EMBL Imaging Centre: making it happen

Creating a cutting-edge facility for the global life science community doesn’t happen overnight. We spoke to some of those who worked to turn this dream into a reality.

A view of the EMBL Imaging Centre with fields in the background
The Imaging Centre was completed on schedule and formally opened in June 2022. Credit: EMBL

The EMBL Imaging Centre provides the global scientific community in academia and industry with access to the latest imaging technologies to enable ground-breaking research.

On Thursday, 30 June 2022, the centre was officially opened at the EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg. Donors, EMBL staff, and alumni joined guests of honour Jens Brandenburg, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, to celebrate the successful completion of a major project.

At the opening event, several stakeholders took the time to explain their vision, and the challenges they had to overcome in order to turn it into reality.

Strong foundations: HeidelbergCement

Enrico Borgarello, Global Product Innovation Director at HeidelbergCement, explains why the company chose to support the project. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL

Seeing is Understanding: Leica Microsystems

Fedja Bobanovic of Leica Microsystems explains the importance of taking the long view when it comes to innovation. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL
James O’Brien of Leica Microsystems talks about how scientific collaboration lies at the heart of cutting-edge developments. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL

“A dream come true”

Iain Mattaj, former EMBL Director General, explains how the ability to work across different scales makes the Imaging Centre such a valuable resource. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL

“A good example of the spirit of EMBL”

Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Research and the Arts. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL

The best technology, the best experts, the best research

Yonca Ural-Blimke, an Imaging Centre user from BASF, explains what the centre offers researchers. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL

The architects

Gerstner and Hofmeister architects explain the concept behind the building

Daniel Hofmeister and Johannes Gerstner outline the concept that underlined the project, and some of the challenges that had to be overcome in its design. Credit: Dorota Badowska and Edward Prior/EMBL
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