ZEISS Microscopy Webinar Series for Africa

Learn about best practices and new microscopy trends

We are pleased to invite you to a series of webinars which have been put together especially for you, our customers on the African continent. During the series, we will share best practice in microscopy that will enable you to achieve better results through higher image resolution, quality and quantitative data for industrial applications or research publications. We will also showcase innovative technology solutions to make microscopy fun and easy.

Please check back here for upcoming topics, dates and times and register for as many webinars as you would like to attend.

Program Overview

Webinar Topic Speaker Date  

Why Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Is Important to Light Microscopy-based Research

Philipp Bastians

August 4th

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Increase Efficiency in Your Laboratory with Smart Microscopy

Michael Goegler

August 5th

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Image Analysis: Basics and Practice. How Can We Use Image Analysis in Microscopy-related Research?

Xianke Shi

August 6th

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Rapid, Large-scale Sample Preparation for EBSD Using the ZEISS LaserFIB

Tobias Volkenandt / HHA

August 11th

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ZEISS Microscopes in the Forensic Laboratory

Heinrich Bunger

August 12th

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Maintenance, Service, and Remote Support for Your Microscope

Dante Pinto and Raven Bikhari

August 13th

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Digitize Microscopy Education with Digital Classroom 

Leonard Nyanga

August 18th

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Virtual Reality Training

Rene Sewcz

August 19th

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The XRM Revolution for Life Sciences

Nicolas Gueninchault

August 20th

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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Topic Speaker Date  

Introduction to Stereo and Zoom Microscopy

Axel Laschke

September 1st

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Your Fast and Flexible Slide Scanner for Fluorescence and Brightfield

Soren Prag

September 2nd

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Environmental Issues and Site Readiness

Luc Harmsen

September 3rd

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The XRM Revolution for Materials Science

Nicolas Gueninchault

September 8th

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LSM 980 with Airyscan 2: Your Next generation Confocal for Fast, Gentle Multiplex Imaging

Gerry Sexton

September 9th

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Introduction to Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD): What It Is and What It Can Do for You

Keith Dicks

September 10th

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Gain More Insight into Your Experiments and Publish Faster with ZEN Software

Sven Terclavers

September 15th

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Low-KV Imaging in Electron Microscopy

Andre Botha

September 16th

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Webinar 1 - Tuesday, 4th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Why Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Is Important to Light Microscopy-based Research

In the 45-minute webinar, you will have a general introduction into Electron Microscopy (EM) for the Life Sciences, learn about state-of-the-art Correlative Light and EM workflows which are highly automated and efficient. Also, you will learn about the benefits of connected microscopy in your field. There will be a 15-minute Q&A session in the end for you to ask your questions.

  • Introduction to Electron Microscopes
  • Correlative workflows
  • Connected microscopy with Zen Connect and its benefits

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Speaker: Phillip Bastians

Phillip Bastians is the Electron and Correlative Microscopy Specialist for Life Sciences at ZEISS Microscopy (APAC)

Webinar 2 - Wednesday, 5th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Increase Efficiency in Your Laboratory with Smart Microscopy

Do you need to document samples in transmitted light or fluorescence in your routine lab? To achieve best image quality, this can get time consuming. Learn in this webinar, how to speed up your image acquisition with Smart Microscopy from ZEISS.
Smart Microscopy from ZEISS is a new concept for routine digital documentation of microscopic samples. The microscopes Axiolab 5 and Axioscope 5 can be combined with the microscope cameras Axiocam 202 mono and Axiocam 208 color, to form a Smart Microscopy system that takes away a large share of the workload from the users. It automatically adjusts many of the required settings, thus digital documentation of microscopic specimens becomes easier and more efficient.

  • Fast and accurate documentation
  • Training made easy

Speaker:
Dr. Michael Gögler Market Sector Manager for Routine Microscopy at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany. Michael studied physics and received his PhD in Biophysics in 2008 before he became a Product Manager for ZEISS.

