The EU-funded IMAGINE project is developing advanced microscopy technology for studying biological samples. IMAGINE will use these technologies to tackle societal challenges in Europe's seas and make them accessible to the life science community through validation and training.

The iMaging project will develop the next generation of scale-crossing imaging technologies to enable an integrated investigation of structure and function of biological systems. It will focus on developing and integrating four major disruptive microscopy technologies, namely: X-ray imaging, cryo electron microscopy, cryo and dynamic super-resolution microscopy and large volume intravital light microscopy. 

A Horizon Europe project
Project dates: 1st May 2023 to 30th April 2028
EMBRC role : partner
Funding: €9,569,677.50 
Grant agreement number: 101094250

It will furthermore develop the AI-powered image analysis and data integration/sharing capabilities, that are needed to correlate these technologies and make their data widely available. To harness their power for some of the most pressing societal challenges, iMagine will prepare its new imaging technologies to be deployed in the field, on Europe’s seas and coastlines, so that the collection of environmental specimen in their natural context can be coupled with their study by highest resolution imaging technologies.

IMAGINE project aims to democratize cutting-edge imaging tech for European life science community. By validating and training, it plans to integrate these technologies into Research Infrastructures (RI), promoting open innovation between academia and industry. This will empower groundbreaking research to tackle future societal challenges.


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