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Introduction to Microscopy Techniques Workshoparrow13Introduction to Microscopy Techniques Workshop

This course will give participants an overview of specimen preparation requirements. Sign Up


Tuesday - Thursday
May 8 - 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA

Targeted Participants

Individuals who are new to the field of microscopy with little or no experience with specimen processing, microtomy, or instrumentation.

Scope of Class

This course will give participants an overview of the specimen preparation requirements, basic skill sets, and instrument theory/operation needed to perform as a technician in an electron microscopy laboratory.


The EMS Microscopy Academy
Located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, the Academy provides electron microscopy classes, workshops and training sessions for all fields of microscopy, including materials science and biological science.


Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, as well as round table tips and tricks discussions.

Main Curriculum

  • Specimen chemical preparation, theory and practical lab work, for OLM, TEM, and SEM
  • Sectioning for OLM (0.5 µm), TEM (100-60 nm)
  • Critical Point Drying (CPD) and HMDS prep for SEM
  • Instrument theory and hands on operation for OLM, TEM, and SEM

Instruments Available

Hitachi S3500 SEM Leica UC7 Microtome Zeiss TEM
Quorum 150T coater RMC Power Tome XL EMS 9000 Microwave
LynxII Processor EMS CPD  


Al Coritz
Al has been working in the Electron Microscopy field for 39 years, beginning at the Yale School of Medicine and ending up on the commercial side with several key EM companies. His specialty is Cryo-techniques and Thin Film Technology: i.e. Freeze Fracture/Rotary Shadowing, High Pressure Freezing, and more. He is currently with Electron Microscopy Sciences where he has been the Technical Director for over 20 years.

Michael Kostrna
Michael was the program director of the Electron Microscopy Technician program at Madison Area Technical College and has more than 35 years in EM technical education and research experience. He has been training EM students for 30 years and has developed curricula and lab exercises for TEM, SEM, OLM, lab safety, introductory and advanced biological EM, EM, maintenance, and x-Ray microanalysis. He has worked with companies such as SC Johnson Polymer, Dow Chemicals, Io Genetics, Virent Technologies, ABS Global, NanoOnocology, and Microscopy Innovations, and in the process gained insight to the various applications of EM.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:30-9:00 Introduction of staff and participants
9:00-9:30 Microscopes, overview of common systems
10:00-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Demo systems on OLM, TEM, and SEM
12:00-12:30 Provided lunch
12:30-1:30 OLM wet prep and Kohler alignment
1:30-2:30 Sectioning demo
2:30-5:00 Thick section + stain for OLM
6:00 Hosted Dinner

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:30-9:00 Review of previous day’s activities
9:00-12:30 TEM chemical specimen prep (microwave) + Thin section
12:30-1:00 Provided lunch
1:00-2:00 TEM Lecture/demo
2:00-5:00 TEM hands on + sectioning (thick-thin)

Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:30-9:00 Review of previous day’s activities
9:00-10:30 SEM prep CPD - HMDS
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:30 SEM theory lecture
12:30-1:00 Hosted lunch
1:00-2:00 SEM demo
2:00-4:30 SEM hands-on
4:30-5:00 Round table discussion and work shop assessment


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The following hotel has been designated as the host hotel:

Homewood Suites
1200 Pennbrook Parkway
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: 215-362-6400

The special rates are $119.00 per night (plus tax) which includes a hot breakfast and a light dinner in the evening.

Please make your reservations and mention you are participating in the EMS Workshop.

Everyone should plan to arrive the evening of May 7th.

Enrollment Note

Registration will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
EMS will provide samples to those who prefer not to bring their own.

Registration Fee $995.00


A workshop syllabus, all supplies, reagents and solutions, lunches, coffee, tea, and dinner on the first evening of the workshop.

Online Registration

Add your registration to your cart using the links below to use our secure checkout and pay by credit card.

During checkout please indicate:

  • The name of the course
  • Will you bring your own specimens? Yes / No
  • What samples you are bringing and are most interested in?

Checkout Instructions
If only registering for a class, select any method of shipment to proceed, as shipping charges will not apply.

If ordering products in addition to registration, select desired shipping method.

Regular Tuition Registration: $995.00 Materials Ultramicrotomy Course

Pay by Check

Make payable to EMS and reference "Intro Microscopy May18".

Return your registration to:
Stacie Kirsch
1560 Industry Road
Hatfield, PA 19440 USA

Please contact Stacie Kirsch for more information.
Phone: 215-412-8400 Fax: 215-412-8450