EDGE 2009: International EELS-Workshop

May 17 – May 22, 2009
Banff, Alberta, Canada

About the Meeting

This will be the sixth in a series of workshops on electron energy-loss spectroscopy that began in 1990 at Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, USA. It will use a Gordon Conference-style format, with a mixture of scientific sessions and free time for informal discussions and recreation. This workshop will be taking place at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada.

The Banff Centre



**Deadline for advanced registration with discount rate extended to 20 February 2009.**

Registration fees:

Registration Form:
To register for the conference as a delegate (each person attending the conference) and for each accompanying person, if any, please click here to upload the registration form.

What is included with my registration fee?


To ensure accommodations at the Banff Centre, please reserve your accommodations at the same time you register for the conference (by 15th February). Rooms at the Banff Centre will be available for a limited time. For convenience to participants, we have reserved ample rooms at the conference site, at very competitive rates. The Banff Centre provides outstanding facilities.

Site accommodations at the Banff Centre

Banff Centre Accommodation Reservations: Please reserve your accommodations using one of these two options:

Note: You can reserve additional rooms before and after the actual conference. Please check with the Banff Centre for availability. The accommodation cost includes a conference service fee of $7 CAD per person. Taxes are not included in the price (see details in the form).

Scientific Program

Technical Sessions

Sunday PM

Plenary lecture by George Sawatzky, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
-Conference registration will be open all afternoon/evening.
-Conference welcome reception (horderves and refreshments) starts at 18:00.
-Opening Plenary lecture begins at 20:00.

Monday AM

Colliex Symposium: Valence EELS (O. Krivanek, V. Serin, Chairs)
O. Stephan - mapping plasmons/low-loss EELS
R. Erni - Low-loss EELS/Band gaps

Monday PM

Egerton Symposium: Elemental and ELNES 2D and 3D imaging
(G. Botton, N. Browning, Chairs)

R. Leapman - EELS for biology, 3D imaging
K. Kimoto - Core loss Mapping

Tuesday AM

Advances in instrumentation and  ultimate physical limits
(D. Muller, P. Nellist, Chairs)

O. Krivanek - Resolution Limits in STEM
M. Haider - Resolution limits in TEM

Tuesday PM

Modeling (M. Terauchi, R. Egerton, Chairs)
L. Allen - Simulating core -losses
F. Garcia de Abajo - Simulating low-loss

Wednesday AM

Round table (Probe intensity) + Beyond Traditional
Microscopy (A. Bleloch, Chair)

A. Hitchcock - XANES and EXAFS
J. Spence - Time resolution and Spectroscopy with X-rays and electrons
B. Reed - Dynamic TEM and time resolved EELS/EEGS

Thursday AM

Applications for Materials Science and Biology (P. Midgley,
J. Mayer)

Ph. Moreau Modeling and EELS experiments, application to batteries
L. Fitting - EELS from oxides
P. van Aken: EELS from ceramics

Thursday PM

Applications for Materials Science and Biology (F. Hofer,
M. Varela, Chairs)

P. Schattschneider - Chiral EELS, application to magnetic materials
A. Lupini - high resolution 300kV EELS

Friday AM

Applications for Materials Science and Biology (S. Pennycook,
Ch Colliex, Chairs)

M. Gass - Recent results from the SuperSTEM
T. Mizoguchi - Interpreting core-loss spectra



**Deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 20 February 2009.**

Deadline for abstract submission: 20 February 2009.

Submitting Your Abstract: To submit your abstract, please click here for the Abstract Template Submission Form (Microsoft Word file). Please format your abstract following the instructions given and email your abstract with the completed Abstract Template Submission Form to the address shown.

Authors will be informed of their abstract acceptance status by 1 April 2009 and whether an accepted abstract will be recognized as a Platform or Poster presentation (as indicated on the Abstract Template Submission Form). Note: Because conference attendance is limited to 130 participants, we recommend that you submit your abstract early.

Traveling to Banff

Bus Service from YYC Airport: Bus service will be available from YYC airport to Banff on 17th May. Two bus times are scheduled: 14:00 and 17:15 (after arrival of the flights from London at 15:35 and from Frankfurt airport at 16:05). If you would like reserve a seat on one of these buses, please send an e-mail to EDGE2009@mcmaster.ca. A bus fee of $20 or less may be requested when you arrive at the Banff Centre; the final cost will be determined by ridership.This bus service may be cancelled due to insufficient demand. We will notify all bus registrants of the final bus schedule as soon as possible.

Airport: The closest international airport is Calgary YYC: http://www.calgaryairport.com/

This airport offers direct flights from major European Airports (Frankfurt, London, Manchester) and several US cities. Other international connections are available via Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal (YUL) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Updated information on current non-stop destinations to/from Calgary is given at http://www.calgaryairport.com/flight_info/dsp_destinations.cfm

During the conference period, other destinations might be available. Check your travel agent but keep in mind the Calgary Airport is the closest to Banff.

A convenient and inexpensive shuttle service is available from YYC to the Banff Centre, approximately 1.5 hour journey. Information will be posted as in February 2009



We are grateful to the following companies for sponsoring this scientific event (confirmed to date):


Gatan Inc.
Pleasanton, USA
FEI Company
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
McMaster University, Canada

GOLD Sponsors
Hitachi High Technologies
Tokyo, Japan
Nion Co.
Kirkland, USA
Tokyo, Japan
Paris, France
Heidelberg, Germany

SILVER Sponsors

HREM Research Inc.
Higashimastuyama, Japan
Oberkochen, Germany
Fischione Instruments
Pennsylvania, United States

French Participants Sponsor

la Société Française des Microscopies
Paris, France

If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact: Gianluigi Botton at: gbotton@mcmaster.ca


Organizing Committee

Local Organizer: Gianluigi Botton
Program Chairs:  Virginie Serin and Nigel Browning
Organizing Committee
• Ondrej Krivanek 
• Andrew Bleloch  
• Ferdinand Hofer 
• Paul Midgley 
• Joachim Mayer 
• David A. Muller 
• Peter Nellis
• Masami Terauchi
• Maria Varela del Arco


For questions and additional information, please contact:

Gianluigi Botton
Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials
Professor, Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research and Centre for Emerging Device Technologies
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario,
L8S 4M1

Office: ABB Building Room 429
Tel: + 1 905 525 9140 ext 24767
Fax: + 1 905 521 2773