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Electron Backscatter Diffraction Topical Conference 2018 at the University of Michigan

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EBSD 2018 Registration is Now Open

  • EBSD registration is located here (includes application for Early Career Scholar travel scholarship)
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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.
  • Covered by registration:
    Conference, program guide, coffee at breaks, lunch (Wed,Thu,Fri), and Thursday reception and banquet
  • Not covered by registration:
    Dinners on Wednesday and Friday are not provided.
    Travel and lodging: you are responsible for making these arrangements.
  • Registration will close April 1st

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 and contributed presentations highlighting recent developments, data analysis methods, and materials and geo-science applications. We will have a poster session and competition on the afternoon of the second day, followed by a banquet to celebrate the meeting.

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 (highly recommended for students) and at nearby hotels. See Lodging information below.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Katharina Marquardt (University Bayreuth, Germany)
  • John Wheeler (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Maurine Montagnat (Institut des Géosciences de l'Environnement, France)
  • Angus Wilkinson (Oxford University, UK)
  • Ralf Hielscher (Chemnitz Technische Universität, Germany)

Confirmed Tutorial Leaders

  • Marc De Graef (Carnegie Mellon University) - EBSD Technology and Indexing Engine
  • Luke Brewer (The University of Alabama) - Metallurgical Sample Preparation
  • Angus Wilkinson (University of Oxford, UK) -Cross Correlation EBSD
  • Stephen Niezgoda (The Ohio State University) - Coupling Crystal Plasticity Modeling with EBSD Data
  • Ralf Hielscher (Chemnitz Technishe Universität, Germany) - Matlab Texture Analysis Toolbox
  • Sean Donnegan/Mike Groeber (AFRL) - Dream 3D for Polycrystalline Datasets

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 the EBSD organizing committee at
The deadline for submission is April 1st.


EBSD 2018 will make use of University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). NCRC is a state of the art research campus focused on translational discovery, with 2.1 million square feet of lab/office across 28 inter-connected buildings. Located within NCRC is the Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, or (MC)², where EBSD attendees will have the opportunity for hand-on tutorials and demonstrations. Please visit (MC)²'s to see all of the cutting edge characterization equipment they have to offer! 
The majority of the plenary sessions will be held in the main "football" room of NCRC Building 18, with a few breakout sessions in the next door atrium.
 Football room


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 between the airport and Ann Arbor 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.
While on campus free buses are operated by University of Michigan that connect Central Campus and the North Quad housing to North Campus Research Complex. These buses run every 10 minutes.
  • Northwood line is the bus to ride
  • Morning pickup is "Rackham - stop C211"
  • Morning dropoff is "Plymouth Rd crosswalk - stop N424"
  • Commute back in the evening is the opposite 
There is also a city bus (line 65) that picks up 200 ft from the North Quad housing building and drops off across the street from NCRC for a fare of $1.50


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 - ask for the EBSD 2018 rate of $114/night breakfast buffet is available to purchase at $9.95. Shuttle to NCRC available.
  • Hampton Inn at 2300 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - ask for the EBSD 2018 rate of $115/night, hot breakfast is included. Shuttle to NCRC available.
  • Red Roof Plus+ at 3621 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $87.99/night - negotiated rates currently unavailable
  • MicroTel Inn & Suites at 3610 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - ask for the EBSD 2018 rate of $67/night for one bed, $77/night for two beds. Breakfast is continental and included. Shuttle to NCRC available.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott at 3535 Green Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - $159/night - negotiated rates currently unavailable
  • The Graduate Ann Arbor at 615 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - $230/night - negotiated rates currently unavailable
Negotiated rates are only available until April 24th, after that date you will have to pay the going rate at the time of booking.

University housing is available, and recommended for anyone who would like the full Ann Arbor experience. Each room is a single room, with a bathroom shared between each group of 4 rooms. The cost is $59.75/night with a one time linen fee. The dorms are in the well appointed North Quadrangle residence hall, within walking distance of a large number of restaurants and attractions. Please indicate if you would like to use university housing during registration and a link to book the rooms will be sent by email. 

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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