Bologna, November 14-18, 2016

Theoretical and practical transmission electron microscopy school for material science


The school, jointly organised by SISM and CNR-IMM, consists of two full weeks of theoretical and practical lessons and it will provide researchers and microscopists a qualified introduction to transmission electron microscopy techniques for materials science. After a basic introduction to the working principles of the instrument, a description of the main structural and analytical applications will be provided. The topics covered include: electron emission, optics and electron diffraction, contrast theory, atomic resolution with coherent (HREM) and incoherent (STEM/HAADF) imaging, electron holography, CBED, EDX and EELS analytical methods.

The school is divided into a theoretical part (1st week, Nov 2016) and a practical part (2nd week, Feb 2017). It is possible to participate to either the whole course or the theoretical part only (it is not possible to participate to the practical course only).

The practical course will take place at the Electron Microscopy Laboratory of the CNR-IMM Institute, where the students will directly operate on the FEI Tecnai F20T, under teachers supervision, practicing with the techniques exposed during the first week. An overview of some of the available simulation and data processing softwares for transmission electron microscopy will be also provided.

(Theory) 14-18 November 2016
(Practical) 6-10 February 2017
Area della Ricerca di Bologna, Via Gobetti, 101 - 40129 Bologna
Directors of the school:
Dott. Roberto Balboni

Registration Top page >>

Registration to the school is obtained by signing up before October 15, 2016 using Credit Card directly on the website www.sism.it or by bank transfer at using the information below.

The fee includes participation to the courses, education materials, coffee breaks and lunches to the local CNR canteen. SISM members at 31/07/2016 will obtain a 20% discount. Students and young researchers with a temporary position can claim an additional 30% discount on the fees (VAT excluded).

Registration Fees

Theoretical Part:

Full registration:
Euro 700 + VAT 21%
SISM members registration:
Euro 560 + VAT 21%

Theoretical and Practical:

Full registration:
Euro 1700 + VAT 21%
SISM members registration:
Euro 1360 + VAT 21%

Students and young researchers with a temporary position can claim an additional 30% discount on the fees (VAT excluded).

Payment modes

Bank Transfer

IBAN: IT 43 Q 02008 02455 000103039142


Account holder: S.I.S.M.

Account address: Unicredit - Ag. Dante, Bologna

Payment reference: Participant Surname + BOTEM2016

Credit Card

It is possible to pay with credit card directly on the website SISM.

For any payment an invoice will be issued. Please note that for employees of public institutions the fee is exempt from VAT (Article 10 of DPR 633/72).

A minimum number of 6 students is required, while the maximum number of participants to the practical course is limited to 10 people. Participation to the school will give right to a free SISM membership for year 2017.

Program Top page >>

A complete timetable for the lessons of the school is printed in the brochure.

Venue and accomodationTop page >>

The school will take place at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Bologna Section, located in the Bologna Research Area, in Italy.

CNR Area della Ricerca di Bologna

The Bologna Research Area offers services and support to the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the National Institute for Astrophysics Institutes present on the site as well as to those in other cities in Emilia-Romagna. On the campus in Via Gobetti there are a total of eight Institutes belonging both to the CNR and to the Italian National Astrophysics Institute (INAF) together with the central Area Library, Conference Centre and ancillary services. The site also accommodates ASTER (regional government science and technology agency) and various groups working within the framework of SPINNER projects (promoting innovation and research).

IMPORTANT: Depending on your country of origin, you may require a visa to come to Italy. If you need an invitation letter to partecipate to our workshop, we will be happy to provide it to you to facilitate the process.

For information regarding how to reach the school and about accomodation, please contact: