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UIC Workshops

As part of our ongoing commitment to the University of Minnesota research community, and external investigators, the University Imaging Centers hosts technical workshops for hands-on training in imaging.

While we are constantly evolving and expanding our curriculum past workshops have included: Core Microscopy Concepts, Techniques, Sample Preparation, Microscopy Instrumentation & Software, Quantitative Analysis, and 3D Reconstruction.

This page will be your resource to register for upcoming workshops, as well as provide an overview of past offerings.

If you're interested in learning more about past, or upcoming workshops, please send an email to Mark Sanders (


Upcoming Workshop:

Confocal Microscopy Workshop - Jackson Hall: June 6-8, 2017.

The UMN University Imaging Centers will be holding a three day hands on workshop on confocal microscopy June 6-8, 2017.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a clear conceptual framework for the operation of multiple confocal microscopes and instruct the participants on the practical aspects of image acquisition. The workshop will consist of lectures from UIC staff and invited instructors and over 15 hours of microscope time. Participants will receive training in laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopes, with special emphasis on the basics of image acquisition.  There will be time and equipment available for special techniques such as spectral imaging and FRAP. Participants are encouraged to provide their own samples and the instructors will be available to help in image acquisition optimization.

The workshop will take place in Jackson Hall on the Minneapolis East Bank campus of the U. of Minnesota. Lectures will cover from the basics of fluorescence to the different instrumentation configurations and applications in the newest laser scanning confocal microscopes.

Hands on training and practice with user samples will take place in the Jackson Hall site of the UIC, with a Nikon TiE A1Rsi, Olympus IX2 Fluoview 1000, Olympus BX2 Fluoview 1000, Nikon FN1 A1R MP, and Zeiss Axio Observer Spinning Disk Confocal. In addition to the microscope systems, users will also be able to utilize UIC data analysis workstations.

Workshop Registration has now closed. If you're interested in being added to the waitlist in the event a seat opens please email Alex Cramer (


Past Workshops

Title # of attendees Date(s)
Live Cell Workshop (CCRB) 8
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 to Thursday, 9 March 2017
Confocal Workshop (Snyder Hall) 5
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 to Thursday, 15 December 2016
UIC & UMII Image Analysis Workshop (CCRB) 15 Thursday, 1 December 2016
Confocal Workshop (CCRB) 9
Tuesday, 1 November 2016 to Thursday, 3 November 2016
Confocal Workshop (Jackson Hall) 24
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 to Thursday, 19 May 2016
UIC & UMII Workshop: An Introduction to Image Analysis (CCRB) 21 Friday, 23 October 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A hands-on Introduction to FIJI (Snyder Hall) 13 Wednesday, 5 August 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A hands-on Introduction to FIJI (Snyder Hall) 18 Wednesday, 29 July 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A hands-on Introduction to FIJI (Snyder Hall) 15 Wednesday, 22 July 2015