Remote access allows researchers to access instruments and analysis workstations remotely, for example, from the confines of their homes. The effects of COVID-19 pandemic, namely the temporary closure of core facilities in most of the countries or significant reduction in their activities, have accelerated the development of remote access services also at the Finnish Node. An example of remote access service being developed by the Finnish Node is virtual microscopy. It consists of an operator, generally a staff member of a core facility or an experienced researcher, acquiring image data using a microscope. A remote user joins via video call to guide an operator to image particular regions of interests. The Finnish Node presented its developments in the field of virtual microscopy at Euro-BioImaging weekly meeting on 8 May 2020. You can check a demonstration of a virtual microscopy in a short video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=xnPuoNTC9bI&feature=emb_titleA short video segment taken from…

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2nd Euro-BioImaging Nodes meeting took place on 8 June 2020 with participants from Euro-BioImaging Nodes attending presentations and participating in discussions. This meeting took place virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Finnish Node was chairing virtual access session where members of the Finnish Node presented their experiences with virtual microscopy and remote access. This session was the most popular of the three sessions during this 2nd Euro-BioImaging Nodes meeting.

NordForsk funding granted to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland NordForsk (www.nordforsk.org), an organization that facilitates research cooperation and infrastructure development in Nordic countries, has granted Bridging Nordic Microscopy Infrastructure a total of 2.5 Million NOK for 3 years. The participating countries in this consortium are Norway (coordinating Hub), Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Bridging Nordic Microscopy Infrastructure (BNMI) is a network of national imaging infrastructures offering open access to biological imaging technologies in participating Nordic countries. BNMI partners include Norwegian Molecular Imaging Consortium (NorMIC) and Norwegian Advanced Light Microscopy Imaging Network (NALMIN), National Microscopy Infrastructure (NMI) in Sweden, Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node (FiALM), Danish BioImaging (DBI) Network and BioMedical Center of University of Iceland (BMC-UI). The funding will be used to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world-leading Nordic advanced microscopy environments by supporting several levels of training, from electron and light microscopy to image analysis.…

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Pasi Kankaanpää represented Euro-BioImaging during the summer school that took place on the Finnish archipelago. The summer school organized by NordBioMed took place on the Finnish island of Seili between 11th and 16th of August. The theme of this summer school was computational biomedicine with major focus on the areas of imaging, machine learning, and precision medicine. The summer school was attended by more than 35 participants from Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish universities. Pasi Kankaanpää from Euro-BioImaging had delivered a number of talks featuring topics including Euro-BioImaging mission and organization, the services and imaging technologies provided by the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node in Finland, and the ethics in image analysis. More information including course material can be found on NordBioMed’s page.

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