conference format @ pico 2021 // addional conference pico 2022

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, PICO 2021 organisers possibly will not be able to host the Sixth Conference on Frontiers of Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy with on-site attendance in Kasteel Vaalsbroek.

Therefore the format of PICO 2021 is likely to be adapted to the boundary conditions emerging from the continued disruption to travel and large gatherings. Organisers, however, retain the options of holding PICO 2021 as either an in-person, a partially virtual or a fully virtual meeting. Once a definite decision on the format and, as the case might be, location of PICO 2021 has been made, updates will follow on these pages. Albeit the next regular PICO conference is planned to be held in Kasteel Vaalsbroek from 8 to 12 May 2022. Organisers have not taken the above decision lightly, but the health of participants, partners and teams in Aachen, Jülich and Vaalsbroek is of paramount importance.

Hitherto confirmed speakers pf PICO 2021 include Wolfgang Baumeister (Martinsried), Gianluigi Botton (Hamilton), Henry Chapman (Hamburg), Qing Chen (Beijing), Wah Chiu (Stanford), Elizabeth Dickey (Raleigh), Marija Drndix (Philadelphia), Joanne Etheridge (Victoria), Friedrich Förster (Utrecht), Hamish Fraser (Columbus), Kay Grünewald (Hamburg), Wim Hagen (Heidelberg), Max Haider (Heidelberg), Randi Homestad (Trondheim), Xiaodong Han (Beijing), Lothar Houben, (Rehovot), Colim Humphreys (Cambridge), Ryo Ishikawa (Tokyo), Ute Kaiser (Ulm), Ido Kaminer (Haifa), Demie Kepaptsoglou (Daresburg), Miyoung Kim (Seoul), Christoph Koch (Berlin), Bram Koster (Leiden), Andrew Maiden (Sheffield), Fabien Massabuau (Glasgow), Ohad Medalia (Zürich), B Layla Mehdi (Liverpool), Sang-Ho Oh (Suwon), Rachel Oliver (Cambridge), Eva Olsson (Gothenburg), Jürgen Plitzko (Martinsried), Peter Rez (Tempe), Harald Rose (Ulm), Robert Sinclair (Stanford), David Smith (Tempe), John Spence (Tempe), Holger Stark (Göttingen), Toma Susi (Vienna), Mitra Taheri (Baltimore), Knut Urban (Jülich), Thomas Walther (Sheffield), and Jian-Min Zuo (Urbana).

If viable PICO 2021 will also honour the scientific careers of four pioneers of transmission electron microscopy in solid state research and the life sciences. Special colloquia will be devoted to honour the achievements of Colin Humphreys and Knut Urban as well as Wolfgang Baumeister and John Spence celebrating their 80th and 75th birthdays in 2021, respectively. PICO 2021 will be organised by the Ernst Ruska-Centre in Aachen and Jülich.

PICO 20222 is scheduled to take place again in Kasteel Vaalsbroek
located at the bordering point of The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The meeting will be held from 8
to 12 May 2022. Topical issues of advanced electron microscopy research will be highlighted in 45 keynote presentations given by leading invited speakers.

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