Frequently asked questions
- Why should I use Euro-BioImaging?
You get quality-controlled, validated services that significantly improve your chances of getting high-quality, reliable research data successfully and cost-effectively. You get expert help at every step of the way, we process applications quickly and do everything we can to make sure your imaging needs will be met - it's in our interest as much as yours, because we are here to serve the life science research community, not to make profit. Through Euro-BioImaging you are able to access numerous imaging technologies and other services that you might not easily find otherwise. The image data and metadata acquired during User access at a Euro-BioImaging Node belong to the User. We also constantly collect feedback and improve our services, and update the technologies we focus on. Having your imaging done as a Euro-BioImaging project can also aid you in funding acquisition and publishing. Finally, nearly all our users have been very happy with the services they have received, and have reported them to have concretely benefited their work.
- What is the current status of Euro-BioImaging (and what happened to the old Euro-BioImaging website)?
Euro-BioImaging is now fully operational, having been granted its legal status (ERIC) by the European Commission in October 2019 and successfully completed its first board meeting in Helsinki in December 2019. This Euro-BioImaging Web Portal is now operational, and anyone can log in and submit proposals etc. The old Euro-BioImaging website has been replaced by this new portal, and is no longer available.
- Am I eligible to apply for access to Euro-BioImaging?
If you work with or study biological or medical imaging, or need it for anything you work with, then you are eligible to apply. It doesn’t matter which country you come from, or whether you work in academia or industry – Euro-BioImaging welcomes everyone
- How do I apply to Euro-BioImaging?
That depends on what services you want to use. If you wish to obtain access to imaging technologies, click on the “Technologies” tab, choose the service(s) you are interested in and submit a proposal. See here for more information. If you wish to apply for training, click on the “Training” tab to learn more. Use of general Euro-BioImaging data services does not require applying, but if you wish to get your data, analysis tool or workflow included in these services, you need to contact us first. Click on the “Data” tab to learn more. Please remember that after using Euro-BioImaging services, you may be required to submit feedback, such as always after accessing imaging technologies.
Please note that until Euro-BioImaging is officially fully operational, which is expected to happen in late 2019, access to imaging technologies still takes place via the old Interim Web Access Portal. Also, if you have submitted a proposal earlier through the Interim Web Access Portal, it will continue to be processed there, including the submission of post-access feedback. In other words, old or ongoing user projects will not be moved to this new portal.
- What do I do if I do not know the most suitable imaging technology for my project?
You can either contact us beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help you identify the suitable technology, and/or you can submit a technology access proposal without specifying any technology (in the “Technologies” tab, click “Others” and then choose “Unknown service/technology”, and then proceed to submit your proposal). We will then identify a suitable technology for you when processing your application.
- Does Euro-BioImaging offer training courses on imaging technologies?
Yes. Click on the “Training” tab to see a list of available courses. Note, however, that Euro-BioImaging training activities are still under development, and a full training module will become available on this portal later on. Note also that if you visit a Node to access imaging technologies, the Node will provide you with the necessary training to use the said technologies
- Can Euro-BioImaging help me with my image data?
Yes. The Node that you conducted your experiment at will help you with the image data acquired there. If you haven’t acquired your data at any Node, you can still contact us at email@example.com and we can see what we can do to help. Euro-BioImaging also offers general image data services that may be of help, click on the “Data” tab to learn more.
- How can my facility participate in Euro-BioImaging?
First your country needs to be a member of Euro-BioImaging. See the map in “About Euro-BioImaging” (under the “About us & more” tab) to see if it is. If it is, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will tell you more about how your facility can join. If your country is not a member, you need to convince your government to join. We can help with that as well, contact email@example.com for more information.
- Is my country a member in Euro-BioImaging ERIC?
You can check on the “About us & more” tab. There, under “About Euro-BioImaging” you will find a map that shows all the current members. The map may also indicate countries which are in the process of becoming members, but have not yet completed the process.
- I am not working in a Euro-BioImaging member country. Can I still apply?
Yes. Anyone is welcome to apply to use Euro-BioImaging services.