10 February 2016 Euro‐BioImaging research Infrastructures

The SLN at ICFO ratified as a first generation Euro-BioImaging node Euro‐BioImaging (EuBI) is a large‐scale pan‐European research infrastructure project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. Now in its interim phase, EuBi consists of representatives of 14 countries and EMBL and operates as an international organisation working towards the implementation of the infrastructure while governing the Euro-BioImaging development through Euro-BioImaging Interim Board.

Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) will consist of a set of Nodes − specialised imaging facilities- which will provide open physical user access to a broad range of state‐of‐the‐art biological and medical imaging technologies for life scientists in Europe and beyond. It will also offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers and continuously evaluate and include new imaging technologies to provide sustainable, yet cutting-edge services.

The Super-resolution Light Microscopy & Nanoscopy Lab (SLN) at ICFO will actively participate in two single technology flagship nodes that have been ratified by the Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) Interim Board as First Generation Euro-BioImaging Node Candidates:

i) SLN@BCN (Barcelona super resolution light nanoscopy at Barcelona): This node will be led by Dr. Pablo Loza-Alvarez at ICFO and run in close collaboration with The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
ii) B-MIN (Barcelona Mesoscopic Imaging Node): This node will be led by Dr. James Sharpe at The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in close collaboration with IRB and ICFO.

The start of interim operation by Node candidates is planned for spring of 2016, with the legal implementation of the EuBI ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) foreseen for 2017.