Scanning electronic microcospy (SEM)

14 - 16 December 2009


Prepare your own biological material  (insects, plants, fungi, etc.) for observation and learn how to manipulate the scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The aim is also to provide pictures of the brought organism in order to document your own research.


Michèle Vlimant (laboratory technician, michele.vlimant@unine.ch) and Jérôme Frei (Ph.D. student, jerome.frei@unine.ch), Laboratory of Animal Physiology, University of Neuchâtel


1st day: Preparation of samples (fixation, desiccation, mounting, metallization)
2nd day: Continuation of preparation if needed and observation of preparations with the SEM at the CSEM
3rd day: Observation of preparations with the SEM at the CSEM

Registered participants should contact Michèle Vlimant (michele.vlimant@unine.ch) at least 2 weeks before the beginning of the course to give information on what kind of organisms they plan to prepare and observe.

general information

Dates:  14-16 December2009

Schedule: 9.00 - 16.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building A , room A011 and Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Rue Jaquet-Droz 1, 2002 Neuchâtel

Credit points: 1.0 credit point (Research tools)

Evaluation: Active participation

Information: Please contact Michèle Vlimant or the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses: participants of the doctoral program are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) at the end of the term to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


This course is free and open to all Ph.D. students. Priority is given to doctoral program participants until 21 November 2009.
Priority will also be given to Ph.D.students bringing their own biological material.

For practical reasons, the course is limited to 6 participants. Course full.
Registration through the web only: closed

Deadline: 1 December 2009.