Microscopy workshop fosters UK-Turkey collaborations
Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) participated in a collaborative imaging workshop that aims to build scientific links between early career researchers in Turkey and the United Kingdom.
In its third edition, the Cellular Imaging Techniques course is a successful joint initiative between the WIMM at the University of Oxford and the Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (iBG-Izmir). The course is jointly organized by Erdinc Sezgin and Christian Eggeling from the MRC WIMM’s MRC Human Immunology Unit and Gunes Ozhan from iBG-Izmir, and took place in Turkey this month.
Aimed primarily at building links between early career scientists in the two countries, the workshop is structured around a common interest in microscopy. The course consists of an intense week of practical microscopy sessions alongside several theoretical and scientific lectures. Many the sessions were led by WIMM researchers, who are experienced microscopists and have access to state of the art facilities at our institute’s Wolfson Imaging Facility. Prof Christian Eggeling, one of the course organisers, is also the Scientific Director of the WIMM’s imaging facility.
There was also the opportunity to explore other scientific issues. Alongside the imaging sessions there were workshops on open access, women in science, publishing and career paths. The 20 UK researchers and 20 Turkish researchers participating were mentored by UK-based Prof Michael Dustin and Prof Simon Davis and Turkey-based Prof. Uygar Tazebay and Prof. Betul Karademir.
This engaging and collaborative workshop concluded with a visit to the ancient cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma, an opportunity to appreciate the rich historical and cultural legacy of the host country.
This workshop was funded under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton-Katip Celebi Fund by the British Council. The Newton-Katip Celebi Fund, known in the UK as the Newton Fund; a UK Government initiative funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), together with the Turkish national partner The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).