Zoom In-Explore-Reveal: Microscopy & Microbiology Summer School 2020

Incorporating content from our microbiology and microscopy skills courses devised into one immersive summer course, join us and gain completely unique skills to explore the micro world.

Zoom In- Explore- Reveal
Microscopy & Microbiology Summer School 2020

Our world is full of things invisible to the human eye. Have you ever tried to see the micro patterns of everyday objects? Can you imagine how much life is in a drop of puddle water or a single gram of soil? Experience the world of microorganisms living around us and creatively experiment with microbes often used in the lab, including baker’s yeast and bacteria. Find out how they produce light, antibiotics and pigments.

This summer school including tuition and hands-on experiments will take you through the stunning world of microbes and microscopes. Each day you will gain new insights and will have a chance to practice yourself with expert guidance from our microbiologist lab technician.

ASCUS Lab is equipped for several microscopy techniques and houses a variety of microorganisms. Grab the chance to explore how our world is full of details, patterns, and colours. A world inhabited by microbial friends and foes interacting with ourselves and their surroundings. Our course will provide you with the skills and techniques needed to explore diverse samples in microscopic scale from both scientific and creative perspectives. All you need is yourself, a notebook and an open mind.

To get the best out of this experience, we would recommend attending all 5 days.

Details

When:
Over 2 weekends in July
Weekend 1
Sat – Sun (4th – 5th Jul)
Weekend 2
Fri – Sun (10th – 12th Jul)
 
10am–1pm: guided workshop
2pm-6pm: self led
Where:
 
Both Weekends
Weekend 1/Weekend 2
Standard Price:
£290
£116/174
Concession Price*:
£261*
£104*/£157*
Booking Deadline:
Sun 28th Jun, 2020
Sun 28th Jun, 2020

 

Early Bird Offer:
£232
£93/£139
Booking Deadline:
Sat 13th June, 2020
Sat 13th June, 2020
Audience:
Adults
Booking:
Class size:
10 people
Tutor:
Dr Jiri Jirout
Course Level:
Beginners (no previous lab experience required)

* full-time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, residents of Summerhall, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

Course Outline

This is a summer school combining presentation, demos and hands-on learning activities for anyone interested in learning the basics of microscopy and microbiology in a fun, creative and experimental environment.

What will be covered:

WEEKEND 1
 
WEEKEND 2
 
 
DAY 1
INTRO TO A MICRO WORLD ‘THINKING IN A MICRO SCALE’
DAY 2
CREATIVE USE OF MICROBES ‘WHICH ONE IS THE BEST FOR ART?’
DAY 3
MICROBIAL WORKHORSES ‘ARE MICROBES SMART?’
DAY 4
MICROSCOPY TECHNIQUES ‘HOW FAR CAN A ZOOM IN?’
DAY 5
COLOURFUL MICROSCOPY ‘COLOURS OF THE MICROWORLD’
  • Introduction to micro world – how to work in a safe, clean way
  • Where to find interesting things to see and grow – all about samples
  • Environmental microbiology – microbes in various ecosystems
  • Antimicrobial resistance testing
  • Creative microbiology, slime mould, concepts and approaches
  • Introduction to microscopes – refraction, reflection, magnification, and scale
  • Microorganisms under microscope
  • Staining of samples for microscopy
  • Microscopy of crystals
  • Staining methods, techniques and applications – an expansive world
  • Slide preparation – fixing and mounting
  • Microscopy image capturing – using DSLR camera to take micrographs

Dr Jiri Jirout, Course Tutor


Dr Jiri Jirout works at the ASCUS Lab as lab technician. He has over 10 years of experience in soil biology research at the Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research was mainly focused on microorganisms, their roles and interactions in soils, and multi-disciplinary analyses of the soil environment. Jiri has been running ASCUS Lab Open Sessions over the last three years and has a wealth of experience guiding lab newcomers through the possibilities for both creative and scientific purposes in ASCUS Lab.

People who might like to take this summer school:

  • anyone interested in microbiology, microscopy and developing lab skills
  • artists interested in using scientific approaches for creative projects
  • scientists who would like to ‘play’ in a lab without so many boundaries
  • students interested in exploring the field of microbiology and microscopy
  • teachers who would like to try creative approaches for their classes
  • anyone interested in looking deeper into the microscale of the world around us!

Booking Refund Policy

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

  • If the event/workshop/course is canceled, 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 canceled 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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