Principal Chair: Laurence Lejeune (Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms, Montreal, Canada) and Co-chairs: Antje Keppler (Euro-BioImaging, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany) and Claire Brown (Canada BioImaging, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Imaging facility managers are expected by their universities, research organizations, and funders to demonstrate their value with comprehensive and measurable indicators. It is essential to demonstrate the impact on science but the overall impact on society needs to be assessed and demonstrated as well. This international working group (currently comprising members from Australia, Canada, France, Korea, Portugal, Mexico, Finland the US and EMBL) published the “International Recommendation for Measuring Imaging Core Facility Impact”, a comprehensive framework of highly relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Socio-Economic Indicators (SEI). The framework includes an indication of how easy or difficult it might be to gather different types of information to measure the related metrics from an imaging core facility perspective. This common set of guidelines for the community will act as a resource and a tool to demonstrate value and importance of imaging facilities for high quality reproducible research to colleagues, departments, faculties, institutions and funding bodies. One of our next objectives is to determine how Global BioImaging can align with and raise awareness about the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals). The work is already under way and will benefit from the expertise of different international members that have in depth experience in developing comprehensive frameworks and solutions for the evaluation of SDGs.
To JOIN the regular meetings on SOCIETAL IMPACT OF IMAGING INFRASTRUCTURES, please contact the Chair: Laurence Lejeune ([email protected])
Chairs: Shuichi Onami (Advanced Bioimaging Support, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan) and Josh Moore (German BioImaging, Germany)
The Image Data Management working group focuses on the topics of data management, analysis, and the wider sharing ecosystem. This includes developing recommendations for data formats, the re-use of analysis technologies, and international collaboration between image data repositories. The working group contributes to the Global BioImaging international recommendation documents and works with other relevant international activities, developer groups, and national and regional repositories and databases to contribute to the development of image data management, analysis, and sharing solutions. Members of this working group are encouraged to submit requirements for standard formats, experiences in sharing data analysis technologies, and ideal forms of international collaboration for image data repositories.
To JOIN the regular meetings on DATA MANAGEMENT, please contact the Co-Chair: Shuichi Onami ([email protected])
Chair: Julie Rothacker (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
The Quality Systems for Core Facilities working group focuses on the topic of Quality Management for open access imaging core facilities. This includes discussions about Quality Assurance, Quality Systems and Reproducibility. One key objective is to share experiences of developing, implementing and maintaining a Quality Management System across different imaging core facilities (e.g. Microscopy and Biomedical Imaging) with a global perspective. Sharing of experiences encourages core facilities to operate with best practice procedures and builds awareness of international standards. Members of this working group are involved in providing suggestions on building awareness of the benefits of quality management and ways we can support core facilities wanting to pursue a system, training of staff to understand the standard, framework and requirements. The working group will continue to update the Global BioIMaging international recommendations document, connecting with other Quality Assurance focused working groups such as Quarep-LiMi and developing tools to support the implementation and auditing training requirements.
To JOIN the regular meetings on QUALITY SYSTEMS, please contact the Chair: Julie Rothacker ([email protected])
Chair: Gleb Grebnev (Global BioImaging, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
Training Core Facility Imaging Scientists working group focuses on the topic of training of imaging scientists who work in imaging core facilities.
One of the key objectives of this working group is to share existing and upcoming training initiatives including training resources and platforms between representatives of national and international infrastructures and networks. Sharing of training resources and platforms can avoid duplication of effort and ensure synergies.
In addition, this working group focuses on supporting the Global BioImaging Virtual Training Platform (see below). Members of this working group have been involved in providing suggestions on the functionality of the platform and developing the submission procedure to add new modules on the platform. In addition, this working group will focus on developing the best practice for organizing and hosting online training events such as courses, workshops, and webinars and publish this recommendation as a Global BioImaging document.
Global BioImaging Virtual Training Platform is an educational resource that provides educational and informative modules to anyone interested in imaging and microscopy. The modules are curated to include as much useful information related to a topic as possible. This platform is available for everyone around the globe free of charge with the target audience being researchers who use imaging and microscopy as part of their reserach and imaging scientists.
This platform is community-driven meaning that anyone from the community can contribute to the platform in the form of curated modules or updates to existing modules. The existing modules span a wide variety of topics ranging from imaging technologies and instrument operation to image analysis and data management to core facility management and operation.
This anonymous survey aims to gather information pertaining to the training needs of imaging scientists including imaging facility managers and staff from all over the globe. The goal of the survey is to paint a global picture of the training needs of imaging scientists who provide access to the imaging technologies and services as part of their work in imaging facilities.
The results of this survey will be published as part of the Global BioImaging publication series and will be made available to the imaging community on the Global BioImaging website. The results obtained from this survey will enable various training initiatives around the world to tailor their training to the current needs of imaging scientists.
If you are interested to join the Working Group on Training Core Facility Imaging Scientists, please contact the chair of this Working Group, Gleb Grebnev using the following email address: gleb.grebnev at embl.de
Chairs: Linda Chaabane (Euro-BioImaging Med-Hub, Torino, Italy) and Graham Galloway (Herston Imaging Research Facility, Brisbane, Australia)
Global Bioimaging is expanding partnerships by involving more biomedical in vivo imaging infrastructures. Currently, the biomedical imaging community is under-represented in the network. The few exceptions are the National Imaging Facility NIF in Australia and Euro-BioImaging ERIC in Europe, contributing with centres operating in the in vivo field. This group is dedicated to accessing and offering recommendations on relevant topics (such as data and quality management, standardization of imaging protocols, etc...) to the biomedical imaging field in a multi-dimensional approach from molecule to pre-clinical.
To JOIN the regular meetings on BIOMEDICAL IMAGING, please contact the Co-Chair: Linda Chaabane ([email protected])
Chairs: Graham Wright (A*STAR Microscopy Platform, Singapore) and Kerry Thompson (Centre for Microscopy and Imaging in Anatomy in the School of Medicine in the NU of Ireland Galway)
This Working Group is composed of people who have shown interest, are passionate about this topic and have developed impressive initiatives in this area. We are looking to write an International Recommendation paper, similar to what has already been done by other Global Bioimaging Working groups. The general aim is to offer a perspective from the global community on the status quo: the several challenges and the recommendation for creating an ecosystem nurturing the professional advancement of core facility scientists, based on successful case studies.
NEW: You can also contribute by filling the form with the TOP5 challenges you encounter in your facility or imaging community related to Career Path for Imaging Scientists in Core Facilities.
To JOIN the regular meetings on CAREER PATH for IMAGING CORE FACILITIES STAFF, please contact the Co-Chair: Kerry Thompson ([email protected])
If you are interested in the newly formed group on "HOW TO TALK TO YOUR FUNDER", please contact: Yara Reis ([email protected])
The goal of this activity is to learn from each other on building sustainability for our imaging facilities and infrastructures by building a strategic and fruitful dialogue with national and regional public funders.
For the first 2-3 sessions, we will invite relevant speakers from academia (and if possible also representatives from public funders) to e.g. describe their own strategy and political landscape as well as share their stories of success. Presentations will be followed by rounds of discussion which include all participants as potentially also invited panelists. The future format of this activity will be based on your and other participants’ feedback.
We are very happy to welcome Kildare Rocha De Miranda as our first speaker, to talk about the Brazilian mapping exercise of their national microscopy landscape and how this translated into an increase of research funding in Brazil. See also their paper here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30352362/