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LCAM-FNWI Confocal training day (regular, latest: Oct 2017)
LCAM organizes on a regular basis a 1-day course for new users who are interested in applying fluorescence microscopy in their research. The course is compulsory for those who are going to use the equipment of  the LCAM. The ‘Confocal training day” continues at the level users should have after finishing the online microscopy self-study course MyScope, summarizing the basic principles of confocal microscopy, laser safety and includes one afternoon of hands-on experience. More advanced courses might be organised focusing at a specific technique, dependent on the demand of the LCAM-users.
      for more info about the upcoming course contact Mark Hink (


LCAM-FNWI Basics in Fluorescence Microscopy (annual, next: 6-9 February 2018)
A 4-day basics course for PhD 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, photobleaching, specimen preparation and selection of the proper dye. practicalThe course integrates theoretical lectures with hands-on experiments and practical experience. Experts in the field of confocal microscopy development will give an overview of “state-of-the-art” imaging techniques in biological research.

After the course the participants will have experience in the operation of the confocal scanning light microscope and basic knowledge of the possible techniques – and hazards – for the preparation of biological specimen for microscopic analysis.
    for more info about the course contact Mark Hink ( and check



LCAM Functional imaging (annual, next: October 2018)
This 9 day course is an intermediate level course for PhD students, postdocs and technicians in biology and biomedical science who already have experience with widefield and/or confocal fluorescence microscopy but want to extend their knowledge with the functional imaging techniques. After this course, participants will understand the principles of these methods and their limitations. In this course we will focus on functional imaging technologies that can be used in biology such as FRET, FLIM, FRAP, FCS & super-resolution microscopy. Furthermore, participants will be introduced to the latest developments in fluorescent probe & biosensor technology, sample preparation, data-analysis and data statistics. The course consists of theoretical lectures & tutorials (~50%) and hands-on experiments (~50%) at the microscope, including an image analysis session. This course runs in parallel with the 4 weeks Advanced Microscopy course for UvA master students. The teaching staff consists of experts in the field from the van Leeuwenhoek Centre of Advanced Microscopy. Participants are encouraged to discuss their specific microscopy issues or future experiments during the course.
    for more info about the course contact Mark Hink ( and check


In the footsteps of Van Leeuwenhoek (annual, next: June 2018)
An advanced course for graduate students and lab technicians in biology, biophysics and (bio)medicine.  In addition to the different basic microscopy courses organised at the AMC, NKI & FNWI, an advanced microscopy course is organized which focuses fully on intensive hands-on practical sessions and interactive discussions with experts in the various microscope techniques. During the course you will visit the the three LCAM imaging centres. In each institute you will focus in depth on specific advanced imaging techniques, including measuring intra- and inter-molecular protein interactions using FRET, FLIM & FCS – Confocal microscopy methods including spinning disk (CLSM) – Superresolution microscopy- Confocal quality control – Correlative microscopy (bridging fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy) – Usage of fluorophores such as FlAsH/ReAsH. In 2017 this course will be a special version: The FEBS advanced course “Functional imaging of cellular signaling”.
    for more info about the course contact Mark Hink ( and check



UvA bachelor and master courses (annual)
The equipment and expertise of LCAM is also used in the following regular UvA educational courses. Since 2011 a dedicated UvA masterstudy track exists: “Biomedical Sciences, track Cell Biology and Advanced Microscopy“.
– De Cel (bachelor, Sept)
– Cellulaire Oncologie (bachelor, Feb-Mar)
– Advanced Microscopy (masters, Oct)
    for more info about the courses visit the UvA Course catalog.


FNWI Masterclass Fluorescentie Microscopie (next: November 2017)
Once a year a masterclass Fluorescence Microscopy is organised. In collaboration with the It’s Academy this two days course in Dutch will allow 12-20 motivated 5 & 6-VWO students to learn more about biology and microscopy.
    for more info about the masterclass contact Bart Groeneveld ( and check