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Making microscopy data Findable Accessible Interoperable and Re-usable: Why...

Dec 10, 2019 · Delft, Netherlands

Making microscopy data Findable Accessible Interoperable and Re-usable: Why? What? How?


Why would you want to share microscopy data? There are multiple reasons for this. First, storing and finding large image databases from a heterogeneous group of scientists can be very challenging, especially if they work at multiple locations. Second, to make research more efficient: if microscopy data was more findable and accessible, this could facilitate a broad range of scientists to make ground-breaking discoveries. So what do you need to this happen and how would you do it?

In this talk, we will present our plans for creating a national infrastructure for advanced light microscopy in life sciences. The platform will not only provide coordinated access to cutting-edge imaging technologies but also solutions and training for FAIR data. We will also discuss the challenges encountered and suggestions for other communities which would like to make their data FAIRer.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in making research practices more efficient.


  • 15.45 - Registrations
  • 16.00 - 16.45 - Talk by Katy Wolstencroft and Bernd Rieger
  • 16.45 - 17.00 - Q&A and closing remarks - chaired by Lucas van Vliet, the dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at TU Delft
  • 17.00 - Drinks reception

This seminar is part of the series "Future Forward: Science in the Open Era" organised by TU Delft Library.

Note that this event will be recorded and the recording will be made publicly available after the event.

About the speakers

Katy Wolstencroft

Bio Katy Wolstencroft:
Katy Wolstencroft is an Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) where she leads the Semantic Systems Bioinformatics group. She originally studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, UK and has a bioinformatics MSc and PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests are in developing methods and workflows for analysing, modelling and semantically integrating biomedical data. She is a founding member of the FAIRDOM foundation, which developed an EU-wide platform for the FAIR sharing of data in systems and synthetic biology (FAIRDOMHub) and she is one of the authors of the FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship

Bernd Rieger
Bio Bernd Rieger:
Bernd Rieger received the M.Sc. degree in physics from Technische Universität München, Germany, in 1999, and the PhD degree in image processing and analysis from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 2004. From 2004 to 2005, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Group of Dr Thomas Jovin, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany. From 2005 to 2010, he worked (part-time) for FEI Electron Optics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He is currently a Full Professor with the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology. His research interest focuses on the field of computational microscopy that combines imaging physics and image processing for the application field of light and electron microscopy. In 2015, he received an ERC Consolidator Grant, and in 2019, a Vici grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

About "Future Forward: Science in the Open Era" seminar series

Most likely you would have heard something about Open Science. But….

  • What does it really mean in practice?
  • What are the implications of Open Science, in particular for applied research?
  • Are there any real benefits of practising Open Science?
  • And should all research be open?... What about commercial collaborations? What about privacy considerations? What about scientific competition?

The aim of these seminars is to facilitate discussion, give the floor to opposing views and learn from each other. Everyone is welcome: proponents, enthusiasts, sceptics and outspoken opponents. Controversy is allowed (and welcome!).

So… join us every second month to listen to an inspiring speaker on the topic, and participate in a lively discussion afterwards.

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