AMMRF - International Advisory Group

International Technical and User Advisory Group (ITUAG)

The ITUAG provides advice to the AMMRF Board and Operations Team on: ITUAG members are:
Members (at October 2010)

Prof Roger Wepf tours AMMRF facilitiesRodger Wepf portrait
Prof. Roger Wepf, Director of the microscopy unit, EMEZ, at the university ETH Zurich, and member of the AMMRF International Technical & User Advisory Group (ITUAG) visited facilities in Australia recently. During his first stop in Adelaide, Prof. Wepf met with Prof. Hans Griesser and Dr John Denman to review flagship ToF SIMS capability located in the AMMRF at the University of South Australia. Prof. Griesser and Dr Denman were able to provide a detailed overview of what is required to run a complex instrument such as the PHI TRIFT V nanoToF. Prof. Wepf also visited the Sydney node, headquarters of the AMMRF where he gave a comprehensive presentation about EMEZ and technique developments in correlative microscopy, cryo specimen preparation, focused ion beam techniques and atom probe tomography. Similarities between EMEZ and the AMMRF nodes provided fertile material for discussion. Discussions with Prof Simon Ringer and Dr Miles Apperley enabled Prof. Wepf to deepen his understanding of how the AMMRF is organised, how it operates and what benefits flow from our collaborative structure. He sees much potential for Swiss institutions to be more strategic and collaborative with their approach to research infrastructure and intends to share the AMMRF story with colleagues on his return to Zurich.

ITUAG members meet in Perth, Australia
A small group of ITUAG members (Prof Hamish Fraser, Ohio State University, USA; Dr Tom Kelly, CAMECA Instruments Inc., USA; Prof Michael Ferry, The University of New South Wales, Sydney) met during the 22nd Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM22) in Perth during February 2012. Not only did the meeting provide an opportunity for the ITUAG members to network but it also enabled the Chairman of the AMMRF Board, Dr Greg Smith and ITUAG convener Prof David Sampson to present an update of the facility and plans for the future.

AMMRF partnership with EuroBioImaging strengthens
In February 2012, the AMMRF has signed a Collaboration Framework with EuroBioImaging, a large pan-European network of microscopy and bioimaging facilities. The objective of the partnership is to mutually benefit the AMMRF and EuroBioImaging in the establishment of collaborative infrastructure that supports research in the areas of biological and medical sciences. The agreement was signed at the beginning of the 1st joint strategic planning workshop between AMMRF and EuroBioImaging. While in Germany, Dr Miles Apperley (AMMRF General Manger) visited the cryoelectron microscopy facilities of Prof Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Munich.

AMMRF in Europe
The AMMRF organised and convened a thematic session on microscopy and microanalysis at the 1st EU-AUS Workshop on Research Infrastructure, Brussels, 4–5 April 2011. European based members of the ITUAG contributed significantly to the workshop presenting information about facilities and networks while discussing opportunities for future collaboration. The Workshop session drew on the experience of Australian and European operators of multi-user facilities to consider best practice operation for productive, high quality research outcomes, sharing knowledge and experience for mutual benefit. The session identified trends in microscopy and microanalysis technology that will be required to support Australian and European research into the future, focusing on key research areas of mutual interest to Australia and the EU. An objective of the session was to work towards a formal agreement between the AMMRF and appropriate European partners , with consideration of the mechanisms for cooperation and collaboration in research infrastructure. While in Europe for the EU workshop, the AMMRF General Manager, Dr Miles Apperley, visited several of the european based ITUAG members and their respective laboratories. These visits provided an opportunity to discuss recent AMMRF performance and progress in addition to gaining an overview of a broad range of international microscopy and microanalysis facilities.

AMMRF ITUAG meets at IMC-17 in Rio de Janeiro
On 21 September 2010, members of the AMMRF International Technical and User Advisory Group (ITUAG) met during the 17th International Microscopy Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was the third meeting of ITUAG members and built on successful meetings held previously in Sydney (2008) and Richmond/Virginia, USA (2009). Participants were from the UK, France, Switzerland and the USA as well as the AMMRF Executive Director, Prof. Simon Ringer, Chairman of the AMMRF Board, Dr Greg Smith and the AMMRF General Manager, Dr Miles Apperley.

Prof. Ringer gave a presentation that summarised the AMMRF’s current status and recent achievements. This was followed by a wide-ranging discussion that covered issues including future Australian government processes for ongoing research infrastructure investment, world-class training and future scope for the AMMRF to link with European-Union-funded programs such as ESTEEM and Euro-BioImaging. The ITUAG members were impressed with the facitity’s performance to date and are committed to continue their support in the future.

AMMRF ITUAG Meeting 2010

From left: Dr Miles Apperley, Prof. Paul Munroe, A/Prof. Guy Cox (all AMMRF), Prof. Simon Watkins (University of Pittsburgh), Dr Tom Kelly (CAMECA Instruments), Prof. Simon Ringer (AMMRF), Prof. Roger Wepf (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Dr Greg Smith (AMMRF), Prof. Marin van Heel (Imperial College), and Dr Richard Leapman (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, USA).

Professor Paul Robinson visits the AMMRF
The Director of the Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories and AMMRF ITUAG member, Prof. Paul Robinson, visited the AMMRF at the University of Sydney node while on a visit to Australia in December 2009. With interests and experience in core facility operation and advanced light and laser optical techniques for biomedical applications, Prof Robinson has considerable knowledge to draw on in discussions about AMMRF operations. While in Sydney, he met A/Prof. Filip Braet (Acting Director Sydney Node) and Ellie Kable (Laboratory Manager Sydney node) and Dr Miles Apperley (AMMRF General Manager). After reviewing and discussing AMMRF organisation, operating procedures and outcomes, Prof. Robinosn toured the laboratories of The AMMRF at the University of Sydney.

Porf. Paul Robinson visiting the AMMRF labs at the University of Sydney

From left: Dr Miles Apperley, Ellie Kable and Prof. Paul Robinson.

AMMRF ITUAG meets in the USA
On 29 July 2009 a meeting of the AMMRF ITUAG was convened in Richmond, Virginia, during M&M 2009. Held over lunch, several ITUAG members met key AMMRF staff including Prof. John Drennan (Scientific Director and Director UQ node), Dr Miles Apperley (General Manager), Prof. Martin Saunders (Deputy Director UWA node) and A/ Prof. Marion Stevens-Kalceff (Deputy Director UNSW node). After a brief presentation by Miles Apperley on the current progress and performance of the AMMRF, John Drennan lead a discussion exploring the emerging technologies that will impact microscopy and microanalysis in the future. This provided an opportunity for ITUAG members to discuss future global trends in research instruments. The ITUAG will continue to take opportunities to get together at relevant events and meetings in Australia and overseas.

AMMRF ITUAG meets for the first time

Inaugural ITUAG meeting on 4 December 2008

The inaugural ITUAG meeting with the AMMRF Board at the University of Sydney on
4 December 2008.


Prof. David Sampson
ITUAG Convenor
Director, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)
Tel: 08 6488 7112
Fax: 08 6488 1087

The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009

Dr Miles Apperley
AMMRF General Manager
Tel: 02 9351 2887
Fax: 02 9351 7682

AMMRF Headquarters
Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis
Madsen Building F09
The University of Sydney NSW 2006