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 see below all topics, dates and times and register for as many webinars as you would like to attend.

Program Overview

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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Introduction to the Basics of Digital Cameras

Shannon Das

September 17th

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Webinar 1 - Tuesday, 1st September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Introduction to Stereo and Zoom Microscopy

Stereo microscopes differ from classical compound microscopes in many ways. In addition to a stereoscopic image impression and stepless zooming, they provide large depth of field, long working distances, and large object fields. Because of these characteristics, stereo microscopes are useful for numerous applications, including observation of living plants and animals in their three-dimensional, natural shape; sample preparation, dissection, manipulation, and surgery; screening and sorting applications; and large field imaging.

ZEISS offers optimized solutions for all the important fields of application in stereo microscopy. The Stemi 305 and Stemi 508 product lines comprise compact all-in-one stereo microscopes with integrated illumination and documentation for digital classroom applications and routine dissection. The modular SteREO Discovery product line can be extensively tailored to suit the needs of many research applications. And the Axio Zoom.V16 fluorescence stereo zoom microscope closes the gap between stereo and compound microscopes.

  • Stereo and zoom microscopes are the ultimate choice for observation and manipulation of unprepared specimens and for large-field microscopy
  • Different applications require different types of stereo and zoom microscopes
  • Since classic contrast methods such as phase or DIC contrast are not available in stereo microscopy, contrasting of specimens depends greatly on using the right illumination system

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Speaker: Axel Laschke

Axel Laschke studied physics at the University of Oldenburg in Germany and graduated with degrees in applied optics and ocean physics. He joined Schott Fiber Optics in 1996 as a development engineer for microscopy illumination systems. By working closely with the major microscope companies to develop fiber optic illuminators and LED lighting solutions, Axel gained deep insight into applications and illumination requirements in the field of stereo microscopy. In 2006, he joined ZEISS as product manager for stereo microscopy. He is responsible for manual stereo microscopes used for routine and educational applications as well as illumination and third-party accessories.

Webinar 2 - Wednesday, 2nd September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Your Fast and Flexible Slide Scanner for Fluorescence and Brightfield

Increasing digitalization is finding its way into all areas of our lives. Science is no exception. For many experimental questions, increased data throughput in transmitted light and fluorescence microscopy is becoming increasingly important. With ZEISS automated microscope systems, routine image acquisition tasks have become much easier, faster, and more reproducible.

The ZEISS Axio Scan.Z1 is a high-throughput automated slide scanner that provides hassle-free operation 24/7, with automatic slide loading, sample detection, and focusing and image acquisition in fluorescence or colorimetric brightfield. This webinar will provide you with insights into Axio Scan.Z1 hardware and software.

You can use the Axio Scan.Z1 to:

  • Reliably digitize your specimens and create high-quality virtual slides
  • Collect fluorescence and brightfield images at high speed
  • Increase your imaging throughput with automation

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Speaker: Soren Prag

Soren’s experience with microscopes began at the University of Copenhagen while performing research on cancer cell migration, cell adhesion, and signaling. He continued his research at University College London (PhD) and King’s College (postdoctoral). As a junior PI in Lisbon, Portugal, Soren expanded into imaging cell migration in fruit flies. He joined ZEISS in 2012 as an application specialist.

Webinar 3 - Thursday, 3rd September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Environmental Issues and Site Readiness

As applications and uses of analytical equipment continue to develop, the systems become more susceptible to outside interference. Whereas previously most users would simply take an image of a sample, today researchers are doing long-term mapping or image analysis, both of which demand higher system stability. Room temperature and humidity control are obvious stability factors, but we must also be aware of DC fields and floor stability over time.

ZEISS is developing a highly automated and experienced measuring and monitoring information base for our service teams to ensure we can help clients achieve a more stable and user-friendly system environment. We use the Spicer SC11 survey kit to measure and monitor labs over short periods, after hours, and on weekends to establish long-term stability. Current concerns about carbon footprint are driving us to ensure our systems are more energy- and cost-efficient.

