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RI-VIS publishes three white papers on international cooperation between research infrastructures

The RI-VIS project has just published three white papers that provide recommendations on how to increase collaboration between European research infrastructures and counterparts from Africa, Latin America and Australia. The papers are targeted at funders, policy makers and research infrastructure managers and collate the insights of 21 experts from research infrastructures and policymakers from the respective regions. International cooperation on the level of research infrastructures is key t...

RI-VIS publishes White Paper on African-European Research Infrastructure Cooperation

Ahead of the Africa-Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures the RI-VIS project has published its first White Paper entitled "Recommendations towards cooperation between African and European research infrastructures". The White Paper builds on the experiences of experts from research infrastructures, funding agencies, and policy makers from both regions to gather a series of actionable recommendations. The paper begins with these recommendations for a) Research infrastructure staff and b) ...

Instruct awards the sixth round of the R&D pilot project scheme

We are delighted to announce the award of the sixth Instruct R&D pilot call.  Instruct allocates resources to support a limited number of pilot studies proposed by researchers from Instruct members. Pilot projects are funded up to a maximum of €15,000. Proposals to this sixth edition were highly evaluated by an international panel of reviewers with a success rate of 12%. Proposals were selected aiming to bring together top science as well as contributing to strengthen the integrati...

EMBL becomes the newest Instruct Centre

A major advance for structural biology provision within Europe has been achieved as Instruct-ERIC and EMBL join forces to launch the Instruct Centre EMBL   The EMBL sites in Grenoble, Hamburg and Heidelberg form the newest Instruct Centre. The new centre offers its users access to a broad range of state-of-the-art facilities.   The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a world-leading research institution, and Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. In 2...

Instruct optimistic for 2021

We would like to wish all our colleagues, users and funders best wishes for the New Year 2021. Firstly, we are pleased to note the EU/UK withdrawal agreement which will have a positive impact on the UK's involvement in the European Research Infrastructure Landscape and the UK's participation in Horizon Europe. Instruct looks forward to continuing to provide its services to the European community with the full involvement of UK Centres, and open access for UK and European researchers. Secondly,...

Explaining structural biology...

  This new video from iNEXT & iNEXT-Discovery explains structural biology and highlights the importance of European Commission funding for research infrastructures to provide access to scientists!              ...

Instruct and the cloud: EOSC-Life Open Call series

Recent advances in research technology have led to a vast increase in data volumes produced in structural biology and other fields of life sciences. The datasets generated are too large and complex to be handled, shared and analysed using classical tools. They also contain treasure troves of information which could be uncovered by performing new analyses on the original data, producing scientific results and insights beyond those obtained from the initial analysis. Making data, tools and workflo...

Instrumentation and Technology updates from Instruct Centre CZ

  CIISB, an Instruct-CZ Centre,offers priority access to groups that need to use CIISB structural biology services for projects directly related to studies of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and projects aiming to develop an effective vaccine or treatment. Successfully accepted proposals are free of charge, and no financial contribution is requested for the measurement/service. To request priority access, a research proposal with „COVID-19“in the title of the proposal should be submitted ...

FinStruct & Instruct-ERIC Centre FI selected for inclusion on Finland's national research infrastructure roadmap

Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure (FinStruct & Instruct-ERIC Centre FI) comprises infrastructure located at several sites: University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.  FINStruct is a national, distributed, open-access research infrastructure for structural biology. It spearheads international research and development in biomolecular complex purification; cryoelectron microscopy; nuclear magne...

Instruct-ULTRA Final General Assembly

The final Instruct-ULTRA General Assembly (GA) took place on 26 November 2020. As the final GA of the ULTRA project, the event was an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and outcomes of the ULTRA project, while also looking ahead to the continuation of this work through Instruct-ERIC. The meeting, which was attended by 40 representatives from across the ULTRA partners, included both presentations and...

