The purpose of microscopes is to allow us to examine the world's smallest elements, which measure only a few micrometers. In the workshop series “ZEISS on Your Campus,” however, Carl Zeiss microscopes are being transported from place to place throughout the four corners of the world at the moment. Knowledge and techniques in relation to microscopy are being shared at the workshops spread across various continents. To date, during the current series of events, around 1,500 scientists have taken part in 18 events in 10 countries within 3 months. The Carl Zeiss microscopes have been traveling the world – just like Phileas Fogg, the main character in Jule Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days.
The series of workshops focuses on the optimization of digital images in light microscopy. The entire process, from imaging in the lens through image capture and post-processing, is up for discussion. During the presentations, participants learn about the basics of microscopy such as selecting the appropriate resolution, controlling the detectors, and the influence of the cover slip strength and immersion medium. Afterwards, they have the opportunity of trying out what they have learned on various microscopes.
Carl Zeiss advises scientists on the optimal method to cater for their inquiries. Participants also find out how they can obtain the best possible results. Learning and using different microscope techniques is a key element in the program of the workshop series. The next workshops in Europe are taking place in Warsaw (29-30 May), Cluj (30 May) and Budapest (5-6 June) as well as at Mainz University on 12 and 13 June. The “ZEISS on Your Campus” world tour will also make guest appearances in both America and Asia.
May 31, 2012