ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School 2019
The ESRIC super-resolution summer school is a five-day residential course held in Edinburgh. The course is designed to give participants a thorough grounding in super-resolution microscopy in an informal and intimate setting. It brings together leading academics and the major suppliers of super-resolution microscopes to provide expertise and guidance in the theory, practise and analysis of structured illumination microscopy (SIM), stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED), AiryScan and single molecule localization microscopies (PALM, sptPALM and dSTORM).
The summer school will consist of informal lectures and workshops and participants will have ample time to gain project specific advice from all of the academic experts and suppliers through dedicated Q&A sessions and informal social events. The course is suitable for anyone with prior experience of fluorescence microscopy looking to exploit the benefits of super-resolution microscopy in their research.
Please scroll down the page to find further information about the course and to submit your application.
For news and details from the 2019 ESRIC Course please visit the ESRIC News pages.
The Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC)
ESRIC: An open-access advanced imaging facility specialising in super-resolution with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching. The Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium represents the coming together of expertise across a broad scientific spectrum from cell biologists to physical scientists with the aim to extend the boundaries of cellular imaging beyond diffraction limits in order to investigate cellular functions and human disease.Find out more about ESRIC and what they offer
Applications and registration
As part of the application process, delegates are required to write a letter of motivation, describing your current use of microscopy, how you hope to use super-resolution in the future in your research and what you hope to gain from the course. This information will then be used as a basis for selection for the course.
There are 36 places on the course and applications are processed through a rolling admission. The rolling admission dates are as follows:
Round 1 - 11 January 2019 to 31 January 2019 (Now closed)
Round 2 - 1 February 2019 to 28 February 2019
Round 3 - 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2019
There is no quota for each round and as delegates will be selected based on their letter of motivation and application, it is possible the course will fill up within the first round so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Delegates will be contacted after each round of applications confirming a place, if selected.
Dr Alison Dun
Alison is the facility manager for the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) and is based at the Heriot-Watt University site. Alison completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2013 where she used a wide range of advanced imaging techniques to study cell membrane biology. Alison now works in an interdisciplinary environment, running the imaging facility at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Bioengineering and Biophysics at Heriot-Watt University.
Dr Ann Wheeler
University of Edinburgh
Ann is a cell biologist and our University of Edinburgh ESRIC facility manager with expertise in advanced light microscopy in particular in Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) and Single Molecule Localisation Super-resolution microscopy (SMLM) as well as quantitative image analysis. Ann works with collaborators in the generation of new methods and methodologies for visualising structures by super-resolution.
Dr Susan Cox
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King's College London
Susan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Randall Division of Biophysics at King's College London. Following a PhD in transmission electron microscopy at Cambridge, she spent three years at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos looking at the behaviour of the low temperature phases of strongly correlated electron systems. Her current primary interest is the development of new super-resolution localisation microscopy techniques, both through the development of optical systems and the creation of novel image analysis algorithms. She uses these techniques to investigate the behaviour of the cytoskeleton in live cells at the nanoscale. In 2015, Susan was awarded the RMS Medal for Light Microscopy and the President's Medal of the Society of Experimental Biology for the Cell Section.
Rory Duncan (University Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development) was founding Head of the Institute of Biological chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, applying advances in EPS to life science challenges. He is PI and Co-Director of the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium (ESRIC, www.esric.org) with support from MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC and the Wellcome Trust, developing and applying super-resolution imaging modalities. This programme of work was awarded the Times Higher ‘STEM Research Project of the Year’.
Rory’s work spans many Disciplines and he has publications in leading biology, chemistry, engineering and physics journals, and he holds multiple patents. Rory sits on as is ad hoc Chair of STFC Science Board, the principal scientific advisory committee providing strategic oversight on all research activities for that Research Council and is part of the Accelerator International Strategic Review Panel, shaping Big Science strategy for the next 25 years. He is a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross-Party Group for Life Sciences.
Rory has won several awards for science communication and was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Medal for Public Engagement in 2018 for his ‘passion and enormously productive advocacy for public engagement in Scotland, the UK and internationally’. His current role is as Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development for Heriot-Watt University as well as of Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research. In the latter role, Rory holds external funds to develop public engagement strategy for the university with an emphasis on community engagement and embedding public engagement in university culture.
Janelia Research Campus
Jonathan Grimm is a synthetic organic chemist and senior scientist in the laboratory of Luke Lavis at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. Jon received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 2002. He then attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completing an M.S. in Chemistry while investigating silicon-tethered enyne metathesis with Daesung Lee. From 2005 to 2010, Jon worked as a medicinal chemist at Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2010, he has worked in the Lavis laboratory at Janelia. In his work with Lavis, Jon has focused on the application of organic synthesis to the preparation of innovative tools for biology and microscopy, including fluorescent dyes and fluorogenic molecules. He seeks to leverage new technologies in the synthetic community and opportunistically develop novel chemistry to modernize dye synthesis and access new chemical space.
