Dates for the 17th Course will be 25 March - 04 April 2020
Practical Course Location:
The Marine Biological Association
PL1 2PB U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1752-426493
The course takes place in the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association from Wednesday 25 March – Saturday 04 April 2020. Fee comprises teaching and half board; single room accommodation, breakfast and lunch. Evening meals can be taken in local restaurants.
View the InFocus report:
There will be 2–3 lectures each day throughout. Lectures will cover topics from basic optics, detectors and light sources through to photochemistry involved in the development of novel fluorescent probes and the application of advanced super-resolution optical microscopy techniques. The first 3 days will be spent setting up microscopes for brightfield and epifluorescence microscopy, including polarisation and interference contrast methods. The final 6 days will be organised in rotations around the 9 experiments listed below. The experiments will be in the large classroom at the MBA and in rooms nearby. Use will be made of marine specimens where possible and students may have an opportunity to trawl for benthos and plankton, depending on weather and availability of the MBA research vessel.
For an idea of the teaching schedule, please see the timetable for the last course:
Experiments with confocal imaging. CCD imaging and deconvolution, microinjection, genetically encoded probes.
Confocal imaging with electrophysiology
CCD imaging with electrophysiology
Photolysis and photometry
Total internal reflection fluorescence imaging
Special demonstrations and hands-on exercises
- Multi-photon and confocal imaging
- Quantitative interference microscopy
- Use of an optical bench for basic experiments on scanning and apertures
- Spectroscopy and filters
- Abbe’s experiments on the role of diffraction in microscope image formation with absorption and phase objects.
Preparations used will include: invertebrate preparations (tunicates, molluscan neurones), zebra fish, mammalian brain slices, Fucus, Arabidopsis, and cell lines.
Students at the course will be invited to display a small (maximum A3-size) poster of their current research and time will be allocated for presentation and discussion. There will be a prize for Best Poster.
APPLICATIONS OPEN 01 OCTOBER 2019
There is usually a 3:1 ratio of applications to places, and there will be up to 20 places on the course.
Please submit the
Please make the subject of the email ‘Application Optical Course 2020′ followed by your surname.
Please send these three parts to arrive no later than close of office, 17:00 on FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER 2019 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All email submissions will be acknowledged. Applicants who are visa dependent will need to apply for tourist visas. Letters will be provided to those in need of supporting visa documentation.
There will be a registration fee of £1,500 Academic Rate (Industrial Rate upon request). Accommodation, breakfast and lunches are included.
Each day, there will be two lectures in the morning (probably 9.00 and 11.00), then practical work, and a lecture in the early evening, probably 6 pm.
Enquiries can be directed to email@example.com
Dr Brad Amos’ lecture at the Royal Society (45 mins) on revolutionary microscopy: http://royalsociety.org/events/2012/optical-microscope/ (click ‘Watch the video’)
Basic opinions paper (Nature methods)