4th Facility Manager Meeting

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Date and Venue

The 4th Facility Manager Meeting meeting took place on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of January 2011, and was held in the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh. The event attracted 45 registered delegates from academia as well as commercial suppliers.


The annual Facility Manager Meeting provides a platform to discuss strategies and activities of the imaging manager community in the UK and is open to all interested research and support staff. The programme of this year's meeting included general discussions and updates as well as focus groups working on high-priority topics (see below). Delegates from system manufacturers and developers were also present at this meeting and this provided a versatile interface between industry and academia involved in the implementation of imaging technology. All participants are thankful for the funding provided by the commercial delegates, which helped to make this meeting a great success.

Working group reports

The reports of the focus groups that worked in different break-out sessions are linked into the programme below and the missing ones will be appearing in due course, please revisit.

Programme of the 4th Facility Manager Meeting, 6./7. Jan 2011 in Edinburgh

Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh

Thursday, 6. January 2011

12:00 – 13:00 Registration and lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome address (Rolly Wiegand)

13:15 – 13:30 Report from 2nd stakeholder meeting of Euro-Bioimaging (Martin Spitaler)(see also WG Funding and sustainability below))

13:30 – 14:00 Open Discussion: UK Facility Manager Community, BioImaging UK, Euro-Bioimaging – where are we and what are the future directions?

14:00 – 14:30 Technical Report: The benefits of using Time Delay and Integration technology for acquiring images (Paul Cormack)

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:15 Break-out sessions I: Introduction of topics and chair people

15:15 – 16:30 Break-out sessions I

- Funding and sustainability WG 4th FMM (chair: Rolly Wiegand)

- Careers and training (chair; Trudi Gillespie)

- High content/throughput imaging (chair: Rebecca Walker)

- Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy WG 4th FMM (chair: Alex Sossick)

16:30 – 18:00 Summaries of break-out sessions by chair people and discussion (chair: Trudi Gillespie)

18:00 – 19:00 Check-in into accommodation/wine in the HRB communal area

20:00 – late Dinner at Howies Restaurant, Victoria Street

Friday, 7. January 2011

09:15 – 09:30 Break-out sessions II: Introduction of topics and chair people

09:30 – 10:45 Break-out sessions II

- Imaging software, data management and storage WG 4th FMM (chair: Claire Stewart)

- Connectivity WG 4th FMM (chair: Lucy Collinson)

- Nation level facilities, regional centres and general UK facility infrastructure WG 4th FMM (chair: Dave Clarke)

- Probes and biosensors WG 4th FMM (chair: Anne Vaahtokari)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 Summaries of break-out sessions by chair people and discussion (chair: Rolly Wiegand)

12:30 – 13:00 Final discussion, summary of the meeting, and official end

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch followed by informal after-meeting discussions and tours through the IMPACT facility


If you have any comments regarding the meeting or if you wish more information, please send an e-mail to the organiser Rolly Wiegand (uwiegand@ed.ac.uk).

Further communication

As previously indicated, there was agreement during the meeting that future communication dealing with every-day issues exclusively aimed at the Facility Manager community should be addressed to the UK-Microscopy mailing list at UK-MICROSCOPY@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. To register, please follow this link [1]

Next and 5th Facility Manager Meeting

This will be held in Newcastle and organised by Alex Laude and for questions please send an e-mail to alex.laude@newcastle.ac.uk

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