ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School 2015



Microscopy enthusiasts from across the world attended the second Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) Summer School held at Heriot-Watt on 3 - 7 August.

Speakers included Dr Eric Betzig, from Janelia Farm Research Campus in USA, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work in the development of super-resolution microscopy.

Participants discussed issues surrounding super-resolution microscopy and forged connections across institutes and disciplines that can only lead to further advancement in the field of microscopy.

They also were able to reinforce the theory in practical sessions, ran by ESRIC’s industry partners, being able to get hands-on with their own samples, gaining practical tips and guidance for their own research.

The residential summer school is organised by the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC), a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3) at Heriot-Watt University and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh. The open access facility provides a platform for researchers from anywhere in the world to access state-of-the-art microscope systems and expertise to push the boundaries of light microscopy and study human biology and disease.

The ESRIC Summer School is organised in collaboration with Olympus UK and is also sponsored by Bioaxial, Hamamatsu, Leica, Nikon and Zeiss. The commitment and hard work put in from all of our sponsors is invaluable to the success of the course and we look forward to next year.

“Really great course, I was left really excited about super-resolution microscopy” Participant, UK

I liked very much that we had participants from very different fields and with different backgrounds. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to look at your scientific question from a different angle.” Participant, Poland

“Keep this program running forever! Its a big inspiration to upcoming scientists.” Participant, Sweden