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Association for the Promotion of Electron Microscopy and Fine Structure Research

The Association for the Promotion of Electron Microscopy and Fine Structure Research was established in 1959 in order to promote scientific research and teaching in the field of electron microscopy and to provide special industries with the latest results of approved as well as newly designed microscopy techniques.

In doing so the Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy is operated by the Association, offering services in Research & Development (R&D) in the area of high resolution materials characterisation.  Hence, we are always happy to provide trainings on in-house instruments for SMEs who wish to upskill their staff and offer consultancy  concerning materials, quality control or failure analysis.

Problem solving for industry
Trouble shooting and failure/defect analysis
Enabling key technologies for new products
Quality assurance

President and Vice President of the Association

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.h.c. Helmut List  &   Ing. Johann Höllwart

Please find a list of the committees and advisory board here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the members?

More than 30 members of the Association coming from different industry sectors facilitate our task to foster and generate scientific know-how. Especially relevant to us are cooperations and projects which are successfully realised within wider networks. Please find a list of our members here.

What are the benefits of a membership?

Up-to-date information about the latest developments in the field of high resolution materials characterisation
Leading-edge instrumentation
Short term services, prioritisation
Special events: scientific courses and trainings
Possibility to influence strategic decisions, eg.  the research focus or the acquisition of instruments
Wide interconnected network, cross-company relations

How do I become a member?

Please contact directly Prof. Dr. Gerald Kothleitner (+43 (0) 316 873 8336,

How much is the membership fee?

The membership fee amounts to 2.000 Euro per year.

Additional Information

The ZFE is qualified for charitable contribution deductions in the field of scientific research and teaching (§ 4a Abs. 1 EStG, following the Austrian Tax Income Legislation). Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz, Austria; Steiermärkische Sparkasse, BLZ 20815,  IBAN AT34 2081 5000 0000 7575, BIC STSPAT2G.