IFSM Symposium

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The IFSM Symposium comprises of the presentation of the IFSM Awards 2018, and special plenary lectures by the awardees, and will take place on Friday 14 September. The IFSM Symposium is a Congress highlight that brings our entire community together to celebrate the pinnacles of achievement in the field.

John Cowley Medal (Diffraction Physics and Microscopy)

Emeritus Professor Archie Howie, University of Cambridge, UK

Emeritus Professor Archie Howie

Archie Howie’s research career got off to a flying start when in 1957 he joined Peter Hirsch and Mike Whelan in Cambridge to participate in the development of diffraction contrast imaging. Pre-existing and remarkable local expertise in electron microscopy, crystallography and computing were all crucial. Later with Mick Brown he led the Cambridge microstructural research group into STEM, developing the HAADF technique for imaging of crystal defects and the dielectric theory of localised valence EELS. These projects succeeded and went on to flourish globally thanks to the participation of many brilliant physics research students. A cause for concern is the widening gulf between electron microscopy and current condensed matter physics research where many problems challenge our existing instrumentation and may need us to tap into properties of the electron more exotic than just its particle or wave nature.



Vernon Cosslett Medal (New Developments in Optics and Instrumentation)

Doctor Christian Colliex, University Paris Sud, Orsay, France

Doctor Christian Colliex

Christian Colliex is presently Emeritus CNRS Research Director, in the Electron Microscopy group at the Solid State Physics laboratory in Orsay (France), which he has lead over 35 years until 2009. His main fields of interest have concerned the development of new instrumentation and methodologies for local analysis in condensed matter. Relying mostly on electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in electron microscopy, these techniques have been used to investigate, down to the atomic level, the structural, chemical, electronic and optical properties of individual nanostructures, nano-objects and defects. His role at the international level is evidenced, for instance, by his joint direction together with Sumio Iijima of a JST-CNRS research program on “Nanotubulites” and by his contribution to the creation of the European Integrated Infrastructure on Advanced Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM). He has been laureate of the French Academy of Sciences (in 1995 and 2005), he has been awarded the Holweck prize 2009 (joint French SFP – British IOP award) and the Grande Médaille of the French Society for Metallurgy and Materials Sciences in 2010. He has served from 2007 to 2011 as President of the International Federation of the Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) and as President of the International Conference on Microscopies IMC 17 at Rio de Janeiro (2010).


Professor Les J. Allen, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Les J. Allen

Les Allen holds a PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of South Africa. His research interests are in the area of atomic resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy. He was awarded the John Sanders Medal of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society in 2006. From 2011-2015 he was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In May 2017 he took up a Humboldt Research Award at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in Germany. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals. Prof. Allen is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ultramicroscopy. 



Hatsujiro Hashimoto Medal (Applications in Physical Sciences)

Doctor Frances Ross, IBM, USA

Doctor Frances Ross

Frances M. Ross received her B.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University. Her postdoc was at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, using in situ electron microscopy to study oxidation of Si and dislocations in SiGe. She then joined the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she imaged anodic etching of Si and domain walls in ferroelectrics, as well as coordinating users of several of the microscopes. She later joined IBM, building a program around a TEM with in situ chemical vapour deposition, evaporation and focused ion beam capabilities, for which she developed a liquid cell, and a UHV mass-filtered focused ion beam/STM system. Her interests include liquid cell microscopy, epitaxy, nanowires, quantum dots, electrodeposition and thin film properties. She is a Fellow of the APS, AAAS, MRS, MSA and AVS and was an Outstanding Referee for APS. 


Professor Yuichi Ikuhara, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Yuichi Ikuhara

Yuichi Ikuhara is the Director of the Nanotechnology Center, Institute of Engineering Innovation, at the University of Tokyo. He received his D.Eng. from the Materials Sciences Department of Kyushu University and joined the Japan Fine Ceramics Center in 1988. He has received the “Medal with Purple Ribbon”, the “Humboldt Research Award”, and other awards. He is a fellow of the American Ceramics Society.




Eduard Kellenberger Medal (Life Sciences)

Professor Joachim Frank - Nobel Prize Winner, Columbia University, USA

Professor Joachim Frank – Nobel Prize Winner 

Joachim Frank is a German-born American biophysicist at Columbia University, New York City and a Nobel laureate. He is regarded as the founder of single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson. He also made significant contributions to structure and function of the ribosome from bacteria and eukaryotes.

Frank devised a way to observe individual molecules that were only faintly visible with electron microscopy. The problem with observing a group of individual molecules with electron microscopy is that the intense electron beam destroys the specimen. Frank and his colleagues devised a method of using the poor-quality images that resulted from employing a less intense electron beam by averaging them. In 1978 Frank and his colleagues successfully used this approach to image the enzyme glutamine synthetase. In 2003 Frank joined Columbia University in New York as a senior lecturer. He became a professor in the department of biological sciences and of biochemistry and molecular biophysics in 2008. 

Professor Richard Henderson - Nobel Prize Winner (Video Streaming), MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Professor Richard Henderson – Nobel Prize Winner (Video Streaming)

Richard Henderson is a Scottish biophysicist and molecular biologist who was the first to successfully produce a three-dimensional image of a biological molecule at atomic resolution using a technique known as cryo-electron microscopy. Henderson’s refinement of imaging methods for cryo-electron microscopy, in which biomolecules are frozen in such a way that allows them to retain their natural shape and are then visualized with a high-resolution microscope, enabled researchers to capture images of numerous biomolecular structures that previously could not be imaged by other means. He was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with biophysicists Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank) for his work.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Henderson received numerous other awards and honours during his career. He was an elected fellow of the Royal Society (1983), a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1998,) and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London (1998). He was a recipient of the Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (1991) and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society (2016).

Professor Richard Henderson will be presenting via video recording 
Professor Jacques Dubochet - Nobel Prize Winner (Video Streaming), University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Jacques Dubochet – Nobel Prize Winner (Video Streaming)

Jacques Dubochet is a Swiss biophysicist who succeeded in vitrifying water around biomolecules, thereby preventing the formation of ice crystals in biological specimens. Dubochet discovered that water could retain its liquid form at freezing temperatures if it was cooled very rapidly in liquid ethane. Doing so preserved the natural shape of biomolecules in the vacuum environment necessary for biological imaging by electron microscopy. For his discoveries, he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with biophysicists Richard Henderson and Joachim Frank).

Dubochet’s research was critical to the advance of cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to obtain images of biological materials that more closely resembled the natural state of the material. Throughout the remainder of his career, he continued to refine techniques for structural imaging of biological materials by cryo-electron microscopy. He developed a method known as cryoEM of vitreous sections (CEMOVIS), which researchers could apply to the vitrification of cells and tissues for the visualization of very fine structural detail. He also continued to apply electron microscopy to the study of structural aspects of DNA and chromatin.


Professor Jacques Dubochet will be presenting via video recording 







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