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3D developmental imaging

1 – 9 July 2016 | Oeiras, Portugal

Registration deadline

10 May 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

25 May 2016

Payment deadline

10 June 2016

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About the practical course

3D imaging in developmental biology and mesoscopy is currently a topic of major interest for biologists, partly because of the tremendously fast pace of development of imaging technologies. These technical achievements have boosted the interest in understanding morphogenetic processes, which are still best understood only at the molecular level. Though most researchers are already familiar with the use of confocal microscopes, obtaining high quality, artifact free multidimensional images and analyzing them is still a challenge, and the expertise on novel techniques such as SPM/DSLM and Optical Tomography is still rare in most microscopy laboratories.


This EMBO Practical Course is unique in that it focuses specifically in one of the most challenging and interesting aspects of developmental biology: imaging of embryos in vivo. It is also designed to give participants the tools to obtain and analyse 3D images, something that is normally marginal in other "live cell imaging" courses.


This EMBO Practical Course is aimed mostly at researchers in developmental biology, interested in specific questions that require observation of cell movement and tissue morphogenesis, or understanding complex 3D spatial relationships between tissues, particularly difficult using conventional microscopy. Techniques such as multiphoton, SPIM/DSLM and OPT are a major feature of the course, as well as both open source and commercial solutions for equipment development and image analysis. Several commercial partners participate and contribute with state of the art techniques and equipment that are available to the participants during the course. The visualization, processing, analysis, publication and production of multidimensional images is addressed with both commercial and open source tools.


Speakers and Instructors





Registration deadline

10 May 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

25 May 2016

Payment deadline

10 June 2016












Registration includes:

Registration includes access to all course lectures and materials, as well as meals, hotel and local transportation for the 9 days of the course. It does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights before and after the course.

Abstract Guidelines

Candidates must provide a brief description of the project proposed for the course, mentioning animal/plant model and cells, tissues of interest, biological question(s) and a clear explanation of why 3D imaging is essential. Max 500 characters (spaces included).

Selection Criteria

  • Motivation and applicability of project proposed (must be related to “morphogenesis”)
  • Model (organism) proposed
  • Experience and possibility of disseminating knowledge

Candidates will be informed of their acceptance to the course by email on 25 May 2016. Selected candidates will be asked to confirm by email that they meet all conditions to attend the course, including permission to bring animal/chemical samples and authorisation from their supervisor to attend.


Accepted attendees will be asked to pay either by paypal or wire transfer to the course bank account no later than 10 June 2016.





Gabriel G. Martins



Anna Fejfer


Pedro Alves



venue map


Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Rua da Quinta Grande N6

2780-156 Oeiras - Portugal


The EMBO Practical Course will be held at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in Oeiras, a major research institution in Portugal, known worldwide for its excellence and host to several EMBO imaging courses. Students and faculty will be lodged in the same hotel: The Riviera located in Carcavelos, a small town near Oeiras. Students will be lodged in twin bed hotel rooms. They will be provided with daily transportation to the Institute (Google maps). Lunch and dinners will be provided to all attendants at the IGC canteen. The EMBO Practical Course will be supported by the IGC's Advanced Imaging Unit.


Instructions to get to Oeiras and the IGC:

Oeiras is halfway in between the Lisbon-Cascais railway. There is a shuttle bus service from the Lisbon airport to “Cais-do-Sodre”. There is also a subway; you start on the red line and then switch to the green line at Alameda. From Cais-do-Sodre catch the train headed to Cascais (every 20/30min) and all trains will stop in Oeiras (~20min ride), where the IGC is located. If when arriving you go straight to the hotel, it’s only 1 more station - Carcavelos. From the hotel to the IGC catch the same train but headed towards Lisbon and exit in Oeiras (1 train stop).


From the Oeiras train station to the IGC
Exit the Oeiras station and head towards the taxi/bus park across the garden towards the pharmacy and restaurants (headed right); keep following that sidewalk for ~400m until you reach the traffic lights. Turn left, cross over the pedestrian crossing and you are at the IGC's main entrance. See map, below:



Follow the link below for a more detailed and interactive google map of the buildings and how to get to the IGC from the train station or to walk from the Hotel to the IGC (~30min!).


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