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Electron Backscatter Diffraction Topical Conference 2018 at the University of Michigan



EBSD 2018 Registration is Now Open

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  • The registration levels are as follows: $80 for student members, $100 for students non-members,  $200 for MAS members, and $250 for non-members. You can use either PayPal (preferred) or by check.
  • What is covered by registration:
    Conference attendance and program guide, coffee breaks, lunch (Wed,Thu,Fri), user meetings, and Thursday reception and banquet -- all are covered by registration.
  • What is not covered by registration:
    Dinners on Wednesday and Friday are not provided.
    Travel and lodging, you are responsible for making these arrangements and paying for them.

EBSD Topical Conference Summary


The Microanalysis Society welcomes you to the Electron-probe Microanalysis 2018 Topical Conference EBSD 2018, which will be held May 23-25, 2018 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI campus. EBSD 2018 is dedicated to characterization of crystallography using electron beam diffraction, primarily Electron Back Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) on the scanning electron microscope.

EBSD 2018 will follow the very successful format of EBSD 2016 and will run for three days.  The first day, will be split into two tracks with an introduction/ basic track and an advanced track with all day tutorials in each including lectures on EBSD theory and application and hands-on demonstrations about how to run the basic EBSD experiments and data analyses.  The first day will also include live demonstrations of the latest EBSD hardware and software so that attendees with more experience can interact with the EBSD and related technology vendors.  The programming for the second and third days will be comprised of plenary, platform presentations of current research into the development of the EBSD technique and its application.  These presentations will be a mix of invited speakers, contributed professional presentations, and strong student presentations.  We will have a poster session on the afternoon of the second day, followed by a banquet to celebrate the meeting.

MAS Early career scholars (ECS) will be identified by coordination with MAS Affiliated Regional Societies (ARES) and International Union of Microbeam Analysis Society (IUMAS) societies. ECS travel and lodging will be supported by an NSF grant for domestic ECS, and by a combination of EBSD 2018 funds and co-sponsorship for international ECS to the extent possible.  ECS and student attendees will be identified by communication with university departments, announcement via the MAS web site, listservers, advertisements, social media, and other avenues.

Meeting facilities include a large auditorium and adjacent space for plenary meeting, breaks, and meals, all located in the UM North Campus Research Complex.

Travel options include the Detroit airport (DTW) only 26 miles away, as well as Amtrak service directly to Ann Arbor. See Travel information below.

Lodging is available on campus and at nearby hotels. See Lodging information below.


Abstract Submission


All participants are invited to submit an abstract. A limited number will be selected for oral presentations (20 minutes allotted for each), and ample space will be provided for posters.  The abstract must be formatted properly for acceptance.  Please follow the formatting in the template below, provided in PDF and DOCX formats:


Abstracts should submitted to Steve Niezgoda,


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The preferred airport for arrival is the Detroit metropolitan airport - DTW. DTW is a major hub for Delta and is located 26 miles from UM campus. Travel from DTW to Ann Arbor can be by bus, taxi, rental car, or Uber/Lyft.
Travel by bus is operated by "The Ride", which runs 13 times throughout the day, roughly hourly. Pick up is directly at the airport and drop-off is in downtown Ann Arbor at the Blake Transit Center. A one-way ride with reservation is $12. Without reservation the cost is $15, and exact change is required. When arriving at EBSD 2018 you will want the Westbound bus, conversely Eastbound when departing. More information can be found here:
Uber and Lyft generally cost ~$40-$50 per one way trip. 
Taxi service is booked directly at the airport.
Ann Arbor also has an Amtrak station - ARB - with convenient service for Western travelers through Chicago. Travelers coming from the East are required to take a short 30 minute bus ride from Toledo to Ann arbor.


There are a number of lodging options available for EBSD 2018. A number of University dorm rooms have been secured for a low cost option and can be reserved here: link
Being a college town, there are a large number of hotels available. Group rates and shuttle service are being negotiated with the following hotels:
  • Holiday Inn at 3600 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $110/night
  • Hampton Inn at 2300 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $119/night
  • Red Roof Plus+ at 3621 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $70/night
  • MicroTel Inn & Suites at 3610 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $63/night
  • Residence Inn by Marriott at 3535 Green Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $159/night
  • The Graduate Ann Arbor at 615 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - $135/night

EBSD 2018 Organizers

  • Steve Niezgoda (OSU)
  • Marc DeGraef (CMU)
  • Elena Miranda (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Andrew Cross (Wash U St Louis)
  • Bobby Kerns (UM)
  • John Mansfield (UM)
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