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The Microscopy Society of Ireland Symposium 2019 will be held in conjunction with the outreach event "DIY Microscopy Workshop".

Click here to see the programme.

Special Event: DIY Microscopy Workshop

In addition to the main symposium, this year we are also hosting a hands-on, hackathon-style DIY microscopy workshop. Attendees will be divided into teams, and each team will spend the afternoon building some simple microscopes from basic components (simple optics, mechanical parts, 3D printed parts).

If you’ve ever wanted to have a go a building or customising your own equipment, or just like the sound of getting to take things apart and build something new, then this is the event for you!

Each team will be guided and assisted by one of the experienced hardware hackers helping to keep things running on the day. No experience or special skills are required, but a creative streak or just a willingness to have a go at something new is a real plus.

The workshop is free to those attending the symposium, but places are limited, so registration is essential. Registration for the workshop is available alongside the symposium registration.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Ricardo Henriques

Ricardo Henriques

Dr. Ricardo Henriques is a group leader since 2013 at both the University College London and Francis Crick Institute in the UK. His group undergoes research in optical and computational biophysics, with a special interest in super-resolution microscopy and host-pathogen interactions. He graduated in Physics, specialising in biophotonics and robotics. He finished his PhD In 2011 on the topic of advancing super-resolution microscopy technologies (Musa Mhlanga lab). He then pursued postdoc research at Institut Pasteur Paris, studying HIV-1 T-cell infection through nanoscale imaging (Christophe Zimmer lab).

Dr. Magnus Nord

Magnus Nord

Magnus is a post doctoral researcher in the Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT) group at University of Antwerp. His current research is focused on the development of novel STEM techniques utilizing fast pixelated electron detectors such as the Medipix3, with a focus on magnetic and perovskite oxide materials. In addition to the experimental work, he is also a developer in the open source software project HyperSpy, and main developer in several other open source projects such as Atomap and pixStem for analysing TEM data. He obtained his PhD in Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, focusing on scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis of perovskite oxide thin film systems. After his PhD he joined the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow as a Research Associate, where he worked on developing pixelated STEM techniques using a Medipix3 detector.

Prof. Brian Rodrigues

Brian Rodriguez

Brian is a professor in the UCD School of Physics. He joined UCD in 2009 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany. Before that he was a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences in the US. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a PhD in Physics in 2003. His group is primarily focused on scanning probe microscopy of functional materials.

Dr. Lynette Keeney

Lynette Keeney

Dr. Lynette Keeney received a B.Sc. in chemistry in 2001 from National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2004 also from NUI, Galway where she won five University awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Before joining Tyndall-UCC in 2008, she worked as a Research Scientist in Charles River Laboratories, Pre-clinical Services, Montreal Inc. in method development and validation of analytical research studies. Dr. Keeney has a strong background in the synthesis of complicated metal oxide thin film systems by chemical solution deposition and chemical vapour deposition methods and characterization of these systems for potential memory storage applications. Her research interests are the investigation of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic and multiferroic materials and was one of the Irish representatives for the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action MP0904 (Single and multiphase ferroics and multiferroics with restricted geometries (SIMUFER)). Dr. Keeney is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). In 2015, Dr. Keeney was awarded a prestigious Royal Society/Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship for her research project: 'Memories are made of this: Multiferroics Research for Future Generation Memories'. Dr. Keeney received the UCC Early Stage Researcher of the Year Award for 2015.