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Trainingschool – Ultramicrotomy  

16.5.- 18.5.2023

The best microscope in the world gives poor results if the preparation is lousy.

Ultramicrotomy is a widely adopted and versatile technique which can be utilized to prepare samples for a range of characterization methods.

Our highly trained and experienced specialists provide insights into the preparation of soft materials, with a primary focus on ultramicrotomy. Be a scientist, engineer or technician – you will profit from this course to solve your preparation problems. Our qualified staff will guide you step by step through the operation of ultramicrotomes during an intensive 3-day practical workshop – covering both room temperature and cryogenic applications. Test new developments for the best possible preparation of your samples.

We offer highly informative lectures, detailed discussions with experts in the field, and hands-on experience with various techniques. By the end of the course you will have the know-how to optimize the preparation of your samples.

In individual cases it is possible to bring your own sample, but it is necessary to send exact details about it and the specimen itself to us in the forefront. You will have the opportunity to prepare and analyze them on your own with professional help.

At FELMI-ZFE, scientific curiosity meets experience in ultramicrotomy – always at your service!

Supported by Leica Microsystems Vienna, Science Services Munich, Diatome Biel

Organizer: Claudia Mayrhofer

Tel.: +43(0)316/873-8347

Language: English or German (as required)
Price: € 1350.- (incl. course attendance, courseware, break time beverages, lunch)
Place: FELMI-ZFE Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz, Austria
Number of participants: min. 5 to max. 8

Registration of this workshop is open up until 04/30/2023 or

Preliminary Programme

1st Day:  Basics of Ultramicrotomy

Morning: Lectures
Basics of ultramicrotomy including ultra-sonic diamond knife
Embedding & Staining methods of polymers & biological preparation
Discussion and procedure of the samples to be examined

Afternoon: Practical work
Specimen preparation, hands-on Ultramicrotomy (room temperature)

2nd Day:  Cryo-Ultramicrotomy

Morning: Lectures
Specimen preparation; Challenging samples Cryo-TEM
Background overview in CEMOVIS, High Pressure Freezing and CLEM

Afternoon: Practical work
Hands-on (Cryo-)Ultramicrotomy; Getting contrast

3rd Day:  Applications & Analysis

Morning: Lectures
In-situ microscopy; Image processing; Particle analysis; 3D Ultramicrotomy (AtumTome, Artos)

Afternoon: Practical work
Hands-on (as required); Analysis of specimens (TEM, SEM)

Faculty during the lectures and practical work:


Please send registration and questions about the “Trainingschool – Ultramicrotomy” via email to

In order to organize an optimal course, please answer the following questions at the registration:

  • How much experience have you had with ultramicrotomy (beginner or advanced)?
  • Which materials do you examine?
  • Which specimens are of particular interest to you?
  • What instruments (brand and model) do you use most often?
  • In special cases, your own samples can be accepted if they are previously transmitted to us. Are you interested in such a service? If yes, which specimen is concerned (exact sample description)?

Registration will be limited to a maximum of 8 participants – First come, first serve!

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