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Thursday, 28 July 2022

ICN2 among the founding members of e-DREAM: the European Distributed Research Infrastructure for Advanced Electron Microscopy

by Virginia Greco

An article on “Microscopy and Microanalysis” introduces the motivations and objectives of this new platform for advanced electron microscopy, which will allow many European research centres to optimise resources, strengthen collaborations and guarantee translational access to advanced equipment.

A new European platform for advanced electron microscopy, called e-DREAM, has been founded as a result of a common vision and joint effort between various institutes across Europe: the ICN2 (Spain), Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), CEMES-CNRS (France), LPS-CNRS (France), the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Graz University of Technology (Austria), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), and DSFTM-CNR (Trieste, Italy).

As explained in an article published on “Microscopy and Microanalysis” —one of the authors of which is ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group—, e-DREAM (the European Distributed Research infrastructure for Advanced electron Microscopy) is a non-profit initiative meant to promote cooperation between European advanced electron microscopy laboratories, and to foster collaborative research and transnational user programmes. It supports the European electron microscopy community through strategic initiatives, with the aim of coordinating shared activities, pooling resources, avoiding duplication of efforts, rationalising the use of infostructures and standardising processes. It works closely alongside the ESTEEM3 project, the European Microscopy Society, the Analytical Research Infrastructures in Europe (ARIE) and other consortia such as Instruct-ERIC.

Established in 2021, e-DREAM has already participated in five European Union proposals addressing Horizon Europe scientific missions and is undertaking discussions with policy makers and politicians on the positioning of electron microscopy in the work programme for research infrastructures in Europe and national roadmaps. It is also in the process of formalizing its status as a legal entity. After this step is completed, it will open its doors to a wider community of members.

Further information can be found on the e-DREAM website: http://e-dream-eu.org/.


Reference article:

Regina Ciancio, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, Etienne Snoeck, Mathieu Kociak, Randi Holmestad, Johan Verbeeck, Angus I Kirkland, Gerald Kothleitner and Jordi Arbiol, e-DREAM: the European Distributed Research Infrastructure for Advanced Electron Microscopy. Microscopy and Microanalysis, Vol. 28, Supplement S1, August 2022, pp. 2900 – 2902. DOI: 10.1017/S1431927622010893