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iNEXT-Discovery and Instruct-ERIC recently opened a shared Call for Access with Covid19-NMR to boost SARS-CoV-2 research!

As part of our continued efforts to tackle the Corona-pandemic with structural biology research, we recently opened a Call for Access, offering the experience and some of the services already offered by iNEXT-Discovery, Instruct-ERIC and the Covi19-NMR initiative. For more information on this call and all Covid-related research possibilities offered by iNEXT-Discovery, please go here. To apply directly for this shared call, please visit the Instruct-ERIC/iNEXT-Discovery joint page. Please be ...

Instruct Software Developer Exchange of Experience webinar series

Coming soon!   Instruct is organising a software developer exchange of experience webinar series. The aim of this webinars is for software developers working in structural biology and related areas to: Share experience with specific software development tools (containerisation, testing…) Discuss the challenges encountered by small development teams These webinars should take place monthly and last one hour during which 1 or 2 software developers will give short presentation...

MOSBRI - A New European Research Infrastructure for Molecular Biophysics

The European Union’s Horizon 2020 INFRAIA programme has awarded a 5M€ infrastructure grant to MOSBRI (Molecular-Scale Biophysics Research Infrastructure www.mosbri.eu), a consortium of 13 academic centres of excellence and 2 industrial partners from 11 different European countries, coordinated by Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) Molecular-scale biophysics is the study of the architecture, dynamics and interactions of the giant molecules of life (proteins, DNA, RNA, polysaccharides, l...

Joint Call for Research - Instruct-ERIC and iNEXT-Discovery

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the structural understanding and knowledge of COVID19, Instruct-ERIC is taking part in a joint call for access of structural biology services for researchers. In partnership with iNEXT-Discovery and the Covid19-NMR initiative, the Joint Call for Access provides external researchers working on SARS-CoV-2 virus projects with far greater access to samples, technology and equipment. Two types of services can be requested: 1. Our expert facilities can...

EOSC-Life Project Achievements

Research infrastructures are key to the development and sustainability of wide-scale scientific research across Europe and beyond. By offering access to specialist equipment, research teams everywhere can conduct in-depth studies – benefitting the scientific community as a whole. In addition to physical or remote access of equipment and instruments, there is also an ever-increasing need for openly accessible data storage, sharing and enhanced connectivity between researchers. &n...

Call open for Instruct Research Sites

The Instruct-ERIC call for applications for new Research Sites is now open for organisations in member countries and organisations. Instruct Research sites may be a structural biology institution or research facility in a member country, or a consortium of national institutions within the member or organisation. Successful research sites or consortiums may offer: Training and internships 
 Outreach and networking activities Strong connection with the central organisation structure 
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Instruct-ULTRA Project Completed: Enhanced Services, Communication and Outreach

The Instruct-ULTRA project ran from January 2017 until December 2020, and has been instrumental in advancing Instruct-ERIC, as the leading provider of integrated structural biology in Europe. Developing new technology, enhancing communication and increasing outreach were key objectives of the ULTRA project, and achievements include:  Establishing the Instruct Best Practice workshop for cryoEM, now in its fifth year Introducing new services t...

Three New Scientific Highlights on SARS-CoV-2

Instruct Centres Involved in Three Cutting-Edge COVID-19 Discoveries   Three new ground-breaking studies into the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2, have been published in Cell, utilising Instruct Centre UK equipment and laboratories.    The study by Dejnirattisai et al (2021) identified the binding sites of human antibodies onto the SARS-CoV-2 virus structure, and identified which antibodies are most potent at neutralising the virus itself.    The study by...

More than 100 approved user projects!

Early March 2021 we already reached the amazing number of 100 approved research projects for external users to access iNEXT-Discovery facilities! Let this not hold you back to apply as well. Click here to find out more about all our structural biology access possibilities, or push directly the big red button on top of the page!   Even with Corona travel restrictions our facilities provide - mostly remote - access to researchers from academia and industry!    ...

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...

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