Impact of the FiALM Node
The Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node (FiALM) engages very actively in the development of new imaging-related technologies, methodologies, and applications. A timely example of these is the development of virtual and remote access imaging, which enables scientists to increasingly use imaging services without the need of physical travel. FiALM is also very closely integrated with several other infrastructures and organizations relevant to its operations. For instance, in image analysis and data management development, FiALM closely collaborates with the Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC), The Network of European BioImage Analysts (NEUBIAS), the BioImage Informatics Finland network (BIIF), and the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) and OMERO server team at the University of Dundee, enabling better utilization of resources and expertise, teaching collaboration and the creation of harmonized data solutions. Through these interactions, FiALM significantly strengthens both the national and international research infrastructure and research landscape, achieves more efficient use of resources and expertise, and provides excellent opportunities for collaboration for Finnish researchers with international partners, and the other way around. Moreover, FiALM is strongly involved in education and training activities, offering numerous courses and workshops for scientists, available to local, national and international participants. Importantly, FiALM hosts an international MSc programme in biomedical imaging, which has attracted top candidates from all over the world for more than a decade, producing graduates with much-needed imaging expertise to serve as researchers and imaging core facility staff in Finland and many other countries.