Effectively Communicating Bioimage Analysis

Organisers: Beth Cimini and Kevin Eliceiri

Date: 12–15 February 2024

Location: Buxted Park, East Sussex, UK

Bioimage analysis is a critically needed discipline, especially as the number of new tools is exploding as part of the “deep learning revolution” and as larger data sizes and automated screening systems make manual data handling of microscopy data increasingly impractical. While there are more educational and training materials than ever, a few major challenges still exist:

  • Bioimage analysis is still often seen as an “add-on” – not required activity, meaning researchers need to learn it on their own rather than having it included as part of general graduate education and/or microscopy education.
  • A large number of bioimage analysis resources now exist including open source software software, training materials and workshops, but without community standards and recommendations many of these are of uncertain quality. Complicating existing efforts to track these comprehensively, bioimage analysis tools are constantly evolving – some become unmaintained and unusable, while others add new functionalities and/or update interfaces for interaction. This gives many materials a short “shelf life” and makes it difficult to determine what is still useful, even for experts but especially for non-experts.
  • The community of users covers a wide range of experience levels and computational comfort levels, meaning some materials must have multiple versions created to reach the entire community.

In this meeting, we therefore aim to:

  • Map our “landscape” – catalogue globally what efforts are already underway, where do current efforts overlap and so could lead to collaboration or de-duplication, where funding may come from, and who can we can tap for more community involvement and/or promotion.
  • Bring together both users and creators of training materials and courses, to share lessons of what has worked and what has not in terms of training effectiveness and material dissemination.
  • Curate the resources that currently exist, and brainstorm how these can be shared more effectively or used in novel ways, such as in the creation of flipped classroom curricula.
  • Create a draft set of standards to recommend to stakeholders, such as funding agencies, organizations with influence on graduate training, or others.


About Buxted Park

The Workshop will be held at the beautiful Buxted Park in East Sussex which dates back to the 12th century. The current house was built in 1722 by Sir Thomas Medley and is an elegant Grade II Palladian mansion set in 312 acres of parkland. Over the years it has played host to a number of high profile visitors including William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill, and George V and Queen Mary. Whilst it was a health hydro in the 1960s Gregory Peck, Dudley Moore and Marlon Brando were regular visitors.

Buxted Park is less than 25 miles from Gatwick Airport and 60 miles from Heathrow Airport. There are direct trains taking 1 hour 10 minutes from London Bridge to the village of Buxted which is only a mile away from the hotel.

Buxted Park Hotel
Station Road
East Sussex
TN22 4AY
Tel: +44 (0) 1825 733333


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