External meetings, courses & surveys in the field

NEUBIAS Conference - 2018

The COST-funded annual NEUBIAS conference brings together the Bioimaging community. It is targeted at Bioimage Analysts, Image analysis developers, Software & tools developers, Life Scientists, microscopists (LM, EM), Biomedical Imaging professionals, both from academia and industrials. It delivers the latest updates and innovations in Bioimage Analysis and highlights upcoming trends for users and developers.

Expected registration opening date for NEUBIAS is in Sept/Oct 2017.

Please also save the dates for the associated NEUBIAS events:

1. Training School TS6 for Early Career Investigators -27 January to 30th of January: - Expected Opening to applications: October 2017.

2. Training School TS7 for Bioimage Analysts -27 January to 30th of January: - Expected Opening to applications: October 2017.

3. Taggathon, development of online tools for the community: repository, benchmarking, continuous training release. -28 January to 30th of January.

For further information please visit: neubias.org



Are you a life-scientist needing to quantify microscopy images?

Do you want to learn how to co-localise, deconvolve, automate, track, handle massive data, and record work-flows? If yes, this school is for you!

This one-week school provides a hands-on introduction to image processing and analysis, with an emphasis on biologically relevant examples. Participants will learn the fundamentals of image analysis, including macro programming in ImageJ/Fiji, MATLAB, as well as a range of focused topics What you will learn You will learn the fundamentals of image analysis, including basic macro programming in ImageJ/Fiji as well as other software solutions. In the first part of the week it will also cover the process of image-formation as it pertains to image analysis: Resolution, correct exposure, point-spread functions, detector noise, Shannon's sampling theorem, and aliasing. All with a clear focus on application in the lab. In the second half of the week there will be a number of focused topics, building on what was learnt during the first days:

  • Scripting in MATLAB
  • Tracking particles and cells in time-lapse recordings
  • De-convolution of microscopy images Stitching and registration of stacks of large image data

Time: 16th - 20th October 2017

Place: ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Participation fee: 450 CHF (academia) / 800 CHF (industry)

For further information please visit their webpage: http://www.zidas.org/


NEUBIAS Image Analysis schools for Early Career researchers + Facility Staff

Gothenburg Sept  2017 - DEADLINE 26 MAY!

NEUBIAS, the Network of European BioImage Analysts, has announced two new Training Schools on BioImage Analysis:

The focus of training will be on construction and automation of Image Analysis workflows, using as examples more than one toolbox and different exercises. The schools will be held in Gothenburg 11-14th of September 2017, hosted by the Centre for Cellular Imaging - Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

NEUBIAS schools are an excellent opportunity to learn from many experts in bioimage analysis and “....a great mix of intensive learning and community networking” (former trainee testimonial!).

- applications for Gothenburg are now open (each school has 25 available seats and 10-12 trainers).
- Within the COST framework, a few travel grants are offered to applicants who qualify.
- Registration deadline: 26th of May, 2017 (must submit also “letter of motivation”). 
- Selection notification: 1st week of June 2017. 
More information about schools (programme & trainers) and venue, travel & lodge available at their website www.neubias.org 


Workshop - "How European Biological and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructures boost Innovation by Open Access"

The purpose of this meeting is to explore how the 11 Biological and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructures (BMS RIs) participating in CORBEL can stimulate innovation in Europe through providing open access to their key assets, such as resources, technologies, data and knowledge.We will showcase the Research Infrastructures and discuss novel models of collaboration with industry.

Topics will include:

  • How resources, technologies, data and knowledge provided by different RIs can address industries’ needs optimally
  • IP strategy in open innovation and new business models
  • What could be the contribution of Expert Centres, a novel model of public-private partnership, to open innovation?

Venue: Grand Auditorium, Museum of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels.

Date: 20th June, 2017.

For registration and further information, please click here.


MMM: the Maastricht Microscopy Meeting of advanced optical microscopy - 8th Symposium

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Maastricht University Medical Center, P. Debyelaan 25, Maastricht

Participation is free, but please note that registration is obligatory. You can register by sending an e-mail, including your name and department, to the secretary of Molecular Cell Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center.
Email: secr-mcb@maastrichtuniversity.nl



Call for proposals - Advaned Imaging Center @Janelia

The Advaned Imaging Center (AIC) makes imaging technologies developed at Janelia available to the scientific community before the instruments can be purchased commercially. Scientific investigators from nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world may apply to use the facility.  AIC is now accepting proposals from scientists who would like to conduct experiments at their facility at Janelia Research Campus. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 15, 2017. Under the program, visiting scientists will spend 1-2 weeks (or longer if there is justified scientific reason) at Janelia to conduct experiments on a microscope with the support of the AIC team. The currently available microscopes are:

  1. Interferometric Photoactivated Localization Microscope (iPALM)
  2. Aberration-corrected Multifocus Microscope (acMFM)
  3. Lattice Light Sheet Microscope (2nd generation Bessel Beam Microscope)
  4. Live Cell Multicolor Structured Illumination Microscope (SIM)

Scientists whose proposals are selected are responsible for travel arrangements to Janelia. The Janelia Visitor Program will cover the cost of lodging for the visiting scientist, basic experimental reagents, technical support from our applications scientists, and scope time.

To learn more about this call, please click here.


10th Imaging in the Life Sciences Meeting

The Correlated Multimodal Imaging Node Austria (CMI) is the official Austrian Euro-Bioimaging initiative of leading imaging experts in Austria. CMI is organising this year’s Imaging in the Life Sciences Meeting, hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Cinical Traumatology. It is set up as an interdisciplinary forum that brings together European life scientists and imaging experts. The meeting takes place on June 8th in Vienna.

Please click here for more information and registration. Same link can also be used to submit your poster abstract.


