Plant imaging: advanced light microscopy - a joint course with CUSO MPS

27-28 January 2022

Venue: University of Geneva

Organisers: Dr. Sylvain Loubéry (University of Geneva) and Dr. Christoph Bauer (University of Geneva)


IMPORTANT INFORMATION concerning COVID safety measures: participants must provide a certificate of vaccination or a negative test to participate to the course.
Masks have to be wore during the practicals.



The course will focus on light microscopy, and the objective of the course is two-fold:

  • to acquire or strengthen basic knowledge of the most common methods of plant optical imaging (including sample preparation and staining);
  • to acquire or strengthen basic skills in image acquisition and in image analysis


The course includes three lectures on basic and advanced fluorescence microscopy, sample preparation, and image analysis.

In parallel, hands-on sessions will be held on fluorescence microscopy and on image analysis.
During the hands-on sessions, all participants will use at least three different set-ups, including widefield as well as CLSM confocal microscopes. These sessions will be done with samples brought by the participants.

For the hands-on microscopy parts, participants will be grouped by 3 and the groups will rotate between different microscopes. During the image analysis hands-on, participants will work on image analysis and Fiji; this will be done on laptops brought by the participants. The practicals will take place at the Bioimaging Center of UniGE.


The participants are expected to have prior experience with microscopy (and preferably with confocal microscopy). Participants will be asked to bring their own laptops for the image analysis hand-on session.




Day 1
9h00 - 16h30

Day 2
9h00 - 17h00


General information

Dates: 27-28 January 2022

Schedule: 9.00-17.00 (see program above)

Venue: University of Geneva, building Sciences III, Room 0059

ECTS: 1.0 (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the doctoral program coordinator (administration)

Registration fee: the course is free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions; for participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Molecular Plant Sciences: see CUSO MPS website

Make sure you sign the attendance sheet each and every day.


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however until 5 January 2022 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" and CUSO doctoral program in Molecular Plant Sciences participants who need microscopy skills for their current or future projects.
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • Maximum number of participants: 9 people (minimum 6 people).
  • 5 places available for CUSO MPS students, 4 places available for DP-Biol students.
  • A waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: OPEN on the CUSO MPS website here.

Cancellation fee: before deadline: free of charge, after deadline: CHF 30.

Deadline: 07.01.2022