Advanced light microscopy core facilities : balancing service, science and career

  • Core Facilities (CF) for advanced light microscopy (ALM) have become indispensable support units for research in the life sciences. Their organizational structure and technical characteristics are quite diverse, although the tasks they pursue and the services they offer are similar. Therefore, throughout Europe, scientists from ALM‐CFs are forming networks to promote interactions and discuss best practice models. Here, we present recommendations for ALM‐CF operations elaborated by the workgroups of the German network of ALM‐CFs, German Bio‐Imaging (GerBI). We address technical aspects of CF planning and instrument maintainance, give advice on the organization and management of an ALM‐CF, propose a scheme for the training of CF users, and provide an overview of current resources for image processing and analysis. Further, we elaborate on the new challenges and opportunities for professional development and careers created by CFs. While some information specifically refers to the German academic system, most of the content of this article is of general interest for CFs in the life sciences.

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Author:Elisa Ferrando-May, Hella Hartmann, Jürgen Reymann, Nariman Ansari, Nadine Utz, Hans-Ulrich Fried, Christian Kukat, Jan Peychl, Christian Liebig, Stefan Terjung
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Parent Title (English):Microscopy research and technique
Place of publication:New York, NY [u. a.]
Contributor(s):Alberto Diaspro
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2016
Date of first Publication:2016/04/04
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Contributing Corporation:German BioImaging network
Release Date:2018/02/27
Tag:core facility administration; instrument performance tests; microscopy room requirements; user and staff training; user/staff/instrument ratio
Page Number:17
First Page:463
Last Page:479
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Institutes:Biowissenschaften / Biowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0