iNext Sample Preparation Workshop

Oct 16. till Oct 19.

2023 - iNext Sample Preparation Workshop

Save the date for the upcoming iNext Sample Preparation Workshop

16/10/20232023-10-16T09:00:00 - 19/10/20232023-10-19T16:30:00
09:00 - 16:30
Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK


The goal of the workshop is to teach users the best practices in sample preparation for cryo-EM imaging. The workshop will include lectures but otherwise principally be hands-on, with students preparing vitrified samples on  plunge-freezing devices including a demo of the chameleon next generation freezing device. Clipping and loading for Thermo Fisher Scientific autoloaders will also be demonstrated. Students will screen the samples they freeze with an eBIC Titan Krios microscope.

This workshop will be geared toward researchers relatively new to the field of cryo-EM, but who already have some prior experience of plunge freezing.  The course is open to academic and industrial applicants. The course is funded by iNext & Diamond Light Source. This funding includes the cost of the course, accommodation and subsidence.  However, you will need to cover the cost of your travel to and from the course. Industrial applicants will be able to access the course on a chargeable basis.

Applicants must show they are using cryo-EM as part of their research and have access to a plunge-freezing device. The workshop aims to equip participants with the necessary skill set to further develop their cryo-EM expertise at their home institutes and eBIC. Several biological test samples will be provided allowing participants hands on experience with a variety of samples.

Application process for academic and industry participants

Places are strictly limited to 12 academic delegates. Places will be allocated on the grounds of merit and anticipated benefit. 4 industry delegates will be selected by eBIC for industry.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

• You are using cryoEM as part of your current research and already have some experience.
• You have access to a plunge freezing device.

Before beginning the application process please prepare the following documents to upload to the registration page:

• A cover letter describing your motivation for applying for the course, and how this will benefit your research and/or facility.  Please also describe your current role/position and your groups plans for using EM.
• A letter of support from your PhD supervisor or lab PI if you are a PostDoc.


Workshop – 16 - 19th October 2023 (Draft agenda below)

Selection announcment – 1st September 2023
Application review – August 2023
Applications close – End of July 2023

Applications open – June 2023

All applicants will be notified with the outcome of their application by 1st Sept 2023.

If successful, you will be asked to formally accept your place by registering online. Academic places will be free of charge and industrial places incur a fee, both to include:

- all meals and refreshments
- accommodation at Ridgeway House based on Harwell Campus, checking in on Sunday 15th October and checking out on Thursday 19th October

You will need to arrange and pay for your own travel to get to Diamond.

Monday 16th October

Monday 16th October 
  • Welcome and orientation 
  • Theoretical and background lectures

Tuesday 17th October

Tuesday 17th October 
  • Plunge freezing and screening 
  • Clipping and loading 

Wednesday 18th October

Wednesday 18th October 
  • Multi-grid collection
  • Chameleon plunge freezing demo

Thursday 19th October

Thursday 19th October 
  • Results review 
  • End of course summary


For any further information about this workshop, please contact the Diamond Events team. For scientific enquiries regarding this workshop, please contact

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