Welcome, EMBL Imaging Center, to the Euro-BioImaging family!

Published: 2022-05-05

Euro-BioImaging is happy to welcome the EMBL Imaging Center (EMBL IC) to the Euro-BioImaging family of Nodes. The EMBL Node submitted an Expression of Interest for a Node upgrade in the Call for Nodes 2021. The application was evaluated by the Euro-BioImaging Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and highly recommended for ratification. Following the SAB's recommendation, the Euro-BioImaging Board unanimously approved the Node upgrade on May 3rd, 2022. Read more below about the new services becoming available following the addition of the Imaging Center to the EMBL Node.

About the EMBL Imaging Centre

The Euro-BioImaging EMBL Node is an established multimodal, multi-sited Node for biological imaging, bringing together three EMBL imaging core facilities from the locations in Heidelberg, Germany and Barcelona, Spain. Specifically already included in the Node were the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility (ALMF) and the Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF) at EMBL Heidelberg, as well as the Mesoscopic Imaging Facility at EMBL Barcelona. The Node offers access and project support for a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging approaches.

The EMBL IC is dedicated to providing open access for researchers to cutting-edge imaging technologies integrating methods in the field of electron and light microscopy. The main mission of the EMBL IC is to rapidly make the most advanced microscopy technologies available as a synergistic service portfolio to the international user community from both academia and industry to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology. With inclusion of the Imaging Centre in the EMBL Node, advanced capacity becomes available in many cutting-edge light and electron microscopy approaches, with a particular focus on MINFLUX and Cryo-CLEM services.

Open access to the newest technologies

Open access to imaging technologies and training for both academic and industry users are core values at the EMBL Imaging Centre. The expert staff provide support for user projects from sample preparation to image analysis, and offer tailored training opportunities in the highest resolution EM and LM technologies, including academically developed methods not yet commercially available.

“Given that it is our central mission to provide open access for our technologies and that we just recently started operation, it is a logical next step for us to become part of the Euro-BioImaging EMBL Node. We are very much looking forward to developing new collaborations with Euro-BioImaging users,” says Timo Zimmerman, Team Leader for the Light Microscopy team at the EMBL Imaging Centre.

Visit the EMBL IC website to learn more about what this facility has to offer to Euro-BioImaging users:


EMBL’s Cryo-Electron Tomography Specialist Anna Steyer (right) shows Pia Lavriha (left) how to operate the cryo-scanning electron microscope. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

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