Super-Resolution Microscopy is one of the hot topics in biology when it comes to researching molecular processes and structure within cells. This is why the 3rd Super-Resolution User Club Meeting by Leica Microsystems was so quickly booked up. It takes place at IIT in cooperation with Alberto Diaspro, Director of the Department of Nanophysics at IIT as well as Professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Genoa and lasts from June 17 to 19, 2013.
40 users of STED and GSD Microscopy from ten European countries take three days’ out to deepen their knowledge on super-resolution techniques and applications and make use of an opportunity for full exchange of experiences. All participants come from renowned universities or research institutes and either work in research and use super-resolution for their experiments themselves or manage an imaging facility in which STED and GSD systems are installed.
On day one, Alberto Diaspro spoke about “Optical Microscopy and Super-Resolution at the IIT”, Ilaria Testa, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, spoke about “RESOLFT Nanoscopy in Life Science“ and Silvio Rizzoli of ENI, Göttingen, spoke about “3D Architecture of a Membrane Trafficking Pathway“. After the talks, applications and sample preparation especially were discussed in great detail.
Workshop sessions will take place on all three days – users will experience the STED and GSD systems during experiments and get to know hands-on tips and tricks from Leica Microsystems’ super-resolution experts.
A poster session rounded off day one. Several participants presented recent studies and projects – a great opportunity to learn about and discuss research focuses in the super-resolution community first-hand.
“Our goal is to facilitate networking between scientists by providing an open and informative forum”, explains Joanne Fallowfield, European Marketing Manager Life Science Research at Leica Microsystems. “When we started the club, we envisaged a super-resolution community that would meet annually to discuss all aspects of super-resolution, from application to image acquisition and processing through to the challenges of sample preparations. Now, into its third year, we can safely say we are well on the way to achieving this goal. Once again, we are fortunate to be joined by excellent speakers on a variety of super-resolution themes and applications”.
“A super discussion is running at the club meeting about optical nanoscopy and related methods among users and developers”, states Alberto Diaspro. “Super-resolution is still in its infancy, but discussion is already mature.”