Simply using a microscope doesn’t make you a microscopist – if you want to be a microscopist, you need to learn how microscopes work.  Understanding how your microscope works is the only way to get the most out of it.  Team NIC is super-passionate about microscopy education – we love to teach!  For upcoming opportunities, take a look at our events calendar.  Here’s the kind of stuff you’ll find…

NIC Microscopy Workshops

The NIC@HMS offers a series of one-day workshops on a variety of topics.  Workshops include both lectures and hands-on exercises on the microscopes in the NIC.  Our workshops are open to members of all non-profit and/or academic institutions for free.  Enrollment is limited to ensure all students get their hands on a microscope, so registration is required.

Upcoming workshops

**We are currently scheduling workshops for spring 2018.  Please email for more information on the workshop course program.**

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Each semester, we offer a series of 1.5 hour educational lectures on a variety of microscopy topics. The lectures are open to anyone with a Harvard ID (or guests of Harvard ID holders). Registration is not required – just show up, and feel free to bring your lunch!  Past topics include super-resolution microscopy, TIRF, light sheet microscopy and fluorescent proteins.  Please email us with suggestions for topics!

Upcoming lectures

The Lunchtime Lecture series will resume in Fall 2017.

References from Past Lectures


For those of you who can’t attend our courses, or if you just can’t get enough (like us!), please take a look at the external educational resources below.

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