About Euro-BioImaging

The Czech-BioImaging is actively involved in Euro-BioImaging, the European landmark research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging as recognised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

Euro-BioImaging is the European landmark research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging as recognised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Through Euro-BioImaging, life scientists can access imaging instruments, expertise, training opportunities and data management services that they might not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners. All scientists, regardless of their affiliation, area of expertise or field of activity can benefit from these pan-European open access services, which are provided with high quality standards by leading imaging facilities called Nodes.

The fully distributed infrastructure of Euro-BioImaging is coordinated by a Hub and offers its services via 33 internationally renowned imaging facilities called Nodes, which are located across 14 countries and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL. The Euro-BioImaging Hub consists of Finland (Turku) as the headquarters, EMBL as the community-specific section for biological imaging and Italy (Torino) as the community-specific section for biomedical imaging. By facilitating user access to high quality imaging facilities, resources and services, Euro-BioImaging will boost the productivity and impact of research across Europe.

Euro-BioImaging was granted the legal status of an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) on 29 Oct 2019, and Euro-BioImaging became fully operational in December 2019. Before that, since May 2016, Euro-BioImaging conducted limited interim operation. Euro-BioImaging services are accessed through the EuBI web portal, with some services requiring logging in.


Euro-BioImaging members. Full members are shown in green, observers in light green, and partners to join soon in light blue. Additional partners are in progress. The three Hub hosts Finland, EMBL and Italy our outlined in dark green.

Euro-BioImaging Mission

  • To provide access, services and training to state-of-the-art imaging technologies for all life scientists in Europe and beyond
  • To foster the liaison and cooperation of all its stakeholders (including scientists, industry, national and European authorities).

Czech participation in Euro-BioImaging governance

Three Czech representatives were appointed to the EuBI ERIC Board:

  • Dr. Jan Buriánek
    Department of Research and Development, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – delegate representing the public administration
  • Prof. Pavel Hozák
    Institute of Molecular Genetics CAS – delegate – expert for biological imaging
  • Prof. Ivan Rektor
    Medical Faculty, Masaryk University + CEITEC - delegate – expert for medical imaging

Governance of the Czech Nodes:

Prague Node:

Coordinator: Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, represented by the director Dr. Petr Dráber

Contact person of the coordinator: Prof. Pavel Hozák

Brno Node:

Coordinator: Masaryk University

Contact person of the coordinator: Dr. Michal Mikl

Center for Advanced Preclinical Imaging (CAPI) Node:

Coordinator: Charles University

Contact person of the coordinator: Dr. Luděk Šefc

Global Network of Imaging Infrastructures and Communities

Internationally, Euro-BioImaging and Czech-BioImaging participate in Global bioimaging, which is an international network of imaging infrastructures and communities initiated in 2015 by a european (Horizon 2020) funded project.

It provides a unique opportunity for international discussion and cooperation to tackle the practical challenges as well as the strategic questions linked to operating open access infrastructures for cutting edge imaging technologies in the life sciences. Global BioImaging regularly organizes: annual international workshops, focused meetings and working groups, trainings and staff shadowing programs.


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