Summer School Biomedical Imaging

The EXCITE Summer School on Biomedical Imaging is dedicated to teaching the basics of biomedical imaging alongside an overview of applications which are vital to understand recent advances and current challenges in biological and medical imaging. A range of cutting-edge techniques and analysis tools are discussed. Leading scientists present lectures and hold practical sessions. Opportunities to network with industry are provided. The school takes two weeks and awards 4 ECTS upon passing a written exam at the end of the second week.

Excellent MSc and PhD students as well as scientists having a background in life sciences, biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics are invited to apply.

Apply now!


Workshop on "Variational methods, new optimisation techniques and new fast numerical algorithm"

4th to 8th September 2017.
Attend this workshop at the Isaac Newton Institute and interact and engage while working on the review, exchange and promoting of recent advances in variational models for imaging and vision, new theories, and fast algorithms as well as discuss the outstanding challenges in the fast growing field. Topics such as nonlinear PDEs, nonlinear, nons-mooth, non-convex or combinatorial optimization problems and their analysis and algorithms, as well as imaging and vision applications will be covered.
This is the first event and part of the activities for a long term programme on Variational methods and effective algorithms for imaging and vision  (1 Sept-- 31 Dec 2017) organised by Ke Chen, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Michael Hintermüller, Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, and Xue-Cheng Tai.

For further details and registration please click on this link.


West-Life VRE looks for collaborators for participation in an online survey

West-Life is an electronic infrastructure initiative (Virtual Research Environment, VRE) to support the use and analysis of structural biology data using advanced computational methods. They are now carrying out a survey to collect information that will guide their efforts to extend the exploitation of structural biology to other scientific communities, also by providing the data in a convenient form, with adequate software support and focusing on what would be most useful. 

The survey contains eight questions and should not take more than five minutes of your time. Please visit:



Summer School on Advanced Methods in Biomedical Image Analysis (AMBIA), 3-9 September 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

Course Overview

This summer school is focused on the advanced methods of biomedical image analysis. The main goal is to make the students familiar with the state-of-the-art advanced methods such as level sets, graph cuts, mathematical morphology, image registration and fusion approaches, optical flow for time-lapse imaging, multi-dimensional image acquisition and analysis, biomedical image data properties (e.g., noise types), etc. Focus will be on methodology suitable for multiple applications (multiple modalities) rather than a particular application.


Target group are Master and Ph.D. students of computer science, mathematics or engineering backgrounds specialized in signal and image processing. Students are supposed to know basics of signal and image processing and have some programming experience in this field.
The main activities of the course will be theoretical lectures supplemented by practical examples on computers.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017
For additional information please visit the course webpage:


Stereology Workshop

Workshop on Quantitative Microscopy 2017

Stereology Week:                                  August 14th to 18th 2017
Hands-on VISIOPHARM newCAST:      August 19th and 20th 2017

Stereology provides biomedical researchers with efficient and unbiased tools to obtain real 3D data like volume, surface, length, and number of organs, tissues, cells, and organelles from measurements done on microscopic sections.

If this is important for your research, this workshop is for you!

This workshop provides an introduction to state-of-the-art stereology with emphasis on its practical application in biomedicine. Experimental design, sampling, use of stereological probes, estimation of stereological parameters, and the application of statistical methods appropriate for stereology are covered. The workshop encompasses lectures, classroom exercises with real biomedical images, and laboratory practicals demonstrating the implementation of proper sampling and processing techniques on real biological organs.

This workshop is intended for students and researchers from the field of biology and medicine interested in sampling and measurement of 3D structures. Applications involving any kind of microscopy (e.g. light microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, multi-photon microscopy, electron microscopy) as well as non-invasive scanning techniques like CT and NMR are welcome.

Further information and the registration please visit:  www.stereology.unibe.ch .


RItrain Staff Exchange open call

The RItrain project is organising staff exchange programme visits as part of its mission to share management expertise among European Research Infrastructures.

The purpose of RItrain Staff Exchanges is for managerial staff from European Research Infrastructures to learn from managerial and leadership best practices in areas that are new to them, or that they feel their research infrastructure needs to develop specific expertise in, by making exchange visits to research infrastructures that are noted for their excellence in selected areas.

During 2017 three areas will be piloted:

  1. Stakeholder Management and Community Building” May/June 2017 in Prague/Brno CZ, organised by the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences Czech Republic (deadline for submission: 31 March 2017). For more information click here
  2. “Strategic Vision, Governance and Business Development” 6 – 7 or 10 – 11 April 2017 in Amsterdam NL, organised by EATRIS-ERIC (deadline for submission: 5 March 2017)
  3. “Service Provision” 2 – 5 May 2017 in Hinxton UK, organised by EMBL-EBI (deadline for submission: 31 March 2017)

If interested please visit the RItrain Staff Exchange webpage

Applicants are requested to submit a motivation statement and a CV as part of their application. As space is limited, applications will be evaluated along criteria specified in the call texts. There are no fees to participate, subsistence is included but selected delegates will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. After positive evaluation this programme shall be continued with new calls for 2018 to be published towards the second half next year.


RItrain Master Programme

RItrain, the Research Infrastructure Training Programme, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aimed at improving and professionalising the training of managerial and leadership staff in research infrastructures (RIs). Our vision is to develop a new generation of executives of national and international RIs and equip them with state-of-the-art managerial and leadership skills tailored to scientific services providers.

The Masters programme is tailored for busy executives by organising its 60 ECTS into a mixture of face-to-face and online activities held by international faculty and top managers from RIs. The face-to-face modules last 3-4 days and run over 18 months.

Previous education and experience will be recognised depending on our evaluation and pre-entry assessment.










Euro-BioImaging Stakeholder meetings