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Advanced Courses on Life Sciences

Online Course – 3rd edition

Introduction to Photogrammetry

June 1st-10th, 2022


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This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 10th of June, from 14:00 to 17:30 (Madrid time zone).

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

Course Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser ScanCourse Overview

This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who work with complex structures and need to digitize their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, geometric morphometrics, biomechanics analyses, etc.

The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using  photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium – low cost and fast approaches.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to obtain high-quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques.

They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software.

Main software that you will use during the course: Reality Capture, Agisoft Metashape, GOMinspect and Meshmixer. Temporal licences will be provided for the course.


All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux). Webcam and headphones are strongly recommended, as well as a good internet connection. You will need a camera to do the exercises.

As for the equipment, we are listing from the ideal thing you may have for your research, to the minimum you need to do the practice in case you do not have access now to the ideal ones:

IDEAL: DSLR or mirrorless camera with a wide-angle lens with short minimum distance, matching LED light ring (best: SL-108).
OK: digital camera with LED light ring.
Absolute minimum: good cell phone camera.

IDEAL: Dedicated photogrammetry scale bars.
OK: any other measure, e.g. labeled cm scale.

IDEAL: turntable, ethafoam or similar, 6 to 8 raw-wooden chopsticks
OK: styrofoam, 6 to 8 chopsticks




June 1st-10th, 2022

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 10th of June, from 14:00 to 17:30 (Madrid time zone).

The rest of the time participants will be working on their own projects, between the live sessions.

30 hours

17.5 hours of online live lessons, plus 12.5 hours of participants working on their own projects between the live sessions.

Live sessions will be recorded. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Veronica Diez Diaz instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Verónica Díez Díaz
Museum für Naturkunde

Heinrich Mallison instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Heinrich Mallison

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Transmitting Science


Data acquisition (macro to m scale)

Basics of the Structure from Motion (SFM) method: what data does it require?

  •  Photography for SFM:
    • Camera settings
    • Specimen preparation & support materials
    • Image capture methods with static or moving camera
    • Scale bar usage
  • Difficult cases: tiny, shiny, or otherwise problematic cases.

Model creation

  • Basic workflow in Reality Capture and Metashape
    • Data loading
    • Marker detection
    • Alignment and model creation
    • Colors and textures
  •  Solutions for problematic cases
    • Multi-chunk modelling
    • Adding new photographs

 Basics of model editing for printing, web display, scientific use, etc.

  • Introduction to the interface and basics of GOM inspect and Meshmixer.
  • Description, assessment and elimination of mesh errors (e.g. holes, non-watertight meshes, non-manifold vertices and edges, etc).
  • Scaling and mirroring.
  • Sectioning for 3D printing

 Long term data storage and scientific reusability considerations

  • Data integrity and long-term reusability: what and how to archive?
  • Digital repositories and licenses.
  • DISSCo and iDigBio: what is a digital/extended specimen?
  • Ethical concerns


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2022):
  • 446 €
    (356.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2022):
  • 530 €
    (424 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.