A bright view of the future

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One of the four rows of roof lights above the atrium of the Imaging Centre. Credit: Thomas Hall/EMBL

On 1 April 2019, the foundation stone ceremony took place for the EMBL Imaging Centre, located at EMBL’s campus in Heidelberg. In the past year the construction works have transformed the deep construction pit into an already fantastic-looking shell, which will be completed and open to scientists from all over the world in 2021.

The new EMBL Imaging Centre will give researchers access to the latest microscopy technologies: it will host state-of-the-art high- and ultrahigh-resolution electron and light microscopy techniques, including new developments not yet commercially available. The heart of the centre will comprise several high-end electron and light microscopes. Among them are microscopes – co-developed at EMBL – specifically configured for linking light and electron microscopy.

The image shows one of the four rows of roof lights above the atrium, which is the main public space of the building. The atrium, and several spaces on Level 2 of the building, will host an interactive exhibition. This will enable members of the public to get insights into molecular biology and the power of imaging technologies, as well as how the research done at EMBL is relevant to everyday life.

Credit: Thomas Hall/EMBL

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