Registration & Training for New Users

The equipment housed at Adelaide Microscopy is accessible to everyone* but booking options and charge rates may vary depending on your access level.

*Conditions apply.

If you would like to enquire about the services we offer, please complete and submit an enquiry form, detailing as much information as you can about your samples and aims of research.

Submit your enquiry

Provide as much information as possible to ensure we can attend to your request in a timely manner.

On receipt of your enquiry we will put you in contact with one of our Microscopists who will organise a face-to-face meeting to discuss your needs and ensure the right techniques are used to achieve maximum results.

Following this initial conversation, you will be directed to complete a new user registration form if you plan to proceed with your imaging and analysis at Adelaide Microscopy and are not already registered with us.  Please only complete this form once you have discussed your analysis with our staff.  Qualified Adelaide Microscopy staff are responsible for training all users for all instruments and laboratory procedures.

For most microscopy instrumentation, an initial training session will usually take around 3-4 hours in which your own sample is used. Prior to this session we will advise you on the most appropriate sample preparation technique.  It is important that you have your samples well prepared. This can be the most time consuming and critical aspect of your microscopy as it will affect the end result.  Instrument use is charged at the hourly rate depending on funding type.

All users are required to comply with Health, Safety and Wellbeing and must read the Adelaide Microscopy Health, Safety and Wellbeing Induction and Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) prior to accessing the Centre.  Specific training courses are also offered by Adelaide Microscopy. 

Any visitors accompanying you are required to report to sign in the Visitors book located at Adelaide Microscopy Reception on arrival.

If you are a current user and your contact details have changed, or your registration has lapsed, please complete the Updating Registration Details for Users Form (one page editable PDF) and return by email.

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In posters and presentations please use the Microscopy Australia logo. In publications please use the following text acknowledgement:

“The authors acknowledge the instruments and expertise of Microscopy Australia at Adelaide Microscopy, The University of Adelaide, enabled by NCRIS, university, and state government support”.

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