New EC H2020 grant for EuBI: Imaging infrastructure going global

02.09.2015

The imaging landscape not only in Europe changed significantly in the last 10 years, since imaging experts from 25 European countries joined their forces and draw the vision of a pan-European imaging infrastructure. As Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) is coming closer to its full operation, European researchers are now taking the next step and, under the umbrella of  the EC H2020 funded project Global BioImaging, reach out to their colleagues around the world. In the coming three years, they will work together with imaging infrastructure experts from Australia, Argentina, South Africa, India, Japan and the United States of America, to further open and improve provision of imaging services to biological and medical researchers world-wide.

The Global BioImaging Project (GBI) is built on three existing collaboration agreements for successful operation of imaging infrastructures, which EuBI has signed with the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), the National Imaging Facility (Australia) and India-BioImaging already during Preparatory Phase-I. GBI will now enable EuBI and its international partners to work on concrete services, such as setting-up a virtual platform for training in imaging technologies and a repository for image data tools, to be used by researchers around the world. Imaging facility staff is invited to participate in the facility exchange program, to visit facilities at partner institutes for exchange of experience and best practice on all topics related to imaging infrastructure operation. The Global BioImaging partners plan to publish common recommendations for user access, staff training, open access to image data, and quality management of core facilities. Through these activities, GBI establishes the foundation for a long-term alliance of mutual benefit between EuBI and its international partners for sustainable provision of services in imaging technologies to the international scientific community.