For details, please visit the Euro-BioImaging web page.
Euro‐BioImaging is a large‐scale pan‐European research infrastructure landmark on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. Its mission is to build a distributed imaging infrastructure across Europe that will provide open access to innovative biological and medical imaging technologies for European researchers.
16 European countries and EMBL have established the Euro-BioImaging Interim Board which is now the decision-making body through the Interim Phase toward construction: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and EMBL. Germany is an observer in the EuBI Interim Board. In 2018, Euro-BioImaging is foreseen to obtain legal personality, becoming a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).Elisa May, the coordinator of the German BioImaging network and the chair of board of German BioImaging - Gesellschaft für Mikroskopie und Bildanalyse, is the German national coordinating person for Advanced Light Microscopy within the Euro-BioImaging project.
News regarding Euro-BioImaging
- [2018-7-19] Following a two-year evaluation process, reviewed by a panel of independent senior experts, ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, has granted Euro-BioImaging the Landmark status of “European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences”. This status is recognised by the European Commission as a benchmark for quality, recommending that Euro-BioImaging is the “go-to” Research Infrastructure to support imaging research across Europe.
- [2017-10-20] After almost a decade of planning, many European countries and EMBL are now committing to commonly launch Euro-BioImaging, and open this Imaging Research Infrastructure for European scientists. After the preparation work has been concluded in October 2017, all countries are now invited to sign the legal documents and become founding members of EuBI.
- [2016-10-23] Euro-BioImaging Interim Operation has been launched. From now on, European life science researchers have the possibility to use state-of-the-art imaging technologies, which they do not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners. 29 Node Candidates in 11 countries and at the EMBL host a range of novel imaging technologies via which scientists can study biological samples from protein to human size.
National Imaging Communities
Spurred by Euro-BioImaging, many national imaging communities including German BioImaging were formed. Please find a list with links to other national communities here.
Global-BioImaging (GBI) 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. Euro-BioImaging 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.
GBI will 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. GBI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
German Roadmap for Research Infrastructures
- [2016-01-15] A proposal for a distributed and coordinated national infrastructure offering open access to very advanced bioimaging technologies has been submitted to the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) within the 2015 call for a National Roadmap. With this document, the "German BioImaging-Research Infrastructure" seeks inclusion into the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The GerBI-RI proposal is available from our restricted download area. The password to complete the download can be requested from the GerBI office via email.
- [2015-10-06] A meeting took place in Konstanz in preparation for a proposal to include imaging into the German Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (Minutes)
- [2013-04-30] The evaluation by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and the decision by the BMBF on the 2011 call for a National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures were published. The German biological and medical imaging communities had submitted a proposal for a distributed and coordinated national infrastructure for advanced imaging technologies (German Euro-BioImaging, GEBI). In the Council's report, GEBI received an excellent evaluation with 19 of 20 possible evaluation points and therefore is evaluated as best research infrastructure proposal in comparison with the other 7 proposals for the roadmap. Nonetheless, the BMBF did not include GEBI in the German Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (BMBF press release).