Report from the EMBL-EMBO Symposium ‘Seeing is Believing’ 2015

October 23, 2015 ZEISS Microscopy

Learning about newest trends in light microscopy from Nobel Prize laureates and ZEISS

From October 6 -10, 2015, the European microscopy community met at the EMBL Heidelberg for the symposium „Seeing is Believing – Imaging the Processes of Life” to attend lectures, participate in workshops, and exchange the latest trends in microscopy and imaging for the life sciences.

The EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany
The EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany

This year’s symposium, jointly organized by Jan Ellenberg (EMBL) and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (NIH) emphasized on microscopy methods that are able to capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging of whole organisms.

The audience is listening.
The audience is listening.

A very special highlight were the keynote lectures by all three laureates of last year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, namely Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and William E. Moerner. Eric Betzig, inventor of the PALM super-resolution microscopy method that has been licensed exclusively by ZEISS, presented his newest lattice light sheet microscopy data with impressive 3D live-cell imaging to the stunned audience at the EMBL symposium.

Eric Betzig presenting lattice light sheet microscopy imaging
Eric Betzig presenting lattice light sheet microscopy imaging

ZEISS Microscopy participated at the 2015 EMBL symposium with a talk and open discussion about digital imaging and confocal detection methods, held by Dr. Uros Krzic, Senior Application Specialist at the ZEISS Microscopy Labs Munich. The talk was well-attended and the open discussion with scientists afterwards gave interesting insights into the current state of 3D imaging for life science applications.

Talk with open discussion: Digital Imaging and Confocal Detector Technologies
Talk with open discussion: Digital Imaging and Confocal Detector Technologies

In the discussions and at the stand the interest in Airyscan and its benefits as a detection technology for applications in research was extremely high, which was reflected in the completely booked-out ZEISS LSM 800 demo system that was installed at the EMBL for the symposium.

LSM 800 instrument demonstration with with Christoph Bauer, Head of BioImaging Center, Geneva University
LSM 800 instrument demonstration with Christoph Bauer, Head of BioImaging Center, Geneva University

 

ZEISS will return to the EMBL in March 2016 for the 3-day joint workshop “From 3D Light to 3D Electron Microscopy” which will gather leading experts in the field of 3D correlative light and electron microscopy, with a particular focus on automated serial imaging by scanning electron microscopy. Two keynotes, from Winfried Denk (MPI Neurobiology) and Fred Hamprecht (IWR Heidelberg) will cover the latest breakthroughs in automated serial imaging and 3D image analysis. Register today and reserve your seat in the workshop! 

From 3D Light to 3D Electron Microscopy: ZEISS at EMBL Workshop
From 3D Light to 3D Electron Microscopy: ZEISS at EMBL Workshop

 

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