Training Dates 2021

To attend a training course, you will need to create an account on our client database PPMS.  Once you have created an account, then you must submit a project on PPMS for the work that you want to do with your sample on the microscopes.  New projects are reviewed every Monday morning during our management meeting where a member of CMM staff will be assigned to your project to assist you with accessing CMM facilities.

If you are undertaking your first block training course in SEM and TEM then you will be required to commit to a training and skills enhancement credit of $400.  This credit will include 10 hours of access time and can be used for your research project to enhance your knowledge.  The credit is available for 3 months from your initial training and is not transferable to other users or other techniques.

One to one training sessions (where CMM staff assist a client on an instrument) will be charged per hour by calculating the instrument time as well as staff time.


Please contact if you would like to attend TEM training.

All TEM training courses run across one to two weeks with some sample preparation (if required); total participation time about 20 hours. Course details can be found via CMM Techniques.

The next starting dates for TEM training with an Introduction Lecture to the basics of TEM are:

  • Friday 27th August, AIBN (Bldg 75) Level 1 Seminar Room, 9am - 11am
  • Friday 24th September, AIBN (Bldg 75) Level 1 Seminar Room, 9am - 11am
  • Friday 29th October, AIBN (Bldg 75) Level 1 Seminar Room, 9am - 11am
  • Friday 26th November, AIBN (Bldg 75) Level 1 Seminar Room, 9am - 11am

This is a lecture followed by a discussion with new clients on their project, their requirements and expectations and a practical TEM introduction at the AIBN lab the week after, starting on the Monday.

Details will be communicated with applicants a week upfront.

(Numbers per room depend on Covid-19 restrictions which may vary).


Please contact if you would like to attend SEM training.

All SEM training courses run across two weeks.  Total participation time approx. 25 hours.

  • Phase 1: Self-taught, online SEM.
  • Phase 2: Live Zoom demonstrations, SEM.
  • Phase 3: In lab practical training on the SEM, including sample preparation processes. (Small groups, numbers dependent on COVID restrictions).
  • Phase 4: EDS online and live Zoom demonstrations. 

Course details can be found via CMM Techniques.

The next starting dates for SEM training are:

  • Monday 30th August (Course full)
  • Monday 27th September (Course full)
  • Monday 25th October
  • Monday 29th November


Please contact Gordon King if you wish to book a workshop.

All three workshops outlined below are hands-on; have a maximum of 4 places and each take about 2 hours.

Glucose Isomerase is used in the workshops, but users may bring their own protein if they wish.

The courses are run on an ad hoc basis, in most circumstances they can be run with a weeks’ notice.


Introduction to Crystallisation Condition Screening

This workshop is essential for all users. 

Participants will be introduced to the basic use of the facilities and will:

  • design a screening experiment in RockMaker
  • set up the screening experiment on the Mosquito
  • image the experiment in the RockImager
  • inspect and score the images collected


Optimisation of Crystals

This workshop is recommended for those wanting to make the most of the available facilities.

Participants will optimise a screening outcome by:

  • using the search function in RockMaker to analyse screening results
  • designing an optimisation experiment in RockMaker
  • using the Tecan to prepare the optimisation experiment


Condition Screening with Seeding

This workshop will allow uses to attempt crystal optimisation using seed stock.

Participants will gain experience in:

  • the preparation of a protein crystal seed stock
  • the use of the Mosquito to set-up a screening with seeding experiment

Our Client Information page will provide you with further detailed information on accessing CMM facilities.