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“Trends in Microscopy” (TiM), the biennial conference of GerBI-GMB, changes format! In 2020, TiM, alias GerBI-GMB Spring School, will be an intense microscopy training camp offering hands-on workshops and scientific talks from distinguished guest speakers. The program will also cover fundamentals of optics and practical sessions on image analysis.

Round table discussions and presentations by renowned researchers who were funded by the latest large equipment initiative for microscopy of the German Research Foundation (DFG) will round off the event.

Participants will reside at the conference site, a nicely renovated ancient military base immersed in the unspoiled landscape of the Biosphere Reserve Swabian Alb, for the whole week. TiM2020 addresses in particular Ph.D. students and Postdocs.

Plenary Lectures

  • Stefan W. Hell, MPI for Medical Research in Heidelberg and MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen (Keynote Lecture)
  • Jan Huisken, Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison/Wisconsin (USA)
  • Ulrich Kubitscheck, University of Bonn
  • Sandrine Leveque-Fort, CNRS/ Univ. Paris Sud (France)


Workshop Provider | Workshop Title
Ruth Hans, Hubert Bauch
Understanding microscopic image formation: Ernst Abbe’s classic experiments using a vintage diffraction apparatus
Yvonne Stahl, Stefanie Weidtkamp-Peters
Investigating protein interaction in living plant tissue and human cells by FLIM/ FRET measurements
Robert Haase, Deborah Schmidt
Bio-Image Analysis Open Space (BIOS) – a temporary core facility and open coworking space for TIM2020
Aurélie Jost, Sebastian Lotz
Out of the Box – Do-it-yourself microscopy using the UC2 Box and «BaKaRoS – Baukasten zur Realisierung optischer Systeme»
Astrid Schauss, Christian Jüngst
Adaptive illumination schemes and adaptive optics modules for improved confocal and STED microscopy.
Jan Huisken, Michael Weber
Hands-on light sheet microscopy with Flamingo, the modular and shareable research microscope.
Ulrike Engel, Steffen Dietzel, Christian Feldhaus, Ralph Palmisano
Various flavours of microscope perfomance testing
Christian Tischer
Big image data visualisation and processing in ImageJ
Luis Fernando Delgadillo Silva, Hella Hartmann
Glucose stimulated in vivo Ca2+ imaging in zebrafish pancreatic ß-cells
Wouter Masselink, Pawel Pasierbek
Establishing rapid tissue clearing in any lab with minimal overhead
Gerhard Holst, Fred S. Wouters, Gertrude Bunt
Direct FRET imaging with a FD-fluorescence lifetime imaging camera
Ulrich Kubitscheck, Juan Eduardo Rodriguez Gatica, Jens Schweihoff, Martin K. Schwarz
Super-resolution imaging achieved by specimen expansion and confocal microscopy
Rainer Kurre, Michael Holtmannspötter
Single molecule localization and tracking microscopy in living cells
Montserrat Coll, Jim Swoger
Clearing & imaging biological tissue with light-sheet microscopy
Robin Diekmann
Quantitative 3D single molecule localization microscopy hands-on
Hans Fried
Building an autocorrelator for pulse width measurements for 2P- and 3P microscopy
Petr Walczysko
Image data management with the OMERO platform
Sabine Reither, Monika Löschinger
Light sheet microscopy of mammalian samples
Mike Heilemann, Christoph Spahn
STED with exchangeable fuorophores
Holger Lorenz
Swelling / live cell expansion microscopy
Sebastian Beer
Digital cameras – Theory and Technology
Jürgen Schmied, Sebastian Strauss
Super-resolution imaging with DNA-PAINT
Werner Zuschratter, André Weber, Yury Prokazov
Single photon counting made easy
Roland Nitschke
Spinning disk live cell imaging with different cameras – sCMOS and EMCCD

We would like to express our thanks to the workshop providers and companies who, with their ideas, knowledge, equipment, and commitment, are making TiM2020 possible!

Registration and poster abstract submission

The registration fee includes:

  • participation in TiM2020
  • four nights accommodation including breakfast (if required, see below)
  • lunch, dinner and coffee breaks during TiM2020
  • social event
  • abstract booklet


We encourage all participants to submit a poster abstract. A poster submission form will be provided at registration.

Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation within 14 days after registration, fees will be refunded. No refund will be possible after this date or for last minute cancellations or no-show. In case of cancellation due to serious illness, a medical certificate will be requested. Cancellation requests must be sent by email to veranstaltungsmanagement@uni-konstanz.de.

DFG Rundgespräch

TiM2020 will include a “DFG-Rundgespräch”, which is also a reference back towards the origins of this conference series

Topics will be:

  • Light Sheet Microscopy
  • In Vivo Imaging
  • Material Analysis
  • Superresolution Imaging
  • FLIM

Presentations are given by renowned researchers who were funded by the latest large equipment initiative of DFG “Novel Experimental Light Microscopes for Research“.

Contact and Organizers

TiM2020 is organised by German BioImaging – Gesellschaft für Mikroskopie und Bildanalyse e.V. and University of Konstanz.

  • Elisa May, University of Konstanz
  • Roland Nitschke, University of Freiburg
  • Stefanie Weidtkamp-Peters, University of Düsseldorf
  • Hella Hartmann, Technical University Dresden
  • Christian Feldhaus, MPI for Developmental Biology in Tübingen
  • Stefan Terjung, EMBL in Heidelberg
  • Michèle Quelle, University of Konstanz
  • Nadine Utz, German BioImaging in Konstanz

Scientific Program Committee

  • Steffen J. Sahl, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen
  • Mike Heilemann, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Jan Huisken, Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison/Wisconsin
  • Ralf Palmisano, Optical Imaging Center Erlangen
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