Crick EM Symposium: Focus on Correlative Imaging Across Scales


Crick EM Symposium: Focus on Correlative Imaging Across Scales


Crick EM Symposium: Focus on Correlative Imaging Across Scales

Continuing on from our 2017 Crick EM Symposium that celebrated the opening of the EM facilities, we will hold a two-day symposium exploring the impact of correlative imaging on biomedical research across scales. The symposium will include talks from research and technology leaders in imaging, from the macromolecular through to the whole organism scales, with a particular emphasis on how these new techniques can be applied to biomedical research. We will also hear about cutting edge developments in correlative imaging and big microscopy data. There will be a large interactive exhibition from our commercial collaborators.

Provisional Programme

Please note, this is a provisional programme and may still be subject to change  

Mon 15 July 2019
  • 09:30 Arrival and Registration
  • 09:50 Welcome: Lucy Collinson and Raffaella Carzaniga
  • Session 1: Molecules in Cells
    Chair: Peter Rosenthal (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • 10:00 "Adventures in Automation for CryoEM" - Bridget Carragher (New York Structural Biology Center, USA)
  • 10:30 "Molecular strategies for regulating microtubule dynamics" - Carolyn Moores (Institute of Structual and Molecular Biology, Birkbeck College, UK)
  • 11:00 "Structural biology across spatial scales: atomic structures to cellular function" - Tanmay Bharat (Oxford University, UK)
  • 11:30 "New opportunities for cryo tomography by cryo-STEM tomography" - Michael Elbaum (Weitzmann, Israel)
  • 12:00 Lunch and Exhibition
  • Session 2: Molecules in Cells
    Chair: Raffaella Carzaniga (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • 13:30 "Beauty and benefit of Cryo-LM & Cryo-EM: our achievements with method development and the Type 7 Secretion System in M. tuberculosis" - Peter Peters (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
  • 14:00 "Towards a mechanistic understanding of 
ciliary assembly with CLEM and cryo-EM" - Gaia Pigino (MPI Dresden, Germany)
  • 14:30 "Imaging complement activation using phase-plate cryoET; from initiation to pore formation" - Thomas Sharp (Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands)
  • 15:00 Tea/Coffee and Exhibition
  • Session 3: Cells
    Chair: Paul Verkade (Bristol University, UK)
  • 16:00 "Deciphering the Role of Infection Associated Macropinosomes by Large Volume CLEM" - Jost Enninga (Institut Pasteur, France)
  • 16:30 "Correlative imaging of functional synthetic supramolecular structures: Synthetic biology meets cellular biology" - Lorna Hodgson (Bristol University, UK)
  • 17:00 "ESCRT-III-dependent nuclear envelope regeneration during mitotic exit" - Jeremy Carlton (Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)
  • 17:30 "Trafficking pathways to the lysosome" - Clare Futter (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, UK)
  • 18:00 Drinks Reception
Tue 16 July 2019
  • 09:30 Arrival and Registration
  • Session 4: Tissues
    Chair: Yannick Schwab (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
  • 10:00 "From gene expression to specialised morphology: Exploring the evolution of cell types using correlative volume EM" - Rachel Templin (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
  • 10:30 "In vivo control of Toxoplasma gondii by zebrafish macrophages" - Eva Frickel (Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)
  • 11:00 "Adding enhanced localization information to 3D EM volumes" - Christian Stigloher (Imaging Core Facility, Biocenter, University of Würzburg)
  • 11:30 "3D EM Reveals the Connectivity of Modulatory Neurons in the Adult Brain" - Graham Knott (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • 12:00 Lunch and Exhibition
  • Session 5: New Frontiers - Correlative Imaging
    Chair: Thea Stewart (King's College London, UK)
  • 13:30 "High-throughput 3D CLEM with integrated and faster electron microscopes" - Jacob Hoogenboom (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
  • 14:00 "Correlative X-ray phase contrast, X-ray fluorescence and EM to explore tissues and cells in 3D at the nanoscale" - Alexandra Pacureanu (ESRF, France)
  • 14:30 "Extracting meaning from Big Data in Electron Microscopy" - Martin Jones (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • 15:00 Tea/Coffee and Exhibition
  • Session 6: New Frontiers - Software and Image Analysis
    Chair: Martin Jones (Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)
  • 16:00 "Correlative Lightsheet and Electron Microscopy in C.elegans" - Stephan Preibisch (MDC Berlin, Germany)
  • 16:30 "Automated cell segmentation at scale" - Anna Kreshuk (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
  • 17:00 "SBEMimage and VIME: Open-source acquisition and alignment software for serial block-face imaging" - Benjamin Titze (FMI, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Session 7: The Future of Correlative Imaging
  • 17:30 "Imaging Across Scales & Institutes" - Andreas Walter (BioImaging Austria - CMI)
  • 18:00 Drinks Reception


Scientific Organisers and Invited Speakers

Scientific Organisers

  • Dr Lucy Collinson

    Electron Microscopy Section Vice Chair

    The Francis Crick Institute
    Lucy is Head of Electron Microscopy at The Francis Crick Institute in London. Her degree and PhD were in Microbiology, followed by a post-doctoral position in Cell Biology using light and electron microscopy to investigate membrane trafficking pathways at University College London. Following that she ran biological EM facilities, first at UCL and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the new Francis Crick Institute in 2015. Her microscopy interests cover 3D EM, Correlative Light and EM, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, and microscope design and prototyping.

