A workshop for all researchers who wish to prepare and publish microscopic data with integrity.
Scientific fraud has become a serious concern in life sciences, as in all segments of science. Microscopic image presentation is a serious and, unfortunately, common source of fraud in life science publications. As image editing is commonplace during data analysis and presentation, even unwanted changes quickly lead to irregular and often illegal figures.
Therefore, image editing and presentation are not always easy. In order to provide all scientists and students with the proper tools and knowledge to avoid common pitfalls, to spot imaging fraud, and to prepare sound images to prevent fraud, we organize this workshop together with the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
This workshop is dedicated to all researchers and research students publishing microscopic image data who wish to do so in a lawful manner and who wish to learn about common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The workshop includes presentations from experts in the field and from a renowned journal image integrity specialist, as well as open question sessions and multiple hands-on sessions.
Prior knowledge in microscopy and data analysis is not required. Any student / researcher dealing with images to present scientific data is more than welcome to join this workshop.
This workshop will be held by dedicated image analysis specialists Vibor Laketa and Holger Lorenz, who are known proponents of ethical imaging and have given multiple similar workshops. They are joined by Jana Christopher, an image integrity specialist, who started the image integrity program at EMBO press and now heads her own company Image-Integrity.
The workshop is divided in 2 parts (one day each, can be booked individual). The first day contains theoretical parts / lectures only and is limited to 40 participants. The second day contains practical parts (including the hands-on sessions) and is limited to 20 participants. Make sure to register early.
Please note that you have to bring your own laptop to the hands-on sessions on day 2.
Please let us know during the registration if you wish to attend only single days or the complete workshop!
The registration fee of 25 € per person and day covers lunch (finger food), refreshments and coffee & tea with some snacks and sweets for all days of the workshop.
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Stübeweg 51 79108 Freiburg im Breisgau
Dr. Holger Lorenz, Head of Imaging Facility at Center of Molecular Biology (ZMBH), University of Heidelberg.
Holger is a cell and molecular biologist educated at the Universities of Göttingen and Munich (LMU), Germany. After his graduation at the LMU, he did his postdoc research at the National Institutes of Health, NIH, USA, in Dr. J. Lippincott-Schwartz’s lab with a focus on advanced light microscopy of subcellular processes. In 2008, he joined the Center of Molecular Biology (ZMBH) at the University of Heidelberg to set up a new core facility for advanced imaging. He serves as the head of the core facility to support researchers with light microscopy (up to superresolution) and image analysis/processing applications. Holger has a long track record of teaching digital image analysis to under- and postgraduates. His courses cover all aspects of image processing ranging from the use of existing analysis tools to goal-oriented, bespoke software programming. Many of his courses have a dedicated focus on ethics in bioimaging addressing the importance of both correct scientific conduct and quantitative image analysis. Holger’s team has also created InspectJ, a freely available software to detect image manipulations.
Dr. Vibor Laketa, Head of Infectious Diseases Imaging Platform (IDIP) at Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research (CIID), University of Heidelberg.
Vibor obtained his PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany where he worked on automated microscopy setups for high-content screening approaches and their application in investigating diverse cellular processes. After the PhD he continued his research as a staff scientist at the EMBL where he operated at the interface between advanced light microscopy, robotics, chemical biology and cell biology. In 2013, he joined the Department of Infectious Diseases (now Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research, CIID) in Heidelberg to establish the microscopy infrastructure (Infectious Diseases Imaging Platform (IDIP), https://www.idip-heidelberg.org/) under the enhanced biosafety conditions (BSL2 and BSL3) to enable microscopy-based research on infectious human pathogens. As head manager of IDIP he is mentoring the advanced light microscopy-based research projects in CIID and German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). He has long experience in teaching various aspects of light microscopy technologies and digital image handling.
Jana Christopher, Image Integrity Analyst at Image-Integrity and FEBS Press.
Jana works at the editorial office for FEBS Press on all four FEBS journals as an Image Integrity Analyst and editorial assistant. She has a background in theatre arts and photography. In 2002, she obtained an MA in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University, London, before returning to Germany for a career in publishing. Jana worked at EMBO Press in Heidelberg for 10 years where she started the Image Integrity program for their four journals, which received much recognition in the scientific press including Nature News. In 2015, Jana started up her own business, Image-Integrity, providing image analysis, consultancy and workshops. Her recent clients include Nature, eLife Sciences, NUS and A*Star University in Singapore, Journal of Hepatology, and The Royal Society.