ESTEEM2 is a European Integrated Infrastructure of electron microscopy facilities providing access for the academic and industrial research community in the physical sciences to some of the most powerful characterization techniques available at the nanoscale. Transnational access to ESTEEM2 centers is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Service to users is supported by a networking program which addresses key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies. A series of schools and workshops provide training in innovative methods in electron microscopy and a forum for discussing emerging (cutting-edge) techniques. Directed research programs focus on the further development of electron diffraction, imaging (HRTEM and HRSTEM) and spectroscopy (EELS) and the advancement of 3D methods and time resolved TEM. In all, ESTEEM2 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the wider research community at large.
ESTEEM2 will benefit from European Union support until September 2016.