Past Events connected with Project

Closing Conference

17–18 October 2019, Hnanice, Czech Republic

Closing conference of the project

3rd Austrian Plant Phenotyping Meeting: Field Phenotyping and Remote Sensing

13 June 2019, Vienna, Austria

The APPN initiative aims to unite the Austrian plant phenotyping community in order to facilitate research collaborations, development of plant phenotyping infrastructure and methodologies, staff training, staff exchange and networking activities.

Hands-on training in operation of electron microscopes

30 May 2019, Brno, Czech republic


Two workshops on Advanced plotting with ggplot in R

9 May and 10 May 2019, Brno, Czech Republic

Two workshops were focused on teaching internal users how to use ggplot package in R to best serve their goal – creating informative scientific plots for the research results. Participants could learn fundamentals of scientific visualisation, data preparation, ggplot plot creation workflow and other ggplot details: bars, boxes, densities, function plots, faceting.

VBCF Cryo-EM Symposium

3 May 2019, Vienna, Austria

Advances in in-vivo Imaging, Hands-on workshop

25 March 2019, Vienna, Austria


  • Multimodal Imaging: High Frequency Ultrasound and Photoacoustics
  • Large scale brain networks viewed by simultaneous EEG-fMRI
  • UTE MRI basics and examples of short T2* applications at CEITEC
  • Fast fMRI acquisition: methods, data quality, and possible applications with 3T human scanners
  • Analysis of dynamics in resting state fMRI data

Preclinical Phenotyping Facility of VBCF hosted a workshop in Brno on cognitive and behavioral screening of rodents and how to apply the 3Rs policy

7–9 March 2019, Brno, Czech Republic

Animal Center of FNUSA-ICRC and Preclinical Phenotyping Facility of VBCF hosted a workshop in Brno. Twenty-one speakers were invited, and around 30 regular participants registered. The event was divided into four sessions: 3Rs policy and animal welfare in behavioral research, Neuroscience, Mice metabolism, Equipment/technology for rodent phenotyping. Participants had a chance not only to learn more about newest findings from rodent in-vivo research and attend constructive discussions with experts from the field, but also to share each other´s experiences, establish new collaborations and familiarize themselves with the newest equipment measuring rodent behavior available on market.

New perspectives in chemical analysis with correlative 3D Raman imaging

5–6 February 2019, Brno, Czech Republic

A workshop took place at CEITEC BUT and their laboratories. On Tuesday, participants were introduced to the operational principles and instrumental configurations relevant to confocal Raman imaging and correlative techniques. Practical demonstration of the equipment in the laboratory followed. Wednesday was dedicated to users of WITec Raman imaging systems who presented their experience with the technology.

Time-resolved Fluorescence Workshop

17 January 2019, Vienna, Austria

"Science in your lab" series workshop

Lattice light sheet microscopy – innovations, applications and future directions

11 January 2019, Vienna, Austria

A workshop on lattice light sheet microscopy with lecturer Wesley Legant. Wesley co-built the “original” lattice light sheet microscope in the lab of Eric Betzig at HHMI JF, and further adapted it for superresolution imaging.
He currently runs a lab at the University of North Carolina where he continues to among other things advance light sheet microscopy.

Single cell RNA-seq User meeting

30 Novemberer 2018, Vienna, Austria

The Core Facility Next Generation Sequencing has - in cooperation with the partnering Core facility Genomics at CEITEC – established a new service „Single Cell Sequencing“. Interested users in this service get detailed information on the new service, such as protocols, procedures, advantages, purposes. The workshop was led by Andreas Sommer, head of VBCF-NGS, NGS‘ sequencing specialist and laboratory manager Dr. Carmen Czepe and Bioinformatician Ido Tamir.

2nd CzPPN Meeting - Environmental simulation and indoor phenotyping

29 November 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

The goal of CzPPN is to mediate access to the national infrastructure of existing testing systems and to contribute to the enhancement of the community of experts and users in the field of high-throughput testing and field phenotyping.

Application of Advanced Methods on Life Sciences

14 November 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

Series of lectures organized by Biomolecular Interactions and Crystallization facility CEITEC MU and VBCF ProTech facility. Lectures were focused on the application of the advanced methods – from CRISPR/Cas9 through the differences among various Tag types to possible methods for function assignment to unknown proteins. Methods on structural virology and challenges in studying membrane-interacting peptides were presented as well.

