Bad Honnef Physics School on

Advanced microscopy – physical concepts and impacts in life sciences

supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation

Organized by
Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale University), Christian Eggeling (Oxford University)

11 - 16 June, 2017, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany


The school covers fundamentals as well as recent developments in modern microscopy research with a focus on biological applications. Topics include the physical foundations (geometrical and wave optics, fluorescence) and a comprehensive overview of the latest techniques including super-resolution microscopy (single-molecule approaches like PALM and STORM, targeted switching approaches like STED and RESOLFT, structured illumination microscopy), light-sheet, non-linear microscopy, plasmonics, label-free microscopy, force measurements, X-ray and electron microscopy, correlative microscopy and image processing. Additionally, examples of their biological application and insights into the industry landscape and career paths are discussed.

The target audience are doctoral and Master’s students but the School is also open to individuals at a more advanced stage of their career. A physics background is assumed.

Topics and speakers
• Geometrical optics - Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale University)
• Wave optics - Martin Booth (Oxford University)
• Fluorescence and labeling - Christian Eggeling (Oxford University)
• Image processing and quantification - Susan Cox (King's College London)
• STED and RESOLFT, Nanoscopy - Katrin Willig (Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine)
• PALM/STORM/… Nanoscopy - Aleksandra Radenovic (EPF Lausanne)
• SIM and Reassignment Microscopy - Rainer Heintzmann (Jena University)
• Measuring Molecular Dynamics - Michelle Digman (UC Irvine)
• Non-linear Microscopy - Gail McConnell (University of Strathclyde)
• Light-sheet Microscopy - Lars Hufnagel (EMBL Heidelberg)
• Working as a Microscopist in Industry - Arnold Giske (Leica Microsystems)
• Force microscopy and spectroscopy - Eric Dufresne (ETH Zurich)
• X-ray microscopy - Sarah Koester (University of Goettingen)
• EM + correlative imaging - Kay Gruenewald (Oxford University)
• Label-free microscopy - Philipp Kukura (Oxford University)
• Metal-induced energy transfer microscopy and related techniques - Joerg Enderlein (University of Goettingen)
• Challenges in Biological Applications - Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale University)


Confirmed participants

FEES     200 € full board and accommodation (for DPG* members 100 € )
* The German Physical Society (DPG)

The Application Form (deadline May 31, 2017)

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