Light microscopy is and has always been a central tool in biomedical research, however, its impact increased dramatically with the discovery and utilisation of fluorescent proteins, e.g. the green fluorescent protein GFP (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008) in the 1990s. GFP technology has opened the possibility to monitor localisation, activity, and interactions of distinct molecules and structures down to the sub-cellular level, both in fixed material as well as living cells and whole organisms.
In addition, the tremendous improvements in spatial and temporal resolution of light microscopes, which can now surpass the resolution limits of light set by natural laws, allow cellular processes to be analysed in unprecedented detail by means of Super-resolution Microscopy (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014). This spectacular technological progress was possible due to the synergistic interactions between instrument & application development and an almost instantaneous scientific utilisation. Not only biological and biomedical academic science, but also industrial and pharmacological research has discovered the potential of the new, advanced light microscopy-based technologies and approaches.
The aim of this workshop is to increase the awareness of both young and established life science scientists towards this rapidly developing technology, which, more than ever before, has become indispensable for competitive live science research. Its impact is shown by the fact that most publications in relevant, leading journals involve light microscopy approaches to a high degree. In lectures given by a selection of invited speakers, members of the University of Luxembourg and product specialist of the participating companies, the participants will learn about:
- all the relevant theoretical basics of light microscopy, necessary for the understanding and appropriate use of this technology
- the currently available technologies and their applications, ranging from simple transmission to super-resolution approaches.
In the second part, a range of innovative, cutting edge equipment will be demonstrated in hands-on workshops, organised by leading companies in the field.
All lectures will be open to the public, while the practical sessions of the workshop will be restricted to a limited number of participants, selected based on their scientific motivation and excellence. Small group sizes will allow an intensive interaction and efficient training during the workshop. In addition, the participants will be given the possibility to present their own research during poster sessions.