International Training Courses for Imaging Core Facility Staff

Registrations for the International Training Courses for Imaging Core Facility Staff organized within the Global BioImaging framework are now open!

Three advanced courses offer unique opportunities to core facility staff to improve their skillset in both facility operation and data management, while networking with peers internationally. Don’t lose this opportunity and register before June 15th to one (or more) of the following events:

  • “Management and operation of imaging core facilities“, Sydney, Australia - Sept 17-19th, 2018 - find the details and registration link here
  • “Challenges in image data management and analysis”, Sydney, Australia - Sept 19th-21st, 2018 - find the details and registration link here
  • “GBI-ABiS international training course for BioImage Analysis“, Okinawa, Japan - Oct 31-Nov 01st, 2018 - find the details and registration link here. This course is kindly hosted by the Okinawa Institute Of Science And Technology Graduate University (OIST) and co-organised by Global BioImaging and ABiS (Advanced BioImaging Support)

The course in “Management and operation of imaging core facilities” provides an educational program for facility staff in the field of facility management and administration. It entails a session on soft skills training, one on best practices for building imaging facilities in the fields of biological and biomedical imaging as well as site visits to imaging centres.

The course on “Challenges in image data management and analysis” presents the capabilities and technologies currently available to imaging facility staff in the field of image data management and analysis. Awareness will be raised on the current challenges in the field and the course participants will be provided with a new set of tools (and references) that can be used tackle such challenges and improve their own facility’s working life.

The “GBI-ABiS international training course for BioImage Analysis” will focus on computational methods for analysing cellular images and extracting quantitative data from them. Its aim is to familiarise the participants with computational image analysis methodologies, and to provide hands-on training in running quantitative analysis pipelines. Young investigators, such as PhD students and postdoc, as well as assistant professors and imaging facilities technical staff are encouraged to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTE - FUNDING: For the two courses in Sydney, the Global BioImaging project can provide a limited number of travel grants to successful applicants from Europe (up to € 2.200). For the training course in Japan, a limited number of travel grants provided by ABiS will be awarded to applicants selected on the basis of their qualifications and fitness to the purpose of the course.

Since the number of places available for the courses is limited and in order to assign the travel grants, the applications will be evaluated and the successful applicants will receive an invitation to the course(s) at the beginning of July 2018.

The Global BioImaging team is looking forward to welcoming you to these training events!

2018/06/07 02:57 · Marin Lagacé

Ernst Ruska Prize 2019

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektronenmikroskopie invites to propose candidates for the Ernst-Ruska-Prize. The prize is awarded for work carried out by younger scientists pioneering new capabilities of electron microscopy as a scientific technique through innovative instrumentation or novel methods of basic and general interest. Work carried out by pure application of existing techniques will not be considered. The eligible work should not date back more than 7 years. It must be published or it must be accepted for publication at the time of submission of the proposal.

The decision will be made by an independent committee. The Ernst-Ruska-Prize consists of a certificate, a financial award, as well as the honor of giving an Ernst- Ruska Distinguished Lecture at the Ceremony of Award. If a group of authors receives the award, they will be awarded jointly. The ceremony will take place at the Microscopy Conference 2019 in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 1st-5th, 2019.

Proposals including appraisal of the achievement, reprints or preprints, and short CV including list of publications of the authors should be received (on paper and CD) not later than November 30th, 2018, addressed to:

President of DGE
Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Reichert
Core Facility Cellular Imaging (CFCI)
Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus
Fetscherstr. 74
01307 Dresden
E-Mail: mueller-reichert (at)

2018/02/09 02:43 · Marin Lagacé

Cryogenic Preparation and Imaging Strategies for Soft Matter in Materials Science


The People's Palace and The Skeel Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
February 24 2017

This lecture series focuses on applied electron microscopy for the characterization of hydrated samples (hydrogels, colloids, hydrated polymers, polymer-peptide hybrids, scaffolds for cell culture evaluations) using cryo-preservation and characterization of materials in their pristine/life-like state. Several techniques that have been well established in life sciences research will be presented in the context of materials science.

For more information, visit the Royal Microscopical Society website.

2016/12/08 03:45 · Marin Lagacé

Microscopy Characterization of Organic-Inorganic Interfaces


The People's Palace and The Skeel Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
February 23-24 2017

The meeting is dedicated to microscopy of materials comprised of both organic and inorganic constituents (in close proximity) and is aimed at bringing together experts from both the life science and materials science communities to address this challenging and increasingly important topic.

The second edition of the meeting broadens its horizons and is welcoming not only electron microscopists but scientists applying other microscopy techniques to share their knowledge and expertise in solving complex problems related to hybrid materials (bio-inspired composites, hybrid solar cells, mineralized tissues, colloidal nanoparticles, etc.).

For more information, visit the Royal Microscopical Society website.

2016/12/08 03:34 · Marin Lagacé

Higher Organization of Chromosomes: Fascinating Target for Scientists

Professor Kiichi Fukui
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, Osaka University, Japan
10:30-11:30 am, September 6th, 2016 at NINT Taylor room

DNA which has important roles for maintenance and expression of genetic information, changes its fibrous shape to highly compacted state called a chromosome during cell division for equal distribution of genetic information. Chromosomes were found within a cell in the middle of 19 century. Now DNA and its higher order structure of nucleosome structures within a chromosome are well characterized in atomic resolution, however, chromosome higher order structure itself has not been elucidated yet (Fig. 1). We have tried to elucidate the chromosome higher order structure for the chromosomes isolated and prepared by PA method and Critical Point Drying (CPD) method using Ga FIB/SEM. As a result, we have observed the nucleosome-like signals within a chromosome (Fig. 2). Although it is not achieved to elucidate the whole structure of a chromosome, we believe that the nano- technology is a promising method to elucidate detailed structures of biological samples such as chromosomes.

Organized by NINT and Alberta Section of MSC.
For more information e-mail

Free coffee and donuts!!!

2016/08/17 01:29 · Marin Lagacé