Educational Symposium

Educational Symposium: Core Companies Convergence

June 18 - 19, 2019 - ZEISS Microscopy Customer Center New York

Join industry experts, colleagues, and peers for a complimentary 2-day symposium to explore best practices, emerging trends, and thought leadership for the Core Facility.

Core facilities and microscopy companies share the goal of using microscopy to generate quantitative data that can address fundamental scientific questions leading to discoveries. This meeting is intended to build up the microscopy core facility community and facilitate the convergence of core facilities and companies in quantitative imaging. This will be accomplished through the promotion of and sharing of best practices in standardization and quality control, automation of system monitoring and maintenance, mechanisms to transfer knowledge and exploring roles core facilities and companies can play in making this a reality.

Networking opportunities will enable exchange of experience, sharing expertise and will interconnect the imaging community. Specific topics of interest will include facility management, sustainability, big data, grant writing, and new technologies. Convergence of cores and companies will lead to shared responsibility, ideas and expertise that will accelerate the movement of the field forward ultimately leading to high quality science.


Meeting Objectives:

  • Promote interactions between cores and companies
  • Explore challenges and potential solutions benefiting both communities
  • Develop standards and quality control pipelines
  • Elevate the broad application of high-level quantitative imaging
  • Provide Cores with the tools to operate efficient facilities 

Refreshments, lunch and an evening social event will be provided. Additional travel expenses including air and hotel costs will need to be covered by attendees.


  • Tuesday
    Time Topic Presenter
    8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome & Meeting Overview  
    9:00 am - 10:30 am Best Practices: Standards and Quality Control  
    10:30 am - 11:00 am Break  
    11:00 am - 11:45 am  Standardization Tips for Microscopy

    Bernhard Zimmerman  
    Senior Director for the Business Sector Life Sciences, ZEISS

    Joseph Huff
    Application Development Engineer, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC

    11:45 am - 12:00 pm Q&A with Bernhard Zimmermann  
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Predictive Maintenance & Service sustainability
    for Cores
    Brian Svedberg
    Director of Field Service Operations, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC

    Martin Fischer
    Vice President, Global Service & Customer Care, ZEISS
    1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Q&A with Martin Fischer/Brian Svedberg, ZEISS
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm OAD, APEER, Connect, Intellesis ZEISS Specialist Group
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break  
    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Phenotyping the tumor micro-environment with advanced tissue-based multiplexing assays

    Katir Patel
    Global Manager Field Applications, Ultivue 

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    4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Q&A with Katir Patel, Ulitvue  
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote: OME’s Bio-Formats, OMERO, & IDR: Open Tools for Accessing, Integrating, Mining and Publishing Image Data @ Scale
    Jason Swedlow
    Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in Dundee's School of Life Sciences

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    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner & Networking Mixer  
  • Wednesday
    Time Topic Presenter
    9:00 am - 9:45 am Integrating and Sustaining Core Facilities in the Research Ecosystem Phil Hockberger
    Associate Vice President for Research

    Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Clinical And Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute

    Associate Professor of Physiology

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    9:45 am - 10:00 am Q&A with Phil Hockberger, Northwestern University
    10:00 am - 10:45 am  Value Pricing Strategies in Action
    Aaron Rosen 
    Senior Financial Analyst for the Core Facilities Administration, Northwestern University

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    10:45 am - 11:00 am Q&A with Aaron Rosen, Northwestern University
    11:00 am - 11:30 am  Break  
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm Panel Discussion - Do's and Don'ts of equipment grant applications
    Moderator and Panelists
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch  
    1:30 pm - 2:15 pm New and Notable Microscopy Developments
    2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Q&A with Carl Zeiss Microscopy Gmbh
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Added value of Correlative Microscopy
    Kirk Czymmek
    Director, Integrated
    Microscopy Facility,
    Principal Investigator,
    Donald Danforth Plant
    Science Center
    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Q&A with Kirk Czymmek  
    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Wrap up and feedback  


ZEISS Microscopy Customer Center New York
One Zeiss Drive
Thornwood, NY 10594 USA


Please register to secure you space. Attendance is limited and the event is expected to reach capacity.

Book your Hotel

A special group rate at the Westchester Marriott is available until
Tuesday, May 28.

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