British Society for Cell Biology competitions

Posted by , on 16 June 2021

Hello cell biologists, The BSCB has two looming deadlines for 1) our image competition, and 2) our science writing competition. Deadline for applications is June 30th 2021. Cash prizes awarded to winning entries. For competition details visit Entries can be sent to

Turn Your Inverted Microscope into a Multimodal Nanoscope

Sponsored by Olympus, on 14 June 2021

Among recent nanoscopy techniques that break the diffraction limit, single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) contributes to major discoveries in medicine and biology. It is now possible to see how subcellular molecular machineries form and behave inside single cells and to quantify single biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids, at ultralow concentrations inside the

A First Exposure to Super-Resolution Microscopy

Posted by , on 11 June 2021

Biomedical research encompasses several fields of expertise involving complex biological topics and technologies. Studying a given subject is a process that takes years, decades, and sometimes a lifetime to complete. Consequently, researchers tend to become highly familiar with a specific subset of scientific topics and experimental approaches. However, they are often confronted with the cumbersome

News digest

Posted by , on 11 June 2021

Here is a selection of interesting news, publications and discussions related to microscopy that happened in the past two weeks. Thank you to our ‘FocalPlane reporters’: Martin Jones, Manish Kumar, Andrey Andreev and Parash Prasad who helped us create this list. Twitter Microscopes and imaging tools: REALM, adaptive optics for single-molecule localisation Excitation optics

Hot reads

Posted by , on 8 June 2021

Today we start a new monthly post. We have asked three researchers to propose their three favourite recently published papers (related to microscopy, of course). You might be up to date with the recent literature in your field of research, but what about other disciplines? We hope this list, provided this month by Claudia Almeida,

FocalPlane features... Pavel Tomancak

Posted by , on 7 June 2021

In case you missed ‘FocalPlane features…’ this month, here is the recording of the webinar given by Pavel Tomancak on Tuesday 1 June 2021.

FocalPlane features... Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz

Posted by , on 1 June 2021

In case you missed our first ‘FocalPlane features…’ event, here is the recording of the webinar given by Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Your microscopy news digest is here!

Posted by , on 28 May 2021

Twitter, microscopy forums, and bioimage analysis platforms such as, … It is difficult to keep up to date with all the discussions and news happening on the different online platforms. To address this, we have created a ‘news digest’ post to help you stay informed about what’s happening in the microscopy community. Here is

What is Expansion Microscopy?

Sponsored by Andor, on 27 May 2021

How can you get the most information from expanded samples? Traditional light microscopy is limited by the diffraction of light, consequently, features less than 200 nm apart cannot be resolved. For a significant time microscopy technique development was focused towards improving imaging techniques to allow for individual molecules to be resolved. Super-resolution microscopy was developed

Preparing your manuscript: guidelines for writing microscopy methods and figures

Posted by , on 25 May 2021

A new paper has caught your eye on Twitter or Pubmed based on the title. Next step? A quick look at the abstract. Still interesting? Let’s have a look at the figures. This is probably the most important element of the paper to attract the interest of the reader. If figures are easy to interpret