Euro-BioImaging appoints its Hub and nominates the first generation of Nodes


This past autumn, Euro-BioImaging (EuBI), the pan-European research infrastructure for imaging technologies on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap took two key steps toward becoming a reality. The EuBI Interim Board approved the proposal of a tripartite coordinating Hub - hosted by Finland (by Turku BioImaging at Åbo Akademi University and University of Turku), Italy (by University of Torino) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Heidelberg) - and ratified the nomination of 28 imaging facilities as candidates to become the first generation of EuBI Nodes. These are key steps in the establishment of Euro-BioImaging as a new European Research Infrastructure Consortium - the EuBI ERIC - that will apply for legal status in 2016 and plans to provide access to imaging technologies of many kinds to users from the national research communities.

With the establishment of the EuBI ERIC (foreseen for 2017), the EuBI Hub will become operational, responsible for the European-level coordination of the infrastructure, and supporting researchers, ERIC Members and their National Nodes. Finland will host the ERIC statutory seat; Italy will host the community-specific site for medical imaging (Med-Hub), and EMBL will be responsible for biological imaging (Bio-Hub). Through its Web Access Portal, the EuBI Hub itself will act as the central entry point for researchers accessing EuBI services, providing open physical access to imaging technologies available through the EuBI Nodes. EMBL-EBI will be responsible for the image data services in collaboration with the Hub partners.

Both the Euro-BioImaging Hub and its corresponding Nodes were identified through an open call for proposals, and an independent evaluation process by international evaluation boards composed of leading scientists and technology experts, using excellence in imaging technology and service provision as relevant criteria. The 28 imaging facilities thus nominated as candidates for the first Euro-BioImaging Nodes are located in 10 European countries and the EMBL, and offer a powerful portfolio of 36 different state-of-the-art technologies in the fields of biological and medical imaging (see Appendix). They will formally become EuBI Nodes following the ERIC’s establishment in 2017. The recent award of Preparatory Phase II funding by the European Commission provided a much-needed boost for its implementation. As a result, the candidate Nodes plan to open their doors to the European research community as early as 2016, welcoming users to their existing capacity during the Interim Phase, so that they can start benefiting from open access to cutting-edge instrumentation before ERIC establishment.

Having reached these key milestones, Euro-BioImaging is on the fast track toward implementation and operation.




IB  Member

Name of ratified Euro-BioImaging Node Candidate

Hosting Institution


Advanced Light Microscopy Belgian Node

Universiteit Antwerpen; VIB Ghent; Universiteit Ghent; Universiteit Hasselt; VIB Leuven; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


Molecular Imaging Belgian Node

Universiteit Antwerpen; Universiteit Brussels; Universiteit Ghent; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Czech Republic

Advanced Light Microscopy Node Prague CZ

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague; Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Academy of Sciences, Prague; Charles University in Prague (BIOCEV, Vestec); Institute of Physiology of the Academy of Sciences, Prague; Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Czech Republic

ALM and Medical Imaging Node Brno CZ

Masaryk University, Brno (CEITEC); Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Academy of Sciences, Brno; Brno University of Technology, Brno.


Advanced Light Microscopy Node EMBL

EMBL Heidelberg


Advanced Light Microscopy Finnish Node

Turku BioImaging (Light Microscopy Units of Biocity Turku, Abo Akademi University and University of Turku); Helsinki BioImaging (Biomedicum Imaging Unit of Biocentrum Helsinki - University of Helsinki, Light microscopy Unit of Institute of Biotechnology - University of Helsinki, Electron Microscopy Unit of Institute of Biotechnology - University of Helsinki); Oulu BioImaging (tissue Imaging Centre of Biocentre Oulu - University of Oulu)


France BioImaging

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Ile de France Sud; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), Paris, Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Ile de France Sud; Institut Curie, Paris; Institut Jacques Monod, Paris ; École Normale Supérieure, Paris ; Institut Pasteur, Paris ; Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris ; Université Paris Diderot, Paris; Université Paris-Descartes, Paris ; Université Aix-Marseille, Marseille; Ecole Centrale Marseille ; Université de Montpellier; Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Montpellier; Université de Bordeaux ; Université Paris Saclay, Ile de France Sud ; Ecole Polytechnique, Ile de France Sud; Centre de Recherche de Rennes.


Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node

Institute of Protein Biochemistry (IBP), Naples; San Raffaele Scientific Institute (ALEMBIC), Milan; University of Padova; European Laboratory for Non LinearSpectroscopy (LENS), Florence; Nanobio Italian Institute of Technology; Genoa.


Molecular Imaging Italian Node

Turin: University of Torino – UNITO – with the Center for Molecular Imaging (CIM) and the Center of Excellence for Preclinical Imaging (CEIP) at the BioIndustry Park of Canavese; Pisa with the CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology, the Dept. of Physics of the University of Pisa and the G. Monasterio Foundation – IFC CNR/UNIPI/FTGM; Milan: with the CNR Institute of Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology and the Experimental Imaging Center of the Scientific Institute San Raffaele - IBFM CNR/EIC; Naples: with the IRCCS Nuclear Diagnostic Institution and the CNR Institute for Biostructures and BioImaging – SDN / IBB CNR.


Phase Contrast Imaging Flagship Node Trieste

Trieste - Elettra Sincrotrone


Advanced Light Microscopy Rotterdam Node

Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam


Advanced Light Microscopy and

Molecular imaging Node Maastricht

Maastricht University Medical Center


Advanced Light Microscopy and

Molecular Imaging Node Wageningen

Wageningen University


Challenges Framework Flagship Node

Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam


Correlative Light Electron Microscopy Dutch Flagship Node

University Medical Center Utrecht; Faculty of Science, University of Utrecht; Leiden University Medical Center; University Medical Center Groningen


Functional imaging Flagship Node Amsterdam

The van Leeuwenhoek Centre for Advanced Microscopy (LCAM) at the University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam, and at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam


High Throughput Microscopy Dutch Flagship Node

Faculty of Science, Leiden University, Leiden Cell Observatory Screening Center; University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), The Cell Screening Core; Netherlands Cancer Institute, NKI Robotics and Screening Center


Molecular imaging Dutch Node

Preclinical Imaging Center (PRIME) at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen; Intravital lab at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht


Population Imaging Flagship Node Rotterdam

Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam


Advanced Light Microscopy Node Oslo

University of Oslo


Molecular Imaging Norwegian Node

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; University of Bergen (UoB); Oslo University Hospital (OUH)


Advanced Light Microscopy Polish Node

Coordinated by the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw; in partnership with M. Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw; Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


Slovak BioImaging Network (SkBIN)

Center for Interdisciplinary Biosciences (CIB), University of P. J. Safarik, Kosice; International Laser Center (ILC), Bratislava; Institute of Molecular Physiology and Genetics (IMFG), SAS, Bratislava; Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics (UBGZ), SAS, Bratislava; Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics (UBGZ), SAS, Bratislava; SAFTRA Photonics Ltd, Košice


Advanced Light Microscopy Node Barcelona

University of Barcelona; Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona; Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)


Advanced Light Microscopy Node Bilbao Spain

Unidad de Biofísica (CSICā€UPV/EHU), Bilbao; Achucarro Basque Centre for Neurosciences, Bilbao


Mesoscopic Imaging Node Barcelona

Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona; Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona); Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona


Population Imaging Node Valencia

Conselleria de Sanidad - Generalitat Valenciana (CEIB-CS); University and Polytechnic Hospital La FE, Valencia; Prince Felipe Research Centre, Valencia; Institute of Instrumentation for Molecular Imaging from the Polytechnic University of Valencia; Computational Multiscale Physiology Lab from the University of Valencia; University of Alicante; SME Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers in Medicina


Super Resolution Node Barcelona

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona; The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona