The European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Euro-BioImaging, EuBI or EuBI ERIC) 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, EuBI will offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers.
The EuBI consists of a set of 29 geographically distributed Node Candidates (specialised imaging facilities) that can grant access to scientists from all European countries and beyond. Currently, researchers can apply to use some of 36 imaging technologies offered through Euro-BioImaging.
EuBI started interim operation in May 2016 and all information about the Interim operation can be found here www.eurobioimaging-interim.eu
29 EuBI Node Candidates in 11 countries and at EMBL
The whole infrastructure is supported by the EuBi Hub Candidate, which is the management and coordination part of Euro-BioImaging. EuBI Hub Candidate is composed of three parties: Finland, Italy and EMBL. Finland is managing the User Access to EuBI and will host the ERIC seat and take on the issues of quality control, delivery of service, user satisfaction, and scientific excellence. EMBL will support biological imaging community and provide image data services, while Italy will support biomedical imaging community.
Structure and tasks of the EuBI Hub Candidate
EuBI will continuously evaluate and acquire new imaging technologies to ensure the sustained delivery of cutting-edge services.
Since it started its EC-funded Preparatory Phase I in December 2010, EuBI has been broadly supported by the European research community consisting of national BioImaging chapters in 25 European countries, with over 3000 stakeholders affiliated with major European research organizations and by the official Euro-BioImaging Industry Board.
Currently, the Euro-BioImaging Interim Board (IB) federates 15 member countries and the EMBL, and has created a common European budget from voluntary national contributions to launch the EuBI European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
Members of the EuBI Interim Board
This intergovernmental effort has been boosted by the award of the EC H2020 Preparatory Phase II project, which will deliver turn-key procedures and rules for the operation of the EuBI ERIC. In addition to launching operations in Europe, EuBI is initiating a global research infrastructure collaboration, facilitated by the EC H2020 project Global BioImaging (GBI), designed to integrate with partner research infrastructures for imaging technologies worldwide.
EuBI will initially work together with imaging infrastructure experts from Australia, Argentina, South Africa, India, Japan and the United States of America, to further open and improve the provision of imaging services to biological and medical researchers worldwide.