The Microscopy Imaging Center at the University of Bern (MIC) is the interdepartmental platform for high-end microscopy. MIC provides access to state-of-the-art imaging techniques for researchers from 19 Institutes of 3 Departments of University of Bern as well as for the external visitors.
Currently MIC manages 61 instruments among which are 47 light, 9 electron, 2 atomic force and 2 meso- and nanoscopic microscopy systems from the leading industrial partners. Current usage of the facility has exceeded 25000 hours per year with more than 250 active users.
A special highlight of the MIC in 2019 was the MIC Symposium on the hot topic Machine Learning in Imaging. The scientific committee formed by Inti Zlobek, Raphael Sznitman, Mauricio Reyes and Guillaume Witz prepared a well-balanced and highly informative program which attracted more than 230 participants from Switzerland and abroad. Amongst the presentations most recent achievements in the areas of machine learning applied for imaging modalities as ultrasound, electron microscopy and light microscopy were covered.
The “MIC Research Day 2019” took place on July 3 and was attended by more than 120 scientists of the University of Bern and some industry partners. This yearly event is dedicated to scientific lectures from experts in specific microscopy applications of the University of Bern to improve the visibility of microscopy expert knowledge amongst us. This year, Christian Zuppinger, Stefan Tschanz, Coralie Dessauges, Ana Stojiljkovic, Josue Page and Giuseppe Locatelli gave these valuable scientific talks. Further important input was provided by the keynote speaker Nicolas Thomas, Space Research and Planetary Sciences, who explained the role of automated imaging for sampling by the Mars rover. Fabian Blank and Guillaume Witz informed about the services available at the Live Cell Imaging facility at DBMR and the support in image analysis and data management provided by SCITS, respectively. Industry talks by Rafael Kurtz, LaVision BioTec, and Oggie Golub, ThermoFisher Scientific, provided useful information on latest technology developments in the areas of light sheet and 2P microscopy and on fluorescent probes. All participants bid farewell to Marlene Wolf, the past coordinator of the PhD program Cutting Edge Microscopy (CEM) and head of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB), and Marisa Moser, former administrative assistant of the MIC. Finally, two PhD students were awarded with their CEM PhD certificates. As usual, the MIC Research Day provided many opportunities for networking during the coffee break and the final apéro. We thank the CEM students for their help in the organization and acting as well-prepared chairpeople, all the participants for their interest in microscopy and the company sponsors for the generous financial support of the MIC Research Day 2019.
On September 16, 2017, the University of Bern celebrated the Nacht der Forschung. The MIC contributed with various activities, organized by the coordinator Ruth Lyck. Urban Deutsch, Britta Engelhardt, Xenia Ficht, Daniel Hauser, Robert Rieben und Stefan Tschanz, each gave short talks about their research and linked their findings to the benefit and fascination of high-quality microscopy. An exhibition of historic microscopes, kindly provided by the Institute of Medical History, and of microscopic images, kindly provided by members of the MIC, decorated the seminar room and thus added to the enjoyable atmosphere of presentations. In parallel, the visitors had the opportunity to construct a simple microscope with their smart phone camera, using a glass bead and a holder. This activity proved to be very attractive: Under the supervision of Yury Belyaev, Ana Stojiljkovic and Daniel Hauser more than 150 microscopes with magnification of 100x and 300x were built and distributed. We also set up three binocular microscopes and a specimen preparation station. In addition, histological samples from the medicine basic education were presented. Specimen preparation and inspection through the microscope was highly attractive especially for children. Popular with all age groups were the histological samples. Pascal Ender, Ruth Lyck, Nora Ruef, Raphaela Seeger, Michael Stoffel and Stefan Tschanz guided and supervised sample preparation and microscopy. Mariana Dias, Martin Liptay, Anita Senk, Coralie Dessauges and other students of the PhD program Cutting Edge Microscopy, provided additional important support. Please see impressions of the MIC event at the Nacht der Forschung here.