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SPAOM is a joint effort from Red Española de Microscopía Óptica Avanzada (REMOA) and the Portuguese Platform of Biomedical Imaging (PPBI), to organise an annual congress covering new applications in optical microscopy and image analysis.


Start: November 23, 2021
9:00 AM (UTC/GMT +01:00 - Europe / Lisbon)
End: November 25, 2021
1:00 PM (UTC/GMT +01:00 - Europe / Lisbon)


Exciting lineup of speakers and community workshop presenters for the 2021 edition of SPAOM:

Paul French

Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London
Photonics Group, Physics Department, Imperial College London
  • Paul French

    Paul French was a Physics undergraduate at Imperial in 1980 and has continued as a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher and member of the academic staff.  He has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico and as a Consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ.  His research interests have evolved from ultrafast dye and solid-state laser physics to interdisciplinary biomedical optics-based research including coherence-gated imaging through turbid media and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) for applications in molecular cell biology, drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. His current research includes the development of multidimensional fluorescence imaging for microscopy, endoscopy and tomography. Paul served as Head of the Photonics Group in the Physics Department from 2001-2013 and is now Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London.  He may be contacted via the Optics Office , telephone: 44 20 7594 7713

    For more information about our research, please go to the Photonics Group website 

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Guillaume Jacquemet

PI of the Cell Migration Lab
Åbo Akademi University - Turku

Caren Norden

Group Leader of the Cell Biology of Tissue Morphogenesis Lab at IGC
Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência - Oeiras
  • Caren Norden

    The Cell Biology of Tissue Morphogenesis lab aims to untangle the events that lead to the development of organs. In this context, the lab studies the formation of the vertebrate retina from cells to tissue and take the interactions between scales into account. The research group further assesses how mechanics influence tissue formation. Importantly, only when developmental programs occur coordinately from one stage to the next can tissues form correctly in time and space.

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Edgar Gomes

Group Leader
iMM - Institute of Molecular Medicine - Lisbon
  • Edgar Gomes
    • Group Leader at iMM since 2013
    • Team Leader, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (since 2007)
    • Postdoctoral research, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, USA (2002-2007)
    • PhD in Cell Biology at Center for Neurosciences, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (2002)
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Katrin Willig

Group Leader
Max Planck Institut of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen
  • Katrin Willig

    Major Research Interests

    The contact sites between two neurons, called ?synapses?, are the most fundamental information processing units in the brain. The minute size of synapses creates an inherent difficulty for conventional imaging but makes them an ideal target for STED microscopy. Because even a single neuron establishes a huge amount of synapses, they are best observed in undamaged, intact tissue, such as in brain slices or even better in living animals. In recent years we have used STED microscopy to image dendritic spines in living tissue and in the cortex of living mice. More specifically, we have been examining the structural dynamics of dendritic spines, which are thought to form the basis of memory in the brain. In our research group we will continue to study structural changes and morphological details using STED microscopy mainly with focus on the living and intact brain.

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Vera Kozjak Pavlovic

Chair of Microbiology Biocenter
University of Würzburg
  • Vera Kozjak Pavlovic

    The group of Vera Kozjak-Pavlovic together with the Rudel group develops a 3D tissue model of cervical and eventually Fallopian tube tissue to study all the stages of neisserial infection, but with a particular focus on the crossing of the endothelial barrier and subsequent blood stream dissemination. 

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Antje Keppler

Section Director Bio-Hub
Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub | EMBL

Maria Calvo

Coordination of REMOA
Universitat de Barcelona

Rocco D'Antuono

Imaging specialist and bioimage analyst
Francis Crick Institute

Erin Tranfield

Head of Electron Microscopy at IGC
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Esperanza Agullo-Pascual

Community Manager at FocalPlane

Roland Nitschke

Founder of QUAREP-LiMi
University of Freiburg

Sinem Saka

Group Leader - Saka Group
EMBL Heidelberg
  • Sinem Saka

    Sinem Kirli is the group leader of The Saka group.

    The Saka group focuses in the development of new tools and methods to investigate the spatial and molecular organisation of cells across scales. The group harnesses new labelling approaches; fluorescence, super-resolution, and correlative microscopy methods; and DNA nanotechnology.

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Ana Laura Vinagre

Electron Microscopy Technician at IGC
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Community workshop guest speakers:

Community workshop guest speakers:

Sunil Kumar

Community workshops: Frugal bioimaging (OpenScopes)
Imperial College

Thibaut Pollina

Community workshop - Frugal Bioimaging

Anna Oddone

Community workshop - Frugal bioimaging
Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, SPAIN

André Maia

Community workshop - HTM/HCS
i3s - Porto

Hugo Botelho

Community workshop: HTM+HCS
University of Lisbon

Beth Cimini

Community workshop - HTM/HCS
Broad Institute - Boston

Marc Bickle

Community workshop - HTM/HCS
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics - Dresden
Marc Bickle

Philippe Laissue

Community workshop - Phototoxicity
University of Essex

Claire Brown

Community workshop - Phototoxicity
McGill University - Advanced Bioimaging Facility
  • Claire Brown

    I have been working in the field of quantitative bioimaging for over 25 years. My research has focused on applying biophysical techniques to fluorescence microscopy images to extract quantitative data measuring protein distributions, dynamics and interactions. I have applied these techniques to study proteins that regulate cell adhesion and migration to understand how migration is regulated at the molecular level in normal and diseased cellular systems. My research has also focused on optimizing live cell imaging to minimize phototoxicity and ensure the collection of high-fidelity data that is free of light induced artifacts. Quality control and standards for quantitative light microscopy have also been an important area of research. For 15 years, I have been directing the Advanced BioImaging Facility (ABIF) and developing and implementing active learning courses and workshops in fundamental and advanced light microscopy. In 2016, I also took over management of the Cell Imaging and Analysis Network (CIAN) light and the Cystic Fibrosis Translation Research Centre (CFTRc) light microscopes. Overall, I manage 18 research microscopes and a team of staff who provide high quality training and support for these advanced technologies.

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Johanna Bischof

Community Workshop - Remote Access
EuroBioimaging Bio-Hub | EMBL

Sebastien Tosi

Community workshop - Image Analysis
IRB - Barcelona

Elnaz Fazeli

Community workshop - Image Analysis
University of Helsinki


The SPAOM2021 organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors:


Scentific Committee

Institutional Support & Logistics

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