5  -  8 December 2016     |     Boardwalk Convention Centre     |     Port Elizabeth






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Plenary Speakers

King's College, London

Boris Balinsky Lecture


University of Manchester

John Matthews Memorial Lecture









Dear Friends,

On behalf of the local organising committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome and invite you to participate in MSSA 2016. The 54th annual MSSA conference will be hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and will be held on 5-8 December 2016 at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. It has been exactly ten years since NMMU has had the privilege of hosting this esteemed event. Many exciting things have happened since you last visited us; not least of which is the launch of the new Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy at NMMU in 2011.

The MSSA conference is the highlight of the local microscopy community calendar; and many look forward to this conference as a time to unwind with old friends, while catching up on the latest trends in research and technology. This year promises to be no different. We look forward to an exciting conference with many respected international speakers, cutting-edge workshops, and a fabulous social programme to boot.

Jannie Neethling 
MSSA President



The MSSA CONFERENCE is hosted by

MSSAlogoPNG        NMMU


Important Dates

30 April 2016

Registration Open


31 August 2016

 Abstract submission closed

Application for student grants closed


30 September 2016 

Application for the Cover Micrograph Competition closed


31 October 2016

FEI prize deadline    

Technical forum abstract submission closed

14 November 2016

Early Bird Registration Closed


1-14 November 2016

Application for the IMP Micrograph Competition


Conference Order of Events

Day 1, Monday 5 December

Technical Forum
Zeiss Ice Breaker / Welcome Event

Day 2, Tuesday 6 December
Conference full day
Traditional Braai

Day 3, Wednesday 7 December
Conference full day
IMP Scientific and Precision - Student/Informal Evening

Day 4, Thursday 8 December
Conference full day

Advanced Laboratory Solutions Gala Dinner