Notice Regarding COVID-19:

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the organizing committee and Microanalysis Society have decided to postpone the EBSD 2020 topical conference until 2022. New dates will be advertised here as soon as they have been confirmed. All those who had previously registered for EBSD 2020 will receive a full refund of their registration fee. Details regarding refunds have been provided to all registrants via email. If you have any questions, please contact us at



The Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) 2020 Topical Conference was originally planned to be held June 24 –26th 2020 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. The biennial MAS EBSD topical conference brings together EBSD developers and users of all abilities, across the geosciences and materials sciences, for a three-day meeting featuring:

  • Beginner and advanced tutorials covering EBSD theory, sample preparation, data acquisition, and applications (June 24th);
  • Hands-on demonstrations by leading EBSD developers;
  • Invited and contributed podium presentations, as well as a poster session, covering EBSD applications and emerging technologies across geoscience, materials science, and engineering (June 25-26th);
  • A conference banquet (included in the cost of registration) following the Thursday afternoon poster session.

EBSD 2020 will follow the very successful format of EBSD 2018 and will run for three days.  The first day will feature beginner- and advanced-level tutorials, including lectures on EBSD theory and application, with hands-on demonstrations from leading EBSD vendors. The programming for the second and third days will be comprised of plenary and contributed presentations highlighting recent developments, data analysis methods, and materials science and geoscience applications. We will have a poster session and competition on the afternoon of the second day, followed by a banquet to celebrate the meeting.


  • Kenneth Vecchio (University of California San Diego) – “Application of Machine Learning Toward Autonomous EBSD Phase Identification”
  • Elisabetta Mariani (University of Liverpool) – “EBSD as a key to decoding deformation mechanisms in Earth materials”
  • Arun Bhattacharya (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) – “Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction and Advanced Data Analytics: Revolutionizing Insights into Nuclear Structural Materials”
  • David Wallis (Utrecht University) – “HR-EBSD Constraints on the Role of Dislocations and their Stress Fields in Transient Creep of Geological Minerals”
  • Philip Noell (Sandia National Laboratories) – “Relating microscale defects to mechanical behavior through in-situ EBSD”
  • Omero Orlandini (University of Texas at Austin) – “Drums in the Deep: Investigating Brittle Anomalies in the Ductile Lower Crust”


  • Stuart Wright (EDAX) – Introduction to EBSD
  • Marc De Graef (Carnegie Mellon University) – EBSD Technology and Indexing Engine
  • Luke Brewer (University of Alabama) – Metallurgical Sample Preparation
  • Angela Halfpenny (Central Washington University) – Geological Sample Preparation
  • Chad Parish (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) – Post-Processing and Applications in Materials Science
  • Zach Michels (University of Minnesota) – Post-Processing and Applications in Geoscience
  • Philip Eisenlohr (Michigan State University) – Coupling Crystal-Plasticity Modeling and EBSD
  • Scott Sitzman (Aerospace Corp.) – Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD)
  • Josh Kacher (Georgia Tech) – Cross-Correlation EBSD


EBSD 2020 will make use of University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). NCRC is a state-of-the-art research campus with 2.1 million square feet of lab/office space across 28 interconnected buildings. Located within NCRC is the Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, (MC)², where EBSD attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on tutorials and demonstrations. Please visit the (MC)² webpage to see all of the cutting edge characterization equipment they have to offer:

The Michigan Center for Materials Characterization – (MC)²

The majority of tutorials, podium presentations, and the poster session will be held in the main “football” room of NCRC Building 18.


The preferred airport for arrival is the Detroit metropolitan airport – DTW. DTW is a major hub for Delta and is located 26 miles from UM campus. Travel from DTW to Ann Arbor can be by bus, taxi, rental car, or Uber/Lyft.

Travel between the airport and Ann Arbor by bus is operated by “The Ride”, which runs 13 times throughout the day, roughly hourly. Pick up is directly at the airport and drop-off is in downtown Ann Arbor at the Blake Transit Center. A one-way ride with reservation is $12. Without reservation the cost is $15, and exact change is required. When arriving at EBSD 2020 you will want the Westbound bus, conversely Eastbound when departing. More information can be found here:

Uber and Lyft generally cost ~$40-$50 per one-way trip:

Taxi service is booked directly at the airport.

Ann Arbor also has an Amtrak station – ARB – with convenient service for Western travelers through Chicago. Travelers coming from the East are required to take a short 30-minute bus ride from Toledo to Ann arbor:

While on campus free buses are operated by University of Michigan that connect Central Campus and the North Quad housing to North Campus Research Complex. These buses run every 10 minutes.

  • Northwood line is the bus to ride
  • Morning pickup is “Rackham – stop C211”
  • Morning drop-off is “Plymouth Rd crosswalk – stop N424”
  • Commute back in the evening is the opposite

There is also a city bus (line 65) that picks up 200 ft from the North Quad housing building and drops off across the street from NCRC for a fare of $1.50.


Affordable university housing is available and recommended for anyone who would like the full Ann Arbor experience. 50 dorm rooms have been reserved at a rate of $70.07/night. A link for booking these rooms will soon be available. The dorms are located in the North Quadrangle residence hall, within walking distance of a large number of restaurants and attractions. A shuttle to the conference site (North Campus Research Complex—NCRC) is available.

Exclusive conference rates have also been negotiated at several nearby hotels (available between June 23rd–26th):

  • Microtel Inn & Suites at 3610 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105—20 one-bed rooms at $69/night and 20 two-bed rooms at $79/night. Reserve before May 20th. Call and ask for the EBSD 2020 rate. Shuttle to NCRC available;
  • Hampton Inn at 2300 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105—up to 40 rooms available. Please book at Shuttle to NCRC available;
  • Holiday Inn (Doubletree By Hilton beginning January 2020) at 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105—40 king rooms available at an estimated rate of $139/night. Please book at EBSD 2020. Shuttle to NCRC available.

EBSD 2020 ORGANIZERS (Contact Us)

  • Joe Michael (Sandia National Laboratories)
  • Andrew Cross (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • Chad Parish (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Sarah Brownlee (Wayne State University)
  • Steve Niezgoda (Ohio State University)
  • Bobby Kerns (University of Michigan)
  • John Mansfield (University of Michigan)
  • John Allison (University of Michigan)



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