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Have you heard of Euro-BioImaging?

Posted by , on 23 March 2023

Euro-BioImaging is a scheme that sounds too good to be true: access to advanced microscopy technologies and the experts that are responsible for them, what’s not to like! The 35 imaging facilities, known as Nodes, that make up the infrastructure of Euro-BioImaging are located across 16 European countries and are accessible to all scientists regardless

Featured image with Alexis Lomakin

Posted by , on 22 March 2023

Our featured image, ‘Cellular highways’ shows a small group of rat liver epithelial cells IAR-2 and their internal organelles: the nucleus (cyan), cytoskeletal microtubules (magenta) and the Golgi apparatus (yellow). We caught up with Alexis Lomakin to find out more about the research behind the image.

Microscopy preprints – new tool and techniques in imaging

Posted by , on 14 March 2023

Here is a curated selection of preprints posted recently on new tools and techniques in imaging. Let us know if we are missing any preprints that are on your reading list.

Featured image with Elkhan Yusifov and Martina Schättin

Posted by , on 10 March 2023

Our featured image, ‘Two eyes looking at an eye’, shows the developing neurons in the eye of a 7-day-old chick embryo. We caught up with Elkhan Yusifov and Martina Schättin to find out more about the image, their research and what they are excited about in microscopy.

Microscopy preprints – bioimage analysis tools

Posted by , on 1 March 2023

Here is a curated selection of preprints published recently. In this post, we focus specifically on preprints on bioimage analysis, including an introduction to quantification in microscopy data from Siân Culley and colleagues.

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

EMBO | EMBL Symposium Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life

Session topics

  • In situ structural imaging
  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Probes & biosensors
  • Organismal and intravital imaging
  • Cross-scale imaging
  • Image analysis & modelling


Location: EMBL Heidelberg and virtual

Date: 4 October 2023 — 7 October 2023

Confocal Microscopy Course

An intensive, hands-on, four-day training course in the rapidly developing techniques of confocal microscopy.

The course will initially cover basic confocal but then swiftly move on to the more advanced techniques such as FRAP, FRET and spectral unmixing.

Location: York, UK

Date: 12 September 2023 — 15 September 2023