FEMMS is a biennial meeting focused on the application of electron microscopy, primarily TEM, in materials science. The conference series primarily arose to satisfy the requirements of the electron microscopy community working on materials science problems, which grew explosively in the late 1980’s and has expanded to researchers working with analytical periphery, novel instrumentation, tomography, operando and correlative microscopy, and advancing into the domain of ultrafast time-resolved microscopy.

Traditionally, FEMMS brings together approx. 40 invited speakers plus one distinguished lecturer that are world-renowned experts, principal investigators and project leaders, to present their latest advances in the field of electron microscopy in the materials sciences.

Local Organizing Committee

  • Juan Carlos Idrobo
  • Miaofang Chi
  • Karren More

International Advisory Board

  • Klaus van Benthem (UC Davis, USA)
  • Steven Bradley (Honeywell, USA)
  • Nigel Browning (Liverpool U., UK)
  • Geoffrey Campbell (LLNL, USA)
  • Angus Kirkland (Oxford, UK)
  • Kazuo Furuya (NIMS, Japan)
  • Robert Klie (UIC, USA)
  • Thomas LaGrange (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Joachim Mayer (RTWH Aachen, Germany)
  • Karren More (ORNL, USA)
  • Naoya Shibata (U. Tokyo, Japan)
  • Ray Twesten (Gatan, USA)
  • Masashi Watanabe (Lehigh U., USA)
  • Matthew Weyland (Monash, Australia)
  • Yimei Zhu (BNL, USA)
  • Alexander Ziegler (U. Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Previous Meetings

From 1986 to 1996, meetings were held in the United States at venues in Illinois and California, this changed with FEMMS98 when J. Mayer and F. Ernst of MPI Stuttgart were principal organizers.

In 2000, FEMMS was organized by Dr. Sumio Iijima of NEC Fundamental Research Lab. The 2003 meeting was again organized by Wayne King. FEMMS2005 was organized by Knut Urban (Forschungszentrum Jülich) and Joachim Mayer (RWTH Aachen University). FEMMS2007 was organized by Wayne King and Nigel Browning. FEMMS2009 was organized by Syo Matsumura (Kyushu University) and Kazuo Furuya (National Institute for Materials Science). FEMMS 2011 was organized by Nigel Browning (UC Davis). FEMMS 2013 was held at the Great Ocean Highway in Lorne, Australia, and was organized by Matthew Weyland (Monash University, Australia). FEMMS 2015 was held at Lake Tahoe in northern California, and it was organized by Klaus van Benthem (University of California, Davis).

The most recent meeting was held in 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it was organized by Alexander Ziegler (University of the Witwatersrand).

YearVenueDistinguished Lecturer
1986Argonne National LaboratoryProf. Albert Crewe
University of Chicago
1988Oak Brook Hyatt Regency, Oak Brook, ILDr. Hans Werner Fink
IBM Zurich
1990Oak Brook Hyatt Regency, Oak Brook, ILSir Peter B. Hirsch FRS
Oxford University
1992Claremont Hotel, Oakland, CAProf. Gareth Thomas
UC Berkeley
1994Claremont Hotel, Oakland, CAProf. Severin Amelinkx
University of Antwerp
1996Oak Brook Hyatt Regency, Oak Brook, ILProf. Manfred Rühle
MPI für Metallforschung, Stuttgart
1998KlosterIrsee, Irsee GermanyDr. Sumio Iijima
NEC Fundamental Research Lab
2000KunibikiMessa, Matsue, Japan(no distinguished lecturer that year)
2003Claremont Hotel, Oakland, CAProf. John Spence, ForMemRS
Arizona State University
2005Kasteel Vaalsbroek, NetherlandsProf. John Silcox
Cornell University
2007DoubleTree Sonoma, Rohnert Park, CAProf. Mick Brown FRS
Cambridge Universtity
2009Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, JapanDr. Akira Tonomura
2011DoubleTree Sonoma, Rohnert Park, CAProf. Archie Howie FRS
Cambridge University
2013Mantra Lorne, Victoria, AustraliaProf. Christian Colliex
University Paris Sud
2015Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge, Lake Tahoe, CADr. Ondrej Krivanek FRS
Nion Company / Arizona State University
2017Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South AfricaProf. Stephen J. Pennycook, National University of Singapore