Dr Ricardo Henriques
University College London
Ricardo is a nano biophysicist, basing his research on the development of experimental imaging technology to study biological processes that fall outside the resolving power of conventional microscopes. He did his PhD between the IMM (Lisbon, Portugal), Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) and CSIR (Pretoria, South Africa), developing super-resolution optical and analytical approaches. In 2011 he joined the Institute Pasteur as a postdoc where he applied experimental super-resolution microscopy to study cell signalling and HIV-1 host-pathogen interactions. In 2013 he was appointed group leader at UCL, forming the Quantitative Imaging and Nanobiophysics research laboratory. His lab focuses in developing fundamental technologies on the areas of optical microscopy, quantitative image analysis, photoswitchable fluorescence and mapping the spatio-temporal molecular nanoarchitecture of intact cells.
EMBL - Heidelberg
PhD 2008, TU Dresden with Prof. Petra Schwille on Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy to study membrane dynamics.
2009-2012 Postdoctoral research at the ETH Zurich with Prof. Helge Ewers on superresolution microscopy.
Since 2012 Group Leader at the EMBL Heidelberg. The Ries group studies nanoscale multi-protein machineries in their functional cellular context, and elucidates their dynamic structural organisation using tailor-made superresolution microscopy technologies.
The Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB)
Silvio O. Rizzoli, PhD, completed a BSc in biochemistry in 2000 at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He then carried out graduate training, until 2004, in the laboratory of Dr. William Betz at the University of Colorado. Dr. Rizzoli studied synaptic function for his PhD, and then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Reinhard Jahn at the Max-Planck-Institut for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, again focusing on synaptic function. Since 2007, he has led his own laboratory, first as a group leader and then as a professor at the University of Göttingen Medical Center.
Silvio’s laboratory has a dual focus – high-end imaging and cutting edge research in synaptic physiology. All projects that are run make use of advanced imaging techniques, including STED and electron microscopy.
Dr Markus Sauer
University of Würzburg
Markus Sauer studied Chemistry at the University Heidelberg where he received his Diploma in 1991. He finished his PhD 1995 in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum. 1998 he has been awarded the BioFuture Prize for Detection, Analysis and Handling of Single Molecules, which allowed him to establish his own group for single-molecule fluorescence detection and single-molecule DNA sequencing. Since 2009 he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biotechnology and Biophysics at the Julius Maximilian University Würzburg. His research interests are single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging with a particular focus on super-resolution fluorescence imaging by direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM) and its applications in neurobiology and immunology. He has published more than 250 journal papers and coordinates several national super-resolution microscopy projects.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Registration and accommodation package
- Standard rate including 5 nights' accommodation - £900
- RMS Member rate including 5 nights' accommodation - £850
- Student rate including 5 night’s accommodation – £800
- Optional 6th night of accommodation on Friday 19 July - £50
- Standard rate - £650
- RMS Member rate - £600
- Student rate – £550
Bursary applications have now closed.
Venue for the Course
The ESRIC Summer School is based at the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS.
For more information about the University, please visit the Heriot-Watt website.
Delegates will also visit ESRIC’s second facility at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh during the week.
Travelling to the venue
Car – There is limited parking at the campus, but we advise using public transport where possible.
Train – Edinburgh Waverley is the main train station for Edinburgh. Regular buses depart from near the station to the campus. We do not recommend alighting at either Edinburgh Park or Curriehill as there is no direct transport link to the campus from these stations.
Air - Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The campus is a short journey by taxi from the airport.
The accommodation is likley to be on campus in an en-suite student room.
Delegates can check in from the Sunday afternoon.
Lunch and refreshments are included in your registration fee.
Dietary and Access requirements
The RMS is committed to our delegate’s health and wellbeing. Therefore if you have any dietary or access requirements please contact Karina Lang.
Admittance to this event is for registered and authorised attendees. Unfortunately we cannot permit access to visitors or allow non-registered persons to enter the meeting or exhibition areas. If you have any questions, please contact the RMS contact for this event.
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Nikon UK Ltd
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Olympus supplies a complete range of microscopy instrumentation and related software including upright, inverted and stereo microscopes. From teaching laboratories to national research establishments, all types of users are catered for - with everything from lens tissues to specialised imaging systems and advanced microscopy techniques.
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Oxford NanoImaging Limited
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Scientific Volume Imaging
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