Microscopy and image analysis are so strongly intertwined that it is impossible to talk about one without the other. We aim to form a network among young scientists in which we can discuss our specific imaging and analysis issues in an informal, peer-based environment. „Young” in this definition means students, PhD students and PostDocs up to two years after their defense.


Watch parties

Watch-Parties are a communal way to follow prerecorded lecture series in the YMIA. They are usually held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:30pm (Berlin, Amsterdam). This way you can update your knowledge in varying fields of microscopy and image analysis applications in an interactive way together with your peers and discuss questions afterwards.

Roundtable discussion

Roundtable discussions are usually held once a week on wednesdays 4-5pm (Berlin, Amsterdam) in Gathertown. They are an opportunity to discuss issues, to connect, as well as to introduce yourself and your research.



The resource database is a collection of knowledge that is deemed to be especially useful to young researchers. We focus on already existing other databases, as well as literature and youtube videos that already exist on other platforms. We are also working on establishing a database on how to connect to other existing local networks – to core facilities or self-help services – to promote finding on-site support whenever possible.

Who we are

Core team

Team Members

  • Sona Michlikova – PostDoc (Translational Radiooncology) at the National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology (OncoRay) in Dresden and Helmholz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf
  • Friederike Kessel – PostDoc at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Neural Development and Regeneration
  • Annika Haak – PhD Student (Biochemistry) at the RUBION, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Elena Nicolay, Research Assistant (M.Sc.) at UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig, Mechanistic Toxicology

With the help of a quick survey we assessed who was interested in the YMIA: Roughly 50% of the participants of this survey were PhD students, PostDocs and Master Students constitute the remaining half. Members of the team come from a variety of scientific backgrounds, including Biology, Physics, Engineering, Medicine and Bioinformatics. Their interests are equally distributed between both microscopy and image analysis.

Join the YMIA

Everyone who fits the description of „young“ (students, PhD students and PostDocs up to two years after their defense) is welcome to join, no matter where they are located or what imaging or analysis modality they are using. In order to join, please send an email to team-ymia@gerbi-gmb.de. If you are interested, you can also become an active member of the GerBI society, but this is not mandatory to join the online activities of the YMIA.