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EMBO Practical Course

3D developmental imaging

30 June – 08 July 2018 | Oeiras, Portugal

  • Registration Deadline
  • 11 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2018

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About the Practical Course

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This EMBO Practical Course is aimed at junior researchers in developmental biology, struggling with imaging of cell movement and tissue morphogenesis in vivo using conventional microscopy techniques. Exploring techniques such as confocal, two-photon, light-sheet, and optical tomography with different samples is a major feature of the course. Several commercial partners contribute with state-of-the-art equipment for students to use during the course.

This year we will have:

  • Six keynote lectures
  • Four labs for eight different projects (selected from applications)
  • One multi-photon microscope
  • Three laser scanning and three spinning disk confocals
  • Four light-sheet (commercial & custom built) and two optical tomography systems
  • Seven workstations for 3D image analysis
  • More equipments being confirmed...

The visualization, processing, analysis and publication of multidimensional images is also addressed, with both commercial and open source tools. Students are encouraged (in fact required!) to bring their own samples to test with multiple systems and to try other sample preparation and imaging protocols. The nine day course includes morning lectures with several renowned experts, and 6-8h of practicals/day with the support of over 20 teachers and more than ten high-end 3D imaging techniques. Students are encouraged to try new sample preparation protocols and as many imaging techniques as time permits. It also includes "micro" workshops on DIY building of microscopes and on image analysis. Although intense, this course is well appreciated for the breadth of techniques available and the inspiring and informal environment which favors discussions among peers.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

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

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







  • Registration Deadline
  • 11 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2018



Registration includes:

  • Booklet, lab materials and chemicals
  • All meals
  • Hotel
  • Local transportation
  • Does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights before and after the course
  • Organisms/embryos, if not available locally, must be sent in advance by students


Paypal or wire-transfer; upon selection candidates will receive an email with further instructions.

Selection criteria

  • Motivation and adequacy of project proposed (must be related to morphogenesis and require 3D imaging)
  • Geographic distribution
  • Model (organism) proposed

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.

Additional information

Students will be lodged in double bed hotel rooms (included in registration fee).



Gaby G Martins


Phone: +351 936443976




Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Rua da Quinta Grande N6
2780-156 Oeiras - Portugal


The course will be held at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in Oeiras, a major research institution in Portugal, known worldwide for its excellence and organizer of several EMBO imaging courses.

Students and faculty will be lodged in the Praia Mar Hotel in Carcavelos and will be provided with transportation to the IGC (and back) daily.

Lunch and dinners are provided at the institute. The course will be supported by the IGC's Advanced Imaging Unit.


Directions to get to Oeiras and the IGC:

Oeiras is halfway in between the Lisbon-Cascais railway. There is a shuttle bus service from the Lisbon airport to “Cais-do-Sodre”. There is also a subway; you start on the red line and then switch to the green line at Alameda. From Cais-do-Sodre catch the train headed to Cascais (every 20/30min) and all trains will stop in Oeiras (~20min ride), where the IGC is located. If when arriving you go straight to the hotel, it’s only one more station—Carcavelos. From the hotel to the IGC catch the same train but headed towards Lisbon and exit in Oeiras (one train stop).

From the Oeiras train station to the IGC

Exit the Oeiras station and head towards the taxi/bus park across the garden towards the pharmacy and restaurants (headed right); keep following that sidewalk for ~400m until you reach the traffic lights. Turn left, cross over the pedestrian crossing and you are at the IGC's main entrance.

Follow this link below for a more detailed and interactive google map of the buildings and how to get to the IGC from the train station.

There will be free local transportation between the SANA hotel and the IGC every morning and night.

About the Area

Local transportation to and from hotel is provided daily for all students and teachers.

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