By Holly L. Aaron, Director, CRL Molecular Imaging Center
In February I had the enormous pleasure of hosting the 13th Annual Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop, featuring 50 fantastic speakers. The 3-day workshop on new and evolving microscopy techniques was well-attended by over 200 participants from as far away as Brazil and Australia. I need to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this meeting possible! Special thanks to Wolfgang Becker of Becker-Hickl GmbH, who is not only the primary sponsor of the event, but also co-host, co-founder, and a devoted teacher on time-resolved techniques in microscopy.
“I would like to thank you for organizing this outstanding meeting. It was a great experience in my postdoctoral training and excellent networking opportunity to meet with imaging experts.” – Sophia Bardehle, Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco
Mornings began early at 7:30am with much-needed coffee and pastries at the beautiful and historic Berkeley City Club designed by late UC Berkeley-trained architect Julia Morgan. Talks were held in the formal ballroom and lunch was served on the veranda where the weather was a balmy, sunny 70 degrees on most days. As veterans of AIM know, the weather in February tends towards sunny and warm or sideways rain, so we were lucky with number 13.
“It was a great meeting. Fantastic job on the organization.” – Elly Nedivi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The workshop also included lively and varied demonstration sessions, both at the City Club and off-site at our lab spaces on campus. This year featured the Zeiss LSM-800 Airyscan and the 3i Spatial Light Modulation system of the Molecular Imaging Center, as well as two demonstration systems, the Bruker Vutara and the 89 North X-Light V2+VCS. On-site, as always, was the Becker-Hickl and Boston Electronics team, showing the BH DCS-120 fluorescent lifetime system. Other onsite vendors included 3i, Thor Labs, Semrock, Spectra-Physics, 3Scan, Arivis, and CYC Technology Group.
“Overall, I learned a massive amount and really enjoyed [it]” – Jason Swedlow, University of Dundee, Scotland
Each evening featured a different social event. Opening night included a speaker’s dinner at Great China on Bancroft Way, where we dined on Peking Duck and other delicious offerings during the Chinese New Year celebrations. On Thursday evening, we had the poster session and reception. Boston Electronics provided Gift Certificates to the top three student poster presentations, which were chosen by a panel of three scientists, and announced Friday morning. Friday night was the grand finale and farewell reception which featured beer, wine, cheese, shrimp cocktail and many goodbyes.
The AIM Workshop took a lot of work and effort by a team of people. I would like to thank the MIC Team (Judith Yee, Jen-Yi Lee, Mo Kaze, Ariel Kent, Priscilla Ng), Boston Electronics, especially Rik van Gorsel, and all of our volunteer staff. Thank you!