  • Site requirements are important considerations for analytical instrumentation
  • Numerous environmental factors influence instrument performance
  • ZEISS is developing automated and experienced measurement/monitoring

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Speaker: Luc Harmsen

Luc Harmsen is the New Product Introduction Team Leader for ZEISS RMS technical support in Oberkochen, Germany. He has several years’ experience installing various systems in diverse laboratories and customer sites. In 4 years with ZEISS Japan, Luc expanded his experience providing support to customers with demanding, precise microscopy requirements and acquired detailed knowledge of seismic restraints and testing.

Webinar 4 - Tuesday, 8th September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

The XRM Revolution for Materials Science

In recent years, X-ray microscopy (XRM) has grown out of its origins at synchrotron facilities and set new benchmarks in high-resolution, nondestructive 3D characterization. By incorporating synchrotron-style optics, lab-based XRM systems can now achieve comparable levels of resolution and contrast, moving CT beyond an inspection/NDT technique and well into the scientific realm. In situ imaging in the lab has become more prevalent as well. Lastly, the classical absorption tomography of CT or microCT is being supplemented with an increasing range of modalities available on lab XRM systems, most notably and recently that of diffraction contrast tomography (DCT).

This presentation will explore these emerging laboratory-based methods and provide examples of their application in materials science along with an expansion of the classic “single-instrument” microscopy to correlative approaches making the link between XRM and 3D SEM.

  • Advanced applications of XRM for materials science
  • Nondestructive techniques using XRM
  • Correlative approaches making the link between XRM and 3D SEM

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Speaker: Nicolas Gueninchault

Nicolas Gueninchault holds an M.E. degree from the Université of Marne la Vallée and a Ph.D. 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 participated in the development of the LabDCT module, which enables crystallographic imaging with laboratory instruments. In 2019, he joined ZEISS as Product and Application Specialist for the EMEA-LATAM region, specializing in X-ray microscopy instruments for the Research and Microscopy Solutions segment.

Webinar 5 - Wednesday, 9th September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

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

The LSM 980 with Airyscan 2 is the most versatile confocal on the market. It is an ideal instrument for all types of imaging experiments, ranging from fixed samples to thick tissue sections and live cells. With the release of Airyscan 2 and multiplexing, the LSM 980 is the ideal solution not only for 3D imaging but also 4D (time). Airyscan 2 provides more data in less time, with 4–8x better signal-to-noise than GaAsP detectors, speeds up to 47 fps (512 x 512), and pixel dwell times on the order of 10x longer than resonance scanners. This translates to higher resolution at high speeds but with much better signal-to-noise than other systems.

  • Airyscan 2 with multiplex gives you better data - faster
  • Airyscan SR super-resolution: 120 nm x 120 nm x 350 nm with 4–8x better signal-to-noise compared to GaAsP detectors
  • Multiplex mode combines with smart illumination and detection for faster acquisition while maintaining super-resolution and enhanced image quality with less phototoxicity

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Speaker: Gerry Sexton

Gerry Sexton is an Application Specialist for Carl Zeiss Iberia. He earned his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD, USA. In 2004, Gerry joined Carl Zeiss Singapore as an Application Specialist and then moved to New York as an in-house specialist for laser scanning microscopes with Carl Zeiss USA. In 2007, he moved to Spain as an Application Specialist for all advanced imaging systems.

Webinar 6 - Thursday, 10th September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

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

Most microscopists will be very familiar with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) for elemental analysis in the SEM but perhaps less so with EBSD. Aztec EBSD from Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis brings structural analysis to the SEM and crosses over with work previously in the domain of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). EBSD brings a wide raft of crystallographic and structural measures to the SEM, with all of the ease of use and convenience associated with SEM analysis. Such measures include crystallographic texture analysis, grain size (to ASTM standard), grain boundary and strain characterization, plus phase identification and discrimination.

