FOM 2024

We would like to announce FOM2024, the next conference in the FOM series. FOM2024 will take place in Genoa, Italy, from Sunday March 24 to Wednesday March 27, 2024. Please note that this will be in the week before Easter 2024.

The FOM2024 conference will take place at the Magazzini del Cotone,  Porto Antico di Genova, Calata Molo Vecchio 15, Genova, Italy

Important dates

Opening submission of abstractsWednesday, October 11, 2023
Deadline application financial supportMonday, December 11, 2023
Deadline submission of abstractsTuesday, January 9, 2024
Acceptance contributions, draft program on the webThursday, January 25, 2024
Deadline early registrationThursday, February 15, 2024
FOM2024 ConferenceSunday, March 24 – Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Easter Sunday 2024Sunday, March 31, 2024

FOM2024 continues a long-standing (since 1988), yearly conference series on the latest innovations and developments in (optical) microscopy and their application in biology, medicine, and the material sciences.

The conference will start on Sunday, March 24 with tutorials, followed by parallel sessions, Flash poster presentations and a plenary opening session with invited speakers at the end of the afternoon. The tentative program will be available later this year, and can be found under “Program” on this web site.

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24 January 2024 Opening Symposium Radboudumc Electron Microscopy Center

With great pleasure share the announcement of the Opening Symposium of the Radboudumc Electron Microscopy Center as part of the Radboudumc Technology Center Microscopy. The center is a unique facility hosting advanced electron microscopy imaging modalities for the life sciences, focusing on multiscale and multimodal imaging. Highlights are the complete Zeiss 3D cryo-correlative workflow, and the ThermoFisher Talos F200C G2 specifically designed for combined cryo and liquid phase electron microscopy, both allowing high resolution imaging of samples in their native hydrated state.

You are invited to celebrate the completion of this infrastructure with a full day symposium where invited and local speakers will highlight the recent advances in different approaches to electron microscopy for life sciences. 

Attendance is free, but registration is requested at


Basics in fluorescence microscopy

“Basics in fluorescence microscopy”, van Leeuwenhoek Centre for Advanced Microscopy at Amsterdam University (UvA), the Netherlands, January 23-26th, 2024
This is a 4-days basic microscopy course for graduate students, postdocs and lab technicians in biology, biophysics and (bio)medicine. It provides detailed knowledge of the working principles of confocal and widefield fluorescence imaging, with special emphasis on experiment related issues, such as optical aberrations, bleaching, specimen preparation and fluorescent probes. The course integrates theoretical lectures with hands-on experiments and practical experience. Experts in the field of microscopy will give an overview of “state-of-the-art” imaging techniques in biological research.
For more info & to apply:
Contact: Mark Hink (

STED microscopy workshop November 6(&7)

Our group will host a hands-on workshop including lectures on sample preparation, imaging settings, live cell imaging and optionally hands-on sample preparation in our lab at the university of Groningen.

Part of the workshop overlaps with an international (fully booked) MOSBRI workshop for optimal interaction with users.

What: Learn the ins & outs of optimal STED sample preparation and imaging

Programme Nov 6 2023:

Lectures on STED image setting, sample handeling, 2D, 3D, fixed and live cell imaging

Hands on: fixed 2D, 3D and live cell imaging

Time: 10am-5:30pm

Programme optional Nov 7 2023:

Hands-on sample preparation. If desired and possible on relevant proteins for your own project.

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Zernike science park Groningen

Registration: Send an email with name and motivation letter, en desired programme (nov 6 and/or7) to:, title: STED workshop

Deadline for registration: October 23

Maximum number of participants: 6


– Monday: 50 euro (lunch and materials included)

– Tuesday: 100 euro (lunch and materials included)

In case you would like to prepare fixed slides prior to the workshop, but do require sted suitable labels, we can send aliquots, 20 euro per aliquot + shipping

Symposium en publieksdag 70 jaar Nobelprijs Frits Zernike

Het is 70 jaar geleden dat Frits Zernike de Nobelprijs voor Natuurkunde ontving. Het werk van de hoogleraar en zijn fase-contrastmicroscoop zijn nog steeds van grote betekenis voor de geneeskunde en de biologische wetenschappen. Om hierbij stil te staan is er vrijdag 3 november een symposium op de Zernike Campus in Groningen. Er zijn verschillende sprekers waaronder de jongste Groningse Nobelprijswinnaar Ben Feringa en de kleinzoon van Frits Zernike. Het avondprogramma vindt plaats in de binnenstad van Groningen. Ook is er een publieksdag microscopie. Programma en tickets.

Webinar: Super-resolution techniques and focus on nuclear pore complex

An important metric for assessing a system’s utility for visualizing structures is the microscope’s resolving power. As technologies emerge, particularly in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, there is a need for quantifying the resolution. While there are several strategies using test patterns for such a measurement, there is also a need for biologically-relevant control samples that can serve as a benchmark. In this talk, we discuss assessing image resolution, particularly the use of the arrangement of proteins in the nuclear pore complex to characterize resolution in super-resolution microscopes.

More info here

SVI Analyzing objects within other objects and object organization, using clusters and convex hull operations

If you image analysis questions concern the organization or properties of objects, or the grouping of objects within other objects such as for example nuclei or cells, then this webinar may interest you. We will show you how tho use the latest features in the Huygens Object Analyzer to not only analyze object in detail, but also to count and analyze the properties of objects within objects (cells, nucleus, organelles) in the other channel. The organization of objects can also be determined within just a single channel by clustering them using the Cluster Analyzer. And, geometric analysis of clusters is facilitated with the newly implemented convex hull option, which basically works like placing a rubber balloon around a cluster of objects. Convex hull based analysis also can aid the analysis of non-homogeneously stained objects, as is often teh case with for example DAPI-stained nuclei. The ‘rubber balloon’/convex hull of the object then helps to fill the holes in the segmentation for the non-homogeneous staining. Register here for this webinar.