Call for Abstracts

Please submit by midnight Friday 25th October 2019 for your abstracts to be considered for oral presentation

Abstracts submitted after Friday 25th October 2019 will be considered for poster presentation only.

The 26th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra from 16 to 20 Feburary and the review committee invites you to submit a paper for presentation at the conference.

The theme of the conference this year is “2020 Visions in Microscopy” and at the start of this new decade, this conference will be about bringing together colleagues from life sciences and physical sciences working together towards new visions and goals in microscopy.

Submission Categories

A. Life Sciences  (Program chairs : Eric Hanssen and Rosemary White)
Confirmed invited speakers :
Elizabeth Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Paul Matsudaira (National University Singapore, Singapore), Debnath Ghosal (California Institute of Technology, USA), Siobhan Braybrook (University of California Los Angeles USA)

Imaging in the life sciences has evolved from snapshot images of fixed and sectioned material, to multidimensional analyses in which protein, carbohydrate, mineral and isotopic content can be localised and characterised. In this session, we welcome any and all applications to human, animal, plant and fungal tissues, including forensics science,  especially those using novel imaging technologies or those using imaging to explore new avenues in life sciences research. The range of techniques will include but not limited to cryo electron microscopy, tomography, confocal and super-resolution microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

 B. Advanced Optical Microscopy (Program chairs : Steve Lee, Cathy Gillespie and Louise Cole) sponsored by Light Microscopy Australia
Confirmed invited speakers :
Daniel Fletcher (University of California Berkeley, USA), Srigokul Upadhyayula (University of California Berkeley, USA), Ann Haberman (Yale University, USA), Liisa Hirvonen (Kings College London, UK)

Innovation in optical microscopy forms the foundation of many areas of life and physical sciences. In this conference, we aim to draw in presentations that discuss the all the recent progress in the development and application of optical microscopy. We welcome topics including, not limited to, fluorescence microscopy, intravital microscopy, laser scanning microscopy, quantitative optical microscopy, holographic imaging, biomedical optics, super-resolution microscopy, nanoscale optical imaging, total internal reflection microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, multimodality imaging, laser development for optical microscopy, machine learning approaches in optical microscopy, beam shaping for high resolution imaging.

C. X-ray and other particle probes (Program Chair : Adrian Sheppard)
Confirmed invited speaker
: David Paganin (Monash University, Australia)

Advances in instrumentation and computing power have helped drive a revolution in many forms of microscopy and microanalysis and this session aims to capture recent advances involving radiation other than light and electrons, including X-rays (XFEL, synchrotron and lab-based sources), proton and neutron beams.  We invite contributions on theory and simulation as well as experimental techniques and results, and the session will include imaging, scattering and diffraction.  We aim to have a focus on computational imaging, including advanced image reconstruction and methods and workflows for multi-modal (correlative) microscopy. The session includes time-resolved methods, phase contrast and will include length scales from angstroms to millimetres.

D. Microanalysis (Program chairs : Amelia Liu and Ric Wuhrer)
Confirmed invited speakers
:  Peta Clode (University of Western Australia, Australia)(Joint with Life Sciences), Azdiar Gazder (University of Wollongong, Australia) , Keanna Scott (NIST, USA), Sophie Meuret (CEMES, CNRS Institute), Eric Prestat (University of Manchester, UK)

Advances in instrumentation, new detectors and progress in data processing have created new opportunities for analysis in scanning and transmission electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes and dual beam instruments.  This symposium will include presentations on these rapid advances in method and their application in the realm of both the physical and biological sciences.  In particular, submissions would be welcome on the topics of: energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, electron energy loss spectroscopy, electron backscattered diffraction and transmission Kikuchi diffraction, electron probe microanalysis and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy cathodoluminescence, focused ion beam methods (including specimen preparation), helium ion microscopy and secondary-ion mass spectroscopy.

