ToScA 2021: Tomography for Scientific Advancement Symposium (Online)

ToScA 2021 (Tomography for Scientific Advancement Symposium) will take place online on Wednesday 1st September to Friday 3rd September 2021.

ToScA provides an opportunity for sharing discussions about tomography, networking with researchers and commercial industry representatives, and a platform to encourage collaborations.

ToScA 2021 Online

The online conference will take place on Wednesday 1st September to Friday 3rd September 2021.

  • Invited international speakers
  • Lightning talks
  • Sponsor showcase
  • Prizes
  • Virtual coffee breaks


ToScA is a tomography conference about all X-ray CT topics, including:

  • Correlative Tomography and Complimentary Techniques
  • Materials Science
  • Culture Heritage
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing and Industry
  • Outreach and Public Engagement
  • New X-ray Technologies and Future Advances
  • Data
  • Quantification

Come to our Micro-CT Workshop

We’ll be running an online micro-CT workshop at ToScA 2021 on Friday 3rd September 2021. Workshops are free for all conference delegates; you’ll be able to attend one morning and one afternoon workshop. Ours will be repeated in the morning and the afternoon. If you’d like to attend, please sign up when you register for the conference (first come first served).

Fast-Scanning, Large Sample X-ray Micro-CT with the Bruker SkyScan 1273

Please join us for an informative, interactive workshop introducing Bruker’s SKYSCAN 1273 benchtop, large sample X-ray CT scanner. Topics to be covered include;

  • Introduction to the SKYSCAN 1273
    Dr. James Carr, BlueScientifc X-ray CT Applications Specialist
  • Showcase Presentations from SKYSCAN users
    Including Dr. Lisa-Marie Shillito, Director of Archaeology Labs, Newcastle University
  • Live demonstration using a variety of samples
  • Open Q&A session

The SkyScan 1273 offers fast scanning of relatively large and heavy samples, combined with the ease of use and low maintenance of a benchtop, closed X-ray source system. Samples up to 20kg and 500mm long x 300mm in diameter can be accommodated, with a scanning volume of up to 250mm x 250mm. In continuous scanning mode, scans can be completed in as little as <20 seconds.

How to sign up: If you are interested in joining our workshop, please sign up when you register for ToScA 2021. The workshop will run twice, at 9am-12pm and 1pm -4pm on Friday 3rd September. You’re also welcome to comment in advance on particular samples / materials of interest and we’ll endeavour to cover those topics during the workshop.

Bruker SkyScan 1273


The provisional programme is now available on the ToSca website, with details of speakers and timings. Take a look at the programme…

Image Competition

Submit your best tomography image to the Image Competition. There’s no limit to how many images you can submit. They should each be submitted with a title and 50 word abstract.

The deadline is 23rd August 2021. Guidelines and details of how to enter are available on the ToScA 2021 website.

Breakout Rooms

There’ll be breakout rooms at the online conference where you can discuss CT topics with a smaller group of attendees. There are currently two discussion themes – if you have suggestions for another topic please let ToScA know your request!

  • “I wish CT could….” – What types of scans do you wish you could perform? What would help advance your research? This breakout room will bring users, programmers and industry together to identify future needs, and help try to meet your scanning requirements.
  • Setting up a good CT scan – Get help with your scanning issues and share your experience, with no judgement! No question is too simple – it’s all about helping each other get the best results, whether your issue is related to kV, spot size, high-aspect ratios or any other aspect of setting up your scan.


Registration fees have been kept as low as possible, and are used to maintain the ToScA organisation and provide funding to the community:

  • Students: £25
  • Standard: £50

The deadline for registration is 25th August 2021. Register for ToScA 2021 on the conference website:

BlueScientific at ToScA 2021

Blue Scientific is a sponsor of ToScA 20201.

We offer the complete range of Bruker SkyScan microtomography scanners for both materials and life science:

Mouse Tibia Scan
Mouse tibia colour coded by thickness. Taken with the SkyScan 1272.

More Information

Blue Scientific is the official distributor of Bruker SkyScan micro-CT (X-ray microscopy) scanners in the UK and Nordic region (Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland). If you’d like any more information, please get in touch:

 Contact us on +44 (0)1223 422 269 or

 Bruker Micro-CT