The MSSA 2020 Workshop was hosted virtually by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 30th November – 3rd December 2020.

Based on the successes and learnings from the Southern African region, the AfInMic network extended the mandate to the whole of the African continent, conducting training in collaboration with leading African microscopy researchers as well as leading microscope instrument suppliers who form part of the network. This workshop was therefore aimed at both material and life sciences, catering for parallel sessions for sample preparation. In all the topics a researcher and trade representative gave a presentation. Topics covered includes Research Approach and Methodology in relation to microscopy, Sample preparation techniques for both SEM and TEM, Light microscopy, Laser Confocal Microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Spectroscopy Supporting techniques in relation to Microscopy (RAMAN & XRD), and some presentation skills. Just like the previous workshop, a pre workshop questionnaire was set out and the summarized in each topic presented. The workshop was hosted online due to Covid 19.

Photo Gallery

Award winnners


Thelma Majola


1. Donald Tlou Madutung
2. Rondey Maluleke and Nthape Mpasha
3. Tunji John Erinle


Adiel Holtzhausen

Video Content

A selection of video recordings that took place during the Southern Africa themed Africa-wide Workshop. For more recordings of the workshop sessions, please access the MSSA 2020 Workshop Programme.

Welcome and opening address

The Welcome and opening address of the MSSA Workshop 2020 by:

  • Prof. I. Jandrell (University of the Witwatersrand). 
  • Session coordinator: Prof. R. Genga (University of the Witwatersrand).

Light (LM) and Stereomicroscopy (SM) Microscopy

This session of the MSSA Workshop 2020 focuses on “Light (LM) and Stereomicroscopy (SM) Microscopy”.
  • Talk by Dr. J. Wesley-Smith (Sefako Makgatho University). Title: “There is more to light microscopy than meets the eye”
  • Talk by Mr. M. Doppler (Leica). Title: “Contrast Methods in Light Microscopy”
  • Session coordinator: Ms C. Maepa (University of Pretoria)

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

This session of the MSSA Workshop 2020 focuses on “Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)” with two talks by: 

  • Dr. C. Dickinson (JEOL U.K.) Titled: “TEM Training- SAED, STEM and HAADF Solving Diffraction and Aligning STEM”.
  • Dr. J. Olivier (Nelson Mandela University) Titled: “TEM Practical session”.
  • Session coordinator: Ms. C. Maepa (University of Pretoria)

How to apply for grants

This session of the MSSA Workshop 2020 focuses on NRF Applications (Grants for Equipment/Microscopy resources):

  • Talk by Prof. A. Ziegler (University of the Witwatersrand).
    Title: “Guidelines for NRF instrument funding Applications”
  • Talk by Ms. S. Duma (NRF).
    Title: “Funding/Support offered by the NRF for researchers and students: Equipment Grants and Access to Global Infrastructure”
  • Session coordinator: Ms C. Maepa (University of Pretoria)

Workshop Programme:

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