3.-7. December 2018 Tartu (Estonia)

The Baltic colleagues Sergei Vlassov and Rynno Lohmus from Tartu (Estonia) and Boriss Polakovs from Riga (Latvia) will offer this Working group 1 training school  to interested ENBA members. Scanning Electon Microscope (SEM) is a powerfull tool for investigation of fiber materials down to few nanometer resolution (like hair, spider silk, artificial fiber produced by electrospinning, etc). In contrast to conventional SEM, one of our SEMs has special mode for observation of non-conductive speciements like e.g. biological samples without additional coating. In addition to morphology, our instruments allow to perform chemical element analysis (EDAX or Energy Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy) in situ inside SEM. Moreover, it is possible to cut objects in situ using FIB (Focused Ion Beam) instrument to reveal inner composition and morphology.

Atomic Force Microscope is widely used in biology and related areas for imaging of fibrous proteins and DNA molecules. It is important to note, that AFM allows imaging of biomolecules in liquid. Unique application of AFM is nanomechanical imaging and nanomechanical tests. Probably, one of most striking AFM application is study of mechanical unfolding of single protein. AFM is a great tool also for for local adhesion measurements with nm resolution. With a special colloidal probes it can be readily used for biological samples. Further details about the TS and planned programme will be provided by the hosts.

Number of participants:
maximum 10, whereas people with background or hands-on experience in morphological methods will be favoured. Also Early Career Investigators (ECI, defining careers with less than 8 years from PhD at the time of involvement in the COST Action) have priority for the Training School. COST Action CA15216 will assure gender balance and promote “women in science and technology” as well as people from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs).

Reimbursement aspects:
An amount of EUR 650,-/applicant is awarded on competitive basis. This includes EUR 350,- that will cover accommodation, local transport and meal expenses for the training school. The travel to Tartu (Estonia) and back home is funded with maximum EUR 300. For further details, please ask the TS organiser Boriss Polakovs or contact the Action Chair.

Deadline for submission: 3.October 2018
Selection Result: 13.10.2018
Confirmation by participants: 20.10.2018

Applicants need to provide (2 pages maximum):
– Letter of motivation (which includes current position and research interests)
– Curriculum vitae

Registration (How to apply):
Applications need to be submitted via the following form:





Definition Early Career Investigators (ECI):

  • If you obtained your Phd/doctorate (or similar experience) degree at and after 2008, your are an ECI.
  • If you currently work on your PhD thesis or obtained the degree before 2008, you are NOT an ECI.