Past Events

Past events run by the CCEM are listed below, by category, in reverse chronological order.

Image Processing Techniques for Electron Microscopy

A TWO DAY ONLINE WORKSHOP on the use of image processing for electron microscopy data. Three main topics will be covered: 1) basics of image processing including filtering techniques and denoising for STEM and TEM images; 2) EELS data processing using HyperSpy; and 3) FIB/TEM data 3D reconstructions using Dragonfly. Day one of the workshop will consist of lectures on the theory of the image processing techniques and why we use them. Day two will consist of live demos and a chance to get your own image processing questions answered.

Date: April 30 – May 1, 2020


SEM Techniques: From the Basics to Applications

A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP, on the use and theory of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for various materials characterization applications. Speakers from Canada and the United States have been invited to present their work on the use of SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy,  secondary electron imaging, backscattered electron imaging, transmission kikuchi diffraction, electron backscattered diffraction, SEM with electron energy loss spectroscopy, and computer simulations. The workshop will include basic theory of SEM signal generation and applications on a broad range of materials such as mineral, metals, and Canadian art work.

Date: Nov 1, 2019


CCEM User Group Meeting and Scientific Workshop

A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP, showcasing electron microscopy from CCEM users for CCEM users. Hosted as part of the Annual CCEM User Group  Scientific Meeting, this gathering will be an opportunity for CCEM users to present and share research performed at the CCEM. The workshop will be comprised of lectures on Day One and workshops focusing on image processing, EELS, and atom prove tomography on Day Two. The conference is suitable for all levels of expertise, with invited speakers from the user group across broad fields, such as biological and geological materials, energy materials, advanced steels, and technique development.

Date: May 30-31, 2019

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Surface and Micro-Nanoscale Analysis:
Solving Materials Characterization Problems in Industry

A one-day workshop, jointly hosted by Surface Science Western (SSW), Western University, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM), McMaster University, and the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Saskatoon, on an introduction to surface and microanalysis techniques, including how they work and what type of information can be obtained.

Date: May 1, 2019

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Special Seminar: In-situ transmission electron microscopy on monatomic metallic glasses processing and deformation mechanism

Speaker: Prof. Scott X. Mao, Department of Mechanical and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Special Seminar: Aberration-corrected STEM and ultra-high energy resolution EELS

Speaker: Dr. Ondrej L. Krivanek, FRS, is co-founder and president of Nion Co, and Affiliate Professor at Arizona State U
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

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ORS Dragonfly Workshop

The CCEM is offering a free one-day workshop on ORS Dragonfly software (offered on two different days), used for data processing, 3D visualization/segmentation, quantitative measurements, and more. The workshops will be hosted and taught by Dragonfly experts with a focus on FIB 3D reconstructions and 3D quantitative analysis. For more information on the software please visit

Date: December 12 and 13, 2018

CCEM 10 Year Anniversary

The CCEM: The Next 10 Years

The CCEM is offering a one-day workshop to celebrate 10 years of the CCEM. Several international invited speakers will present on a wide base of materials, such as biological and electronic, with a focus on the next 10 years of electron microscopy.

Date: November 12, 2018

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Advanced Electron Microscopy Conference: From Steels to DNA

A two day conference, showcasing the use of and advances in electron microscopy with a featured symposium on in-situ electron microscopy.

Date: June 4 – 5, 2018

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11th Annual FIB SEM Workshop

A  three day workshop featuring FIB SEM instrumentation and techniques will be held at McMaster and the CCEM. The workshop will include an optional pre-meeting 1-day FIB short course, followed by user and vendor presentations/demos, best paper student awards and many networking opportunities with conference attendees and equipment vendors.

Date: April 30 – May 2, 2018

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Advanced Electron Microscopy Techniques for Analyzing Nuclear Material

A TWO DAY WORKSHOP, jointly hosted by McMaster University and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, on the use of electron microscopy techniques to characterize nuclear material and degradation processes. International speakers have been invited to present their work and discuss the use of electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopy, Atom Probe Tomography, and Focused Ion Beam sample preparation and serial sectioning in the context of analyzing material for nuclear applications.

