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EMBO Practical Course

Volume electron microscopy by automated serial SEM

06 – 11 November 2022 | Lausanne, Switzerland

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 September 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2022

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About the Practical Course

Developments in scanning electron microscopes (SEM) in recent years have led to ground-breaking opportunities in volume imaging of cells and tissues. The aim of this EMBO Practical Course is to provide extensive theoretical and practical knowledge on the three main techniques for automated serial imaging based on SEM (ASI-SEM): microtome-based serial block-face SEM, focused ion beam SEM and array tomography. At the heart of the course, participants will be able to assess the potential of each technique to understand which fits best with their own scientific project. The participants will acquire the theoretical background to understand the different techniques as well as how to optimize the imaging conditions. Data processing, analysis and management, key considerations in all ASI-SEM techniques will also be covered. This EMBO Practical Course has a significant hands-on component where students participate in experimentation on i) sample preparation adapted to each ASI-SEM technique ii) operation of the hardware (SEMs, automated microtomes) and iii) image processing software (stack registration, segmentation, tracing).

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 September 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2022



Registration includes:

  • 5 nights in single room at the Starling Hotel
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners (Sunday-Thursday including a gala dinner)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Course material


Payment details will be sent by email

Selection criteria

Applicants will be chosen based on their interests for the ASI-SEM techniques and the impact that these techniques will bring to their projects and carriers. Training in classical electron microscopy will be a plus.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts / cover letter (250 words) should emphasize why the applicant need to become an ASi-SEM expert in its scientific carrier. Scientific questions and relevant techniques should be presented

Additional requirements

Short CV with own selected publications (2 pages max.)

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. Priority is given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. More information is available on the 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.



Christel Genoud







Starling Hotel

Students will be in individual rooms.


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