"Optics, Algos & Ice" Symposium, Obergurgl 2016

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"When will TG organize the next symposium?"

This has been the most common question during "Optics, Algos & Ice" Symposium in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria. About 70 scientists from 14 different countries – from Singapore to Brazil to the USA to Europe – were meeting to share their knowledge and experience in Advanced Microscopy and Image Analysis.

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The University Seminar Centre in Obergurgl is located at an altitude of nearly 2000m in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, Austria. It is perfectly suited for conferences, this is why TissueGnostics chose to hold “Optics, Algos & Ice” from November 17th to 20th there. The breathtaking snow-covered mountains were an additional bonus to the interesting and challenging scientific exchange.


“Scientific research is one of the most exciting and rewarding of occupations.”

Frederick Sanger, British biochemist and two-time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry (1918-2013)

The participants of “Optics, Algos & Ice” definitely showed proof of that quote!
And above all: How can scientific exchange be experienced in a more interesting and enlightening way than in an environment which stimulates all senses?

Already the arrival day was filled with speeches from afternoon till late evening. Concentrated attention was palpable in the spacious and light-flooded conference room during the speeches. It was obvious that all participants enjoyed gaining insight into methods of research and scientific findings of their colleagues. The queries addressed to the speakers showed high interest in each topic. Another aspect of the symposiums success was the meeting and mutually profitable exchanges between members and project leaders of the "AIDPATH" and "CaSR Biomedicine" projects. On the following days a full program of talks took place, including poster presentations.

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The symposium ended with the opportunity of a guided Hands-on-Training on the last day.

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Well timed coffee breaks and an adequate lunch hour not only served the purpose of recreation but also of socializing and further exchange. The pleasant interior and the courteous seminar centre staff contributed to the well-being of all. As did all the culinary delicacies which were a feast for the taste-buds as well as for the eyes. A truly perfect place not only to hold a Symposium, but also to celebrate – and that is what we did!

First of all the 13th company anniversary of TG.
Secondly, TG won 1st place in the category „Image Analysis“ at the “International Scanner Contest 2016”.

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A competitive as well as collaborative spirit was introduced by the TisQuant project which held an annotation competition for nuclei in parallel to the sessions and during the breaks. The winners were awarded Austrian goodies.

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Besides the successful scientific exchange and the special celebrations the beautiful Ötztal mountain area enriched our stay. With its clear and refreshing air it inspired early morning and late evening walks. Some athletic scientists even delayed their departure in order to do some skiing! “Optics, Algos & Ice” turned out to be a very successful and motivating symposium. The feedback we got from the participants were extremely positive and not just only one person mentioned to be looking forward to a future symposium by TissueGnostics!

So, applying the famous words of the outgoing US president to the starting question:

"Yes, we can".

It probably will be somewhere else, but equally exciting - "Optics, Algos and ???"
Suggestions are welcome...



Optics, Algos & Ice, Symposium on Image Analysis of Cells in Tissue

Share your research findings!

We invite authors to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation at the Optics, Algos and Ice Symposium from November 17th to November 20th, 2016 in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria.Montage OG mini

Surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery of the university seminar centre in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria, the congress will also be an excellent opportunity to get the essential information on our products and latest developments. We will be present with 3 demosystems and of course you will have the possibility to work with our TissueFAXS systems.We expect speakers from Singapore to the USA to Europe will provide the participants with elaborate information on the latest technology, the use of it and personal experiences from their workfields. Please find the Programme here.


Please register for the symposium “Optics, Algos and Ice @ the very top “ NOW. The registration fee for this symposium will be € 250,00 and will include coffee breaks and dinners as well as the shuttle from Innsbruck (airport or train station). For students there will be a discount registration fee of € 150,00. Accommodation at the seminar center will cost € 275 for three days including half board.

bergfrieden obergurglwebOur focus is on Advanced Digital Microscopy and Image Analysis, its role in revolutionizing clinical diagnostics and in implementing the personalized medicine concept. It is to provide insight in the state of research and technology in an invigorating and stimulating environment – a university seminar centre in Obergurgl (1.930 meters altitude) in the Tyrol, a stone´s throw from Italian Southern Tyrol province (if one can throw high enough over the surrounding peaks, many of which are in the 3.500 meter range).

Sponsor Partners

Many thanks to our main sponsor partner BARCO-Medical displays.
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The abstract submission deadline will be 30 September 2016, 12 o´clock pm. All enquiries regarding abstract submissions and late breaking abstract submissions must be directed to office@tissuegnostics.com. Accepted abstracts will be published on the Symposium website and in an electronic abstract book. The abstract book will be made available electronically through the TissueGnostics website two weeks prior to the Symposium. E-mail confirmation of receipt of their abstract will be sent. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact office@tissuegnostics.com. Registration does not require abstract submission, but presenters of accepted abstracts are asked to register before to simplify organization of program.

Instructions for Abstract Preparation and Submission

Abstracts must be submitted in English and the following information should be included:
MAIN BODY not to exceed 250 words.
Authors are asked to indicate two categories to which they would prefer their abstract to be assigned. However, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) reserves the right to choose the final session allocation, which may differ from those stipulated by the authors.

Review Process

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and other experts in the field. The authors will be informed of acceptance of their abstract by e-mail by beginning of October 2016, and whether it has been selected for oral presentation. Accepted abstracts that are not selected for oral presentation should be presented as posters.

Please select your preferred category as well as an alternative from the following options:

Number Category
1  3D culture systems
2  Advanced macrostructure detection
3  Cancer
4  Cell sociology context analysis
5  Dermatology
6  Immunology
7  Infections
8  Inflammation/Infections
 9  Kidney
 10  Neurology
 11  Nucleus detection
 12  Pathology
 13  Quantitative image processing
 14  Rheumatology
 15  TMA / Automation of analysis
 16  Toxicology


Submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the designated presenting author to present the abstract in the session and at the time assigned by the LOC. Submitting an abstract for presentation in the Optics, Algos and Ice symposium does not constitute registration. Abstract presenters must register separately to attend the symposium. Congress registration fees for the presenting author will not be waived.
The registration fee for this symposium will be € 250,00 and will include coffee breaks and dinners as well as the shuttle from Innsbruck (airport or train station). Accommodation at the seminar center will cost € 275 for three days including half board. The abstract content is the sole responsibility of the authors. Abstracts will not be edited for spelling, grammar or content.


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