About the Practical Course
3D microscopy and mesoscopy are of major interest for developmental biologists, and have seen tremendous technological developments in the last years. Obtaining high quality, artefact-free multidimensional images and analysing them is now easier but still a challenge and the techniques are still not addressed in academic curricula or the expertise is still lacking in smaller labs/facilities. This EMBO practical course is aimed at junior researchers in Developmental Biology, struggling with 3D imaging of cell movement and tissue morphogenesis in embryos. Confocal, two-photon, light-sheet/SPIM and optical tomography (mesoscopy) are featured in the course. Open-source initiatives and commercial partners contribute with state-of-the-art solutions, which are available to the participants during the course to test with their own samples. Visualisation, processing, analysis and publication of multidimensional images is also addressed, with both commercial and open source tools. The 9 day programme includes morning lectures with several renowned experts, and 6-8h of practicals/day with the support of ~20 tutors and more than 10 high-end 3D imaging techniques. It also includes "micro"workshops on DIY light-sheet and optical tomography, and 3D visualisation and image analysis workflow design.
This year we will make the event “hybrid”, with i) lectures in “webinar” format broadcast to everyone who qualifies and registers before June 15th (“virtual” attendance) and ii) practical sessions only for the selected students who propose projects (= “in person”). ATTENTION: to be considered for selection for “in person” attendance, applicants must submit the application and project BEFORE April 15th and be ready to bring samples to the course (student participation is mandatory for all days, no exceptions!). During the registration form, please make the appropriate selection when asked “I will attend the meeting:”. There will be 16 seats available for “In person” attendance, and 100 for “virtual attendance”. We hope that with this format we can reach a broader audience.
Different registration charges apply to both participations.
i) In person attendance is 200€ registration (includes all sessions, theoretical and practical, all course materials, food & lodge, local transportation and access to all equipment featured in the course). A number of travel grants are available (more info here).
ii) “Virtual-only” access costs 20€ and gives access to all webinars, participation on one “I need help!” session with our tutors (requests must be submitted in advance and will be pre-selected), participation on a “virtual get together”, remote access to equipment demos (upon request only, and limited spots available), and a participation certificate (after completion of a final questionnaire).