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Electron Microscopy
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3450-21-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 11/09/2021
Date and time11.10.2021, at: 18:00 - 22.10.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats12
Course fee27,480.00 kr.
LecturersKlaus Qvortrup
ECTS credits8.00
Contact personJacqueline van Hall    E-mail address: jacq@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 October Electron Microscopy PhD course will be postponed to 11 - 22 October 2021.

Dependent on the status of COVID-19 in 2021 we will be able to host either 12 or 20 participants.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- Understand specimen preparation for electron microscopy analysis

- Understand the principles of TEM and SEM

- Understand basic operation of TEM and SEM

This course is suitable not only for beginners in electron microscopy, but also for those who already use the electron microscope in their work and now want to extend their knowledge of basic principles and more specialized techniques. The course is run in collaboration with the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).

Week 1
provides an essential foundation in the basic principles of electron microscopy, focusing on room temperature techniques which are the basis of ultra-structural studies of cellular systems, covering topics such as principles of transmission and scanning electron microscopy, electron sources, vacuum systems, specimen-electron interactions and diffraction, electron optics, and electromagnetic lenses. Biological specimen preparation will constitute a major part of the course, including methods of chemical fixation.

Week 2
provides a comprehensive introduction to cryo EM, an approach which includes structural determination of macromolecules and macromolecular machinery by electron microscopy which in 2017 attracted the Nobel prize in chemistry. The course will cover the technology, practical application and principles of cryo EM, including cryo-preservation by high pressure freezing and single particle analysis. Advanced electron microscope techniques such as immunogold labeling, electron tomography, and data analysis/visualization of molecular structure data will be introduced towards the end of the course.

The state-of-the-art facilities available at CFIM (www.cfim.ku.dk) including a Titan Krios allow for a strong practical element, with time for each student to gain hands-on experience of both transmission and scanning electron microscopes. The course will be run by experienced microscopists in a relaxed atmosphere with the aim of promoting discussion and exchange of ideas between students and tutors.

PhD students

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Medical and Molecular Imaging
Cellular and Genetic Medicine


Lectures and exercises

Course director
Professor Klaus Qvortrup, CFIM, qvortrup@sund.ku.dk

Roland Fleck, Kings College London; Pippa Hawes,
The Pirbright Institute; Kenton Arkill,
University of Nottingham; Angus Kirkland,
University of Oxford; Klaus Qvortrup,
University of Copenhagen; Zhila Nikrozi,
University of Copenhagen; Cristiano di Benedetto,
University of Copenhagen; Michael Johnson,
University of Copenhagen; Tillmann Hans Pape,
University of Copenhagen; Pablo Mesa,
University of Copenhagen; Bruno Humbel,
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST); Heinz Schwarz,
University of Tübingen; Lisbeth Hekking,
Thermo Fisher (formerly FEI); Frederic Leroux, Leica Microsystems

Course secretary
Jacqueline van Hall (jacq@sund.ku.dk)

11 - 22 October 2021

Course location
The Panum Institute

Please register before 11 September 2021.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.visor.

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