Date: April 23 – 24, 2018

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Advanced STEM Imaging

A one day workshop on advanced STEM imaging was held at McMaster University. Presentations were provided by Frédéric Pailloux (University of Poitiers) and Matthieu Bugnet (CNRS) with topics focused on advanced STEM image processing and in-situ electron microscopy, respectively.

Date: February 9, 2018

Workshop on Focused Ion Beam Techniques

A half-day workshop on advanced FIB techniques was held in association with the 29th Canadian Materials Science Conference. The workshop was in Ottawa on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 20, 2017 and registration was done as part of registration for the conference.

Date: June 20, 2017

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Applications of Advanced Electron Microscopy Methods in Materials/Chemistry Research

A one-day workshop was held at McMaster University on Friday, June 2 2017. Eight international invited speakers presented work and discussed techniques related to liquid-cell in-situ microscopy, electron tomography and atomic-resolution imaging and analysis. The talks included some discussion of the background of each technique but the focus was on practical applications – when to use each technique, examples of problems that can be solved, limitations and future perspectives for materials analysis.

Date: June 2, 2017

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Workshop on Electron Tomography

The CCEM hosted an informal, in-depth, 2-day workshop on electron tomography on May 31 – June 1, 2017. There were lectures covering the theories and techniques of tomography and a series of hands-on demonstrations on collecting tomography data and using various software packages for alignment, reconstruction and visualization.

Dates: May 31 – June 1, 2017

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Advanced EELS Techniques

A full-day workshop focusing on advanced practices of EELS acquisition, imaging and analysis in a STEM microscope is offered by Gatan and Soquelec at the CCEM. Morning lectures will be followed by practical sessions on a Titan 80-300 HB STEM equipped with a Gatan Quantum EELS Spectrometer. Previous experience with electron microscopy and EELS is highly recommended. By the end of the day, participants can expect to know how to get the best out of their EELS spectrometer and how best to optimize experimental conditions to capture the maximum amount of information from their TEM specimen using EELS.

Date: November 3, 2016

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Advanced In-Situ Electron Microscopy

A half-day workshop jointly organised by the NSERC APC Networks CaRPE-FC and LIB to discuss recent developments and advances in in-situ electron microscopy methods applied to the characterization of nanomaterials and to probe electrochemical processes and degradation of battery materials. The aim is to learn about novel methods of low-dose imaging of beam sensitive materials, limits of the techniques and provide insights into potential artefacts of the methods.

Date: May 10, 2016

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Public Lecture

The world through a microscope – from Antonie van Leeuwenhoek to life at the nanoscale

Anja Geitmann

Date: May 27, 2015

Advanced Electron Diffraction Methods for Materials Analysis

A two-day workshop organised as a satellite meeting to the 23rd Congress of the International Union of Crystallography meeting. The event aims to introduce students to powerful electron diffraction methods in transmission electron microscopy that can be used to determine the structure of material, structural modulations in crystals, atomic displacements and charge density distributions. The format includes lectures in the morning and ample of time for discussions with instructors. A good background in crystallography and diffraction is required to register.

Date: August 14-15, 2014

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In-situ microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for electrochemical processes

A two-day workshop jointly organised by the NSERC APC networks CaRPE-FC and LIB to discuss advanced in-situ characterization techniques with X-rays, NMR and electron microscopy and their applications to study electrochemical processes in fuel cells, battery materials and electrodeposition. The aim is to promote network interactions and introduce participants to a variety of characterization techniques and new in-situ tools. The workshop will include demonstrations of advanced instruments on site.

Date: May 22-23, 2014

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Atom Probe Tomography (APT) Workshop

This workshop will be divided into 3 separate days. The first day, suited for both beginners and advanced users, will consist of seminars by both CAMECA’s Engineers and local APT users to provide an insight into using APT to obtain three-dimensional subnanometer compositional information from materials. An introduction will be given on: operation modes, suitable materials, data reconstruction and analysis, and applications. The second day, open for up to 20 participants, will highlight what is required to obtain high quality APT data. Demonstrations on specimen preparation (both electropolishing and FIB) will be given, as well as hands-on use of IVAS (a data reconstruction and analysis software). On the last day, limited to 5 participants, a full experiment using APT will be conducted. An option will be given to do the experiment on one of the participant’s specimens. This workshop will be delivered by CAMECA’s engineers and CAMECA LEAP 4000XHR will be used for the training.