Project RIAT-CZ Retreat

24–25 September 2018, Mikulov, Czech Republic

A two-day joint retreat of all project managers, heads of participating core facilities and interested guests took place in Mikulov. The main goal was to present the results of pilot projects carried out thanks to RIAT-CZ project and to develop further use of the outcomes through open access provided to users from the region. The second day continued presentation of last activities planned for the last year of the project and of the overview of outcomes delivered by project partners.

Plant Phenotyping Forum

13 September 2018, Vienna, Austria

Forum meeting with the topic of the role of Austria and Eastern Europe in agricultural production.

Hands-on Exome Sequencing Workshop

31 July – 2 August 2018, Vienna, Austria

This course was co-organized with the Genomics Facility of CEITEC-MU in Brno and took place at the Vienna Biocenter Campus.

Participants of different institutes took part in the workshop and were taught how to plan and execute an Exome Library NGS project. Apart from just learning, the workshop offered a great opportunity to network and share experiences with each other and the specialists from the CEITEC-MU/Brno and VBCF-NGS/Vienna.

Seminar “Changing the field: An Introduction to Magnetic Particle Imaging“ 

27 June 2018, Vienna, Austria

VBCF, organized by pcIMAG facility

Nanofabrication workshop

27 June 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

CEITEC-BUT, organized by CEITEC Nano

Low input/ChIP-Seq Library Preparation hands-on workshop

18–19 June 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

The practical part of workshop was focused on low DNA input NGS library preparation and sample and library quality control. Participants could discuss their notes on experimental design and data analysis.

Advanced Functional Imaging Workshop

30 May 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

Main workshop goal was providing participants with the recent advances in optical microscopy techniques for functional imaging, available both in Vienna and in Brno via services/collaboration provided by VBCF/CEITEC, respectively. Practical aspects of the issue were highlighted, there was a discussion on problems/needs of the participants.

How to characterize your sample and check its quality: Handbook for life-scientists

23–25 May 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

Workshop on sample quality included two-days practical lab sessions.

Sample quality is an important step for obtaining good quality data for subsequent techniques and to be able to reproduce the results. However, checking of sample purity by SDS.PAGE should not be the only quality control to do! As participants of the workshop found out, a minimum is to check the homogeneity of a sample (DLS, AUC), proper folding (CD), thermal stability, optimize buffer (DSF, DSC, CD) and determine oligomeric state of a sample (AUC).

Practical  workshops on the TSE systems: IntelliCage, PhenoMaster & MotoRater

15–18 May 2018, Olomouc, Czech Republic

This Workshop gave the participants an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences, share knowledge and start or revive collaborations. 

2nd APPN & EPPN Meeting

17–18 April 2018, Vienna, Austria


RNA-Seq data analysis – course

18–19 April 2018, Vienna, Austria

VBCF, Bioinformatics training

Statistics with R – course

28 February–1 March 2018, Vienna, Austria

VBCF, Bioinformatics training

Modern Plant Microscopy

16 February 2018, Vienna, Austria

From Robert Hooke’s fateful first expe­riments on cork cells over 350 years ago, optical microscopy of plants is almost an eternity from where it all began. 

Celebrating the milestones reached ever since, the “Modern Plant Microscopy” meeting gave center stage to six leading researchers in the field of optical micros­copy and spectroscopy to present their latest findings and how they have helped us gain a deeper insight into the complex processes underlying the biology of plants.

Stayin’ Alive

12 January 2018, Vienna, Austria

The VBCF facility Advanced Microscopy possess several unique microscopes and is familiar with novel optical imaging techniques. The facility also has an R&D lab that develops novel and custom tailored optical microscopy solutions for specific life science and biomedical research needs. The workshop “Stayin’ alive” provided an insight into the imaging techniques of living samples. Theoretical background and demonstrations of four cutting-edge microscopes for small groups of attendants were organized within the workshop.

Neuroimaging: Mapping the Function and Structure of Brain

14–16 November 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

A three-days course focused on human brain mapping including lectures and practical training in several neuroimaging techniques was organized, primarily for master- and PhD students. 

Joint Retreat of Protein Facilities

9–10 October 2017, Pavlov, Czech Republic

On October 09–10th 2017, the collaborating protein facilities (Protein Technologies at VBCF and Biomolecular Interactions and Crystallization at CEITEC-MU) organized joint retreat in Pavlov, CZ, in order to share experiences and knowledge not only between them but also with their frequent users. 

2nd Steering Committee Meeting

20 September 2017. Brno, Czech Republic

On September 20th, the 2nd meeting of the project Steering Committee was held at CEITEC-MU. Project managers of all partners, as well as representatives of scientists, discussed important topics related mostly to the project administration, such as the current state of project activities, financial reporting, plan of further activities, project budget etc.

