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to celebrate its 20 years


Over the last 20 years, biological imaging has undergone a revolution in the spatial and temporal resolution of images, in the diversity and power of synthetic or genetically-encoded fluorescent probes and in image analysis. These advances have been transformative for many fields of biological research.

What does the next decade hold for this field?

This 2.5-day international symposium aims to foresee how future developments in light/electron/soft X-ray microscopy and image analysis will further transform research into the biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. 

Seven major fields will be covered (image analysis, cancer biology, plant biology, 3D genome architecture and transcription, neuroscience, cell and development biology, infection and immunity). Two plenary lectures will complete the programme, one on imaging and image analysis at the other end of the scale spectrum, in astrophysics, the other will open up to the numerical modelling of biological processes.

We thank the wonderful speakers who accepted our invitation to think prospectively about the future of their discipline. In addition, we encourage young scientists to submit posters as well as propositions for short (15 minutes) oral contributions.

We are looking forward to hosting you in Montpellier this autumn, as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of MRI, one of the largest imaging and cytometry facilities in France.

Patrick Lemaire
Scientific director, MRI
On behalf of the MRI team and of the scientific committee of the symposium