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Advanced Courses on Life Sciences

Live Online Course – 3rd edition

Introduction to Photogrammetry

April 18th-28th, 2023

Live sessions will be recorded

Course Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan


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Course overview & Programme

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. Temporary licences will be provided for the course.

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

All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux). The use of webcam and headphones is strongly recommended, and a good internet connection is required. You will need a camera to do the exercises.

As for the equipment, below we are listing the ideal setting you should have for your research, and the minimum you will need to do the practice, in case you do not have access to the ideal one:

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.
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


Veronica Diez Diaz instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Verónica Díez Díaz
Museum für Naturkunde

Heinrich Mallison instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Heinrich Mallison

Dates & Schedule

April 18th-28th, 2023

14:00-17:30 (Madrid time zone)

Online live sessions on April 18th, 19th, 26th, 27th, and 28th, from 14:00 to 17:30 (Madrid time zone).

Total course hours: 30

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

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.



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

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.


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.

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

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2023):
  • 478 €
    (382.40 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2023):
  • 560 €
    (448 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Prices include VAT
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.