Biophotonics course, BMB207 June 2023


Level: PhD course
Time: June 5 - June 9, 2023
(NB. The 2023 course is filled - you can register on the waiting list for the 2023 or 2024 version.
Also, see the Cross-Institutional Bioimaging PhD course)

Locations: DaMBIC, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Language: English

Download and print the 2023 Biophotonics PhD Course Flyer

The course program and schedule can be found here: Biophotonics Program 2023 

Course description

Bioimaging plays an important role in modern biosciences not only as a tool for research but also as a means to improve medical treatments. The main objective of this course is to provide the theoretical basis of bioimaging together with some “hands on” laboratory practice. The goal of the course is to teach the students general principles of fluorescence and light microscopy as well as to demonstrate principles behind advanced fluorescence and imaging techniques as well as a short introduction to image processing and analysis.

There will be practical demonstrations and hands on exercises on all topics. The course is a five-day intensive course taking place within one week. The course is relevant for PhD students within medicine, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, nano-bioscience, pharmaceutical sciences, agricultural science or biology. The course corresponds to 5 ECTS points.

Included in the course:

  • Lectures (3 days, 10 lessons)
  • Seminars on application of technique (3 seminars)
  • Hands on practical exercises
  • Individual experimental projects
  • The students prepare a presentation of the results
  • Students presentations

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be familiar with:

  • Widefield microscopy
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy
  • Two-photon microscopy
  • Spinning disk confocal microscopy
  • Fluorescence Correlation- and Raster Image Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS and RICS)
  • Super resolution microscopies; STED, SIM and localization microscopies
  • Automated image acquisition and analysis
  • Coherent anti Raman scattering microscopy (CARS)
  • Image deconvolution and analysis


The students will conduct their own mini-project on a chosen topic within one the presented techniques and at the examination day give a short presentation of their results. The student will thus be evaluated via oral examination with internal evaluation by the teachers on a pass/fail basis.

Course information

STADS ID: N220009101
For the official course description, please refer to the SDU study board course page: BMB207 course.
Number of contact hours: 37
Capacity limits: 15

Teaching method:
Intro phase: 12 hours
Skills training phase: 25 hours, hereof:
- Tutorials: 8 hours
- Laboratory exercises: 17 hours

Course administration and registration

General course information: 

Course materials will be published on the "Its Learning" platform (SDU). A user profile will be generated for those who are not yet registered here.

Course responsible: Jonathan R. Brewer

Registration and other questions can be directed to Morten Frendø Ebbesen: (kindly provide information on your institution, department, supervisor, project topic at registration)

Photos from previous years:

BMB207 Group photo 2022-06-02

Group photo BMB207, 2021 (June)

Participants 2021 Biophotonics

Group photo BMB207, 2019


Group photo BMB207, 2018


Group photo BMB207, 2017