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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Practical Course

Functional live imaging of plants

21 – 30 May 2019 | Nagoya, Japan

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 February 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 11 March 2019

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About the Practical Course

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To understand biological systems, a functional and dynamic analysis is essential. Hence the popularity of live-imaging approaches continues to increase and technical advances be made. The specificities of plants, in particular their slow development and challenging optical properties, warrant the development of specific advanced imaging approaches. This EMBO Practical Course will gather experts in the field and provide hands on introduction to a wide range of very recent techniques.

The course will feature lectures (40% of course time) along practical sessions and image analysis (60%). Participants will rotate through five practicals in the Live Imaging Center of the venue:

(1) nanosensors and imaging protein-proteins interactions at nanoscale

(2) two-photon deep-tissue imaging and cell ablation

(3) chemistry-enabled and time-gated imaging

(4) 5D imaging of development

(5) microfluidic-enabled functional imaging.

Lectures will additionally cover related topics such as confocal microscopy, spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The course provides ample time for informal discussions and networking. Participants will have the possibility to freely attend the satellite workshop “Frontiers in imaging probes and technologies” held right after the EMBO Practical Course.

This EMBO Practical Course was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

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
  • 10 February 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 11 March 2019



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (incl. conference dinner)
  • Course materials
  • Group excursion
  • Housing, meals and transportation to the satellite workshop “Frontiers in imaging probes and technologies” held right after the course.

Does not include travel to/from Nagoya and extra nights of accommodation before/after the course (exception: one night for the satellite workshop).


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Selection criteria

Participants have to be advanced PhD students or postdocs.

They will be selected based on scientific excellence, level of experience in microscopy, their letter of motivation and the estimation of the immediate impact this training will have on their current projects and future career perspective.

A further criterion will be their potential to act as multipliers, i.e., participants that will not only learn these techniques to apply them in their individual projects, but who can also train other scientists in their home institutions will be given preference.

Abstract guidelines

Applicants are asked to provide a 250 word abstract describing the applicant's field of research and main results as well as 1-page letter describing their motivation for the course.

Poster specifications

Printed, DIN A0 or equivalent, portrait orientation.

Prepare an additional 5min flash talk introducing you and your work (format: PDF, PPT, keynote).

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.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Additional Registration Information

We are aiming to accommodate participants in individual rooms in the student housing facilities of the Nagoya university.


Yoshikatsu Sato
Yoshikatsu Sato ITbM, JP
Daisuke Kurihara
Daisuke KuriharaITbM, JP
Maike Breiden
Maike BreidenHHU Düsseldorf, DE
Kota Miura
Kota MiuraEMBL Heidelberg, DE
Minako Ueda
Minako UedaITbM, JP
Melanie Krebs
Melanie KrebsHeidelberg University, DE
Jazmin Reyes
Jazmin ReyesHeidelberg University, DE
Naoki Yanagisawa
Naoki YanagisawaITbM, JP
Yoko Mizuta
Yoko MizutaITbM, JP
Yuki Hamamura
Yuki HamamuraUniversity of Hamburg, DE






Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM)

Nagoya University

ITbM, Furocho, Chikusa Ward

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 464-8601



The participants will be accommodated in the University residences on campus. Each participant will receive their own room, which includes a private bathroom and toilet. A breakfast will be provided for free.


ITbM is located 20 mins away from Nagoya main station. Nagoya station is well connected to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka by Shinkansen (30 mins to 1.5 h). The closest international airport is Centrair (30 mins, by train and subway), but Osaka International and Tokyo Haneda are also reachable within 2 hours by train.

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