Report from Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego

November 30, 2016 ZEISS Microscopy

ZEISS shows new Celldiscoverer 7 and Axio Observer, wins #MyNeuroVote people's choice award third time in a row

The ZEISS team at Neuroscience 2016

This year over 30.000 people attended the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) at the San Diego Convention Center. From November 12-16, ZEISS joined the premier venue for neuroscientists to present our newest instruments and technologies. 3D imaging in light, electron and X-ray microscopy is essential to decipher the human connectome, assist in brain research, or help to fight neurodegenerative diseases such als Alzheimer’s, and ZEISS once again demonstrated the perfect tools and applications to enthusiastic scientists.

Professor Jochen Herms, LMU Munich, presenting correlative microscopy to a full audience at the ZEISS booth

Visitors had the chance to discover the latest ZEISS advancements in confocal and multi-photon microscopy, rapid imaging of large cleared samples and correlative scanning electron microscopy. The ZEISS booth seminars by customers and experts included insights into new voltage-sensitive dyes for ex vivo brain imaging, correlative in vivo 3D multiphoton and electron microscopy, high-throughput connectomics with MultiSEM technology, and expansion microscopy with ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1.

Crowd magnet: arivis immersive VR microscopy experience with gesture control and real 3D datasets at Neuroscience 2016

ZEISS and arivis for the first time presented the world-exclusive premier of the arivis InViewR, a 3D visualization of real microscopy data with Oculus Rift virtual reality technology and Leap Motion gesture controls. Excited visitors took the chance to dive deep into real 3D microscopy data, interact with the 3D datasets by using their own hands, and experience immersive microscopy first-hand.

Automated microscopy, made by ZEISS: Axio Scan.Z1 & Celldiscoverer 7

Available instruments for hands-on demonstrations included our new Axio Observer family, Axio Scan.Z1, the LSM 8 family of confocal microscopes with Airyscan, ZEISS GeminiSEM with ATUMtome array tomography, Lightsheet Z.1 for clearing and expansion microscopy, and our digital classroom experience. A special highlight was the world premiere of ZEISS Celldiscoverer 7, the new automated platform for live cell imaging.

ZEISS LSM 880 Airyscan Fast Mode wins #MyNeuroVoteA very special honour was to receive the #MyNeuroVote people’s choice award for LSM 880 with Airyscan in the third year running. Johannes Amon, of ZEISS Microscopy, told SelectScience that it was a an honor to be selected by researchers in the community. “Winning the award for the third time in a row shows the acceptance and validation of this innovative product. #MyNeuroVote is the scientists’ choice award for Neuroscience, and ZEISS LSM 880 is a confocal microscopy platform that continues to propel our customers’ research forward. With the new Fast Mode we demonstrate that we are still extending the possibilities of the unique Airyscan detector technology. The continuous flow of awards shows us that Airyscanning is recognized as a truly revolutionary confocal technology compared to competing technologies that are merely software-based.” Our whole team at ZEISS Microscopy would like to thank all Neuroscience 2016 participants for visiting our booth and for voting! We had great discussions, enjoyed the instruments demonstrations, learned about your applications, and had a great and successful time together with you.


We are looking forward meeting you again at Neuroscience 2017 in Washington, DC! In case you have more questions, comments, or are interested in the presented instruments and applications, just write us an email at or use our web contact form: We’re always there for you!

Next stop for our team and the new instruments is the ZEISS booth at the ASCB meeting in San Francisco from December 4-7. See you there!

A young researcher at Neuroscience 2016, impressed by ZEISS LSM 800 with Airyscan

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