ABU DHABI- The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced the Electron Microscopy Symposium 2015 will convene the largest gathering of international and regional expert electron microscopists in Abu Dhabi to focus on delivering regionally-relevant innovations.
To be held from November 2nd-5th at Masdar Institute, the second annual event will focus on two regionally-relevant topics – digital rock physics and physical metallurgy – and explore advanced visualisation techniques, including 3D imaging and combined imaging/analytical techniques. The conference will also have hands-on training sessions covering ‘Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction’ and ‘Advanced Imaging Techniques.’ The event aims to build advanced electron microscopy expertise and support the growth of the electron microscopy community within the UAE and help develop special local expertise in advanced visualisation techniques, especially rock physics that will benefit oil and gas as well as the metals manufacturing sectors.
Masdar Institute has taken a leadership position in training local scientists to operate within its world-class electron microscopy facility. In four years of operation, Masdar Institute has trained over 400 users in basic microscopy and over 150 of those users have continued their growth through advanced training sessions and use of the instruments. Advanced electron microscopy was also integral to the studies of Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi, the first student to receive a PhD from Masdar Institute.
The conference themes have special relevance to local and regional industry such as Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), and Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company Takreer, as well as regional academic institutions such as The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi University, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said, “The second annual gathering of microscopists aims to once again establish our advanced technology capabilities in locally-relevant research and development. We believe the summit will lead to productive knowledge exchange that will benefit representatives from industry, government and academia working in the microscopy sector.”