International Society for
Stereology & Image Analysis


International Society for Stereology & Image Analysis (ISSIA) is an international scientific society aiming to promote stereology and image analysis in a wide range of disciplines. ISSIA continues from the well established International Society for Stereology (ISS) with expanded scope to all aspects of image analysis.

Our members are coming from many different fields of science such as mathematics, biomedicine, computer science, material science, statistics, geology, stochastic geometry, etc.

Participating to one of our international congresses on Stereology and Image Analysis is probably the best way to experience ISSIA. But, joining us for a short course or publishing in our journal Image Analysis & Stereology is another way of becoming actively involved.

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  • Aleš Kladnik (image analysis and microscopy in plant biology; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)


  • Bruno Figliuzzi (image processing, stochastic geometry and materials science; Mines ParisTech, France)


  • Jitka Čočková (economics; Institute of Physiology, Prague, Czech Republic)

Immediate Past President

  • Eric Pirard (particle shape analysis in geosciences; University of Liège, Belgium)

Members of the Board

  • Augusto Coppi (stereology in biomedicine; School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
  • Johan Debayle (image processing and analysis, mathematical morphology, pattern recognition and stochastic geometry, MINES Saint-Etienne, France)
  • Karl-Anton Dorph-Petersen (stereology in biosciences; Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Aneta Gądek-Moszczak (image analysis and stereology in materials science and medicine; Cracow University of Technology, Poland)
  • Dorothy E. Oorschot (stereology in biomedicine and neuroscience; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
  • Daniel A. Peterson (image analysis, stereology and microscopy in biomedicine; The Chicago Medical School, USA)
  • M.M. Ramya (image processing, mathematical morphology and machine vision; Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India)
  • Xiaoyan Song (stereology in materials science, visualization simulation; Beijing University of Technology, China)
  • Dvoralai Wulfsohn (agricultural engineering, Geco Enterprises, Chile)
ISSIA Board: Aleš Kladnik, Bruno Figliuzzi, Jitka Čočková, Eric Pirard, Augusto Coppi, Johan Debayle, Karl-Anton Dorph-Petersen, Aneta Gądek-Moszczak, Dorothy E. Oorschot, Daniel A. Peterson, M.M. Ramya, Xiaoyan Song, Dvoralai Wulfsohn

Honorary members

  • Lucie Kubínová
  • Eva B. Vedel Jensen
  • Luis Cruz-Orive
  • Dominique Jeulin
  • Ida Eržen
  • Terry M. Mayhew
  • Dietrich Stoyan
  • Hans Jørgen G. Gundersen
  • Robert DeHoff
  • Hans Elias
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Otto Röhm
  • S.A. Saltykov
  • August Hennig
  • Harold W. Chalkley
  • Luís Antoni Santaló Sors
  • Ivan Saxl

Past ISS presidents

  • Hans Elias (1961-April 11 1967)
  • Ewald R. Weibel (April 11 1967-1971)
  • Ervin E. Underwood (1972-1975)
  • Herbert Haug (1976-1979)
  • H.E. Exner (1980-83)
  • Roger Miles (1984-1987)
  • Jean-Louis Chermant (1988-1991)
  • Vyvyan C. Howard (1992-1995)
  • Bente Pakkenberg (1996-1999)
  • John Bertram (2000-2003)
  • Dominique Jeulin (2004-2007)
  • Jens R. Nyengaard (2008-2011)
  • Eric Pirard (2012-2015)
  • Lucie Kubínová (2016-2020)

Society details

Registered name: International Society for Stereology & Image Analysis, z. s.,
Legal Address: Jetelová 3255/9a, Záběhlice, 106 00 Praha 10, Czech republic
VAT ID number: CZ05258910
Registration no.: L66316

Articles of association

Bank details

  • Name of bank: Fio banka a.s.
  • Adress of the bank: v Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Prague 1, CZ
  • IBAN: CZ5320 1000 0000 2701 0590 98
  • Account number: 2701059098/2010
  • Name of bank: Fio banka a.s.
  • Adress of the bank: v Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Prague 1, CZ
  • IBAN: CZ6320 1000 0000 2001 0590 97
  • Account number: 2001059097/2010


E-mail address:

Aleš Kladnik - President
University of Ljubljana
Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology
Večna pot 111
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Jitka Čočková - Treasurer
Institute of Physiology CAS
Department of Biomathematics
Vídeňská 1083
Prague 4, 142 20
Czech Republic

Bruno Figliuzzi - Secretary
MINES ParisTech
Centre de Morphologie Mathématique
60 Bd St. Michel
75272 Paris Cedex 06


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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