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13Jul 2017

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Stability for structural biology research infrastructure

Instruct research infrastructure structure biology ERIC status

The European Commission has granted the pan-European research infrastructure Instruct the ERIC status, which stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium. Instruct provides access to specialist research infrastructures for structural biology at different centers across Europe. The Protein facility of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, together with the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Centre for Electron Nanoscopy Leiden University, form the Instruct Centre of The Netherlands (Instruct-NL).

The ERIC status, which was granted on July 4th, comes with money from the participating governments for supporting Instruct over the next five years. The Dutch government contributed half a million Euro. "This development emphasizes the collaborative spirit of the participating European countries and the commitment of many European governments to collaborative European scientific research", says group leader at The Netherlands Cancer Institute Anastassis Perrakis. He is representative of Instruct-NL to the Instruct Council, and from now to the executive board of Instruct-ERIC. "Access to Instruct facilities across Europe is essential to use large instruments, like X-ray synchrotrons and modern cryo-electron microscopes that cannot be built and maintained in all countries, but also to maintain a collaborative scientific culture that allows the dissemination of scientific expertise and methodological innovations across different laboratories."

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