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EMBO Practical Course

Two-photon imaging of brain dynamics: Illuminating neuronal and glial function

03 – 09 September 2017 | Zurich, Switzerland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 September 2017

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About the Practical Course

Two-photon imaging is the prime microscopy technique to study structural dynamics and functional signaling in cells and cellular networks of living brains. This course will teach participants the fundamental principles of multi-photon microscopy, illustrate various research applications, and provide hands-on practical experience to successfully employ this technology. Students will learn about fluorescence microscopy, microscope optics, as well as laser scanning and photodetection technology. A particular focus will be on state-of-the-art imaging approaches to study neuronal network dynamics, glia function, and neuron-glia interactions in the central nervous system of the mouse. Lab practicals will demonstrate the use of a variety of molecular probes to study cell function in vivo, including in particular fluorescent calcium indicators. The main objective of the course training is to enable participants to start their own two-photon microscopy lab.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 September 2017



Registration includes:

  • All meals for the duration of the course
  • Accommodation for the duration of the course
  • Course materials

Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Payment details will be sent to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Selection of 12 participants will be based on scientific merit and interest. We will select mostly students who are at the doctoral or early post-doctoral stage of their training.

The main selection criterion will be scientific qualifications, as well as project-related need for training in two-photon imaging. Additionally, an important goal of the EMBO Practical Course is a broad dissemination of multi-photon techniques – hence we especially encourage applications of students from countries or institutes, where training in two-photon microscopy is not yet easily available.

Application guidelines

Each applicant should submit:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • an abstract of his/her current research work
  • a statement of interest explaining the importance of the course for the applicant's research project

In addition, a letter of the supervisor and/or the head of the lab should be included, stating the importance of the practical course for the laboratory. – please send them directly to the course organisers.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Ladan Egolf


Taner Aydinalp





Brain Research Institute

Irchel Campus
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich



Hotel Coronado

Schaffhauserstrasse 137

CH-8057 Zurich

Tel. + 41 44 360 26 26

Fax. + 41 44 360 26 36



Accommodation will be provided in nearby hotels. Students may share a hotel room.


From the Zurich train station

All intercity train trains make a stop at the Zurich main station of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). From there you can take a taxi (around 25 CHF) or you can take a tram to reach the University of Zurich Irchel campus.

If you choose to come by public transport, take tram number 10 in the direction "Zurich Flughafen" and exit at the stop "Universitat Irchel" (Marker 2 on map). You can also take tram number 14 in direction "Seebach" and exit at the stop "Milchbuck" (Marker 2 on map). Both tram rides will take about 10 minutes. From there walk through the campus grounds to reach the institute. To purchase a 24 hour public transport pass press the button "Tageskarte Zone 10" on the ticket machine.

All public transport in Zurich is operrated by Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV). You can find all relevant connections and the ticket prices here .

From Zurich airport

From the airport you can either take a taxi (costing about CHF 45.00) or take a tram directly to university campus. Trams and buses depart from the front of the airport. Take tram 10 in direction "Zurich HBf" and get off at the tram station "Milchbuck". From there walk through the campus ground to the institute. Tickets can be bought inside the airport terminal and must be purchased prior to boarding the tram.

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