Micro ct 2020

Bruker micro-CT Users' Meeting 2020

Bruker micro-CT User Meeting 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Year after year, the Micro-CT User meeting showcases state-of-the-art applications in both life and material sciences, and provides the latest news about hardware and software. On top, it offers the perfect chance to speak directly with our experts, and unparalleled networking opportunities.
We cordially invite to our 2020 user meeting. The User Meeting will be hosted in the ‘Irish College’ in Leuven on May 13 and May 14. Connected to this is the unique opportunity to attend a full-day training course on May 12.
We look forward to meeting you there!

For questions please contact us at usermeeting.BmCT@bruker.com

Where and when?

The venue for the training and users' meeting:
Irish College
Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

May 12, 2020: Micro-CT training course
May 13-14, 2020: Micro-CT Users' Meeting

Register here

The Crossroad for micro-CT Users

We have the chance to accommodate multiple speakers, who will be selected based on the submitted papers (more details below). As usual there will be a nice mix of applications, both in life and material science. The final program and speakers will be communicated on March 09, 2020.

Important Deadlines

Paper submission 20 February 2020
Paper approval and program publication 09 March 2020
Closing early bird registration 20 March 2020
Movie submission for movie contest 20 April 2020
Closing late bird registration 20 April 2020


Early bird Late registration
Training + Micro-Ct user meeting (1) 400 USD 500 USD
Micro-CT user meeting (2) 250 USD 350 USD

(1) Includes the training course on May 12 with coffee breaks and lunch, the opening reception on May 12, the Micro-CT user meeting on May 13 and 14 with coffee breaks and lunch, and the social event and conference dinner on May 13. (2) Includes the opening reception on May 12, the Micro-CT user meeting on May 13 and 14 with coffee breaks and lunch, and the social event and conference dinner on June May 13.

Note: The registration is free of charge for the selected attendees with an oral presentation (a discount code will be provided to register free of charge after the program has been announced, or in case already registered a reimbursement will be done).

Program at a glance

Date Day Program Evening
May 12, 2020 Training course @ Irish College Opening reception
May 13, 2020 Micro-CT user meeting @ Irish College Social event & dinner
May 14, 2020 Micro-CT user meeting @ Irish College

Training Course

You will have the choice to register for one of the 3 proposed training courses:

Training session 1

  • You can take most benefit from this session when you are new to the SkyScan software suite and want to learn more about the essentials of MicroCT.
  • Topics covered:

    • Setting up a good scan
    • Reconstructing your images without artefacts
    • View your results in 2D and 3D
    • Learning the essentials of image analysis

Training session 2

  • You can take most benefit from this session when you already feel confident doing a good scan and reconstruction but sometimes bump into certain issues and want to learn more about data visualization and analysis.
  • Topics covered:

    • Selecting regions of interest
    • Segmentation algorithms to binarize your data
    • Morphometric analysis in custom processing
    • Task automation in custom processing and BatMan
    • 3D multivolume data representation in CTVox 

Training session 3

  • You can take most benefit from this session when micro-CT imaging has no secrets anymore for you, custom processing became a true hobby, and you’re out to know all latest and greatest features in our software.
  • Topics covered:

    • Special scanning trajectories
    • Advanced artefact correction techniques
    • Density calibration
    • Fully automating your image analysis with automated ROI selection & image filtering techniques
    • 3D multivolume data representation in CTVox



Travel and Accomodation

The venue for the training and user meeting is the Irish College, located in the centre of Leuven, Belgium. More info can be found at http://www.leuveninstitute.eu/site/index.php.

Travel arrangements and hotel accommodation are at responsibility and cost of the attendees.

Travel advice

By Taxi:
From ‘Brussels Airport’ to ‘Leuven’ takes about 25 minutes by taxi. The estimated cost is about 70 euro.

By train:
From ‘Brussels Airport Zaventem’ to ‘Leuven station takes about 15 minutes by a direct train connection. The cost for a standard 2nd class ticket is 9.20 euro. The timetable can be checked at http://www.belgianrail.be/jp/sncb-nmbs-routeplanner/query.exe/en.

By car:
Several public parking options exist and can be checked at www.leuven.be/parkeren.

Recommended hotels

Hotel Irish College Leuven

Martin’s Klooster Hotel

Ibis Leuven Centrum

Pentahotel Leuven

Abstract Submission

Paper submission & approval
A paper is an extended abstract of minimum 2-pages including at least some pictures, tables and results, or what you think is necessary to make your work clear and understandable for a general micro-CT user.

Papers need to be submitted in the right format using the template, which you can find on the website: https://www.bruker.com/events/users-meetings/microct/2020.html. Please note when preparing the paper and your presentation (oral or poster), the Micro-CT User Meeting has an audience with different backgrounds and interests. Keep your presentation general and don't assume that your standard abbreviations will be understood by everyone. The focus should be on what you do and or did with the micro-CT and the images.

Papers will be accepted as a Word-document (without footnotes or endnotes, template available from XXX) by email to usermeeting.BmCT@bruker.com before 20 February 2020. You can indicate your preference for a poster or an oral presentation on the submission form. After reviewing, we will publish the final program on 09 March 2020, which will indicate the papers selected for an oral presentation, and tose selected for a poster presentation.

Oral presentation
The timeslot for an oral presentation is 20 minutes: 15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for questions. Slides for the oral presentation shall be prepared in powerpoint format, and saved on the meeting laptop, which is a Windows 7 computer, well before the session starts. The use of your own computer is not recommended but is possible when tested during the breaks.

Poster presentation
Posters should be formatted to A0 portrait. The posters will be open for discussion during the coffee and lunch breaks on 13 and 14 May 2020. During poster viewing you are expected to be at your poster to maximize the discussion with other users. An award will be elected for the best poster presentation.

Poster & Movie Contest

This year we will have a contest for the best poster and movie.

When your paper is selected for a poster presentation, you will automatically enter the best poster contest. For the movie contest a movie of maximum 30sec made using CTVol or CTVox can be submitted to usermeeting.BmCT@bruker.com before May 3. If the file is too big to send through mail you can use e.g. http://www.wetransfer.com. You are welcome to submit multiple movies; however, they will count as individual entries for the contest.

All attendees have one vote and the winners will be announced on Wednesday June 5 during the social event. The prize for best poster is an Apple iWatch, the prize for the best movie is a GoPro camera.