Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 5 - 9 Oct 2021 Register interest
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Symposium Overview

The molecular processes of life are naturally dynamic in space and time from the atomic to the organismal level. The rapid development of imaging methods across the full scale of biological organisation is revolutionising our ability to visualise the inner workings of macromolecular complexes, organelles, cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. Being able to see biological processes unfold in real time allows us to understand the mechanisms of life as well as disease.

The symposium will bring together the leading developers of imaging methods with cutting edge applications that illustrate how imaging can answer biological questions. We will place emphasis on methods that are able to capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging of whole organisms. From its beginning in 2011, Seeing is Believing has embraced novel imaging technologies that open new windows for biological discovery, including single molecule and super-resolution, light sheet and correlative light electron microscopy. In this spirit, in 2021, we will include a session on in situ structural biology, prominently featuring 3D cryo-electron microscopy. Recent exciting examples show that these technologies have the potential to resolve the structures of molecular machines in action in their natural cellular and even organismal context, seamlessly linking it to other scales of imaging in the symposium. Everybody interested in the latest imaging technologies and their applications in the life sciences should attend. The symposium provides many opportunities for presentations, discussions and interactions between students, postdocs, junior as well as senior investigators.

Session Topics

  • In situ structural biology
  • New developments in super-resolution microscopy
  • New developments in light-sheet microscopy
  • Organismal and intravital imaging
  • Correlative imaging across scales: from complexes to organisms
  • New biology discovered by imaging
  • Probes and biosensors
  • Bioimage data analysis

What Past Participants Say about the Symposium

"A great event to immerse yourself in the newest ideas and approaches in bio-imaging." Andreas Gahlmann, University of Virginia, USA

"It's a fantastic opportunity to find great scientists sharing new insights on technological and biological advancement in a vibrant environment." Simone Bonaccorsi, UNSW Sydney, Australia

"This remains my favourite conference, with the blend of technology and applied sciences, I challenge any scientist not to come out of this meeting feeling exhilarated and full of ideas." Dr. Ola Sabet, University of Zürich, Switzerland

"I learned an exceptional amount about the state of the art in super resolution microscopy and its applications by attending this conference, which would have otherwise taken months to sift through the literature to fine the relevant papers. I'm definitely planning on coming back for the next edition." Greg McMahon, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory Teddington, UK

"Seeing is Believing is a fantastic meeting that brings together the exciting, rapidly developing fields of cutting-edge microscopy development and cell biology. Please please please keep organising these meetings, they are very inspirational for young scientists and exceptionally well-received." Kobus van Unen, Cell Biology Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland