2 December 2019. Meeting of imaging core facilities of the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node took place in Helsinki, Finland.

Members of imaging core facilities from University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, University of Turku, and Åbo Akademi University that make up the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node met in Helsinki to share latest updates and recent development from core units.

Members of core facilities that make up the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node meet in Helsinki. Suvi Saarnio (bottom left), Viktor Raimi (top middle), Kimmo Tan­huan­pää (middle), Mikko Liljeström (top right), and Markku Saari (bottom right).

Markku Saari represented Cell Imaging and Cytometry core facility in Turku, Suvi Saarnio represented Electron Microscopy Unit in Helsinki, Mikko Liljeström and Viktor Raimi represented Biomedicum Imaging Unit in Helsinki, and Kimmo Tan­huan­pää represented Light Microscopy Unit in Helsinki, and Veli-Pekka Ronkainen represented Biocenter Oulu imaging unit.

Discussed topics included a communication platform for members of core facilities, comparison of user policies, quality control standards, and many others.

8-9 October 2019. Meeting of Euro-BioImaging Nodes in EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.

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.

3 October 2019. BioImage Informatics Finland 2019 meeting in Tampere, Finland.

BioImage Informatics Finland (BIIF) 2019 meeting took place in Tampere.

Pasi Kankaanpää describing Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node infrastructure to the participants of the BIIF 2019 meeting in Tampere, Finland.

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.

24 September 2019. Increasing cooperation between Turku and Helsinki sites of the Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node.

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.

13-14 September 2019. Finnish Euro-BioImaging Node at Global BioImaging exchange of experience workshop IV in Singapore

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.

John Eriksson delivers a talk at the Global BioImaging exchange of experience IV workshop describing the importance of quality management in core facilities.