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Establishing and Providing Light Microscopy Core Facility Services

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The course is designed to help people who intend to improve some aspects of their existing services as well as people who plan to work in or to run a Light Microscopy facility and do not have any experience.

The course will cover a wide range of important issues required for establishing and providing light microscopy service in core facilities such as:

  1. Appropriate light microscopy technology
  2. Job duties of the facility staff
  3. New user training, courses and entry test
  4. Facility staff training and management
  5. Microscope booking system (rules and software)
  6. Microscope maintenance, monitoring and service
  7. Interaction with microscope manufacturers
  8. Data management (storage, server and regulation)
  9. User support and interaction
  10. Image processing support
  11. In vivo imaging setup suitable for core facilities
  12. Support of multi-user environment
  13. Support of special imaging techniques (Super-resolution, multiphoton, TIRF, High throughput system) within Light Microscopy core facilities
  14. Managing integrated techniques (light microscopy, EM, FACS)
  15. System upgrade and knowledge update
  16. Funding the facility (user charge, grants application, FEC calculation, service contract, consumables, equipment purchasing, etc)
  17. Measuring the scientific contribution of the facility
  18. Introduction of new technology into the facility (demand, feasibility)
  19. Troubleshooting, Issues and difficulties experienced
  20. Design of new imaging facility, allocation of space, localisation of components


All speakers from six organisations are experienced microscope facility managers who work in different institutions with different requirements and different focus. We hope that the combination of their perspectives will help various microscope facilities to improve existing services.

Confirmed speakers are:

Kurt Anderson, The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, UK

Francois Lassailly, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute

Peter O’Toole, Technology Facility, Department of Biology, University of York, UK

Spencer Shorte, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Martin Spitaler, Imperial College London, UK

Anne Vaahtokari, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute


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October 23, 2013
October 24, 2013


The Royal Microscopical Society
44 (0)1865 254760

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