Global FRET community
The FRET community serves as a hub for dissemination, joint community-driven experimental or computational challenges, community-driven development of analysis tools, sharing data and tools, establishing guidelines for documentation and validation of experiments, analysis and simulations, and advance the presence of FRET among the scientific community. Thus, the FRET community is an open and transparent organization of researchers for advancing the FRET field and for having a joint voice in the communication with other researchers, communities and societies.
While the starting point and scientific focus of this community is fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging using Förster resonance energy transfer, members of related fields that use fluorescence in the broader sense are always welcome.
The aims of this community are:
- to advance the presence of FRET studies in spectroscopy and imaging among the scientific community
- to serve as a hub for the dissemination of news, developments and activities within the community
- to organize joint community-driven experimental and computational challenges
- to promote sharing of data and tools and to encourage community-driven development of analysis tools
- and to establish guidelines for documentation and validation of experiments, analyses and simulations.
The Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre (AOMC) is the optical microscopy core facility at Hasselt University. The facility offers researchers access to state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopes and provides expertise and support for many types of experiments.
Flanders BioImaging (FBI) is an interuniversity consortium dedicated to biomedical imaging and advanced light microscopy, that was set up to integrate, optimize, rationalize and coordinate available imaging infrastructure in Flanders, facilitating access to external users.
We also take part in the European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Euro-BioImaging), that provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists. In addition, EuBI offers image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers. For more info, click here!
Update: The consortium was successfully evaluated by the EU EuroBioImaging (EuBi) project, which achieved European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status in 2019.
EuBI is also part of the European Open Science Cloud/European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) cluster project (EOSC-Life, WP2) with the goal of developing cloud-based computational tools and workflows that process biomedical data, and FBI co-ordinates with this initiative and the ELIXIR project.
The overarching aim of the NanoCarb ETN project is to develop glycosylated nanoparticles with enhanced therapeutic actions for healthcare applications. 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) recruited for the NanoCarb project will work on their individual ESR projects designed to provide appropriate research goals for PhD students. Each ESR will be exposed to a well-balanced and optimal experience in academia, industry and research centre in order to increase their research experience and scientific maturity. Within NanoCarb, UHasselt is the academic partner that closely collaborates with Dr. Inge Nelissen at VITO in Mol, Belgium.