On Friday November 20 2015, access to a novel access modality started.
Electron Microscopy (EM) is a very fast developing technique that receives a lot of attention in the field of structural biology lately. Recent revolutionary improvements allows increasingly higher biomolecular resolution for systems that are very hard to study with the ‘traditional’ techniques X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy.
The European Union-funded iNEXT initiative offers access for experts and non-experts in the EM-field for the first time ever.
The modality High-End data Collection for EM allows European researchers from academia as well as from industry to apply for EM time on high-end machinery entirely free of charge. Machine time is offered by the well-known EM-groups at the EMBL in Heidelberg, NeCEN in Leiden, CEITEC in Brno, and Diamond near Oxford. At a later stage, also CSIC in Madrid will provide trans-national access.