Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events.

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Symposium overview

The molecular processes of life are naturally dynamic in space and time from the atomic to the organismal level. The rapid development of imaging methods across the full scale of biological organisation is revolutionising our ability to visualise the inner workings of macromolecular complexes, organelles, cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. Being able to see biological processes unfold in real time allows us to understand the mechanisms of life as well as disease.

The symposium will bring together the leading developers of imaging methods with cutting-edge applications that illustrate how imaging can answer biological questions. We will emphasize methods that can capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging of whole organisms.

From its beginning in 2011, Seeing is Believing has embraced novel imaging technologies that open new windows for biological discovery, including single-molecule and super-resolution, light sheet and correlative light electron microscopy.

The symposium provides many opportunities for presentations, discussions, and interactions between students, postdocs, junior, and senior investigators.

Session topics

  • In situ structural biology
  • Super-resolved imaging
  • Probes & biosensors
  • Organismal imaging
  • Correlative imaging
  • Image analysis
  • Discoveries by bioimaging

What past participants say about the Symposium

This conference was very well organised, great talks and exciting new tools and techniques were presented. I am very happy I attended. Highly recommend for everybody interested in microscopy!” – Alina Gavrilov, Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland

The EMBL symposium was well organised and executed. The combination of field expert talk and technical field talk made researchers very much aware about subject research and available advance imaging facility and their applications.” – Dr. Vijay K. Verma Dept. of Microbiology University of Delhi South Campus, India

I was happy to attend this amazing meeting full of talks showing incredible combinations of the most recent state-of the-art techniques, some of which even looked like being from far future or sci-fi.” – Marketa Schmidt Cernohorska, Max Perutz Labs Vienna, Austria

Seeing Is Believing… maybe you have to see it to believe me how AMAZING this conference is. Three days filled with the latest around microscopy, biology, and data analysis, presented by the big names and the young but rising stars. A delight!” – Florian Jug, Fondazione Human Technopole, Italy


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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

Date: 4 - 7 Oct 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Jan Ellenberg
    • Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
      • Atsushi Miyawaki

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