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Training Workshop in Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) in the Mineral Sciences  

A four-day course for postgraduates and researchers in academia and industry.

Download a registration form.

The proposed dates for the next course are 25–28 February 2014, depending on sufficient numbers signing up.


Course outline and objectives 

To provide a fundamental theoretical background to EPMA, coupled with practical sessions run by staff experienced in microprobe analysis of diverse mineral samples, working on materials relevant to the interests of the course participants.

Course tutors and equipment

Staff from the Electron Microscopy and Mineral Analysis (EMMA) Division of the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum give participants as much ‘hands-on' experience as possible during the course, using two modern analytical scanning electron microscopes and an electron microprobe. Where possible, the participants' own samples are used for discussion of appropriate preparation and analysis routes.

For further details of the facilities used during this course please visit: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/science-facilities/analytical-imaging/micro-analysis/index.html

Course fees

       Postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers: £1100 + VAT

       Other academics: £1100 + VAT

       Participants from industry: £1795 + VAT 

All full members of the Mineralogical Society receive a £50.00 reduction on the above fees.  All students attending the course receive one year's free student membership of the Society. Other non-member course participants are offered one year's free Membership of the Society. These membership offers  are subject to the normal conditions of entry to the Society.


Participants are accepted on the course dependent on a place being available at the time of application. The maximum number of participants is six. The course organizer reserves the right to cancel the course and refund course fees if there are insufficient numbers. Cancellations by participants will be accepted with full refund of fees up to one month before the course commences.

Course contents

Why we analyse minerals, and the techniques now available

History and recent developments in electron probe microanalysis

Interactions between electrons and a specimen:

Basic design of X-ray microanalysis instruments

Electron detectors and imaging:

X-ray detectors: 

Quantitative analysis:

Element mapping by EDS and WDS

Automated stage control, image montages, ‘point-counting', particle recognition and analysis

Applications and limitations of imaging and analysis in variable pressure (and environmental) scanning electron microscopes

Applications of software packages in EPMA      


How to find the Natural History Museum

As a participant in the electron probe microanalysis training course, you should use the Staff and Official Visitor entrance on Exhibition Road (see map below).