellular basis of tissue and organ morphogenesis during animal development and evolution. His research has been funded by the European Molecular Biology Organization, the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other organizations. Dr. Pavlopoulos has supervised more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers and has been teaching courses continuously since 2006 on Embryology, Animal Development and Evolution, Light-sheet Microscopy and Tissue Morphogenesis organized by EMBO, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, UC Santa Barbara and other institutions.

LS-8. Pathology and Immunocytochemistry & Biomolecular Labeling

Chairs: Danielle Jorgen

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LS-9. Applications in Correlative Microscopy of Biological Systems

Chairs: Lucy Collinson & Yannick Schwab

Lucy Collinson, Francis Crick Institute, UK

Lucy Collinson leads the Electron Microscopy Science Technology Platform (EM STP) at The Francis Crick Institute in London. She has a degree and PhD in Medical Microbiology, and post-doctoral research at UCL and Imperial College London investigating membrane trafficking pathways in lysosome-related organelles in mammalian cells using light and electron microscopy as key techniques. She has 11 years experience running biological EM facilities, first at UCL and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the new Francis Crick Institute in 2015. With a team of 7 electron microscopists and 2 physicists, she oversees more than 100 research projects with more than 50 research groups within the Crick, imaging across scales from proteins to whole organisms. Her microscopy and technology development interests include volume EM, correlative imaging techniques, cryo-microscopy, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, citizen science and microscope design and prototyping.

Yannick Schwab

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LS-10. Plant Science & Mycology

Chairs: Rosemary White & Staffan Persson

Prof. Staffan Persson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Staffan Persson completed his PhD in Dec, 2003, which was a joint degree between Lund University (Sweden) and North Carolina State University (US). He then pursued a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University 2004-2007. Staffan was appointed as a Max-Planck Group Leader at the MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam in 2008, where he stayed until 2014. Since Jan 2015 Staffan is a R@MAP Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (level 3) at the School of BioSciences at University of Melbourne. He is a Thomson Reuter highly cited researcher 2016. The research in his group aims at understanding how plants are producing cellulose, which is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and that is a raw material for many applications in our society.

Rosemary White

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LS-11. Innovations in Light / Laser Microscopy and Optical Nanoscopy

Chairs: Jan Ellenberg

Dr. Jan Ellenberg, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Jan Ellenberg heads the Cell Biology & Biophysics unit and is senior scientist at EMBL Heidelberg. For over 20 years, he has been interested in cell division and nuclear biogenesis, including systematic analysis of mitosis, NPC assembly, and formation of mitotic and meiotic chromosomes. His goal has been to obtain structural and functional measures of the required molecular machinery inside cells using quantitative 4D imaging, single molecule spectroscopy, as well as super-resolution microscopy. His research group played a key role in large EU-wide efforts on systems biology of mitosis, as well as microscopy automation and unbiased computational image analysis. He has coordinated European efforts to make imaging technologies more accessible to researchers via his role as Coordinator of EuBI Preparatory Phase II and as EMBL delegate in the EuBI Interim Board.


LS-12. Multimodal Molecular Imaging in Health & Disease

Chairs: Peter Peters & Peijun Zhang

Peter Peters 

Dr. Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Peijun Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in Biophysics from University Virginia, M.S. in Physics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Nanjing University, China. She was a postdoc and later a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. In 2006, she joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. She was recently recruited to the University of Oxford as a full professor, and jointly as the director of eBIC (the UK National Electron Bio-imaging Centre) at the Diamond Light Source. She pursuits an integrated, atomistic understanding of the molecular mechanisms of large protein complexes and assemblies, in particular those involved in HIV-1 pathogenesis, by developing and combining novel technologies for high-resolution cryoEM and cryoET. Dr. Zhang received many awards, including the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, Carnegie Science Emerging Female Scientist Award, and University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor’s Award.

LS-13. Invertebrate Biology & Taxonomy

Chairs: Andreas Holzenburg and Maria Byrne

Prof. Andreas Holzenburg, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA

Professor Holzenburg studied Microbiology, Botany and Chemistry in Göttingen (Germany; PhD 1987) before moving more into Physics, interfacing with Engineering, developing a passion for Preventive Medicine and Economics, and embracing quantum effects. After the conclusion of a postdoctoral position at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel (Switzerland, 1987-1989) and a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA (USA, 1990), he rose through the ranks at the University of Leeds (UK, 1991-2000) to Senior Lecturer in Structural Molecular Biology. Since October 2000, first as a Full Professor at Texas A&M University and then at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, he has been successful in building and overseeing shared infrastructure cores at the Director and Associate Vice President level and served internationally as consultant on this matter. His research focus on imaging resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof. Maria Byrne, The University of Sydney, Australia

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LS-14. Host-Pathogen Interactions, Microbiology & Virology

Chairs: Melanie Rug & Salvo Chiantia

Junior Prof. Salvo Chiantia, University of Potsdam, Germany

Salvo Chiantia studied Physics in the University of Palermo where he graduated in 2003. In 2008, he obtained his PhD in Physics under the supervision of Prof. Schwille in the TU-Dresden, working on a combination of Atomic Force Microscopy and single-molecule fluorescence for the study of cellular membranes. In 2009, he received a fellowship from the Life Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to carry on his postdoctoral studies at Stony Brook University, NY. Since 2015, he is Junior Professor in the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research focus is the study of the assembly of the Influenza virus in infected cells by means of advanced quantitative optical microscopy.


Please note the above information is correct as of 5 December 2017 and is subject to change.


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