EMBL announces ARISE, the Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists

EMBL's ARISE fellowship program offers fellowships for experienced professionals with a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who wish to advance technology development in the life sciences and receive training to operate life science research infrastructures, which provide novel technologies as a service for life scientists. Between 2021 and 2025, ARISE will award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts to develop new technolog...

Instruct-ULTRA funds Open Call for Glycan Analysis

  As part of Instruct-ERIC's efforts to provide new services to the user base, Instruct is exploring the possibility of providing access to technology found in its member countries, but outside of official Instruct Centres. In this vein, Instruct-ULTRA piloted an Open Call for Glycan Analysis, a specialist service provided by the Institute of Chemistry at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The institute provided expertise in analysis of the structure, conformation, and dynamics of mono-, olig...

iNEXT YouTube playlist with selected Webinars

Many of our Webinars are posted in our You Tube channel!    ...

4th Instruct Best Practices in Cryo-EM Workshop

  On 12 – 13 October 2020, scientists from around the world convened online for Instruct-ERIC’s annual Best Practices in Cryo-EM Workshop. Now in its fourth year, the Instruct-ULTRA-funded workshop enables those involved in running high-end cryo-EM facilities to discuss and share best practice. The workshop is open to EM facility scientists, managers and computing specialists from both academia and industry. This year, the Best Practices in Cryo-EM Workshop was hosted by the A...

Apply now for Vaccine Development Services

  TRANSVAC 2 Open Call for Vaccine Development Services Developing a vaccine is a time-consuming and complex process, requiring a combination of specialised skills and technical capacities not readily available at a single organisation. To facilitate access to these skills and capacities, TRANSVAC2 offers high-quality technical services to support the development of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines for both human and animal use. These services, which include Instruct-ERIC structura...

A celebration of Instruct-ERIC: achievements, impact and expanding ambitions

  On 16 September 2020, a virtual event was held to celebrate the achievements of Instruct-ERIC in the time since achieving European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status in 2017. During an afternoon of selected talks, the Instruct-ULTRA-funded event celebrated the achievements of Instruct-ERIC, recognising the hard work and commitment of the consortium, staff, supporters and users, in the wider context of the successful European Research Infrastructure landscape. The event bro...

RI-VIS Provides Guide on Communication Strategies

Strategic communication is key to the successful operation of any research infrastructure. A team of communication experts and managers of research infrastructures led by EMPHASIS and Instruct-ERIC have now developed a step-by-step guide on how to develop and implement a communication strategy for research infrastructures. The guide is a free resource to assist research infrastructure managers and communication staff and has been developed as part of the EU-funded RI-VIS project, a consortium o...

iNEXT-Discovery is fast-tracking Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 access!

iNEXT-Discovery is fast-tracking structural biology projects addressing Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 for external researchers from academia and industry. An example from iNEXT-Discovery's Andrew Thompson from SOLEIL Synchrotron: "Fast-tracking can lead in less than 2 weeks from project submission to beamtime in our facility!" Interested in iNEXT-Discovery access? Apply here! ...

Instruct-ERIC wins FREYA Ambassador competition

  We are delighted to announce that Instruct-ERIC is a winner of this year’s FREYA Ambassador competition. FREYA is a 3-year project funded by the European Commission aiming to extend the infrastructure for persistent identifiers (PIDs) as a core component of open research, in the EU and globally. Colleagues at FREYA felt that our entry ‘Using PID Graph for reproducing research’ gave a strong disciplinary exposition of the potential of the PID Graph and how it could ben...

iNEXT-Discovery aims to maximize the output of fragment screening by structural biology!

On Friday September 11 2020, the iNEXT-Discovery X-ray partners EMBL, DIAMOND, NKI, HZB and MAX IV met online to discuss their ideas and common strategies to maximize the output of fragment screening by X-ray crystallography, and to improve fragment screening access to our facilities!   The iNEXT-Discovery consortium received EC-funding for four internal research projects, the so-called Joint Research Activities: 1. Maximizing the output of fragment screening 2. HTP approaches in cryo-E...

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