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Speaker: Michael Gögler

Michael Gögler - Market Sector Manager for Routine Microscopy at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany.
Michael studied physics and received his PhD in Biophysics in 2008 before he became a Product Manager for ZEISS.

Webinar 3 - Thursday, 6th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Image Analysis: Basics and Practice. How Can We Use Image Analysis in Microscopy-related Research?

Image Analysis gains popularity and importance over the years, for life science researchers who frequently use microscopy techniques. The amount of images we generated per weeks, or per experiment increase substantially, thanks to microscopy automation. It becomes critical how do we make sense of such large quantity of data. Image Analysis is one method to address such challenge. In this webinar recording, we will briefly discuss the basic principles of digital imaging and image analysis workflows.

  • Fundamental of Digital Image
  • Steps of Image Analysis Workflow
  • Common Segmentation Methods

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Speakers: Xianke Shi and Soren Prag

Xianke Shi - Application and Business Development Manager, Life Sciences, APAC, ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

Xianke SHI studied his PhD on Biophysics at National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2004 to 2008, focusing his research on quantification of biomolecular interactions in living cells and living zebrafish embryos with Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS). From 2008 to 2010, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at NUS and European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg, where he continued his work on FCS, as well as light sheet microscopy and in vivo single molecule detection. On January 2011, Xianke joined Carl Zeiss Microscopy, South East Asia, as a regional application specialist. He then held several different positions in Zeiss, and is currently application and business development manager, APAC. He is specialized in life science light microscope techniques and is currently working on software related topics.

Soren Prag - Product and Application Sales Specialist, EMEA, ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Soren’s experience with microscopes started at the University of Copenhagen as a master student performing research on cancer cell migration, cell-adhesion & signaling. He continued his research path as PhD student at the University College London and moved to Kings College London as a post-doc, where he continued working on cancer cell migration, and used spinning disc, confocal, and multiphoton microscopy to address these questions. As a junior PI in Lisbon, Portugal, Soren expanded into imaging cell migration in vivo in fruit flies combining the fields of cancer progression and embryonic development. In 2012 he joined ZEISS as a product & application sales specialist covering automation.

Webinar 4 - Tuesday, 11th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Rapid, Large-scale Sample Preparation for EBSD Using the ZEISS LaserFIB

With the advent of faster and more sensitive EBSD cameras and high beam current scanning electron microscopes (SEM), the actual EBSD acquisition is no longer the time-limiting factor for studies of grain structure or internal strain. It is now the sample preparation, which is typically done by vibratory polishing or in-situ focussed ion beam (FIB) polishing. Both methods have their limitations when it comes to either site-specificity or preparation of large regions of interest.

In this webinar we present a solution to overcome these limitations using the ZEISS LaserFIB. A LaserFIB is the combination of a FIB-SEM with a femtosecond laser system for fast material ablation. The use of the laser facilitates extremely fast sample machining and surface preparation. Together with the high-resolution imaging and post-polishing capabilities of the FIB-SEM, this enables rapid and precise relocation and preparation of specific regions of interest for EBSD analysis.

We show several real-world examples of metal surfaces suitable for EBSD grain mapping, rapidly prepared using the LaserFIB. The total preparation time for e.g. a 300 x 200 µm large EBSD-suitable region of interest can be as short as 5 minutes. FIB post-polishing can be readily applied in-situ. However, you will see that the surface quality of the just laser polished cross-sections is sufficient for decent EBSD experiments.

