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Welcome to the CCEM blog from the Executive Director

I am Andreas Korinek, CCEM’s Executive Director. This is a new position at CCEM, I will be responsible for the business side of the centre and will be responsible for partnerships, governance and strategic direction.

My background is in interdisciplinary science, I’m a trained chemist and biochemist, and I’ve worked with scientists from many fields on projects. I also know how to code, anyone using NanoLIMS at CCEM or other McMaster core facilities is using code I’ve developed.

I’ve been at CCEM since more than 10 years, I started as a staff scientist operating the Titan LB microscope and later also the Titan HB. I’ve worked with many students and industrial customers over the years, and this has been a very fulfilling position. I got to learn about many different projects, from metals to corrosion, nuclear materials, soft materials and biological samples. During this time, I came to realize how unique CCEM is in the Canadian science landscape. The suite of instrumentation and level of science is fascinating and allows for great collaborative projects to happen.

In 2017 I became the CCEM manager and was able to implement my own philosophy on how CCEM operations should be managed. My vision is to make CCEM an open and welcoming place for anyone wishing to use microscopy in their work and learn about the different techniques and how they can be useful. I also streamlined and simplified the administrative procedures for new users and industrial clients. My goal is to provide the best possible experience at CCEM. CCEM’s team of expert staff is very diverse in gender, nationality and scientific background and they are happy to enable our users to use the instruments to their full capacity.


As the Acting Executive Director of CCEM, I’ve developed with the CCEM management team and the Board of Directors a new 5-year strategic plan that outlines CCEM’s growth in capabilities and our plans for collaboration and partnerships with many different stakeholders. The plan will be unveiled in a few weeks, tune in for more details later. This new plan represents an ambitious shift of CCEM from a traditional fee-for-service core facility to a research platform open for collaboration on a national scale. If you would like to find out more how you can shape the future of CCEM, send me a message, I’d be happy to discuss your ideas.

CCEM has also overhauled its governance backend and we will communicate these changes very soon. The new model aims to be inclusive and efficient and there will be many ways for users, staff, PIs and industrial clients to interact with CCEM in many ways.

Many challenges lay ahead of us. We as scientists hold the key for a better future for Canadian society and the well-being of the planet and humanity. The next decades will be spent adapting our society to the effects of global warming, the aftermath of the global pandemic and solving equity issues, just to name a few. I invite all of you to join us on this challenging journey to use science as a solution to many of these problems.

In this blog, I will regularly update you on new initiatives and policies to improve CCEM’s operations. I welcome all feedback, it will help the CCEM staff and management team to serve our user community better. CCEM staff will also post here on a variety of topics. If you would like to contribute to this blog, please send me a message, we also welcome content from users of CCEM.