The technique is image-based; the results can be correlated with SEM images and orientation/phase/
strain maps derived from the EBSD measures. Further, EBSD, when integrated with EDS, provides a formidable analytical platform, maximizing the analytical capabilities of the SEM and opening a huge range of applications.

  • EBSD: structure analysis in the SEM
  • Structure and elemental analysis combined: a formidable analysis combination for material characterization, R&D, failure analysis, and process and quality control, to name just a few applications

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Speaker: Keith Dicks

Keith Dicks, MSc, is Senior Applications Scientist with Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis, High Wycombe, UK. Mr. Dicks studied metallurgy at Brunel University and received his MSc in 1984 before beginning a long career in metallurgy and materials analysis in research and industry.

Webinar 7 - Tuesday, 15th September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

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

While microscopy and image analysis have always walked hand-in-hand, the introduction of computers to microscopy resulted in a significant jump for science. ZEISS not only offers state-of-the-art hardware, but also software that has been used as a template for competing companies’ operating software. ZEISS ZEN software provides ease of use, flexibility, and versatility while minimizing complexity.

ZEISS offers a variety of software modules to bring your science to the next level and help you potentially publish faster. ZEN Connect links imaging systems that help fuse data from, e.g., a light microscope with an electron microscope, giving insights into both the dynamics behavior as well as the morphological structure. ZEN Intellesis introduces machine learning to aid segmentation for more precise and faster image analysis. With ZEN OAD, you can easily control, acquire, process, and analyze data via Python scripting and even introduce third-party software and hardware into your workflow. Regarding workflow, APEER enables your data to make the jump to cloud computing, combining different scripting languages for you. Did you ever consider rewriting those Java scripts in MatLab or Excel and connecting with another 3D Viewer? APEER can do this for you, seamlessly.

  • Make the microscope system work for you, not the opposite
  • ZEISS ZEN software is easy to use, versatile, and extremely powerful
  • See more, analyze more precisely, and publish faster with ZEISS ZEN software

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Speaker: Sven Terclavers

Sven Terclavers studied biotechnology at the University of Leuven in Belgium and began managing two imaging facilities at the KULeuven shortly after graduating, first in the Department of Physiology, where he obtained experience with calcium imaging and confocal microscopy, and afterwards in the Department of Cardiovascular and Molecular Biology. At the latter facility he was responsible for imaging with stereo, widefield, confocal, and two-photon microscopy as well as image analysis. In 2007, Sven joined ZEISS as Product and Application Sales Specialist for the Benelux region. In 2014 he moved to the U.S., where he worked for ZEISS as 3D Imaging Specialist and as Embedded Imaging Specialist at the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging. In 2018, Sven and his family moved to London, and he accepted the position of Head of Product and Application Sales Specialists for the EMEA-LA region.

Webinar 8 - Thursday, 17th September 2020

2.00 p.m. (CAT)

Introduction to the Basics of Digital Cameras

Learn the basics of digital cameras for microscopy in this ZEISS interactive webinar, which explains how to choose a digital camera for your light microscopy application. From photons to pixels, this webinar describes the different kinds of sensor technologies that are widely available for digital cameras and provides practical strategies to optimize signal-to-noise through conceptual explanations of topics such as noise, resolution, camera adapters, and binning.

  • Signal-to-noise ratio is a constant trade-off between sensitivity, resolution and speed
  • The spatial resolution of a digital camera is related to the pixel density of the detector sensor
  • The type of sensor and size of pixels in any given digital camera will largely determine its range of application

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Speaker: Shannon Das

Shannon obtained his PhD from The University of Sydney, where he studied the oxidative stress pathways leading to posterior capsular opacification formation. To further his knowledge of ocular diseases and oxidative stress, he undertook postdoctoral training at The John Curtin School of Medical Research. He recently joined the ZEISS ANZ team as a Product Application Specialist in light microscopy. Shannon has a passion for light microscopy and hopes to use his research background and role at ZEISS to help others achieve their microscopy goals.