• Time: 29th June-3rd July 2020

    Place: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Participation fee: 500 CHF (academia) / 1`000 CHF (industry)

  • Anyone can apply - irrespective of affiliation, position, or location!

    Applications accepted from: 2020-02-01

    Application deadline: 2020-03-09 (23:59 CET)

    Application answer: 2020-04-01

  • About the School

    This one-week school provides a hands-on introduction to image processing and analysis, with an emphasis on biologically relevant examples.

    Is this school for you?

    • Are you a life-science researcher with a pressing need to quantify your light-microscopy images?
    • Are you uncertain about how to: Best calculate co-localisation, do deconvolution, automate the counting of cells, track objects over time, handle massive amounts of image data, record your image-analysis workflows in a reproducible manner?
    • If you answered yes to some of the above, then this school is for you!


    Digital images of high quality and quantity are now the norm in biomedical sciences. Ten to twenty years ago, when many current professors trained as students or post-docs, this was not yet the case as most microscopes were, at best, equipped with low-resolution digital cameras, celluloid-film (analogue) cameras, or no camera at all.


    This rapid change is rarely reflected in the curricula of life-science university departments and they offer few, if any, courses in image processing and analysis. Understandably, courses in image-analysis (computer-vision) in the computer-science departments tend to have different aims, work on different image-data, and pre-suppose literacy in at least one programming language, rendering them all but irrelevant for the life-scientist working in the laboratory.


    To bridge this gap, between what the life-scientist needs and what courses he/she is normally offered, we have created this school for image analysis. No former experience with programming is assumed, nor will much indeed be needed; only a strong desire to learn what can be done and how to do it is required.

    What you will learn

    You will learn the fundamentals of image analysis, including basic macro programming in ImageJ/Fiji as well as other software solutions.




    Before the start of the course, you’re expected to validate the IPA4LS on-line course . You’ll have some videos, exercises and quizzes to gauge your IDA knowledge. We ask you to follow the “extra week” dealing with the ImageJ Macro language.

    The first day will be focused on Macro programming (from variables, to loops, functions and batch processing) while going through the concepts you discovered during the MOOC.


    In the first part of the week we will also cover the process of image-formation as it pertains to image analysis: Resolution, correct exposure, point-spread functions, detector noise, Shannon's sampling theorem, and aliasing. All with a clear focus on application in the lab.


    In the second half of the week there will be a number of focused topics, building on what was learnt during the first days, possible topics are:

    • Deep Learning for image restoration and segmentation.
    • Co-localisation, i.e., spatial correlation analysis and statistics.
    • Data Analysis using KNIME.
    • De-convolution of microscopy images.
    • Tracking of particles and cells in time-lapse recordings.
    • Stitching and registration of stacks of large image data.
    • Hands-on training with image-analysis software solutions such as ilastikCellProfiler and QuPath.

    Structure of the week

    You will be working actively with image-analysis software every day -- this is an interactive hands-on school, not a passive lecture series. Short introductions are followed by guided workflows that we step through together. You can (and should) ask questions at any time throughout.


    There will be a single invited lecture every day, alternating between scientists using image-analysis as an integral part of their biomedical research and researchers developing new image-analysis algorithms and software.


    You will have the chance to work on your own data, that you brought from home, throughout the week, with support from the trainers.


    In the second part of the week you will be working on image-analysis projects, in groups, with support from the trainers. On the last day you will present the results of your project-work.


    1. We will accept 25 participants --- this number is kept low to facilitate effective tutoring.
    2. The school takes place in Lausanne.
    3. You will need to bring your own laptop (let us know if this is not possible for you).
    4. Participation is only possible for the entire week.
    5. A small number or travel grants and fee-waivers are available, mainly for non-Swiss participants.
    6. PhD students can earn two ECTS credits from the school (we provide documents, upon approval of your local doctoral school). 
    7. Refreshments will be provided, meals are up to you.
    8. Travel and accommodation arrangements are your own responsibility.
    9. All teaching takes place on the EPFL Campus: Chemin Alan Turing, 1015 Ecublens.
  • Program

    Expect some changes as we adapt the pace dynamically

    We are finalizing the location for the couse. Stay updated!

  • Travel & Accommodation


    Train tickets between Geneva Airport and Lausanne are CHF 25 per trip. All hotels offer public transport day cards for the duration of your stay.

    Estimated Hotel Costs

    Hotels around Lausanne range between CHF 100 and CHF 220 per night (Plus CHF 2.50 city tax / day).

    Most hotels include breakfast and day cards for public transportation.

    Food & Drinks

    ZIDAS will provide snacks and drinks during the breaks. The EPFL offers a wide range of lunch options, starting at CHF 10. Some cafeterias are also open in the evenings.

    Meals in town start around CHF 25.

    Suggested Hotels

    This is a non-exhaustive list of hotels around EPFL you can contact.

    Plan Together!

    Upon being selected for ZIDAS, you will gain access to a Slack channel where you will be able to discuss accomodation with the other participants!

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  • External Trainers

    With backgrounds in biology, computer science, and physics and extensive teaching experience across the disciplines

  • Speakers

    Scientists using or developing image analysis methods in their research

    Professor Manley’s research focuses on automated and high-throughput super-resolution fluorescence microscopy (PALM/STORM), high-density single molecule particle tracking (sptPALM), and its application to the structure and dynamics underlying the biophysics of cells and organelles.

    The research of my group focuses on the development of new machine learning based approaches to extract quantitative biological information from microscopy images and the design of novel computational methods to augment and improve optical microscopy. Martin is the co-creator of CARE and STARDIST.

    The work of the group is geared fundamentaly towards medical imaging research, both in the development of new technologies and processing methods and practical clinical applications in biomedical research. Esti is the creator of DeepImageJ, in collaboration with Daniel Sage, of the BIG.

    The microscopy and imaging core facility supports FMI scientists and collaborators for high-end light and electron microscopy, high-content screening, X-ray crystallography, and image analysis.

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  • Support and Endorsements

    This school was created by ScopeM-IDA staff, co-organized with BIOP staff, powered by NEUBIAS trainers, and supported by EXCITE .

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