Bioinformatic Courses

February 2017 – February 2018, Vienna/Brno

Up to February 2018, we have organized 11 bioinformatics courses focusing on the practical use of bioinformatics in life sciences research leading to fast and efficient evaluation of research data. New methods and approaches were taught to an audience from academic institutions from the cross-border region, as well as interested industrial customers. All courses were given by Dr. András Aszódi, VBCF.




22.–23. 02. 2017

R Programmimng Course


15.–16. 03. 2017

R Statistics Course


11.–12. 05. 2017

R Linear Methods Course


17. 08. 2017

Bioinformatics Data Analysis


14.–15. 09. 2017

R Programmimng Course


21.–22. 09. 2017

R Statistics Course


19.–20. 10. 2017

R Statistics Course


02.–03. 11. 2017

R ANOVA + Linreg Course


22. 11. 2017

Best Practices in Bioinformatics Data Analysis


07.–08. 02. 2018

R Programmimng CourseVBCF

Scientific Facilities Workshop

24 November 2017, Klosterneuburg, Austria

The workshop took place at IST Austria in Klosterneuburg, aiming to exchange best practices and foster collaboration between scientific facilities of IST Austria and CEITEC.

Workshop Applied Biostatistics and Data Analysis in Clinical Research

13 November 2017, Vienna, Austria

Two external experts Ana Drozdowskyj (Director of Biostatistics at Pivotal, a software producer located in the USA) and Witold Bauer (Bioinformatician at the University in Bialystok, Poland) were invited to give talks on the ways and possibilities of exploitation of data in clinical research. 

Multispectral 3D Plant Imaging Workshop

12–13 October 2017, Vienna, Austria

For the workshop, PHENOSPEX visited the VBCF with their new PlantEye F500 device and performed multispectral 3D scans of the participants’ samples. The plants were grown at the VBCF PlantS Facility and scanned one day before the workshop. (seeds were provided by the participants in advance). Hands-on data analysis as well as  was a follow-up discussion of derived results was performed during the workshop and on the second day at individual meetings.

Modern Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genome Engineering

18–20 July 2017, Vienna, Austria

Lectures and practical course organized by the VBCF Core facility Protein Technologies for the participants from the cross/border region. This workshop provided an overview of recent advances in molecular cloning technologies, with a particular focus on recombination-based cloning and CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering.

Best Practices for Behavioural Screening and Metabolic Measurements on Rodents

23 May 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

One of the first outcomes of joint collaboration Preclinical Phenotyping Core Facility – pcPHENO from Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF, Austria) and Animal Center – AC (from FNUSA-ICRC, Czech Republic) under the RIAT-CZ project (called “Creating synergies between research infrastructures to stimulate innovation in the cross-border region”).

RNA-Seq Hands-on Workshop

10–11 May 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

Hands-on workshop in RNA Seq took place at the CEITEC Genomics Core Facility. Attendees of this workshop had the opportunity to hear about Sample Quality Control, mRNA Library Preparation and Quality Control and also about Sequencing data Quality Control.

1st Plant Sciences Core Facility Meeting   

11 April 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

The 1st Plant Sciences Core Facility Meeting took place on April 11th 2017 at the CEITEC. It was the first opportunity to introduce this newly established CEITEC Core Facility to the potential users. Close cooperation in the field of the plant grow and phenotyping between CEITEC and VBCF has been officially started by this event.

CEITEC Nano Open day for academic users 

28 March 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

We invite you to CEITEC Nano Open day for new academic users. Within the open day we will explain how to get an access to the infrastructure, demonstrate its equipment and explain available services for nonlocal users.

1st Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network (APPN) Meeting

10 March 2017, Vienna, Austria

1st Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network (APPN) Meeting took place on March 10th 2017 at the Vienna Biocenter, IMP Lecture Hall. 

The 1st Austrian Workshop on Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) Imaging 

2 March 2017, Vienna, Austria

The workshop initiative aims to unite the Austrian and Czech imaging community and focus on problems and solutions associated with high field imaging and ultrashort echo time imaging.

Kick-off Meeting

14 November 2016, Vienna, Austria

The first meeting of project partners.

The catalog of services that will be jointly offered to corporations and academic institutions will be compiled by CEITEC Masaryk University, VBCF Research Institute of Vienna and three other partners. CEITEC MU has obtained financing for the pilot project that will enable more efficient use of the technological equipment, knowledge and experience in the field of life and material sciences from Interreg AT-CZ, the programme supporting cross-border collaboration.