Enabling imaging across scales – Course and Conference Office

First EMBL Imaging Centre Symposium

Enabling imaging across scales


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg.

Update to Covid-19 requirements for this event: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery or administered rapid antigen test is required for on-site attendance.

Conference overview

The rapid developments of imaging technologies in the last two decades have led the scientific community to achieve biological and medical discoveries at an ever-increasing pace. Today, outstanding advances in electron (EM) and light microscopy (LM) enable us to directly visualise the molecular machinery of life at an unprecedented level of detail.

To make the most advanced technologies available to the broad research community, EMBL has established a new service facility at the Heidelberg campus, the EMBL Imaging Centre. A synergistic portfolio of imaging services including structural imaging via cryo-electron microscopy, the latest super-resolution microscopy techniques, and organismal imaging via multi-photon microscopy is offered to international users from both academia and industry to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology. Services include bespoke support in sample preparation, image acquisition and image data analysis, tailored to address the biological questions studied by the visiting researchers.

The EMBL Imaging Centre training activities are generously supported by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.


Stefan Hell

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences and DKFZ Heidelberg


Conference organisers

Chris Stocks

Chris Stocks

EMBL Heidelberg



Virginia Pierini

EMBL Heidelberg



  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk, and the programme is subject to change.
  • All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.

Tuesday 31 May
Time SpeakerLocation
08:30 – 09:30  Arrival and registrationATC Registration Desk
09:30 – 10:00Opening remarks and IC introductionATC Auditorium
10:00 – 10:30Fluorescence microscopy at molecule-size resolution 
Stefan Hell – MPI Göttingen and
DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany
ATC Auditorium
10:30 – 11:00 Biophysical mysteries and insights into organelle structure and dynamics 
Suliana Manley – EPFL, Switzerland
ATC Auditorium
11:00 – 11:30Morning refreshmentsATC Foyer
11:30 – 12:00Future trends in cryoEM
Richard Henderson  -MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
ATC Auditorium
12:00 – 12:30Better, faster, cheaper: recent advances in cryo-EM
Bridget Olivia Carragher – Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA
ATC Auditorium
12:30Transition time to Imaging Centre
12:45 – 14:45Lunch including tours of the Imaging Centre and industrial partners’ technologyImaging Centre
12:45 – 14:45 Lunch with industry displays & Imaging Centre tours (detailed below)Imaging Centre Atrium & Lecture Hall
13:15 – 14:00 Imaging Centre Tours Imaging Centre
14:00 – 14:45Industrial partners’ tours Imaging Centre
14:45Transition time to ATC
15:00 – 15:30Structural Biology in situ or The Power of Seeing the Whole Picture
Wolfgang Baumeister – Max Planck Institute, Germany
ATC Auditorium
15:30 – 16:00Imaging and reconstructing early mouse development using light-sheet microscopy
Kate McDole – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
ATC Auditorium
16:00 – 16:30Afternoon refreshmentsATC Foyer
16:30 – 17:00Structural cell biology of cilia and eukaryotic flagella
Gaia Pigino – Structural Biology Center, Human Technopole, Italy
ATC Auditorium
17:00 – 17:30Recent Advances in Correlative Microscopy and Super-Resolution Imaging of Coronavirus Infection
W.E. Moerner – Stanford University, USA
This talk is remote via Zoom
ATC Auditorium
17:30Closing remarksATC Auditorium
17:45Transition time to Imaging Centre
18:00 – 19:30Poster session with wine & cheeseImaging Centre Atrium & Lecture Hall
18:00 – 18:45Industrial partners’ tours Imaging Centre
18:45 – 19:30 Imaging Centre Tours Imaging Centre
19:30End of symposium

Practical information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

On-site Academia€50
On-site PhD Student€50
On-site Industry€75

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments. 

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.


Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

As further changes in our events are possible due to COVID-19, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.

As a guide we have included a list of hotels you may want to consider should you require overnight accommodation:

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel  – nearest hotel to the EMBL CampusStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding HouseMeininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel Monpti

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. For further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit Public Transportation to the Venue. For information about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

Onsite Information


All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.

Health and safety notes

A Covid-19 safety policy specific to this one day event is in place:

  • One of the following is required for entry: proof of vaccination (2 doses of vaccines recognised in Germany); proof of recovery (positive PCR test certificate from no more than 90 and no less than 28 days ago); or a negative test result certificate for Covid-19 from the last 24 hours (48 hours if PCR)
  • Masks are to be worn in all indoor areas except when eating or drinking

Do not smoke in any EMBL building.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Auditorium and all laboratories.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • The first aid room is located next to the ATC Registration Desk (room 10- 205).
  • Dial the Emergency number 222 from any EMBL internal phone only.
  • Where is the accident? What happened? How many injured?
  • Emergency number 06221-387 7821 from mobile phones.
  • Please report all accidents to the conference officer at the registration desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or the Emergency number 222 from any internal phone.
  • A loud fire alarm will go off if an evacuation is required. On hearing the alarm leave the building immediately following the escape route and fire wardens and head to one of the meeting points
  • Do not use the lifts.

Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference. Note that the next pharmacy is a 4-minute drive from the EMBL, but for many medications you will be required to see a doctor to get a prescription.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor while in Heidelberg. In any case, the EMBL Course and Conference Office will assist you to get to the pharmacy and a doctor of your choice if necessary.


Wi-Fi is available onsite. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ are kept at the registration desk until the end of the conference.


There are lockers available on-site to store your luggage, which require a 2 EURO coin to operate. There is another luggage room on level E0, which is free to use but remains unlocked during the conference.


During the conference an EMBL Photographer may be taking photographs. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.

Travel to and from the venue

There is the public bus 39A that serves the EMBL campus and taxis can be easily booked at any time. More detailed information on travelling to EMBL can be found on our Travel Information page.

Useful German expressions

GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehen
Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryTut mir leid
Excuse me…Entschuldigen Sie
How are you?Wie gehts?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?
What is your nameWie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?
My name isIch heisse
Do you speak EnglishSprechen Sie Englisch?
I don’t understandIch verstehe nicht
Please speak more slowlyKönnen Sie bitte langsamer sprechen
Thank youDankeschön
Where is the toilet?Wo ist die Toilette?
Please call me a taxiBitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi
How do I get to….?Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?
A beer/two beers pleaseEin Bier/zwei Bier bitte
A glass of red/white wine pleaseEin Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte
The menu, pleaseDie Speisekarte, bitte
Is there a local speciality?Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?
I’m VegetarianIch bin Vegetarier
It was deliciousEs war hervorragend
The bill, pleaseDie Rechnung, bitte
I have a headacheIch habe Kopfschmerzen
I have a sore throatIch habe Halsschmerzen
My stomach hurtsIch habe Magenschmerzen
I’m allergic toIch bin allergisch gegen
I need a doctor who speaks EnglishGibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?


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We thank our industry collaboration partners for sponsoring this symposium. EMBL IC training activities are generously supported by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.

Date: 31 May 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg

Time: 08:30

Venue: EMBL Imaging Centre & EMBL ATC


Registration: Closed

Contact: Christopher Stocks