  • Raffaella Carzaniga

    Francis Crick Institute, UK

  • Dr Yannick Schwab

    EMBL Heidelberg

  • Professor Paul Verkade

    University of Bristol
    Paul has been involved in electron microscopy since the start of his career and during that time he has developed a particular interest in the development and application of new imaging technologies, mainly in the field of Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM). He is very engaged in the imaging community such as BioimagingUK, being a founder of EM-UK with Pippa Hawes, and Work Group leader CLEM within the EU COST action COMULIS. He loves organising training events and as such has been involved in many (RMS and EMBO) courses. 


Invited Speakers

Molecules in Cells

  • Bridget Carragher (NYCSB, USA)
  • Carolyn Moores (Birkbeck, UK)
  • Tanmay Bharat (Oxford University, UK)
  • Michael Elbaum (Weitzmann, Israel)
  • Peter Peters (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
  • Gaia Pigino (MPI Dresden, Germany) 
  • Thom Sharp (LUMC, The Netherlands)


  • Jost Enninga (Institut Pasteur, France)
  • Lorna Hodgson (Bristol University, UK) 
  • Jeremy Carlton (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • Clare Futter (Institute of Ophthalmology, UK) 


  • Eva Frickel (Francis Crick Institute, UK) 
  • Christian Stigloher (University of Wurzburg, Germany) 
  • Graham Knott (EPFL, Switzerland) 
  • Rachel Templin (EMBL, Germany)

New Frontiers - Correlative Imaging

  • Jacob Hoogenboom (TU Delft, The Netherlands) 
  • Alexandra Pacureanu (ESRF, France) 
  • Martin Jones (Francis Crick Institute, UK) 

New Frontiers - Modelling and Image Analysis

  • Benjamin Titze (FMI, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Anna Kreshuk (EMBL, Germany) 
  • Stephan Preibisch (MDC Berlin, Germany) 

The Future of Correlative Imaging

  • Andreas Walther (BioImaging Austria)


Thermo Fisher Scientific's Amira Software Workshop

Join Thermo Fisher Scientific on July 15-16 for a workshop on the Thermo Scientific™ Amira™ Software. Their Software Expert will provide you with an introduction to the software, including an interactive hands-on session during which you will be able to perform data visualization, segmentation, quantification and surface generation. This session is meant for new users and beginners. 

The workshop will take place at the Francis Crick Institute on: 

- Monday 15 July 12.00 - 13.30

- Tuesday 16 July 12.00 - 13.30

To find out more and register for this workshop, click here.


Vironova Workshops

Join Vironova on July 15-16 for workshops on new approaches to sub-visible particle characterization with the MiniTEM System, a compact, low voltage transmission electron microscope. Their application specialist will provide you with an introduction to the MiniTEM software, including automated image acquisition and particle classification to obtain high quality images and accurate quantitative data. The sessions are meant for new and expert users.

The workshop will take place at the Francis Crick Institute on: 

- Monday 15 July 12.00 - 13.30 and 15:00 – 15.30

- Tuesday 16 July 12.00 - 13.30 and 15.00 – 15.30

To find out more and register for you 30 mins slot please send an email to [email protected]. We will be in touch to confirm it.

ZEISS ZEN Connect Workshop

- Monday 15 July 12.30 - 13.00

- Tuesday 16 July 12.30 - 13.00

Zeiss will be presenting a 30 minute talk on a new software module which links and references images captured from any source together. 

The speaker will be Dr. Alexandra Elli.

Delegate Information

Please note, there is an early-bird offer available until Sunday 2 June. After this date, the registration fee will raise by £20.

The symposium will be immediately followed by the 2019 UK Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy Course, from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July. The hands-on CLEM course will cover three correlative workflows - 3D CLEM, Integrated Light and EM, and cryo CLEM - using a range of techniques and equipment including Near Infrared Branding, micro CT, Serial Block Face SEM, Focused Ion Beam SEM, high pressure freezing, in-resin fluorescence, ultraLM, integrated light and SEM (SECOM), plunge freezing and cryo-fluorescence. There will also be a CLEM image analysis tutorial session. There are limited places available on the CLEM course. 
Please contact Raffaella Carzaniga to express interest.


Location: Francis Crick Institute, London, NW1 1ST



If you are interested in sponsoring this meeting, please contact Kate Jermey.

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