Course Overview

24 participants are selected through a competitive selection process. The small number ensures that every participant individually gets sufficient time on various imaging stations during the hands on training sessions. International applications are entertained from across the globe. Previous courses have had participants from China, Singapore, Australia, USA, UK, Russia, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, Nigeria, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Norway and Pakistan. The course is intense and require's full-time participation from morning till evening. Lectures are combined with practical demonstrations and discussions with teachers. The course cover many aspects of modern biological microscopy including microscope optics, associated hardware, fluorophores and sample preparation techniques. Participants can bring their own samples to image using the systems available at the course. Designated 'free time on microscopes' are available practically every day of the course where the participants can explore a particular imaging system and image their samples. A set of student independent projects is provided for the final part of the course. An expert faculty/industry scientist will guide each of these projects. Participants can also design their own projects based on the instruments/techniques available at the course. In such case they will have to bring their own samples and reagents. All major microscope companies and microscope hardware/software providers are attending and providing additional equipment and support to this course. The participants have opportunity to interact with technical experts from these companies as well as receive demonstrations of high-end equipment they bring as exhibits. Some of these equipment will also be included as part of the course.


This course is primarily intended for PhD scholars and postdoctoral researchers, although exceptions can be made for junior faculty and talented post-graduate students or undergraduates. Those from the Industry involved in training, application support or research in optical microscopy are also welcome to apply.

Housing and Fees

Housing will be provided in comfortable rooms on the NCBS campus. All meals will be provided during the course. The tuition fee for the course is USD 700 for participants applying from institutions outside India and INR 15000 for participants applying from institutions within India. The tuition fee includes all course materials, boarding and lodging.


Participants are responsible for their own transport to Bangalore. Travel between the airport and NCBS will be arranged by the meeting organizers.

Details of Previous Year Courses

Bangalore Microscopy Course 2009
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2010
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2011
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2012
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2013
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2014
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2015
Bangalore Microscopy Course 2016