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TiM2020: German BioImaging Spring School

General Information

"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.

Set-up phase

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Set-up phase: Tuesday, 3rd of March


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Set-up phase: Wednesday, 4th March 2020


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Set-up phase: Thursday, 5th March 2020


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Set-up phase: Friday, 6th March 2020


On Saturday the TiM organization team will have a (well-deserved) break, and will finalize setting-up TiM2020 on Sunday.


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Set-up phase: Sunday, 8th March 2020


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!



  • Begin:  9. March 2020
  • End: 13. March 2020 
  • Nine workshop sessions
  • More than 20 workshops, each repeated 2-3 times
  • Four plenary lectures
  • Inclusion of "DFG Rundgespräch", with presentations by the grantees of the large equipment initiative "Novel Experimental Light Microscopes for Research"
  • Poster session
  • Download the final program here

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

 Participants from academia*

 double room with twin beds at Albgut - Altes Lager 800 €

 Workshop providers**

 single room at Albgut - Altes Lager or hotel closeby 800 €

 Participants from industry***

 single room in a hotel closeby 1200 €

 Participants without accommodation**

 - 750 €


 - 200 €


 *  GerBI-GMB members (personal and institutional) receive a discount of 100 €.
 **  GerBI-GMB members (personal, corporate and institutional) receive a discount of 100 €. 
 ***  GerBI GMB corporate members receive a discount of 20% (bronze) or 30% (gold and silver).

The registration deadline has been extended until the 16th of February 2020.


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




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". A program of the Rundgespräch will follow soon.


TiM2020 will take place at Albgut - Altes Lager in Münsingen on the Swabian Alb. Lectures and workshops will be held in the Württemberg Palais. Participants will be housed on-site in the renovated officers´ quarters (3 min walk)


All academic participants will be accommodated in double rooms and some workshop providers in single rooms with shared showers in the former officers' quarters at Albgut - Altes Lager.

All industry participants and some workshop providers will be accommodated in single rooms in hotels closeby.

Getting There and Away

Map Swabian Alb


Albgut-Altes Lager
Haupstrasse 318
72525 Münsingen

The main entrance is located in front of Gasthof Schützen

By Public Transport:

By Plane:

The closest Airport is Stuttgart Airport (STR). Münsingen is situated around 50 km from STR. provides a search engine which can also be used to find specific train/bus connections from/to Stuttgart Airport to/from Münsingen.

Local Transport in Münsingen:

The bus stop in front of Albgut - Altes Lager is "Auingen, Biosphärenzentrum" (~3 km from Münsingen station) which is served by bus number 335

By Car:

The navigation address is Hautpstrasse 318, 72525 Münsingen. The parking space "Biosphärenparkplatz" can be used by all guests of TiM2020 (see this map). A map of the entire area is available on the web site of Albgut - Altes Lager.

Sponsors and Instrument Providers

The organizing team warmly thanks all industrial sponsors and instrument providers for their support of TiM2020!

Contact and Organisers

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