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About the MAS Topical Conference (TC) Program

The MAS Topical Conference (TC) program consists of 3 day plenary conferences dedicated to a topic of interest to the microanalysis and microscopy community and provides an excellent environment for scientific and technical discussion among students, researchers, and the vendor communities. Recent TCs have included tutorials and laboratory demonstrations of analytical instrumentation coupled with excellent technical programs.  Education and student financial support are priorities of the TC program.

MAS is actively planning future TCs -- please contact the TC chair with ideas and suggestions!

Cathodoluminescence 2011

The Cathodoluminescence 2011 TC (CL 2011) , will be held October 24-28 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Washington DC area. Details on upcoming topical conferences can be found on this site. 

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Cathodoluminescence (CL 2011)

October 24-28, 2011   ♦   Gaithersburg MD
  co-organized by AMAS


Microanalysis Reference Materials (RM 2012)

The Microanalysis Reference Materials TC (RM 2012) will be held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado May 15-17, 2012.

Electron-Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD 2012)

The Electron-Backscattered Diffraction TC (EBSD 2012) will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA on June 19-21, 2012.

History of MAS TC Program

For many years, the Microanalysis Society has sponsored a series of topical conferences on subjects of interest to its membership. Beginning in 2002, MAS partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to host the first several topical conferences. Beginning in 2008, MAS has worked with a variety of other partner institutions in the hosting of these conferences. MAS topical conferences have been held at the University of Wisconsin, Madision and the College of Microscopy, Rosemont, IL.

A full listing of MAS Topical Conferences can be found here.

Guidelines for Prospective TC Organizers

MAS has a standing Topical Conference Committee who will work with prospective organizers to develop a concept for an MAS Topical Conference, to submit a proposal for the TC to MAS Council for approval, and to keep the organizers of an approved MAS TC on track through the planning and production of the TC.

MAS TCs are typically held in the spring or fall. We strongly encourage prospective TC organizers to submit a proposal to MAS Council approximately 15 months in advance of event, preferably two weeks in advance of a regularly scheduled Council Meeting:

  • Winter (late Jan / early Feb) for spring TC (preferred) or
  • Summer (late Jul / early Aug) for fall TC

A web-based TC Proposal Form can be found here. The proposal form requests a variety of information that prospective TC organizers may wish to address when proposing the TC to MAS Council. Please contact Paul Carpenter, Chair of the TC Committee, to find out how these issues have been addressed by organizers of past MAS TCs.


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