News from the German BioImaging society: the GerBI-GMB spring school (TiM2022) and the core facility leadership and management course

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Janina Hanne (2), Stefanie Weidtkamp-Peters (1, 2)
1. Center for Advanced Imaging, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf
2. German BioImaging - GMB e.V.

BioImaging network, microscopy spring school, management and leadership course

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German BioImaging - Gesellschaft für Mikroskopie und Bildanalyse e.V. (GerBI-GMB, Society for Microscopy and Image Analysis) is a scientific society representing the interests of researchers and professionals as well as core facilities in Germany involved in microscopy and image data analysis for the life sciences. The society fosters knowledge exchange within the community, and interaction between scientists and engineers both from academia and industry. Additionally, German BioImaging promotes communication with the public and organizes outreach activities. 

German BioImaging is organized in workgroups, covering different topics which are interesting for the community and are a valuable exchange for the participants. The seven established German BioImaging Workgroups are: (i) Financial and legal framework of core facilities, (ii) Funding strategies and career paths of core facility staff, (iii) Image data analysis and management, (iv) Intravital microscopy, (v) Quality assessment for instruments and facilities, (vi) Training and knowledge transfer, (vii) FLIM. 

Biannually, German BioImaging organizes the meeting series "Trends in Microscopy" (TiM), which was originally established in 2005. In 2020, we changed the concept of the TiM of a classical conference to the GerBI-GMB Spring School. TiM is now an intense microscopy training camp with hands-on workshops on different microscopy techniques, sample preparation, fundamentals of optics, and image analysis. The call for workshops for our next TiM2022 is already open (please see, and we hope that it can happen in person again. 

The Core Facility Leadership and Management Course by German BioImaging and hfp consulting is offered annually. In this practical course, designed specifically for core facility managers in the life sciences, participants learn e.g., how to balance their different roles, build a productive team culture, deal with conflicts constructively, and negotiate more effectively. The 2021 course will take place again in a virtual format, registrations are already open (  

In this poster, we introduce German BioImaging as a society, we give an overview of our different activities and focus on the details of the core facility leadership and management course and the experience report of the first TiM2020 GerBI-GMB spring school.