Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 24 - 29 May 2020
Deadlines Application closed

Coronavirus information for participants

The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.

We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.

Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

EMBL has taken the difficult decision to pause our programme of external courses and conferences. As a result, we are postponing the course (new dates to be confirmed) and apologise for the inconvenience.

Course Overview

This practical course will cover advanced light microscopy techniques and participants will learn how to derive qualitative and quantitative insights on molecular mechanisms in cells and developing organisms. Invited guest researchers together with experts from the EMBL and microscopy professionals will foster an intense information flow with a balance of lectures and practical workshops. The focus of the course will be on the use of fluorescence microscopy to obtain quantitative information about protein dynamics in living samples.


This course is directed towards researchers in the life sciences with access to light microscopy equipment, who have an immediate need to apply the techniques they will learn to solve biological problems at the cellular and molecular level in vivo.


The topics will include fluorescence microscopy techniques and data analysis such as time-lapse microscopy, confocal microscopy, laser-induced sample photomanipulation, super resolution microscopy (PALM, STORM), expansion microscopy and automation of image acquisition. The course will cover quantitative methods such as fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and will include state-of-the-art data analysis and image processing techniques

Learning Outcomes

Participants will get an overview about advanced fluorescence imaging techniques. 

This course is organised in cooperation with Olympus.

What past participants say about the course:

"The course not only helped me to get a deeper understanding of different microscopy topics, but also allowed me to discuss with experts about my research. This helped me to get a new perspective/ideas on my project directions." - Nicole Mertes, Max Planck Insitute for Medical Research, Germany

"The course in Advanced Fluorescent Imaging Techniques provides excellent teaching and hands-on experience for a range of microscopy techniques. The speakers gave brilliant talks, and the trainers' expertise was invaluable for anyone learning how to apply the techniques. Questions were welcome and discussion was highly encouraged. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at EMBL and would definitely recommend their courses for anyone interested in learning new skills in research." - Martin Kenny, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland

EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme

Founder partners

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  • Olympus logo

Corporate partners

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  • Becton Dickinson logo
  • Bio-Rad logo
  • Boehringer Ingelheim logo
  • Eppendorf logo
  • GSK logo
  • Milteniy Biotec logo
  • Stilla logo
  • ThermoFisher logo

Associate partners

  • Merck logo
  • New England Biolabs logo
  • Nikon logo
  • Promega logo
  • Roche logo
  • Sanofi logo
  • Sartorius logo