Molecular Imaging Center (MIC)
Imaging course​

Course in basic microscopy 2023

MIC is happy to announce a compact three day course in basic microscopy, with main focus on techniques based on fluorescence. This course will kick start student/scientists new to the field of imaging and help them navigate techniques and optimize their imaging experiments.

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The Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) will arrange a Course in basic microscopy 19.-21. September 2023. This is a compact course aimed at new beginners in the field of microscopy, and at those with some experience in search of a better understanding of the principles. The course introduces mainly techniques that involve samples with fluorescent markers, but also regular bright field imaging will be covered.

Microscopy is very technology driven and there is a huge range of technologies/systems that can be used for many different applications that involve both simple and advanced imaging experiments. In this course the focus will be on the most basic (= most common) applications on a selection of different microscopy systems.  These systems are all accessible to students/scientists through MIC, and hopefully the course will equip the students with more knowledge on which system to choose over another in future imaging experiments.

During the course there will be demos on five different systems. Students will still need additional training on the microscopes they want to start using, but after such a course their basic understanding of these powerful tools will be at a different level, and hopefully help them perform imaging experiments with higher quality from the beginning.  

Descriptive images can be useful, but in most cases image processing and analysis will become necessary. It is important to understand which information microscopy images contains and how to handle them. It is a great benefit to start using image analysis software early in an imaging career, so a brief introduction will be given of the two most commonly used, Fiji (ImageJ) and QuPath. Both are developed by and for scientists, and free to download.

Register here. Limited number of participants.

Course fee: 3000 NOK (inkl. course material).

Program (changes may occur):

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

0900-0930   Welcome, intro and quiz

0930-1030   Basics of microscopy

1030-1045   Break

1045-1145   Basic live cell imaging, sample preparation, fluorescent proteins

1145-1230   Lunch

1230-1315 Examples and planning of imaging experiments.

1315-1330   Break

1330-1500   Demo 1 (fluorescence microscope / slide scanner)

1500-1515  Break

1515-1645   Demo 2 (fluorescence microscope / slide scanner)

0900-1000   Basics of confocal

1000-1015   Break

1015-1115   A digital image

1115-1215   Lunch

1215 -1415   Demo 3 (scanning confocal/spinning disk confocal)

1415-1430   Break

1430-1630   Demo 4 (scanning confocal/spinning disk confocal)


0900-1030   Demo IncuCyte with data analysis

1030-1045   Break

1045-1115   Data management

1115-1215   Lunch

1215-1300   Intro to Fiji/ImageJ

1300-1400  Fiji/ImageJ continues (E)

1400-1415   Break

1415-1530   Intro to QuPath (H)

1530-1600   Summary and TEST