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Microscopy preprints – applications in biology

Posted by , on 22 September 2023

In this post, we share preprints that use microscopy tools to answer questions in biology.

The FocalPlane Network: joining and using the database

Posted by , on 20 September 2023

Our instructional videos take you step-by-step through the process of joining and using the FocalPlane Network. You can contact us at with any feedback on the Network. Joining the FocalPlane Network Using the FocalPlane Network

The FocalPlane Network: connecting the microscopy community

Posted by , on 20 September 2023

The FocalPlane Network is an international directory of researchers with expertise in microscopy. The goal of the Network is to facilitate promotion and networking, as well as assisting those seeking conference speakers, committee members, reviewers or collaborators. Membership is open to researchers in the microscopy community from all career stages, geographical locations or areas of

Featured image with Martín Estermann

Posted by , on 15 September 2023

Our featured image, acquired by Martín Estermann, is a 3D reconstruction of C. elegans transgenic embryos. Embryos were imaged live using a Zeiss Celldiscoverer 7 microscope. The 3D reconstruction was performed using Fiji. Histones in are shown in green and the cell membrane in magenta. We caught up with Martín to find out about his

Working smarter with LEDs and optical filters for widefield fluorescence

Sponsored by CoolLED, on 13 September 2023

Optical filters can make or break a fluorescence microscopy experiment. For widefield fluorescence, they also have the potential to unlock breakthroughs in high-speed, high-contrast imaging when used alongside multi-channel LED illumination systems. There are thousands of filters and dichroic mirrors to choose from, with the selection depending on the fluorophore(s) and light source. While imaging

Recent events by FocalPlane

European Microscopy Congress 2024

Incorporating a balanced conference programme of light and electron microscopy in both physical and life sciences – microscopists, manufacturers, and suppliers will come together to share new techniques, applications and technology.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Date: 25 August 2024 — 30 August 2024

Fluorescence markers for advanced microscopy - From photophysics to biology

This school aims at training students and researchers to master fluorescent markers used in advanced fluorescence bioimaging: their diversity, how they actually work and what are their current development.

Location: Les Houches, France

Date: 17 March 2024 — 22 March 2024

Photonics Online Meet-up (POM)

POM is an entirely free virtual conference geared towards bringing together a community of early career and established researchers from universities, industry, and government to amplify the role of optics and photonics in daily life.

Location: Virtual plus hubs

Date: 13 November 2023 — 14 November 2023