  • Explore the technical details of the LaserFIB as the combination of a FIB-SEM with a femtosecond laser system for fast material ablation
  • Learn how the LaserFIB can be used to rapidly prepare large regions of interest for EBSD analysis
  • See for yourself the surface quality of just laser polished cross-sections which is sufficient to generate a decent EBSD signal without the need for FIB post-polishing

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Speakers: Tim Schubert and Tobias Volkenandt

Tim Schubert
Tim Schubert works as a research associate at the Materials Research Institute Aalen (Aalen University). He is a trained materials tester and gained his bachelor’s degree in materialography and his master’s degree in advanced materials and manufacturing both on the topic of additive manufacturing of hard metals. He is currently working on his PhD in the same field. His recent field of work besides additive manufacturing is the application of a variety of microscopic methods in materials research

Tobias Volkenandt
Tobias Volkenandt studied physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany with a focus on electron microscopy. In 2014 he joined ZEISS as application specialist for FIB-SEM within product management. Since 2017 he has been working as materials science as application development engineer at the business sector materials science. His focus topics are the ZEISS Crossbeam and the new femtosecond laser, as well as software solutions for correlative microscopy and machine learning.

Webinar 5 - Wednesday, 12th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

ZEISS Microscopes in the Forensic Laboratory

Every case is different – that is probably the most challenging aspect of a forensic scientists daily work.
Zeiss microscopes and analytical instrumentation have been a trusted tools of forensic experts over decades and still are even more so since crime rates increase, complexity and workload raises. Reliable and repeatable data acquisition, data storage and documentation are mission-critical in forensics. Still flexibility and user-friendliness should not fall short. Zeiss is the only company offering the full and comprehensive microscope portfolio – starting from routine stereo microscopes over CSEM and FESEM and multiSEM up to x-ray microscopes.
This webinar wants to give you an insight in forensic applications and how Zeiss microscopes can help to address the issues every new case holds ready. Additionally, some examples of special customer solutions (SCS) show the possibilities beyond the standard product portfolio.

  • ZEISS has the comprehensive microscope portfolio for forensic labs
  • ZEN2core a powerful software package
  • ZEISS microscopes can interact for your benefit

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Speaker: Heinrich Bunger

After years of service in GAF (German Air Force) Hein received a degree in Engineering from the University of Wilhelmshaven and joined Zeiss shortly after in 1998.
Starting with several project manager positions he changed to the light microscopes’ product management team in 2000. Some new products came to life in this time such as Axiovert 200 Mat, Axio Imager, Axioskop 2 Mat, Axiotech vario, Axiovert 40 Mat encompassed with new optics and contrast methods.

Between 2010 and 2014 supported establishing Carl Zeiss Shanghai Innovation Center as well as product management and R&D in Shanghai.

From 2012 until 2014 Hein headed the industrial product management team.
Until today Hein is part of the customer sector Education and Routine (E&R) responsible for Forensics.

Webinar 6 - Thursday, 13th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Maintenance, Service, and Remote Support for Your Microscope

Microscopes are essential tools used everyday in various institutes around the world. The on-going advances in both optical design and mechanical functionality have resulted in precise, easy to use microscopes.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of both the optics and the mechanics of a microscope will keep the instrument properly aligned and functioning smoothly. Microscope service should be performed only by a factory trained service technician with a comprehensive understanding of your microscope’s functionality. If one component is not aligned or adjusted properly, the function of the entire system will be in question.

As technology advances, Zeiss also ensures we measure up and with that we can also support you remotely which means quicker response time for emergency breakdowns and less downtime.

  • Illumination system and Electrical system
  • Mechanical functions and adjustments
  • Lubrication points
  • Alignment of optical path

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Speaker:  Raven Bakhari

Raven Bakhari is the Head for Services for light microscopy in Africa. He has been working for Zeiss for 10 years to date and runs a team of 4 light microscopy engineers.

Webinar 7 - Tuesday, 18th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Digitize Microscopy Education with Digital Classroom 

Microscopy training courses are an essential part in the curricula of life- and earth sciences. Students use microscopes in order to understand the morphology of human, animal or plant cells. They need to gain deeper knowledge of sample preparation, staining procedures and finally sample examination to identity e.g. blood cell disorders. Some lectures require a thorough knowledge of various microscopy techniques and software for image acquisition and documentation. 
Hand drawings of samples like onion epithelium or oral mucosa still play an important role.  

