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2nd BioBrillouin Training School

Member Area

- , Lyon, France

Course Overview

Brillouin microscopy is an emerging optical imaging and spectroscopy technique which allows probing mechanical properties of living cells using light. Mechanical forces have recently identified as key players in cell, tissue and developmental biology as they are thought to regulate a number of different properties and behaviours. Brillouin microscopy offers the ability to measure these mechanical properties in a non-invasive manner with high spatial and temporal resolution in living cells, and also gives access to internal structures, i.e. it is not restricted to surface measurements, unlike many other techniques (e.g. atomic force microscopy). By mixing lectures and hands-on classes, this workshop aims at bringing this emerging technique closer to the life science scientists.


This course is aimed at researchers who are applying or planning to apply Brillouin microscopy to their research and wish to acquire more knowledge and hands-on training on this technology.


  • Lectures and application talks about Brillouin microscopy techniques
  • What quantities can be measured ?
  • Hands-on training on different setups (TFP, VIPA, custom and commercial devices)

Learning Outcomes

You will gain an overview of this advanced microscopy method, including its advantages and limitations. You will gain an insight in its applications and pitfalls as well as recommendations from experts. You will meet top industrial actors that offer state-of-the-art solutions. After this course you should be able to assess the potential of the technique and apply it to your own research.

Speakers, Trainers & Organisers

Peter Torok

Imperial College London

London, United Kingdom

Chair, Scientific Representative

Kareem Elsayad

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities

Vienna, Austria

Silvia Caponi

Istituto Officina dei Materiali c/o Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia

Perugia, Italy

Frédéric Caupin



Giuliano Scarcelli

University of Maryland


Georges Fytas

Max Planck Institute for polymer science


Work Group Leader

Robert Prevedel

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Heidelberg, Germany

Alberto Bilenca

Biomedical Engineering Department Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Be'er-Sheva, Israel

Work Group Leader

Thomas Dehoux

University de Lyon

Lyon, France

Jérémie Margueritat

University de Lyon 1 Institut Lumière Matière — UMR CNRS 5306

Lyon, France


Tentative Programme

Day 1 – Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Time Activity
12:00 – 13:00 Arrival & welcome buffet
13:00 – 14:00 Lecture 1
14:00 – 15:00 Lecture 2
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 18:00 Practical 1 – Basics of a tandem Fabry-Pérot Spectrometer
18:00 – 22:00 “Pint of science”: What is your Research topic

Day 2 – Thursday, 24 January 2019

Time Activity
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 3
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 4
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 16:00 Practical 2 – Probing biological samples with TFP and VIPA setup
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Lecture 5
17:30 – 18:30 Lecture 6
18:30 – 20:00 Free time to visit the city
20:00 – 22:00 Dinner

Day 3 – Friday, 24 January 2019

Time Activity
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 7
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 8
12:00 – 14:00 Open discussions around a lunch

Registration and motivation letter

The course is limited to 25 participants. The course is supported by the COST BioBrillouin Action. 10 selected eligible participants from COST BioBrillouin Action member labs will receive financial support to attend the course. The stipend will cover travel costs, accommodation, lunches and gala dinner. For selection purposes, please note that your application will not be considered without a letter of motivation. It should include :

  • your relevant skills, experience and qualifications showing why you would be suitable for the course.

  • explanation of why you would like to attend, including what you can contribute and how you think you will benefit from the course.

Motivation letter length: The maximum limit of 2000 characters (ca. 200 words) refers to manually typed text (spaces included).

Free field text length: The maximum characters for your answers in the free field text boxes is 255 (spaces included).

The deadline for submissions is December 1st.


For participant that do not receive COST support, registration fees will be asked that include admission, course materials, meals and coffee breaks. All participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Academia: 200 Euro

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Confirmation and Payment

The registration fee should be paid only after acceptance to the course. The results will be announced approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Important dates

  • Registration for the speakers and trainers: Closed.
  • Registration for trainees that do not request cost support: Closed.
  • Registration for trainees who request COST support: Closed.

Accommodation and transportation


The school will be held mainly in the Kastler building of the Institute for Light and Matter, in campus La Doua.


Single rooms (breakfast included) have been reserved for 3 nights (check-in 22 January and check-out 25 January 2019) at the IBIS Styles at a discount rate (100€ including breakfast and local taxes). Participants should contact the hotel directly to book a room from these reserved rooms (Booking Code 796728).

The deadline for registering at the discounted rate is December 15th. After this date the room availability at IBIS Styles is not guaranteed.

From the hotel, the campus where the training school is held can be reached on foot.


Local Transport

From the airport:

Direct flights to Lyon (International airport Saint Exupery, LYS) are scheduled daily from many cities. The Rhône Express shuttle connects the airport to the train station Lyon Part-Dieu in 30 min (running from 4h25 to 00h00 every 15 minutes). Shuttle tickets can be booked online.

By train

Lyon can be conveniently accessed by train (Lyon Part-Dieu). Tramway lines T1 (bound to IUT Feyssine) and T4 (bound to La Doua/ Gaston Berger) connect to university (stop at Université Lyon 1) in 15 min.



For further enquiries, please contact Thomas Dehoux or Jérémie Margueritat with the subject header « Training school ».