Microscopy Courses onsite at ZEISS Austria

Program 2023

Intensive Courses for Microscopy

From Light to Electron Microscopy

Practical microscopy training has a long tradition at ZEISS. The first courses were held in Jena as early as 1907.
Since 2022, practical courses have been offered on site at ZEISS in Austria. Due to the positive feedback, we have expanded the offer and are now able to offer different course modules from basic to advanced. The areas covered reach from light microscopy to confocal and electron microscopy.

The courses offered are only held on site in Austria with experienced ZEISS trainers. Each course can be booked individually. You will find more information in the detailed course descriptions below. Benefit from personal support in small groups and intensive practical training. On individual request, the course content can be adapted for specific applications.

Benefit from the many years of experience of our experts and become an expert yourself!

Basics of Laser Scanning Microscopy

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Course Language: English
Location: ZEISS Vienna

Laser Scanning Microscopy is a standard method in biomedical research. Excellent knowledge of its theory and application is a prerequisite for experimental success.

Key Learnings

  • Take a deep dive in the basics of laser scanning microscopy (light, confocal beam path, image quality).
  • During hands-on you will work intensively with the ZEISS LSM 900 on different topics (image acquisition and optimization, Z-stacks, time series).
  • Get to know the newest advances like Airyscan jDCV and test them for yourself.
  • Topics:

    • Basics Light (diffraction, resolution)
    • Beam path
    • Image Quality (pixel, gain detectors, crosstalk)


    • Beam Path: creation of tracks, line/frame
    • Image Optimization with: crosstalk-free, gain, speed, pixel
    • Z-stack and time series
    • LSM plus
    • Tiles and positions
    • Airyscan with jDCV

    For whom is the course suitable?

    This course is ideal for beginners and advanced learners who want to refresh their knowledge. The course is tailored for persons who are working directly with the system. No special knowledge is required, basic knowledge in light microscopy is beneficial.


    You will receive a theoretical introduction followed by practical hands-on sessions with the ZEISS LSM 900. The structure of the course is very flexible and interactive and we can discuss your individual requests.

    Your Trainer:

    Christine Strasser

Correlative Microscopy & Image Analysis with ZEN

June 21, 2023 | 9:30 - 16:30

Course Language: English
Location: Materials Center Leoben

Key Learnings

  • Experience the advantages and possibilities of the correlation from light and electron microscopy.
  • We show you practically how to combine both methods. Test it for yourself in the lab of the Materials Center Leoben.
  • Create sample-centric analysis results and reports based on different microscopy methods.


Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy

June 22, 2023 | 9:30 - 16:30

Course Language: English
Location: Materials Center Leoben

Key Learnings

  • Master the fundamental principles of electron microscopy and comprehend their functionalities.
  • Experience the different imaging and analytic detectors and how to apply them correctly.
  • We show you practically how to acquire the best image with your system as well as a lot of valuable tips and tricks. You will be working on the ZEISS EVO MA 25.


  • Topics:

    • Basics of electron microscopy
    • Practical operation of SEMs
    • Settings of the electron beam vs. different issues
    • Sample preparation
    • Ideal microscopy settings for EDX measurements
    • Support and development of solutions at SEM/EDX
    • Hands-on examples

    For whom is the course suitable?

    This course is ideal for beginners and advanced learners who want to refresh their knowledge.  The course focuses applications in materials.


    You will receive a theoretical introduction followed by practical hands-on sessions with the ZEISS EVO MA 25. The course is very interactive and we can address your individual requests. You can bring your own samples.

    Your Trainer:

    Bernhard Sartory


Training for the Imaging Software ZEN blue

September 14, 2023 | 9:30 - 16:30

Course Language: English
Location: ZEISS Vienna

Key Learnings

  • In this training you will be introduced to the configuration of the ZEN blue Imaging Software and learn more about the Micro Tool Box.
  • We will show you how to create multidimensional images using different software modules and focus strategies.
  • You will work with the latest versions of ZEN (blue edition) and Axiocam digital microscopy cameras to learn how to perfectly acquire digital images and how to process and how to save them.
  • Topics:

    • Configuration of the Micro Tool Box.
    • Introduction to the software-design, camera settings, microscope settings & acquisition.
    • Scaling, scale bar and annotations
    • Simple interactive measurements
    • Selected ZEN Modules will be shown in detail (Z-Stack, Time Series, Tiles & Positions, extended depth of focus, autofocus, etc…
    • Sytems: ZEISS Axio Observer, ZEISS Axio Imager und ZEISS Axio Zoom.
    • You are welcome to bring your own samples.

    For whom is the course suitable?

    This course is tailored for people having already some knowledge of microscopy and who want to focus on the functionality of ZEN.


    This course consists essentially of practical hands-on sessions. The control software of a microscope system will be shown on a beamer for presenting each software functionality and several other stand-alone systems will be used alternatively to present a wider microscope spectrum. All participants will practice on the different microscope stations.

    Your Trainer:

    Bernhard Sartory & ZEISS Application Specialist


Day's Program


Welcome with Coffee






Coffee Break



Book Your Course

You can book each course individually. The courses are limited to 8 participants/course. A single course is charged at 600 EUR excl. VAT, special conditions of 900 EUR excl. VAT apply when booking two courses. More information can be found right here.

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General Info

We continuously evaluate the COVID measures and adapt them to the current legal requirements. All participants will receive information on this in advance.

Participation fee

  • Cost per Course: 600 EUR excl. VAT.
  • Combi-Package for two Courses: 900 EUR exkl. VAT. You will save 300 EUR!
  • Welcome Breakfast, Coffee Break, Lunch, and all beverages as well as the usage of different ZEISS microscopes, software and PC's are included.
  • You will receive a certificate afterwards.


Ulrike Jünnemann
Sales & Support Specialist  
Phone: +43 1 795 18 311
Email:  ulrike.juennemann@zeiss.com


1. ZEISS Vienna

ZEISS Vienna Laxenburger Str. 2 1100 Vienna Austria

2. Materials Center Leoben

Materials Center Leoben Roseggerstraße 12 8700 Leoben Austria

We will be happy to support you in finding a suitable accommodation.

Your Trainers

Michael Zölffel

Michael studied biology, cell biology/protozoology in Göttingen, Berlin and Bristol and holds a PhD. He is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, Oxford .At ZEISS, Michael has now been working since 1996, first in Berlin, then in Göttingen and since 2018 in Jena. For him, microscopy is not only a profession, but also a vocation, and he has been practicing it in his spare time in addition to his professional activities for almost 45 years.

Sebastian Gliem

After the studies of neuroscience at the university of Göttingen Sebastian did his postdoc at the Max Planck Research School for Neurosciences. Since 2014 Sebastian is working at ZEISS in Jena as Senior Application Specialist and is responsible for the ZEISS Software ZEN Blue with the focus on Widefield and Automation. 2016 he was additionally Co-Facility Manager at the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging.

Christine Strasser

Christine Strasser studied biology and completed her PhD in Constance. During this time, she worked intensively with ZEISS confocal systems and conducted various training courses in the newly founded BioImaging Center. Since 2010 she has been working for ZEISS in Switzerland as an application specialist for confocal and lightsheet systems.

Bernhard Sartory

Bernhard Sartory has headed the SEM laboratory at the Materials Center Leoben since 2010. His international experience of more than 25 years includes various programs, contributions to renowned journals and participation in various international conferences in different fields.