A meeting of Euro-BioImaging Nodes providing biological imaging took place at EMBL Heidelberg on 8-9 October 2019. This meeting featured a series of flash talks from members of all participating Euro-BioImaging Nodes, a networking session, the description of Euro-BioImaging web portal by Euro-BioImaging team, and a panel discussion on how to integrate technology development and innovation in Euro-BioImaging Nodes. The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node was represented by Gleb Grebnev and Markku Saari. Gleb Grebnev delivered a flash talk describing the structure, organization, and cutting-edge technologies that are offered by the Node.

BioImage Informatics Finland (BIIF) 2019 meeting took place in Tampere. The meeting was hosted by Pekka Ruusuvuori of Tampere University of Technology. The meeting covered a range of topics within the field of imaging and microscopy with a focus on bioimage informatics. Pasi Kankaanpää of Euro-BioImaging has presented a talk describing Euro-BioImaging, a European-wide research infrastructure offering open-access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies and training.

The Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node consisting of light and electron microscopy core facilities in Helsinki, Turku, and Oulu welcomes Global BioImaging international job shadowing applications. Job shadowing program offers a unique opportunity to learn behind the scenes operations of the core facilities, user access, quality assurance and management, state-of-the-art technologies, data management policies, and so forth. Job shadowing program at the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node can take place at one or more locations (Helsinki, Turku, and Oulu) and can last up to two weeks. The Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node has extensive experience hosting job shadowing program participants. Video interviews of job shadowing applicants are available: Dr Santosh, Dr Wah Ing, and Dr Andrew Mehnert. For more information about Global BioImaging international job shadowing program, please visit: https://www.globalbioimaging.org/international-job-shadowing-program.

Suvi Saarnio, a Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node representative at the University of Helsinki visited Turku Node. Suvi Saarnio’s visit began with the tour of core facilities in Turku Bioscience and Medisiina. Jouko Sandholm gave a tour of Cell Imaging and Cytometry core facility in Turku Bioscience. In the Medisiina, Markus Peurla provided a tour of the Medical Imaging Facility consisting of transmission electron microscope, spinning disk confocal microscope, and high throughput slide scanners. Following the tours, Suvi Saarnio discussed Euro-BioImaging user access, quality assurance and management, and training acitivities with Markku Saari and Gleb Grebnev.

Global BioImaging exchange of experience V workshop will be held on 8th and 9th of September 2020 in Okazaki, Japan. Venue: Okazaki Conference Centre Topic: Pre-publication image data: management and processing For more information, please keep an eye out on the Global BioImaging webpages.

Global BioImaging exchange of experience workshop held in 2019 in Singapore saw a strong representation of the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node. Both the leader, John Eriksson, and the manager, Gleb Grebnev, of the Finnish Node were present at the workshop. John Eriksson gave a talk titled Common International Recommendations for Quality Management in Imaging Infrastructures as part of the working group that focused on Quality Management in Imaging Facilities. Gleb Grebnev attended the tour of the A*STAR Microscopy Platform, part of SingaScope consortium of imaging core facilities in Singapore. The tour was organized and delivered by Wah Ing Goh who also has visited Turku, Finland as part of her Global BioImaging international job shadowing program previously. More information on the workshop including workshop programme can be found here.

Microscopy and image analysis workshop is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa 13-17 January 2020. Imaging Africa consists of a four-day workshop followed by a one-day symposium hosted at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine in Cape Town, South Africa. The objective of this workshop is to enhance the microscopy knowledge and applications of researchers throughout the African continent. Workshop registration: www.imagingafrica.org

Application link: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/4D865B5700B6F09C

The Cell Migration laboratory, recently created in the department of Cell Biology at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) is seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the group. The initial grant is for one year (2000€/month) with a possibility for a two-year extension and the starting date is negotiable. The project is related to work investigating the role of filopodia and other cellular protrusions during cancer progression. More information can be found at the following link: https://cellmig.org/2019/08/23/phd-position/