Training Dates 2024

To attend a training course, you will need to submit a project on RIMS for the work that you want to do with your sample on the microscopes.  New projects are reviewed every Monday 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 must commit to a training and skills enhancement credit fee 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 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.

Our Client Information page provides detailed information on accessing CMM facilities.


TEM

Please contact cmm@uq.edu.au 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.

Location and time: AIBN (Bldg 75) Level 1 Seminar Room, 9am - 11am.

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

TEM CourseLectureDate
1 8 January - 10 January
219 January (1pm - 3pm)29 January  - 31January
3 26 February - 28 February
422 March (9am - 11am)25 March - 27 March
5 29 April - 1 May

6

31 May (9am - 11am)
THIS COURSE IS FILLED TO CAPACITY
3 June - 5 June
7 8 July - 10 July
82 August (9am - 11am)5 August - 7 August
9 2 September - 4 September
1027 September (9am - 11am)30 September - 2 October
111 November (9am - 11am)4 November - 6 November

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.


Introductory SEM

Please contact Eunice Grinan (e.grinan@uq.edu.au) 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. (2-5 hours)
  • Phase 2: Live Zoom demonstrations, SEM. (3 hours)
  • Phase 3: In lab practical training on the SEM, including sample preparation processes. (2 x 3 hours on the SEM; 1-2 hours sample preparation in the lab)
  • Phase 4: EDS online and live Zoom demonstrations. (2-3 hours self-taught and 1 hour Zoom demonstration)

If you are interested in a SEM course, please complete your Pitschi training and OHS inductions two weeks before the date of the SEM training course you would like to attend.

SEM CourseDatePhase
1

12 Jan - 22 Jan
22 Jan - 2 Feb

Phase 1: self-taught online SEM
Phase 2 - 4: SEM Zoom, SEM practicals, Sample Prep and EDS

2

23 Feb - 4 Mar
4 Mar - 19 Mar

Phase 1: self-taught online SEM
Phase 2 - 4: SEM Zoom, SEM practicals, Sample Prep and EDS

3

19 Apr - 29 Apr
29 Apr - 14 May

Phase 1: self-taught online SEM
Phase 2 - 4: SEM Zoom, SEM practicals, Sample Prep and EDS

4

14 June - 24 June

24 June - 25 June

26 June - 27 June or
2 July - 3 July

8 July or 9 July

COURSE 4 IS FILLED TO CAPACITY

Phase 1: Self-taught, online SEM (2-5 hours)

Phase 2: SEM Zoom (3 hours)

Phase 3: SEM practicals (2 x 3 hours). Sample prep (1-2 hours).

Phase 4: EDS online self-taught (2-3 hours).  Zoom session (1 hour).

5

9 Aug - 19 Aug

19 Aug - 20 Aug

21 Aug - 22 Aug or
27 Aug - 28 Aug

2 Sept or 3 Sept

Phase 1: Self-taught, online SEM (2-5 hours)

Phase 2: SEM Zoom (3 hours)

Phase 3: SEM practicals (2 x 3 hours). Sample prep (1-2 hours).


Phase 4: EDS online self-taught (2-3 hours).  Zoom session (1 hour).

6

4 Oct - 14 Oct

14 Oct - 15 Oct

16 Oct - 17 Oct or
22 Oct - 23 Oct

28 Oct or 29 Oct

Phase 1: Self-taught, online SEM (2-5 hours)

Phase 2: SEM Zoom (3 hours)

Phase 3: SEM practicals (2 x 3 hours). Sample prep (1-2 hours).


Phase 4: EDS online self-taught (2-3 hours).  Zoom session (1 hour).

7

15 Nov - 25 Nov

25 Nov - 26 Nov

27 Nov - 28 Nov or
3 Dec - 4 Dec

5 Dec or 6 Dec

Phase 1: Self-taught, online SEM (2-5 hours)

Phase 2: SEM Zoom (3 hours)

Phase 3: SEM practicals (2 x 3 hours). Sample prep (1-2 hours).


Phase 4: EDS online self-taught (2-3 hours).  Zoom session (1 hour).

Course details can be found via CMM Techniques.


Training workshops available at the Protein crystallography lab

Please contact Kasun Athukorala 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.

Workshop 1

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

Workshop 2

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

Workshop 3

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