WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University

9th Bio-SPM Summer School (Aug 30 – Sept 4, 2021) has been cancelled.

Aug. 4, 2021, regrettably we decided to cancel the 9th bio-SPM Summer School this year due to the coronavirus infection spread.  The details will be sent to registered participants by e-mail. Please check.


Previous Announcements:

The Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), Kanazawa University, restarts to call for participants for 9th Bio-SPM Summer School 2021 (previously known as Bio-AFM Summer School


The research teams of Kanazawa University have engaged in the pioneering development of original Bio-SPM technologies, including super-resolution AFM (FM-AFM/3D-AFM), high-speed AFM, and scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM), and applied them to the life sciences.

The Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), Kanazawa University, will hold a “Bio-SPM Summer School” and is calling on young researchers and students who are interested in Bio-SPM systems. In this school, we provide participants with the opportunity to use our Bio-SPM systems for imaging of their own samples and realize their potentials.

Participants can choose among systems ranging from super-resolution AFM, high-speed AFM, and SICM, according to their purpose. Biological samples or materials related to biological research are available for imaging with Bio-SPMs. The NanoLSI faculty teaches not only the usage of the instruments but also the preparation of samples.

From this year, “Bio-AFM Summer School” is renamed “Bio-SPM Summer School”.


Kakuma Campus, Kanazawa University


Aug 30 (Mon), 2021

Venue:  Main Conference Room, Nano Life Science Institute 4th floor

09:30 –  Reception
10:00 –  Opening

Afternoon –  Explanation and demonstration of the instruments

Aug 31 (Tue) – Sept 3 (Fri), 2021

Observation of your own samples

Sept 4 (Sat), 2021

Venue:  Main Conference Room, Nano Life Science Institute 4th floor

Morning – Presentation of results Part 1
Afternoon – Presentation of results Part 2

Closing – Evening


Application Eligibility

  • Young researchers and students who are interested in observing their own samples by Bio-SPMs. Prior knowledge about Bio-SPM is not required.
  • Participants from overseas will not be accepted this time due to the spread of the COVID-19.
  • Those who can participate in all schedules
  • Those who participated in the previous Bio-AFM Summer School are no longer eligible to participate. Please apply our Bio-SPMs collaborative research.

Note:  In relation to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19;

  • Only applicants from residents in Japan will be accepted.
  • Please note that we may refuse your participation even after your application has been accepted, depending on the infection situation in your area.
  • If the infection situation worsens, the event may be cancelled.


  • We will accept about 20 people this year. In case the number of applicant exceeds quota, we will review your application form and select participants. The result will be informed by the middle of July.

How to apply

  • Please fill in the application form [Word], [PDF] and submit by email to the following address:

kunioka[at]staff.kanazawa-u.ac.jp      Please replace [at] with @.

[Submission Deadlines]

Applications must reach us by June 11, 2021 (Friday), 17:00 JST.

           (Application has been closed as of June 30.)


Participation fee: Free of charge

  • Transportation to Kanazawa University and accommodation during your stay in Kanazawa will be paid according to the regulations of Kanazawa University.
  • You will be responsible for the shipping costs of the samples you bring with you, as well as food and miscellaneous daily expenses during your stay.
  • You will stay at the accommodation arranged by Kanazawa University.


Selection of Bio-SPM technique

You can learn some one super-resolution FM-AFM, high-speed AFM or SICM (not both).

The targets of super-resolution AFM include any solid-liquid interfacial structures and phenomena whose understanding require subnanometer-scale imaging. Examples include organic and inorganic crystals, self-assembled monolayers, surfactants, lubricants, proteins, DNAs and lipids. The high-speed AFM can observe living cells and isolated intracellular organelles in addition to proteins and DNAs. SICM can observe surface structures of larger samples such as living cells or bacteria.

Notes:  We remind you that you may not be able to spend time as scheduled imaging of your samples and you may not be able to find appropriate imaging conditions of your samples within the period of this summer school.