E. Physical Sciences (Program chairs : Rob Elliman and Greg Yaxley)
Confirmed invited speakers
: Heidi Hofer (Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt), Chris Ryan (CSIRO, Melbourne), Jani Kotakoski (University of Vienna – Universitat Wien), Demie Kepaptsoglou (York University and SuperSTEM, UK), Patricia Kooyman (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Prof. Randi Holmestad (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

Physical Sciences is seeking abstracts with an emphasis on applications of microscopy and microanalysis to the earth sciences and materials sciences. Within the materials disciplines, the research topics covered include carbon and 2D materials, semiconductors, metals and alloys, polymers, perovskites, nanomaterials, ferroelectric and multiferroics, minerals and archeological materials, biocomposites, functional and other materials. 

F. Advances in Electron and Atom Probe Microscopy Instrumentation and Techniques (Program chair : Jo Etheridge and Amelia Liu)
Confirmed invited speakers
: Colin Ophus (NCEM), Francois Vurpillot (Université et INSA de Rouen), Pinshane Huang (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign), Jian-Min Zuo (University of Illinois)

Sessions in this category will cover advances in instrumentation and methods across all areas of electron and atom probe microscopy, (except those covered by the Microanalysis category D). For example, cryo-electron microscopy, tomography, in-situ techniques, diffraction techniques, new imaging modalities, atomic resolution imaging and S/TEM, electron energy loss spectroscopy, advanced detectors in electron microscopy techniques.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be selected on the basis of their focus and relevance and context and contribution.

We are limiting the number of concurrent presentations this year, depending on the format and program requirements.

The deadline for oral submissions is midnight Friday 25th October 2019.

Abstracts submitted after Friday 25th October 2019 will be considered for poster presentation only.


In preparing to make your submission, please ensure that you have read all the information below.

Click on the submission button below, which will take you to a web portal, where you can register for the conference and submit your abstract.


  • Ensure you use one of the following browsers: INTERNET EXPLORER (v11 or newer) MOZILLA FIREFOX (v44 or newer) SAFARI (v5 or newer)

  • Mac Users: if you have trouble submitting your abstract, try submitting from a PC. If you are still have issues, please contact the secretariat.

  • Mozilla Users: the security policy in Mozilla often prevents pasting from your clipboard without using the menu commands. You can still cut and paste your abstract into the submission, but you may have to use the menu command rather than ‘control v’ shortcut.

    • Ensure your abstract text is less than 300 words as the system will not accept submissions over this limit. The word count does NOT include your title, authoring or cited references

    • Have your abstract open on your own computer to enable you to cut and paste it into the submission system.


  1. Select the presentation type and category.

  2. Provide some keywords to assist in categorisation of your abstract

  3. Enter the title of your abstract. Please type the title in sentence case (that is lowercase with only the first letter or the first word in capitals) and without any punctuation. A correctly formatted example follows: Title of my presentation for the conference

  4. Enter the name of all authors and their organisations and indicate the presenting author by ticking the relevant box.

  5. Type or cut and paste the text of your abstract/synopsis into the relevant field. Please ensure the abstract is no more than 300 words. (Does not include title, authoring or cited references)

  6. Preview your abstract, make any changes required and finalise your submission and return to your dashboard.

  7. You will receive an email confirmation that your abstract has been successfully submitted. Please check your email junk file in case it has been captured there.

  8. Should you wish to make any changes to your abstract after you have submitted it, please log onto your online registration dashboard. Click on the “View Submission” then “Preview/edit abstract”.

**Please note you will only be able to make changes to your abstract until the submission deadline, after which any changes should be sent to Alyson Botha


The Conference Committee will review all submissions before selecting the presentations which will be included in the conference program. Due to time constraints, there will be a limit on the number of concurrent presentations.


The review committee will notify authors of their program decisions in November 2019. Specific presentation instructions will be included in the notification.


AMMS is pleased to offer bursaries to our Australian and New Zealand members to assist them in attending the ACMM26 conference in Canberra (16-20 February 2020).

Click here to see if you are eligible to apply for a bursary.

LMA is pleased to offer bursaries to any student who is presenting a paper or poster, as first author, at ACMM26 to assist them in attending the conference in Canberra (16-20 February 2020).

Click here to see if you are eligible to apply for a bursary. Applications are due 1st November 2019. No exceptions will be made.


Please note, once you open the submission page you will be greeted with the below landing page. It is not necessary to have a full paid registration prior to uploading your abstract. Simply selected ‘Submit an abstract’ and you will be on your way to presenting in the ACMM26 2020 Conference Program.