Global BioImaging Project
The imaging landscape changed significantly in the last 10 years as the the concept of open user access to cutting-edge technologies became valued and well recognized. In Europe imaging experts from 25 countries joined their forces and draw the vision of a pan-European imaging infrastructure, which gave momentum to the project of founding a Euro-BioImaging European Research Infrastructure Consortium (the EuBI ERIC).
European scientists are now taking the necessary next step and reaching out to their colleagues around the world. 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 project is called Global-BioImaging and has the ambitious goal of creating a global network of state-of-the-art imaging research infrastructures which will operate interconnected, by pursuing collaboration agreements on the reciprocal use, openness and co-financing of their services.
The Global-BioImaging (GBI) Project 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 to 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.
Through its activities, GBI will establish the foundation for a long-term alliance of mutual benefit between EuBI and its international partners at the aim of sustainably providing services in imaging technologies to the international scientific community.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 653493