Date: June 9-11, 2014

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The CCEM: 5 years of advanced microscopy

A one-day workshop to mark recent advances in electron microscopy techniques and to highlight some of the key results obtained at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy in the past five years.

Date: January 31, 2014

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Advanced Characterization of Energy Conversion and Storage Materials

A one-day workshop jointly organised by the NSERC APC networks CaRPE-FC and LIB to discuss and present advanced characterization techniques and their applications to study novel catalysts and membranes for fuel cells and novel battery materials. The aim is to promote network interactions and introduce participants to a variety of characterization techniques and demonstrate advances in instrumentation. The workshop will include demonstrations of advanced instruments on site at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy.

Date: May 17, 2013

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Symposium on Cryo-electron Microscopy of Biological Specimens

This one-day symposium aims to cover advances in cryo-microscopy techniques in electron crystallography, single-particle approaches and cryo-electron tomography. The format includes keynote and invited talks and student presentation covering the above topics.

Date: December 9, 2010

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Advances in Electron Microscopy

A one-day event to inform the local community of the latest advances in electron microscopy imaging methods and related technology. Program will include a keynote speaker and several technical talks on developments by microscopes manufacturers. An ideal opportunity to learn the latest information on instrumentation, meet the manufacturers and network with other users from industry and universities in Southern Ontario.

Date: November 5, 2010

Microscopy of Polymers

One-day workshop on characterization of polymer structures with microscopy methods.

Opening of the CCEM

Plaque Unveiling Ceremonies

Date: October 16, 2008

Opening Conference

Date: October 17, 2008

EMK/OCE Workshop on Nuclear Materials

Date: March 26, 2008

Light Microscopy

Demonstrations of light microscopy by Olympus

Date: June 24, 2008

Industry Metallography Workshop

Magellan Aerospace four-day course covering metallography, fractography, SEM and EDS analysis.

Date: May 28-31, 2007

Cryomicroscopy Day

Date: February 9, 2007

Symposium on Interfaces

Date: 2004

CCEM Summer Schools on Electron Microscopy

Every year since 2008 the CCEM has held a 5-day course for international users with experience in electron microscopy on the fundamentals of advanced electron microscopy. Topics include aberration corrected imaging, electron energy loss spectroscopy, electron tomography, ultimate physical limits (beam damage and resolution) and the use of aberration-corrected electron microscopes. The aim is to provide students advice in solving characterization problems with the help of experts. The course includes lectures given by invited experts in the use of the techniques from various international research labs and by experts in electron optics, alignment and optimization of electron microscopes and EELS spectrometers. The participants always have plenty of opportunities for hands-on training on the alignment and operation of the electron microscopes, under the guidance of experts from the microscope and spectrometer companies.

Participants in the 2019 Summer School on Electron Microscopy

Summer School 2020 – Online Edition

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2019

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2017

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2016

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2015

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2014

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2013

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2012

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2011

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Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2010

Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2009

Summer School on Electron Microscopy 2008

Advances in 3D Imaging Methods

A half-day workshop was held in association with the Microscopical Society of Canada meeting in May 2017 (Canadian Microscopy and Cytometry Symposium). The workshop was held on the morning of Friday, May 12 2017 at McGill University. Speakers from NIST, FEI, Tescan and McMaster University discussed the latest techniques in 3D imaging with electron microscopes.

Date: 12 May, 2017

Advanced Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Metallic Alloys

The aims of this workshop is to present applications of state-of-the-art electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and spectroscopic techniques to study the detailed structure and composition of metallic alloys used in automotive, thermo-electric and shape-memory applications.

Date: June 26, 2015

Location: Materials Technology Laboratory, Hamilton, Ontario

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Workshop on Advances in (S)TEM

Workshop held partly as a tribute to Stephen Pennycook on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Date: August 1-3, 2013

Location: Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN, USA

Program and links to shared presentations