International Society for
Stereology & Image Analysis


The International Society for Stereology and Image Analysis is a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote the exchange and dissemination of information about stereology and image analysis among persons of various scientific disciplines and countries. The membership fees constitute the main source of revenues of ISSIA.

Benefits of membership includes:

  • Subscription to the printed version of the open-access official ISSIA journal Image Analysis and Stereology
  • Reduced publication fees in Image Analysis and Stereology
  • Reduced rates at congresses, courses and workshops organized by ISSIA
  • Possibility for student members to apply for Hans Elias bursaries enabling participation in ISSIA Congresses for Stereology and Image Analysis
  • Possibility to take part in a competition for the best PhD thesis using stereology and/or image analysis – directly or as a supervisor of the PhD student
  • Access to the LinkedIn forum


Regular membership is 50€

Student membership is 25€ (copy of student card required)

To apply for ISSIA membership in 2017, please fill in the registration form and send it by fax, email or post as mentioned on the form.

ISSIA registration form

Corporate membership

For ISSIA corporate membership please contact Lucie Kubínová, ISSIA President – email:


Is this the first time you stumble on the word stereology?

From its greek roots "stereo"and"logos" the term means the "science of studying solids".

In practice, it was originally defined in modern science as "the spatial interpretation of sections". It is an interdisciplinary field that is largely concerned with the three-dimensional interpretation of planar sections of materials or tissues. It provides practical techniques for extracting quantitative information about a three-dimensional material from measurements made on two-dimensional planar sections of the material.

Stereology is a method that utilizes random, systematic sampling to provide unbiased and quantitative data. It is an important and efficient tool in many applications of microscopy (such as petrography, materials science, and biosciences including histology, bone and neuroanatomy). Stereology is a developing science with many important innovations being developed mainly in Europe. New innovations such as the proportionator continue to make important improvements in the efficiency of stereological procedures.

In addition to two-dimensional plane sections, stereology also applies to three-dimensional slabs (e.g. 3D microscope images), one-dimensional probes (e.g. needle biopsy), projected images, and other kinds of 'sampling'. It is especially useful when the sample has a lower spatial dimension than the original material. Hence, stereology is often defined as the science of estimating higher dimensional information from lower dimensional samples.

Stereology is based on fundamental principles of geometry (e.g. Cavalieri's principle) and statistics (mainly survey sampling inference). It is a completely different approach from computed tomography.

(c) Adrian Baddeley

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