Courses & Workshops

These activities are supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, under the MSI Program and by the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario. A list of past events run by the CCEM can be found here.

Virtual 13th Annual FIB SEM Meeting

The 2021 FIB SEM Meeting will be held as a web meeting in collaboration with the CCEM. The 2020 FIB SEM Meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. It is unclear whether an in-person meeting will be possible by next spring, so we decided to move the 2021 meeting to the virtual space.

We hope to have one full day of presentations and tutorials, possibly poster presentations as well. Details of the meeting has not been finalized but we hope to be able to accommodate different time zones and provide some way to network with other attendees through virtual breakout sessions.

Abstract submissions are required for all presenters (user & vendor contributions). If you would like to present a paper or poster, please submit an abstract to the organizers. All FIB related topics such as new and novel application areas for FIB, multi-modal approaches involving FIB, advances in FIB, FIB sources (LMIS, Plasma IS, GFIS, LMAIS, LoTIS), and FIB related instrumentation and techniques, image and data processing techniques for FIB data are welcome.

Date: April 29, 2021
Location: Online


Abstract Submission Deadline: March 26th, 2021
Abstracts should be 250 words or less in length. Please email your abstracts to fibsem2021@fibsem.net.
Abstract Notification: April 2nd, 2021

FIBSEM website is currently down.  We are working on restoring it.  Please contact the organizers if you have any questions.

Electron microscopy: Looking into the atomic world

A ONE HOUR  interactive virtual tour of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy located at McMaster University. Students will learn things like why we need electron microscopes, what kind of materials we can look at with these microscopes, instruments that can be found in electron microscopy labs and how they work. Technicians will show off the instruments with interesting and relevant materials, such as a comparison between standard and N95 masks. Students will have the opportunity to watch the microscopes in action, and also ask questions to the CCEM microscope operators.


– Introduction to electron microscopy
– Transmission Electron Microscopy
– Scanning Electron Microscopy

Date: May 3, 2021
Location: 10 – 11 AM Eastern


2021 MSC·SMC Symposium

The 2021 MSC·SMC Symposium will be held virtually June 2nd-4th, 2021. The goal of the 2021 MSC-SMC Symposium is to bring together junior and senior researchers working in the field of imaging in Canada and abroad, to develop a strong network between imaging researchers in Canada, and to learn about exciting new research.

  • Expect over 200 participants from across Canada and the US
  • Canada Microscopy event of the year
  • Opportunity to meet online decision makers like principal investigators and core facility directors
  • Impact the next generation of microscopists, as we expect 40% of the audience to be students and trainees

Date: June 2 – 4, 2021
Location: Online
Abstract submission
Registration TBA

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CCEM Lecture Series on Electron and Ion Microscopy

A 5-DAY LECTURE SERIES for users with experience in ion and electron microscopy, on the fundamentals  of focused ion beam (FIB), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), 3D FIB characterization,  correlative workflows, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), transmission kikuchi diffraction (TKD), and environmental SEM (ESEM). The aim is to provide attendees with a broad range of lectures from experts in FIB and SEM from around the world. The lecture series is based on the CCEM Summer School on Advanced Microscopy with content tailored to an online forum and for a mix of intermediate to advanced users.

Date: June 7 – 11, 2021
Location: Online
Register here (select each day you wish to attend)

Future Directions of Soft Materials

A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP, jointly hosted by Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research (BIMR, Dr. Alex Adronov), and Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM, Dr. Nabil Bassim), highlighting research on soft materials. This is workshop will be a platform for researchers to learn about various soft material applications and characterization, as presented by McMaster researchers and keynote speaker, Molly Shoichet (2020 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering). The focus of the workshop is to highlight soft material research conducted at McMaster University with the overall goal of promoting collaboration amongst researchers.

Date: June 21 – 22, 2021
Location: Online
Register here

CCEM Webinar Series

The CCEM will be hosting a series of webinars on the basic theory of instruments available in the Centre. The schedule of events are listed below and registration is required to access the webinar. Access the registration page by clicking the “register” button at the bottom of the linked page.

Date (2020)/11 AM EDT

February 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

April 30, 2021

May 28, 2021

June 25, 2021


TEM Dimple Grinding and Experimentation

Introduction to EBSD

Liquid Cell Microscopy

Introduction to Low-Loss EELS

Strain Characterization Methods at CCEM

We don’t provide certificates of attendance/completion of webinars because we can not prove that you have attended the course. All of the CCEM virtual content is free and the registration is designed to help us control the link and keep track of our outreach.