About the ELMI

ELMI was created in 2001 to establish a unique communication network between European scientists working in the field of light microscopy and the manufacturers of their equipment.

Confocal Microscopy+ 4-Day Hands-On course, 17-20 September 2019, York, UK

Our highly successful international 4-Day Intensive Hands-On Course will run on 17-20 September 2019.

Running for over 15 years, with over 380 delegates to date and with 100% recommended feedback, the course is run in the Bioscience Technology Facility, University of York which is based in the welcoming, friendly and historic city of York.  York itself is  one of the UK’s best tourist places due to its Roman, Viking, Medieval and current importance with buildings, streets and museums to match.

Website: www.york.ac.uk/biology/technology-facility/imaging-cytometry/ic-courses/confocal-course/

The course includes many varied sample types that are used to best illustrate various practical aspects of confocal microscopy whilst also demonstrating a range of applications.

Tutorials and practical sessions will cover both basic and advanced confocal  microscopy. The course will enable participants to realise the potential behind many developing confocal techniques and realise the simplicity of applying the techniques to a broad range of sample types and fluorescent labels. Both novice and more experienced users welcome. This course is 100% recommended from previous course delegates and comments can be seen below.

Preliminary Programme


Day 1: Basics, Familiarisation, x,y,z and multicolour imaging.

Day 2: Live-cell imaging with spinning disk confocal microscopy, FRAP on laser scanning confocal.

Day 3: Advanced Techniques covering spectral unmixing and FRET with fluorescent proteins.

Day 4: Super-resolution and other advances in confocal and associated microscopy approaches. More samples to explore airy scanning approaches and confocal limits, and time for participants own samples.

Thursday evening will include a highlights talk on new developments and course meal.

The course will utilise many different sample types ranging from cultured monolayers to plant cells. A diverse range of fluorescent labels will also be used, which will include various fluorescent proteins and classic antibody labels. Over the four days, at least four confocal microscopes (Zeiss LSM 710/780/880/980 Airyscan FAST on both an invert and upright microscopes, and the Andor Dragonfly) will be utilised.

Accommodation (en-suite), breakfast and lunches will be provided for the length of the course.  Evening meals will be provided on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Places are limited to 12 participants to permit full hands-on practice, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For further information, please visit the course website at: www.york.ac.uk/biology/technology-facility/imaging-cytometry/ic-courses/confocal-course/

or contact Marie Hughes +44 (0)1904 328821, btf-enquiries@york.ac.uk

*Previous delegate comments:*

‘Thank you again for hosting me at your Confocal Course last month. I was extremely impressed with the amount of content we got through in 4 days, and I really enjoyed the social events you and your team had setup for us.

This course has already helped me conceptualize some additions to my work imaging skeletal muscle. I have been sharing my experiences with colleagues and students here in California, and hopefully some of my friends will join you at upcoming events.’ Jimmy Bagley, San Francisco State University

“This was an awesome course covering all the basics and advanced confocal  techniques”

“I really appreciated very much what all of you did last week.  It was probably the best course I’ve ever been to.”

“Well delivered – fantastic course – helped me understand techniques and theoretical principles which had previously given me a headache! Thank you”

“Small group work meant I had an opportunity to ask specific questions and get a detailed answer”

“Tutors were excellent.  Very nice, helpful and knowledgeable.  One of the most enjoyable courses I have been on”

“I will definitely recommend all our confocal users to do this course”

“Most brilliant time I have had on a course!”