06 August 2018 European recognition for Euro-BioImaging

Microtubules network in a Zebrafish embryo before undergoing the epiboly process. Image acquired using a Light sheet fluorescence microscope

European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences The European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (EuBI) provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists. In addition, it offers image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers.

The super resolution light microscopy and nanoscopy (SLN) facility at ICFO participates in this infrastructure through the Super Resolution Node Barcelona located both at ICFO and at CRG and through the Mesoscopic Imaging Node Barcelona located at CRG, IRB and ICFO.

Following a two-year evaluation process by a panel of international experts, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has granted Euro-BioImaging the Landmark status of “European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences”. This status is recognised by the European Commission as a benchmark for quality, and recommends that Euro-BioImaging is the “go-to” Research Infrastructure to support imaging research across Europe.

ESFRI monitors and provides strategic guidance to pan-European Research Infrastructures, like Euro-BioImaging, to ensure that Europe has the world-class resources it needs to support science and innovation. Landmark Research Infrastructures score highly on numerous parameters including: scientific excellence; ability to reinforce critical areas of European research competitiveness; long-term sustainability; contributions to innovation, and; education and training. As such, achieving Landmark status recognises the importance of Euro-BioImaging in supporting excellent research across Europe.

The aim of Euro-BioImaging, is to break down the barriers associated with biological and medical imaging. It does this by providing open access to imaging technologies, resources and expertise to scientists across Europe to alleviate the bottlenecks in their research.

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