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EMBO Practical Course

Light sheet microscopy

15 – 26 August 2022 | Brno, Czech Republic

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2022

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About the Practical Course

Light sheet microscopy is an established imaging technology that enables the recording of large biological specimens with minimal photo-damage. It opens new avenues to study cell biological and developmental processes with unprecedented imaging speed and facilitates systems biology approaches by quantitative imaging of living systems in their entirety. Although light sheet technology is still developing, it has become broadly available through commercial and open-access platforms. In this interdisciplinary course, we are continuing the tradition of three such courses in 2014, 2016 and 2018 at MPI-CBG in Dresden. This new installment of the course at CEITEC Brno will focus on the emerging trends in the field, namely, the combination of light sheet imaging with other imaging modalities in a correlative approach and probing the physical properties of living systems imaged with the light sheet technology. Given the scientific focus of the hosting organisation, we will particularly welcome students bringing applications of light sheet microscopy to imaging plants and viral infections.

Image credits: Johannes Girstmair (MPI-CBG)

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
  • 30 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2022



Registration includes:

  • Participation in all lectures and practicals
  • Course brochure
  • Accommodation
  • 4 TB hard drive
  • All meals including gala dinner and closing barbecue


Selection criteria

The course will be able to accept altogether 16 students.

We are aiming to establish four interdisciplinary student teams consisting of 2 biologists, 1 computer scientist, and 1 physicist/microscopist each. After the initial intense introduction to light sheet technology, the teams will tackle research problems defined in their applications.

The applicants are therefore encouraged to write a short, one page motivation letter, where they:

a) describe their educational background,
b) summarize their skill set in biology, computer science, and microscopy,
c) and ideally propose a concise imaging experiment that could benefit from light sheet microscopy.

Please note that CEITEC is particularly well equipped to deal with plants and viruses in tissue culture settings and therefore we encourage biologists working with these systems to apply.

Additionally, the applicants should submit their CV, publication record, and summary of online presence (websites, blogs, Figshare, Wiki pages, social media handles, GitHub, etc.).

Poster specifications

Participants are required to bring a poster that will be displayed throughout the course.

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.



Šárka Fajtlová
Event manager
Tel: +420 549 49 3925, +420 778 117 062




CEITEC Masaryk University
Kamenice 753/5
625 00 Brno, Czech Republic


Accommodation for students will be provided in Office Apartments just a 2 min walk from CEITEC.

The students will be sharing rooms.

Accommodation is located in Brno Bohunice, with free WiFi and free private parking. The apartments provide guests with a balcony, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

For more information, click here.
A map can be found here.


Guide on how to get to Brno

You can comfortably get here by air, bus, train or car. Please see instructions and a map below.

We recommend checking the traveler's websites' (below) before the trip, due to the current pandemic situation.


Brno - Tuřany Airport

Visitors of Brno can use International Airport Brno-Tuřany, which provides flights to London/Stansted and other charter destinations. Airport is located 12km/20 minutes from the city center and you can easily take a taxi or the express bus, which is located directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal.

Brno 904/1, Tuřany, Czech Republic, Phone: +420 545 521 111


The visitors are more likely to use the large international airports in Prague and Vienna (Airport).

Vienna International Airport

There is no direct flight from Vienna to Brno due to the short distance. The easiest transportation from Vienna airport to Brno is with bus operator RegioJet. Tickets are available to purchase online via their website.

Einfahrtsstrasse, Schwechat 1300, Republic of Austria, Phone: +43-1-7007-0


Václav Havel Airport Prague

Easiest transportation from Prague is with bus operator RegioJet. Tickets are available to purchase online via their website.

K Letišti 6/1019, 160 08, Prague 6, Phone: +420 220 111 888


RegioJet is a reliable bus and train company.

A universal bus/train search engine and public transport planner can be found here.


Brno is located on the main Czech highway D1 and D2. For highways and some bigger roads, it is necessary to have a highway sticker, which is for sale at the border crossing, petrol stations, post offices and in the motor clubs.

More information via Google Maps can be found here.
A map for public transport in Brno can be found here.
Further information can also be found here.

About the Area


CEITEC is a research institution set on the path towards international recognition through science-based on synergy and collaboration. It is a center piece of the regional knowledge-based economy. CEITEC has been created to bring the existing basic and applied research in South Moravia to new levels of scientific excellence. Its purpose is to provide its researchers with the best equipment and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and to engage in scientific discovery at a glo­bally competitive level. To achieve this, CEITEC is aiming to recruit, support, and retain talented scientists who address important research questions.

The building of CEITEC was awarded as Building of the Year 2014.

About Brno

Brno is the capital city of the South Moravian Region. With its 400 000 inhabitants, after Prague, it is the 2nd biggest city in the Czech Republic. Brno is also a center of judicial power, which is thus separated geographically from the legislative power. Brno has a significant tradition of trade fairs and congresses, however, more recently the city is focused on science, research, and innovations. It is well-known for the work of Gregor Johann Mendel who laid the foundations of genetics. Brno is also a globally significant producer of electron microscopes, responsible for 35% of the world’s production of these sophisticated imaging instruments. You can find here 14 universities and Brno is on the list of Top 10 Erasmus Cities. There are many theatres, museums, and galleries and a vibrant pedestrian-only city center relatively free of tourists. There is a great system of public transport, high-quality services, excellent beer, and the city sits in the middle of an up-and-coming wine country of Southern Moravia.

Explore Brno and check out a tourist portal.

What to see in Brno?

Vila Tugendhat

Spilberk Castle

Mendel Museum of Masaryk University

Cathedral of St Peter and Paul

Central European Exhibition Centre

Old Town Hall

News in English

Brno News CTV – Czech national TV in English, follow on Facebook
Brno Daily

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