Introduction to Imaging in the Life Sciences
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience:
Postgraduate Research Students and Research Staff in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre students

This course is part of the M&HS Faculty Training Programme and N-trans training programme, which are convened by Researcher Academy.


Short talks and interactive discussions

Course Description

This workshop will focus on the theoretical and practical considerations of light microscopy use in the Life Sciences.

Topics covered will include:

  • Theory of light, resolution, contrast and fluorescence.
  • Comparisons of wide field and confocal microscopy
  • The practical considerations required for robust data collection in imaging
  • Imaging techniques & their application through example images.


Please note this workshop does not include practical hands-on experimental work and instead covers the theories underpinning light microscopy and considerations required when analysing relevant data.

If there are no course dates listed below, then all of the instances have already taken place for this current academic year. Course dates for 2019/20 will be published in early October 2019 with courses running from late November 2019 to June 2020.

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


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