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European Microbeam Analysis Society

EMAS was founded in 1987 as a scientific society focusing on microbeam analysis methodology. Its primary purposes are education, communication and innovation.

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EMAS 2015
14th Regional Workshop 
Portoroz, Slovenia.

3rd - 7th May 2015



The Society was founded to meet the growing demands of microbeam analysis users and scientists for further education, communication and professional advice. The Society is independent, but  co-operates closely with national and international microbeam analysis groups, and other European societies with related interests. EMAS is a founding member of IUMAS, the International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies. The Society is a nonprofit making organisation registered in Germany. A copy of the constitution will be sent upon request.

The activities of the Society promote this branch of science and stimulate technical and scientific developments on a European scale. In order to achieve its goals, the Society is active in the development and operation of technical and scientific education programmes. Furthermore, the Society encourages communication and co-operation among scientists and offers support to its members whenever there is a general interest to promote. The Society also strives to enhance awareness of the possibilities and limitations of microanalytical methods and thus increase the quality and significance of the analysis results.

Membership is open to all scientists and technicians active in the development and application of microbeam analysis techniques and equipment.

Every two years the Society holds a European Workshop, using a format based on tutorial keynote lectures and round-table discussions. Participants can also present their work in poster sessions. The Society also organises smaller scale Regional Workshops in the years between the European Workshop.

Special rates are available to members attending EMAS meetings and purchasing EMAS publications.


The Board

President: Mike Matthews (AWE, Reading, Great Britain)

Vice-president: Xavier Llovet (Universtitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

Enrico Langer (Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany)

Secretary: Luc Van't dack (University of Antwerp, Antwerp-Wilrijk, Belgium)

EMAS News Editor: Stuart Kearns (University of Bristol, Bristol, Great Britain)

Co-opted members:

François Brisset (Université de Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France)

Miran Čeh (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Hans Dijkstra (Thermo Fisher Scientific BV, Breda, The Netherlands)

Fernanda Guimarães (Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P., S. Mamede de Infesta, Portugal)

Philipp Pml (Eurpoean Commission, JRC, Institute for Transuranim Elements, Karlsruhe, Germany)

Silvia Richter (GFE der RWTH, Aachen, Germany)

Giovanni Valdrè (University of Bologna, Dipto. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Bologna, Italy)

Clive Walker (Swinderby, Great Britain)

Sustaining members representative: Andreas Makat  (Ametek GmbH, EDAX Business Unit, Wiesbaden, Germany)

Honorary Members

A. Armigliato (IT), G.F. Bastin  (NL), A. Boekestein (NL), R. Castaing (FR), J. Cazaux (FR), P. Duncumb (GB), F.Grillon(FR), P. Karduck (DE), J.L. Lábár (HU), G. Love (GB), J.-L. Pouchou  (FR), S.J.B. Reed (GB), L. Reimer(DE), F. Salvat (ES), L. Van't dack (BE), C.T. Walker (DE), H.W. Werner (NL),  A.W. Witmer (NL).

Recipients of the EMAS Medal for Services to the Society

W.A.P. Nicholson (GB) 2003, J. Wernisch (AT) 2003, P.A. von Rosenstiel (DE) 2008, E. Heikinheimo (FI) 2009, R. Gijbels (BE) 2010, R. Rinaldi (IT)  2011, O. Dugne (FR) 2013

Aims and Scope, Application Form

The newsletter (3 issues per year) provides news on activities of the Society and on forthcoming events and is a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members. If you have items you wish to be published in the newsletter these can be submitted to the Editor, preferably as a text attachment to an email. We can publish photographs in black and white by scanning in either colour or monochrome good quality originals mailed to us, or received electronically.

EMAS biennial European Workshop on Modern Developments and Applications in Microbeam Analysis
    1989 Antwerp (BE)
    1991 Dubrovnik (HR)
    1993 Rimini (IT)
    1995 St. Malo (FR)
    1997 Torquay (GB)
    1999 Konstanz (DE)
    2001 Tampere (FI)
    2003 Chiclana de la Frontera (ES)
    2005 Firenze (IT)
    2007 Antwerp (BE)
    2009 Gdansk (PL)
    2011 Angers (FR)
    2013 Porto (PT)
    2015 Portorož (SI)


EMAS Regional Workshop: Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today - Practical Aspects
Local meetings and courses organised in collaboration with a local society or university.
    1994 Helsinki (FI)
    1996 Balatonfüred (HU)
    1998 Barcelona (ES)
    2000 Trest (CZ)
    2002 Szczyrk (PL)
    2004 Bled (SI)
    2006 Karlsruhe (DE)
    2008 Trieste (IT)
    2010 Amsterdam (NL)
    2012 Padua (IT)
    2014 Leoben (AT)


EMAS Grants and Awards
EMAS makes awards to encourage excellence.
Awards are made at the biennial European Workshops for the best poster contribution and the best oral presentation in the Young Scientists' Session. In addition, grants are awarded to students and young scientists to actively participate in EMAS Workshops and high-level international conferences.

The Castaing Fund has been established to finance the Society's commitment to provide awards and grants. The fund is supported by the Society and by voluntary contributions from the membership.

The prestigious EMAS President's Award is presented biennially for the best paper published in the proceedings of the European Workshop. Aldo Armigliato and Peter Karduck established the award during their terms of office as President and Vice-President of the Society, respectively.

EMAS Publications
The Society shares with the Microbeam Analysis Society of America Microscopy and Microanalysis as its official journal (6 issues per year). EMAS members receive the journal at a preferential rate of 50Euro per year and can submit technical articles for publication in the journal through the EMAS representative on the editorial board.
Copies of the "Book of Abstracts'' and 'Proceedings' of EMAS European and' Regional Workshops are available to the membership at competitive rates.

National Branches of EMAS and Affiliated Societies
A national branch of EMAS has been established in Poland. The Czech Spectroscopical Society is an affiliated society of EMAS.

EMAS and ISO TC-202
EMAS is monitoring the activities of the International Standards Organisation's Technical Committee 202 which is concerned with standardisation in the field of microbeam analysis.


Aims and Scope, Activities, Application Form

Last updated: 13 October 2014