AfInMic - EA Microscopy Workshop 2021

Workshop Poster

The East African-Microscopy 2021 Workshop was hosted virtually by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 24th -27th May 2021.

In this East African Chapter, a survey was rolled out to the East African microscopy community both in private and academic institutions to draft workshop topics in a similar manner to the MSSA workshop 2020. The workshop topics were specific to east Africa but relevant to microscopy society at large, hence the registration was open to everyone to attend. In collaboration with leading African microscopy researchers, including representatives from east Africa, as well as leading microscope instrument suppliers, the topics were then tailor made to fit the East African needs. In all the topics a researcher and trade representative gave a presentation. Topics covered includes sample preparation techniques for both SEM and TEM with parallel sessions for Material and life sciences, Light microscopy, Laser Confocal Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Spectroscopy Supporting techniques in relation to Microscopy (RAMAN & XRD). This time the students had an opportunity to present their research on social media and had a platform to engage throughout the workshop. 

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Award Winners


1. Stefan Koning
2. Abera Demeke Ambaye
3. Khanyisile Masemola


1. Tinashe Jambo
2. Prudence Edward
3. Adiel Holtzhusen

# Trending Prize

Geraldin Lengai

Video Recordings

A selection of video recordings that took place during the East Africa themed Africa-wide Workshop. For more recordings of the workshop sessions, click the link below to access the EA – Microscopy 2021 Workshop Programme.

Welcome Address

Talks by:
  • Prof. Ian Jandrell – University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof. Bernard Aduda – University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Jaco Olivier (President of MSSA, Nelson Mandela University)
  • Session Coordinator: Prof. Rodney Genga (University of the Witwatersrand)

Sample Preparation Techniques – Life Science – Part 1

Talks by:
  • Dr. Ida Risenga (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Mr. Philip Christopher (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Dr. Vishal Bharuth (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Dr. Frederic Leroux (Leica Microsystems)
  • Session Coordinator: Dr. Deran Reddy (University of the Witwatersrand)

Sample Preparation Techniques – Material Science – Part 2

Talk by:
  • Dr. Paul Spellward – Ametek (GB) LTD
  • Session Coordinator: Ms. Charity Maepa (University of Pretoria)

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM):

Talks by:
  • Talk by Ms. Charity Maepa (University of Pretoria)
  • Talk by Dr. Calum Dickinson (JEOL UK)
  • Session Coordinator: Dr. Deran Reddy (University of the Witwatersrand)
Laser Confocal Scanning Electron Microscopy (LCSM)- Flourescence Microscopy - Part 2

Talks by:

  • Ms. Sone Hendricks (Zeiss)
  • Session Coordinator: Dr. Deran Reddy (University of the Witwatersrand)

Student Prize giving session:

Session Coordinator: Prof. Rodney Genga (University of the Witwatersrand)

Workshop Programme:

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