In addition, digital school equipment like smart boards, tablets, e-learning and interactive video courses are becoming an essential part of daily learning and teaching methods. Whenever you are considering to buy new school equipment, count on a digital classroom. An interactive digital classroom helps to produce the engaging atmosphere that motivates students to discover their field of study and to reach their learning goals. 

With ZEISS microscopes and the imaging app Labscope, it is easy to create a digital classroom with a network of connected school microscopes. You can now monitor all student microscopes from your Desktop, iPad or iPhone. Get students awareness by interactively involving them in your teaching. Students gain learning success in a playful way and have fun in your training session by sharing their microscope images in their networks. 

  • Real time monitoring of student microscopes
  • Sharing, Discussion and reporting made easy
  • Classroom Control and Live interaction at a click of a button
  • Now with remote learning

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Speaker: Leonard Nyanga

Leonard Nyanga - Account Manager for Carl Zeiss South Africa.
Leonard completed his degree in BSC. Biomedicine and has been the Digital Classroom Product specialist in South Africa for the last 3 years.

Webinar 8 - Wednesday, 19th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Virtual Reality Training

With the ever-increasing power of the computing world, we have invested in the field of virtual reality for the training and updating of the ZEISS field service engineers.
In the quest to reduce carbon emissions, by enabling engineers to attend virtual training courses on specific topics, we can reduce the number of training courses they need to attend.
We have created virtual microscope systems that can be used to demonstrate specific calibrations or procedures that engineers may need updates on or may want to revisit before going to site. They can interact with the trainer whilst staying at their own office. The training session can easily be recorded and then reviewed later.
Full factory training is still an essential part of the technical support ethos and will not be replaced by VR as true hands on training is still essential but the chance to advance beyond PDF training documents or training videos to go VR is the future.
We invite you to take a look at what has been developed thus far by the technical support team out of Oberkochen Germany.

  • The future of training
  • Upskilling of engineers at the touch of a button
  • Transfer of knowledge from experienced engineers

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Speaker: Rene Sewcz

Rene Sewcz - Tech Support Oberkochen and GeminiSEM Trainer
Rene has a degree in Physics and been active with ZEIS for many years as a hotline tech support contact and factory trainer.
When the opportunity of developing a VR solution for ZEISS was presented, he took the lead to help develop this.

Webinar 9 - Thursday, 20th August 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

The XRM Revolution for Life Sciences

A new field of 3D X-ray microscopy is emerging, bringing dramatic resolution and contrast improvements to the imaging of biological specimens for correlative studies and hierarchical structural investigations. ZEISS 3D X-ray microscopes enable a diverse range of new studies in the life sciences, from observing unstained soft tissues to analysing new biomaterials at the highest yet achievable resolutions, from the micron to nanometre scale.

Bringing unique synchrotron-based technology to the lab, the Zeiss Xradia X-ray microscopes enables full field of view imaging of biological samples, as well as high resolution 3D non-destructive imaging of biological samples down to 50nm resolution.
We will review recent technological developments within X-ray microscopy (XRM) for life sciences and consider a diverse range of applications including developmental biology and soft tissue imaging, bone science, plant biology and biomaterials. We will also look at the benefits of correlative multi-modal imaging in 3D to extend laboratory imaging to new areas of research.

  • Advanced applications of XRM for Life Sciences
  • Virtual histology using XRM
  • Correlative approaches making the link between XRM, 3D SEM and Light microscopy

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Speaker: Nicolas Gueninchault

Nicolas holds a M.E. from the Université of Marne la Vallée and a PhD. from Paris Sciences et Lettres University (Paris), both in Mechanics. Following his doctoral studies on the observation and the simulation of grain bulk crystal plasticity, he joined the Copenhagen based startup Xnovo Technology as an application scientist, where he has participated in the development of the LabDCT module, which enables crystallographic imaging with laboratory instruments. Since 2019, he has joined ZEISS as the Product and application specialist for the EMEA-LATAM region, specialized in X-ray microscopy instruments for ZEISS Research and Microscopy Solutions segment.