Wednesday 14, November 2018

November Microscopy Skills Workshop Series

Are you interested in accessing our ASCUS Lab Open Sessions to work with microscopes? Then why now check out our November Microscopy Skills Workshop Series to learn some introductory tips and techniques for sample collection, mounting and staining as well as an introduction to some more advanced techniques we have available in ASCUS Lab!

You can take just one or all of these workshops whether you are interested in exploring a variety of environmental samples you might collect and the different ways you can mount them. We can introduce you to some of the stains we have available in ASCUS Lab so you can experiment with these further yourself during our Open Sessions. And come get a glimpse of the advanced techniques we have available and check out how they enhance different samples.

Absolutely no previous experience is required to attend, so scroll down to book!

Sample Collection & Slide Making

Interested in collecting your own samples to make new slides for independent microscopy and not sure where to start? Then come along to this workshop to set you up with the basics for collecting and preparing your very own samples for wet and dry slide mounts. This workshop will cover tips on what kind of samples work best with the different mounting techniques.

Staining and Permanent Slides

Interested in exploring staining for your own independent microscopy and not sure where to start? Then come along to this workshop to try out some of the stains that we have in the lab. You will get to fix your sample, stain it and make it permanent, so why not start your very own slide collection? We will cover tips on what kind of stains are tried and tested to work with certain samples.

Intro to Advanced Techniques

Interested in venturing into the technical side of microscopy to explore how to enhance what you are seeing? Then come uncover the potential for taking your microscopy skills to the next level through darkfield and phase contrast image enhancing techniques. We will cover tips on what kind of samples are best suited for which technique and how to change the settings yourself.

Price:
£20/£15*
 
£26/£20*
(w/ Open Sessions)
Time:
18.30-21.00
Date:
Wed, 14th Nov
Audience: Adult
Booking:  Click Here Workshop size:  up to 10
Materials:   Provided
Tutor:  Dr Jiri Jirout
Skill Level:  Beginners
 
*Concessions are for: full time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

Price:
£20/£15*
 
£26/£20*
(w/ Open Sessions)
Time:
18.30-21.00
Date:
Wed, 21st Nov
Audience: Adult
Booking:  Click Here Workshop size:  up to 10
Materials:   Provided
Tutor:  Dr Jiri Jirout
Skill Level:  Beginners
 
*Concessions are for: full time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

Price:
£20/£15*
 
£26/£20*
(w/ Open Sessions)
Time:
18.30-21.00
Date:
Wed, 28th Nov
Audience: Adult
Booking:  Click Here Workshop size:  up to 10
Materials:   Provided
Tutor:  Dr Jiri Jirout
Skill Level:  Beginners
 
*Concessions are for: full time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

What is wet & dry mounting?

Wet mount with and without cover slip
Dry mount with and without spacer

What is wet mounting?

In a wet mount, a drop of water is used to suspend the specimen between the slide and cover slip. This involves placing a drop of water on the specimen and then placing the cover slip over the sample. The objective is to have sufficient water to fill the space between cover slip and slide.

What is dry mounting?

In a dry mount, the specimen is placed directly on the slide, if the sample it particularily thick then a spacer may be used to hold the sample in place. A cover slip may also be used to keep the specimen in place and to help protect the objective lens.

What is staining and permanent mounting?

The sample staining process
Permanent mounting

What is the staining process?

Staining is a technique used in microscopy to enhance contrast or highlight particular elements of a sample for a microscopic image.

What is permanent mounting?

In permanent mounting the sample needs to be first fixed using ethanol/heat and can then be permenantly mounted onto the slide using a permanent mounting media (e.g. PVLG – Polyvinyl alcohol-lactic acid-glycerol)

Booking Refund Policy

Please note that purchased tickets can only be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • If the event/workshop/course is cancelled, rescheduled or has changed location.
  • If an event is rescheduled to another date, your tickets are still valid. If you can’t make the rescheduled date, then you’re entitled to a full refund.
  • Refund requests will be accepted up until 1 week before the date of the event. We are unable to guarantee that refund requests received after this time will be possible.
  • When events are cancelled or rescheduled we will do our best to inform all participants using the contact details provided when the order was made.

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