Microscopic imaging plays a crucial role in biological sciences, undergo rapid technological developments and is strongly developed in the Netherlands. In spite of its excellence, microscopic imaging efforts in the Netherlands, as well as in many other European countries, are fragmented and lack national and international visibility.
To overcome this problem, the Euro-BioImaging Consortium has been created as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). In December 2010, the 3-year Preparatory Phase of Euro-Bioimaging was funded under FP7 by the European Commission. In order to organize the microscopic imaging community in the Netherlands, to make the importance of this field more prominent and visible and to promote the need for focused financial support for BioImaging by NWO and the Dutch government, stakeholders meetings have been and will be organized.
NL EuroBioimaging AM
NL EuroBioimaging AM brings together microscopy centers and research groups involved in the development and application of microscopy techniques in the Netherlands. It is a platform for exchanging information, expertise and methodologies, and for creating access to the advanced microscopy infrastructure for the scientific community in the Netherlands. NL EuroBioimaging AM builds on the strong Dutch microscopy tradition, which stems from Zacharias Jansen and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.
By linking to EuroBioimaging, we aim to participate in building the European wide infrastructure for generating access to a broad range of cutting edge imaging technologies required for biological and biomedical research, as well as materials science and related research areas.
Microscopy Centres and Laboratories in the Netherlands
In order to support the EuroBioimaging and NL Bioimagng AM initiative the Dutch Society for Microscopy (NVvM) initialised the Microscopy Centres and Labs webpages. Goal is to give an overview of all microscopy centers and laboratories in the Netherlands and providing interested users information about present hardware, available techniques and expertise in the Netherlands. For more information or the modification of new and exisiting microscopy labs one can contact the website editor.