Training

Workshops

SMM offers a range of specialised short courses on microscopy techniques and sample preparation. We also have excellent online training modules available for the following instruments via MyScope:

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
X-ray diffraction (XRD)
Scanning Probe and Atomic Force Microscopy
Confocal Microscopy
Microanalysis

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS - 2018

WORKSHOP - Cell Culture
Cell Culture

Date: Wednesday 28 February
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $105 USyd researchers, $160+GST PFROs, $220+GST external

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Overview: An introduction to aseptic technique, maintaining cell cultures, determining cell viability, precautionary measures for preventing contamination and working in PC2 laboratories. This workshop aims to provide a strong basis for new Users, Honours, PhD students and research staff in cell culture experimental skills, which are critical to their research projects

SEMINAR - Overview of techniques available at SMM
Technique overview

Date: Wednesday 7 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This will be the first in a series of seminars designed to give an overview of microscopy techniques currently available at SMM.

SEMINAR - Image Analysis
Micro CT

Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.3, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This will provide an overview of the range of different image analysis tools available at SMM.

SEMINAR - SEM
SEM

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.3, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This will provide an overview of the range of different scanning electron microscopes (SEM) available at SMM followed by two user talks focusing on the application of SEM to their research

WORKSHOP - Image Analysis
Image Analysis

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Room 121, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $40*

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Overview: This full day workshop is an opportunity for researchers to try out ImageJ with SMM technical staff on-hand to help you through the process of both analysing image data and preparing figures for publication. We will guide you all the way from opening an image file through to writing and running a basic analysis macro. As this is an entry level workshop it is suitable for any users, students or researchers and no prior ImageJ experience is required.

Places are limited, so book early!

*Workshop fee is non-refundable

SEMINAR - XRM
XRM

Date: Wednesday 28 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.3, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This will provide an overview of the range of different microCTs available at SMM.

WORKSHOP - SEM
SEM

Date: Wednesday 4 April
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $40*

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Overview: Learn about the versatility of the SEM platform, from metals and minerals to pharmaceuticals and cells. We will present an overview of the types on images and information that can be gained from using a SEM. along with types of samples and preparation that is needed.

Limited places available, so book early!

*Workshop fee is non-refundable.

SEMINAR - Light Microscopy
Light Microscopy

Date: Wednesday 11 April
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.3, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This seminar will give an overview of the range of different light microscopes available at SMM followed by two user talks focusing on the application of light microscopy to their research.

SEMINAR - TEM
TEM

Date: Wednesday 18 April
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.3, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This will provide an overview of the range of different transmission electron microscopes (TEM) available at SMM followed by two user talks focusing on the application of TEM to their research.

WORKSHOP - Light Microscopy
Light Microscopy

Date: Wednesday 18 April
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: TBA
Cost: $40*

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Overview: An introduction to fluorescence technique, fluorescence and confocal microscopes, and specimen preparation, with a tutorial on common fluorophores and filter sets. This workshop aims to provide a strong basis for new users, Honours, PhD students and research staff in fluorescence microscopy.

*Workshop fee is non-refundable

WORKSHOP - Cameras for Microscopy and Image Ethics

Date: Wednesday 2 May
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $40*

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Overview: This will provide an overview of cameras for microscopy, optimising image acquisition and image ethics. Please note that this workshop is a pre-requisite for the TEM workshop.

*Workshop fee is non-refundable

WORKSHOP - TEM
TEM

Date: Wednesday 9 May
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $40*

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Overview: Learn about TEM, from metals and minerals to pharmaceuticals and cells. We will present an overview of the types of images and information that can be gained from using a TEM, along with the types of samples and preparation that is needed. Please complete the cameras for microscopy and image ethics workshops before enrolling in this workshop.

*Workshop fee is non-refundable

Image Analysis Tutorial - Basic Macros
Image Analysis

Date: Wednesday 9 May
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room 121, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: An introduction to the ImageJ Macro Language. No coding experience is required (or expected) so this is suitable for users of all levels. If you have limited coding experience we recommend attending this tutorial prior to any of the other upcoming sessions.

Image Analysis Tutorial - Object Counting
Image Analysis

Date: Wednesday 16 May
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room 121, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: Counting the number of objects in an image is something that we all need from time to time. This tutorial will step you through one method of automatic processing of images to count objects as well as return some statistical information regarding their properties such as size or location.

Image Analysis Tutorial - Image Registration
Image Analysis

Date: Wednesday 23 May
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room 121, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: This tutorial will take you through the steps required to combine and overlay datasets from different modalities or time points to draw further conclusions about your data.

Image Analysis Tutorial - Volume Rendering and Segmentation
Image Analysis

Date: Wednesday 30 May
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room 121, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: FREE

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Overview: Turning your data from a flat image to a 3D rendering can be challenging. This tutorial will outline some of the shortcuts and pitfalls that FIJI has when rendering data. If time allows we may touch on the difference between surface and volume rendering.

UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Information for undergraduate unit co-ordinators

SMM offers customised workshops, based on demand, in a wide range of microscopy techniques. Please email us at with the following information:

  • Proposed date/s of workshop/demonstration
  • Unit name and code
  • Topics to be covered
  • Name of instrument/s to be booked
  • Number of students
  • Internal Responsibility Code (RC) and Project Code (PC) to be charged

Once your request is received, a staff member will be in contact to confirm your booking and plan your visit.

The fees are:

  • $135 per hour per instrument
  • $200 per hour per staff member