BuildingCyt Flow Cytometry Courses

After 5 years and over 750 scientists attending, the Babraham Institute Flow Cytometry Courses, these courses have been revamped and updated following a break due to parental leave.  The courses have now been adjusted to ensure that all delegates, from academia and research companies will gain invaluable cost-effective training.  The courses will continue to be interactive with lectures, paper-based exercises and assisted learning using handheld clickers.


Building Block 1: Basics of Flow Cytometry

This course is aimed at those new to flow cytometry and those wanting to understand the basics of the technology before attending further flow cytometry courses. This can be taken as a standalone one day course or can be taken as a building block for the next course level.

The course starts with an introduction to this quickly evolving technology, its importance and resources that are available. One of the main aims of this course is to give the delegate a firm understanding of fluorescence, fluorochromes and the workings of a cytometer. This is followed by talks on fluorescence compensation, sample preparation, basics of experimental design, data analysis and reporting your flow cytometry data.

It is recommended that all delegates attend this course before attending more advanced flow courses, even those with years of experience in flow cytometry. This is to ensure that all participants get the most out of the courses and to confirm that the basics of flow cytometry have been grasped before tackling more advanced topics.

The cost of this course has been set based on whether the delegate is an academic or works for a company. Scientists from companies based at the Babraham Research Campus will receive a discounted rate for attending the courses. If you are unsure which rate you should choose, please email

All bookings will be checked and tickets bought using the incorrect category will be cancelled and a refund issued. It will be the scientist’s responsibility to book a place again using the correct category. Places will be limited on the course, so timely and accurate bookings will prevent the disappointment of places being filled.


Building Block 1: Basics of Flow Cytometry

This course covers the fundamentals of the technology and builds up the knowledge of the delegates through a series of lectures, exercises, practical examples and interactive learning.

The learning objectives of Building Block 1 are:

  • Gain an overview of the technology and its uses
  • Have a understanding of how a cytometer works
  • Recognise the need for good sample preparation
  • Understand appropriate fluorochrome choice
  • Appreciate the importance of fluorescence compensation
  • Be able to design a simple flow cytometry experiment
  • Have a greater understanding on how to optimise your results
  • Be able to communicate your results to your peers


Details on future modules to follow in Spring

If you have any questions about the courses please email


Testimonials from recent courses include:

Module 1:

'I think this course is really accessible, which is especially nice for people that know nothing about flow cytometry'

'Excellent learning experience run by real hands on experts in the field'

'If you want to understand other people flow data and your own, this course is a great help'

'A great course to ensure you are implementing best practices'

'The course covered a huge amount of theory as to the best practices of design of flow experiments but also more importantly highlighted where things could go wrong'


Module 2:

'Great Course. Thank you!  Didn't relaise how much I didn't know'

'Flow Cytometry is a huge topic. You made it worth it to come to this course.  No way I would have grasped on my own, what I learned about flow cytometry in the last two days, Many thanks'

'This is an excellent course for anyone who uses flow cytometry regularly in their jobs - even for those people that have been doing flow for many years, but never really had a proper introduction to the whats and the whys!'


Terms and Conditions of  Flow Cytometry Courses run by Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd (BIE)

  • No refunds, transfers or deferrals can be made if less than 14 days’ notice is given.
  • BIE reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or change the location or content of a course without penalty if considered necessary.
  • BIE undertakes to inform customers as soon as the change is made and customers may book an alternative course at no extra charge, or receive a full refund or credit against future courses.
  • If a customer wishes to cancel a course, provided more than 14 days’ notice prior to the course start date is given, the tuition fee will be refunded less a £50 cancellation fee.
  • If a customer wishes to transfer to another course, provided more than 14 days’ notice prior to the course start date is given and subject to availability, no additional charge will be made, other than for any new study materials that may be required.
  • It may be possible to transfer your place on a course to another member of your organisation, but this will be assessed by BIE on a case to case basis.