Summer School 2024

The 2nd FIT4NANO summer school takes place from 11-16 August 2024 in Thun, Switzerland. Applications are accepted until Wednesday, 1st of May.

Participants can expect five full days of lectures, hands-on training, and lab visits. Selected candidates will receive reimbursement covering their accommodation fees, travel costs, and meal expenses.

Summer School Organizers

Dr. Ivo Utke, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Prof. Dr. Silvia Schintke, HEIG-VD / HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Outside view of the venue Ⓒ Pfadi Verband Kyburg
Participants of the 2022 summer school during hands-on training Ⓒ FIT4NANO

The summer school takes place at Pfadiheim Aare, a boy scout home (think youth hostel-style), and will have a camp-like character. Accommodation for students will be in gender separated dorms, meals will mostly be cooked together at the house. Participants have to bring a bedsheet, pillowcase, and a sleeping bag or a blanket (pillows are available).

Due to the venue and structure of the summer school, only a limited number of spaces for in-person participation will be available. Applicants are asked to submit their CVs as well as a description of a FIB related experiment (around ~300 words) they’ve always wanted to do.

Online participation will be possible for the lectures only. Please also use the registration form to apply for online participation.

Visit the application page.

Trainers & Topics

  • Katja Höflich, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut FIBID application and simulation
  • Gregor Hlawacek, HZDRFIB Instrumentation
  • Florent Houdellier, CEMES-CNRS – Charged Particle Optics
  • Silvan Kretschmer, HZDRIntroduction to Simulation methods
  • Lex Pillatsch, Tofwerk: SIMS, TOFSIMS
  • Valentine Riedo-Grimaudo, Tofwerk: fibTOF applications
  • Ivo Utke, EMPA – FIBID application and simulation
  • James Whitby, TofwerkPost-processing of data 

Lecture Program

Program is still tentative and is subject to change.

Monday, 12 August

9 – 11:30 a.m. CET

Post-processing of fibTOF data

Lex Pillatsch et al., TOFWERK

Tuesday, 13 August

9 – 11:30 a.m. CET

Charged particle optics

Florent Houdellier, CEMES-CNRS

Wednesday, 14 August

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CET

Introduction to Simulation methods

SilvanKretschmer, HZDR

1 – 4:30 p.m. CET

FIBID application and simulation

Ivo Utke, EMPA, and Katja Höflich, FBH

Thursday, 15 August

9 – 11:30 a.m. CET

FIB instrumentation

Gregor Hlawacek, HZDR

Friday, 16 August

9 – 11: 30 a.m. CET

Wrap up & discussions

Hands-on Program

Monday, 12 August & Tuesday, 13 August

1 – 5 p.m. CET

  • FIBSIMS (Lyra)
  • FIB lamella preparation with FIB milling, FIBID, FEBID, actuators (new Lyra or old Lyra)
  • FIB milling of beam with notch
  • Pillar compression tests
  • TKD during pillar bending or as such (Mira)
  • Nanosurf

Thursday, 15 August

1 – 5 p.m. CET

Excursion to TOFWERK, Alemnis, and Meyer Burger

Summer School Grant

Successful applicants receive a travel grant to participate in the summer school to cover their expenses. The grant includes a daily allowance of 90€ and travel reimbursement of up to 450€ based on actual invoice.


In total, 15 students will be accepted for in-person participation. The target group for the summer schools are students.
Preference will be given to applicants, who are members of the FIT4NANO Action (Create an eCOST account and sign up here by joining one of our work groups) as well as to applicants from ITC countries.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted until 1st of May, 12 p.m. CET (noon) at

Documents to be uploaded with your application: CV, a (max. 300 word) pdf file outlining a FIB experiment you are / have been interested in.

Applications will be evaluated by the summer school organizers
Dr. Ivo Utke, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Prof. Dr. Silvia Schintke, HEIG-VD / HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Dr. Gregor Hlawacek, HZDR

Venue of the morning program

Pfadiheim Aare

Kirschenallee 69
3613 Steffisburg