Customer Story

How do ZEISS microscopes contribute to solving major future questions of mankind? Explore fascinating stories from our customers.

Science and Education Under One Roof

The Ars Electronica Center in Linz

Ars Electronica Labs
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been searching for the interfaces between art, technology, and society. The center describes itself as a museum of the future where fusions of art, science, and technology are displayed and developed. The Ars Electronica Center also has a fully equipped BioLab with an S1 security level. As part of workshops and guided tours, visitors can make the smallest biological structures and processes – such as those of a cell – visible.


Carrying out Research at Sea

The world's first hybrid cruise ship has ZEISS microscopes on board

Amundsen Science Center

Launched in July 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship is the first of the two new hybrid-powered expedition ships in Hurtigruten’s fleet. The ice-strengthened ship is designed specifically for the frigid polar waters and regularly crosses Antarctica, picking up vital data. Scientists then analyze the Antarctic seawater for levels of plankton, krill – essential for the survival of penguins – and pollutants such as microplastics. The researchers are supported by the ship’s Science Center, which is equipped with ZEISS stereo microscopes.


Conservators and Microscopes: A Great Team

A glimpse into the work of the conservation team at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna

Matthias Manzini in the workshop in front of his restoration project
If an object – such as an Imperial Carriage – is due to be restored, an extensive examination and inventory is carried out first. Once a detailed conservation or restoration plan has been created, the real work begins.


Automating Data Processing in Cancer Research

APEER is helping researchers to analyze data faster and with higher precision

APEER Data Analysis

An important aspect of cancer research is understanding why some cancer cells escape chemotherapy and become even more aggressive and resistant to treatment. At the University of Vilnius in Lithuania, Prof. Valius Mindaugas and Nadežda Dreižė use confocal microscopy to understand the impact of selected chemical compounds on the growth and cell signaling behavior of different cancer cell lines. By examining the localization of specific proteins within the cell, with and without chemical treatment, Prof. Mindaugas and his team can draw conclusions about protein function.

To identify significant trends in these types of experiments, thousands of cells must be analyzed in a reproducible manner. Doing this manually is both challenging and time consuming. Prof. Mindaugas and his team were able to utilize APEER for automatic and unbiased analysis of protein localization – resulting in more precise, impactful analyses.


Cellular Therapy Opens up New Perspectives

Professor Alp Can from Ankara University speaks about his research

Prof. Alp Can in front of a ZEISS microscope.

Professor Alp Can is the director of the Department of Histology and Embryology at Ankara University School of Medicine, and also responsible for the microscopic multi-imaging facility, which hosts many ZEISS microscopes at many levels.

Prof. Can’s main research topic is to investigate the cellular properties of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stromal cells with regard to using them in cellular therapies.


Inspiring the Next Generation of Nanotechnologists

ZEISS electron microscope used in nanotechnology outreach program to local high school and community college students in greater San Diego area

Community college students during an online lesson

Opportunities for careers in nanotechnology are expanding. Dr. Yves Theriault at the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is developing an outreach program to create awareness about nanotechnology among the local high school and community college student population. This has included developing online tools to enable remote access to UCSD’s highest resolution scanning electron microscope, ZEISS Sigma 500. Students can experience firsthand what it might be like to work in nanotechnology, hopefully inspiring some to continue their career developments in this direction.


Understanding the Toxicity of Nanoparticles

Physico-chemical characterization provides more information

The npSCOPE research project

The nanoparticle-scope (npSCOPE) is a research project funded by the European Commission H2020 bringing together nine partners with the aim of developing a new integrated, optimized instrument to provide a comprehensive physico-chemical characterization of nanoparticles – both in their original form and incorporated into complex matrices such as biological tissue.


“Without Microscopes, Restorers Would Be Blind.”

Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina shares some insights

Svetlana B. Adaksina at the Art of Restoration conference

The Art of Restoration conference took place at the world famous State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg in May 2019. The conference was organized for the second time by Hermitage and OPTEC ZEISS Group/ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions.

We spoke to Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina about the conference, restoring Cultural Heritage, and the cooperation with ZEISS.


The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 3

Conserving and digitizing butterflies

ZEISS Axiozoom V.16 helps to repair butterfly wings.

There is more to an exhibition than what is on display. A lot of a museum’s treasures are behind the scenes and require constant maintenance and protection. There are various materials that are subject to conservation, restoration, and digitization, including textile, paper, books, glass, ceramics, paintings, wood, metals, skeletons, and whole animals.