8th NorMIC Workshop on Biological Optical Microscopy

The NorMIC series of workshops aims to teach biological researchers (PhD students, engineers, postdocs and young PIs) the principles of biological microscopes and image processing.

8th NorMic Workshop on Biological Optical Microscopy

Photo: Xian Hu.

Registration is closed. Late registration will be considered on a case by case basis. Contact Xian Hu (Edna) if you have enquiries.


The workshop schedule consist of 4 days from 3rd May to 6th May (Tuesday to Friday), starting from 8:30am to 4pm each day. The lunch, tea breaks and one social dinner is included. Mornings are lectures(open to public) and afternoons are hands on labs (registrants only). 

Scope of Teaching and Hands On Session

The scope of the workshop includes the theory of microscopic image formation, difference between different imaging modalities( different wide field contrasting methods,super resolutions, non linear, light sheet etc),  principles of fluorescence and probes, detectors and filters, introduction of image processing. 

Registrations will practice hands on operation on different high end microscopes - the  LSM880, Olympus SpinSR, Abberrior STED, 3D Printing, and Chip based TIRF

Workshop highlight

Students will assemble 3D printed spinning disk model microscopes and select the best disk configuration for their imaging needs. This hands on session is designed to teach the principle of spinning disk confocal microscopes. This session is designed and hosted by Felix Margadant.



Students will assemble a simple 3D Printed Spinning Disk Microscope in one of the hands on session in this workshop (Designed by Felix Margadant)


3D Printed Microscope Stand Before Cleaning Up
3D Printed Microscope Stand Before Cleaning Up


Teaching Staff 

  • Professor Rainer Heintzmann, the co-inventor of Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) and Instant Structured Illumination Microscopy (iSIM). Rainer will demonstrate the powerful free deconvolution software developed in his lab

  • Matthew Hartley, Team leader of BioImaging Archive, EMBL. Matthew will share with us important aspects of imaging data management and sharing.

  • Felix Margadant, a member of the Harald Stenmark group. Felix has devised several cellular force measurement tools. A software suite used in his UiO collaboration is https://imagej.net/PillarTracker

  • PC Cheng, Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, State University of New York in Buffalo, USA and famous plant biologist. Specialist in confocal microscopy, biomedical imaging, x-ray microscopy, microtomography, and lithography.  

  • PC Cheng and Felix Margadant are contributing authors to the book 'Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy' available here 

  • Stig Ove Bøe, Group Leader and Microscope Platform Leader from Riks Hospital. Stig Ove will share with us his work on High Content Screen System.

  • Kay Schink, Senior Research Scientist from Radium Hospital, Norway. Kay has extensive experience in various optical microscope techniques. He will demonstrate the Light Sheet Microscope(Mr. Snouty) he has installed in Radium Hospital for our workshop.

  • Frode Skjeldal, Imaging Specialist working for NorMIC Imaging Platform. Frode has accumulated extensive experience of various types of cellular and tissue imaging. He is also an expert of various imaging processing softwares especially Imaris.

  • Ingrid Kjos, Researcher from Radium Hopspital. Ingrid has been working with the EM shared core facility in Radium for the past 3 years, she will cover the topics of CLEM for our course.

  • Merete Storflor, UiT PhD Candidate and application specialist of Chip NanoImaging. Chip NanoImaging is a scientist initiated starup from UiT that is specialisted in Single Molecule Localization Microscopy and TIRF on a chip microscope. Merete will share with us her experience with DNA Paint, dSTORM and the beauty of Total Internal Reflection Microscopy.

  • Rafael Camacho, Imaging Scientist at University of Gothenburg. Rafael is a very active imaging processing specialist in Europe. He usually teaches ImageJ in our workshops and is well-loved by our previous students.

  • Dominik Frei, Senior product specialist from Inter Instrument. Dominik will bring one demo instrument for the workshop, the Nikon dSTORM or the Abberior STED.

  • Luca Clario, Technical Support Specialist from Crest Optics. Luca will cover the topics of modern spinning microscopes.

  • Sebastian Beer and Linda Haals, Product Specialists from Hamamatsu Europe. Sebastian and Linda will bring the newest Hamamatsu sCMOS camera to the workshop to demonstrate how to evaluate the performance of a scientific camera.

  • Eric Muren, Application Specialist of Zeiss. Eric has extensive experience on all high end Zeiss product and he is usually based in Stockholm.

  • Øystein Ivar Helle, CTO of ChipNanoImaging.

  • Simen Gylterud Owe, Microscopy Manager of Ortomedics AS. Simen is heading the microscopy devision of Ortomedics AS. Ortomedics AS is the sole distributor of Leica in Norway.

  • Marita Gustavsen, Application Specialist of Holger Hartmann. Holger Hartmann is the sole distributor of Olympus microscopes in Norway.

  • Jan Vavra, Territory Manager at Abberior Instruments GmbH.

Supporting Staff


  • Xian Hu, Edna 

  • Oddmund Bakke

  • Linda Haugen

  • Larissa Lily

  • Nuru Saadi

  • Elisa Bjørgo

Organizing Committee

  • Xian Hu, Edna

  • Felix Margadant

  • Kay Schink

  • Frode Skjedal

  • Harald Stenmark

  • Oddmund Bakke 

Organizing institutes

Financial support

This workshop receives financial support from Digital Life Norway , UiO:Life Sciences and BNMI (NordForsk Research Infrastructure Hubs).

Published Feb. 9, 2022 9:35 PM - Last modified May 13, 2022 11:37 AM