International Seminars on Advanced High-resolution 3D imaging 2020

Target group 

Technical and advanced audience from the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences, where techniques are being developed and applied (Radiation Physics, Solid State Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Geology) and from the Doctoral School of (Bioscience) Engineering.


PhD students 

Organising and Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Matthieu Boone (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, UGent)
  • Dr. Kanchana Kularatne (Dept. of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, UGent)
  • Dr. Jan Aelterman (Dept. of Telecommunications and information processing, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, UGent; Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, UGent)


This course aims to provide attendees with a solid background on different advanced 3D imaging techniques, thematically linked through their complementarity to laboratory-based X-ray μCT. The course will consist of a series of lectures on a wide variety of topics such as X-ray ptychography, grating-based phase contrast, synchrotron X-ray imaging, neutron imaging, diffraction-based imaging, advanced CT reconstruction and analysis techniques such as digital volume correlation and multi-modal registration. As such, the series will span the whole range of acquisition hardware to data processing.


The course will cover a wide range of topics, all complementary to lab-based imaging as present in the European Centre of Expertise for X-ray computed tomography at Ghent University (UGCT). The course will provide amongst others an advanced lecture on lab-based imaging, covering specific topics such as detector lag, X-ray tube properties, etc. Also on the reconstruction and analysis techniques, specific talks will be provided, as different variations on reconstruction and analysis techniques will be part of the seminars later on. International experts on synchrotron-based imaging will be invited, to elaborate on the operation of a synchrotron, and the application of different techniquessuch as ptychography, grating-based imaging and diffraction-based imaging. Seminars on neutron imaging, 3D spectroscopy and 3D X-ray fluorescence as an analytical imaging technique will also be organized, as well as more general sessions on image analysis.

Objectives of the course

From this course, the attendees will gain insight in a variety of 3D imaging techniques which complement the lab-based μCT offered by UGCT. This will enable the attendees, to assess the added value of these advanced techniques in their research. It should be noted that this added value can be bi-directional: on the one hand these advanced techniques can be used to investigate objects and materials in more detail, while on the other hand methodologies and advances in lab-based μCT can be ported to the discussed techniques. This creates a truly multidisciplinary discussion forum. This is further enhanced by the format of the seminar series, which allows for more time for discussion, both formal and informal. Particularly the latter will increase the network of the attendees and create new collaboration opportunities.


The course will be spread over at least 10 seminar sessions (see lecturers) from June 2020 to October 2020

Note: “Due to restrictions in the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak, we will organize several lectures through teleconferencing. Depending on how long these restrictions last, the physical sessions will be postponed until after October 2020”


Location: Campus Sterre and Campus Proeftuin, Ghent University, as well as on-line (MS Teams)


  • David Paganin (School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University, Australia): Monday June 29th: 9.30 AM: Lecture on phase contrast imaging
  • Richard Ketcham (Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, USA): Monday July 6th: 5.00 PM: Lecture on image analysis of sub-resolution features
  • Darren Batey and Silvia Cipiccia (Diamond Light Source, UK) - date to be confirmed: Lecture on color ptychography
  • Marco Endrizzi (University college London, UK) - date to be confirmed: Lecture on edge illumination X-ray imaging
  • Marie-Christine Zdora (University of Southampton, UK) - date to be confirmed: Lecture on Speckle-based imaging
  • Matt Wilson (Science and technology facilities council, UK) - date to be confirmed: Lecture on High-energy full-field spectroscopic X-ray detectors
  • Alessandro Tengattini (beamline scientist @ NeXT-beamline, Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France): date to be announced: Lecture on combined neutron and X-ray imaging
  • Andrew King (beamline scientist @ PSICHE beamline, Soleil synchrotron, France): date to be announced: Lecture on 3DXRD
  • Michel Defrise (Department of Nuclear Medicine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium): date to be announced: Lecture on advanced image reconstruction.


Registration link:

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Attend at least 8 seminars



Number of participants

Maximum 40