Researchers from across the globe attended a 5-day residential Summer School in the first week of August this year (2014), with some coming from as far as the US and South America. The course provided an opportunity for a broad range of delegates from PhD students, microscope facility managers, post-doctorate Fellows to Principal Investigators and clinicians to delve into the finer details of super-resolution microscopy. Thirty-three delegates and 8 speakers selected from the forefront of their respective fields made for an informal atmosphere with informative group discussion and debate. Our selection of speakers this year included Dr Susan Cox, Professor Christian Eggeling, Professor Sam Hess, Professor Erik Manders, Dr Colin Rickman, Professor Silvio Rizzoli, Professor Markus Sauer and Professor Jason Swedlow. For details of this years scientific program please visit our Summer School Page.

summer school 2014Featured: Some of our speakers (Professor Christian Eggeling, Professor Sam Hess, Professor Markus Sauer, Dr Susan Cox and Professor Erik Manders) during our seminar sessions and all of our speakers (bottom, right) for the social Q&A.

After some extremely positive feedback from the Faculty and delegates the ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School will run again next August and registration will open early 2015 - follow us on twitter to keep an eye out for when @AliDUn_ESRIC

"I certainly believe that this course is set to become the international gold standard for Super-resolution workshops.”

“It was excellent – it was great that we could test our own samples"

“Great course! Would really recommend to anyone interested in super-resolution, great balance between theory and practical"

summer school 2014 2Featured: Paul McCormick (Leica) on the Gated-STED within ESRIC, Robert Hartley (Olympus) on PALM and Natalie Garin (Leica) on the GSDIM. Some PALM data acquired from the PALM workshop (Dr. Scott Henderson, VCU, USA).

After covering the theory researchers were able to get hands-on practical experience on multi-million-pound super-resolution systems in workshops, both within ESRIC facilities as well as on systems specially transported to Heriot-Watt by some of the leading microscope companies including Olympus UK, Leica Microsystems and Nikon with additional workshops from Hamamatsu and SVI.

Our 5-day summer school included a lively social programme which took advantage of the amazing atmosphore in Edinburgh during August, with dinner at the stunning Dome restuarant in Edinburghs New Town as well as a trip through the Old Town on an underground Ghost Tour.

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Featured: An Auld Reekie Ghost Tour through the Edinburgh Old Town, Dinner at the Dome Restuarant and Festival Fireworks over the castle (thanks to Robert Markus for some great photos!)

The ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School was organised in partnership with Olympus UK with additional funding and support from Leica, Nikon, Hamamatsu, SVI and Photonex Scotland.