Latest News

  • 2017-08-23

    Framework for Quality Management published

    Within CORBEL, the 13 RIs established a network of quality managers, in order to harmonise quality management approaches across the biological and medical RIs.

    Recently, a framework for quality management (QM) in the biomedical research infrastructures (BMS RIs) has been published, defining a core set of principles in QM all 13 RIs will be compliant with.
    The publication is accessible here.

  • 2017-08-07

    BBMRI-ERIC expands headquarter

    BBMRI-ERIC welcomes its new ELSI Helpdesk Coordinator as well as its
    new Engagement Officer.
    Both support the Central Executive Management Office.

  • 2017-07-24

    Launch of Instruct-ERIC

    At a Royal Society awards ceremony celebrating the prestigious new European Commission-approved status for structural biology Instruct Research Infrastructure, UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson recognised the value and relevance of collaborative work between the UK and European scientists.
    Instruct is a pan-European partnership giving researchers vital access to advanced instrumentation and the necessary training. The equipment is typically very expensive and requires specific technical experience. Technology and infrastructure are at the heart of the revolution to connect atomic resolution of molecular structures with functionality at the cellular level, and technical advances are constantly pushing the science forward.

    The new legal status for Instruct transforms it into a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), joining 16 others across Europe. As the second UK-hosted ERIC, Instruct will provide the European structural biology community with continued access to high-quality, stable and sustainable services. Over the past four decades, European researchers have played a pivotal role in developing increasingly sophisticated technologies including super-powerful cryo-electron microscopes. Instruct has been supported since its inception by the Medical Research Council, on behalf of the UK as the host country.
    Instruct provides access to some of the most sophisticated methods that allows researchers to generate images of molecules at near-atomic level, in far greater detail than was previously possible. This detail allows them to understand how the molecular machines in our bodies work and determine the building blocks of proteins, viruses and cells. Cryo-EM, one of the key technologies at the forefront of the structure revolution, is allowing researchers to better understand how diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, affect the brain, and how specific molecules involved in causing disease might be targeted with drugs or vaccines.
    Minister Jo Johnson was able to announce at the event new multi-million pound funding for further cryo-EM facilities in UK, some of which will be available through the Instruct Centre UK, located in Oxford and the Harwell Research Campus. This investment combined with the new status of Instruct-ERIC, will enable the best and brightest minds across Europe to continue to share knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, to advance discovery science and improve human health.
    Professor David Stuart, Director of Instruct-ERIC and MRC Professor at the University of Oxford, said: “Continued stability for partnerships across Europe is invaluable at this critical and exciting time for structural biology. International collaboration has always been important for structural biology as we need the collective knowledge and skills of chemists, physicists, computer scientists and biologists to develop the technology, before we can advance the science. Today’s announcements represent a welcome commitment to strengthening infrastructure, research collaborations and enabling the brightest minds to work together across borders.”
    Dr Nathan Richardson, MRC Head of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Chair of Instruct-ERIC Council, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide extra support, complementary to other investments, enabling access for even more researchers to cutting-edge technology at a crucial time, allowing them to tackle the biological questions that will help advance human health.”

    For more information about Instruct-ERIC, please visit their website.

  • 2017-06-23


    In it's last meeting, the CORBEL Executive Board approved that ERINHA and EMPHASIS join the CORBEL consortium.
    With both RIs on board, CORBEL now unites all 13 bio-medical sciences RIs of the ESFRI roadmap.

    The CORBEL consortium is looking forward to fruitful cooperations!




    ERINHA Research infrastructure, currently under preparatory phase, enters into implementation phase from July 2017. Since then, ERINHA will operate under AISBL legal statutes.
    ERINHA has been conceived to reinforce European research capacities in the field of study of highly infectious emerging and re-emerging diseases bringing together European high containment laboratories and complementary facilities. ERINHA aims to provide a coordinated transnational access to its state-of-the-art BSL4 and complementary member research capabilities and expertise to relevant scientists from academia and industry. It will contribute to more efficient national, European and global preparedness to outbreaks and enhance European capacities in the field of pathogenic agents to prevent and respond to the spread of epidemics with high impact on health, economy and society.



    EMPHASIS aims at the development of an integrated European phenotyping infrastructure able to test genotypes in current and future agro-climatic scenarios and provide services such as access to diverse facilities under controlled and field conditions. An integral part of the EMPHASIS strategy is the link of data acquisition to European data management approaches as well as to crop models simulating performance in current and future climatic scenarios. Additionally, EMPHASIS will develop, evaluate and disseminate novel technologies that can be used beyond plant sciences and, provide new opportunities to European stakeholders from academia and industry.

  • 2017-04-10

    Innovation Helpdesk: new guidelines online!

    The CORBEL Innovation Office Helpdesk, intended to assist Research Infrastructures with collaboration with industry and technology transfer, made available a set of new documents:

    - Basic Aspects for Budgeting
    - Compendium on Elements of Collaboration and Licensing Agreements
    - Guidelines for Technology Transfer and Partnering
    - Good Negotiating Practice
    - Features of Intellectual Property
    - Approaches to Life Science Evaluation

    Enjoy reading!

Event Announcements

  • EATRIS bi-annual conference "Translational Medicine 2017"

    24. – 26. September 2017

    The European Research Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS) organizes its third bi-annual conference, “Translational Medicine 2017” on September 24-26, 2017 at Corinthia Hotel in Prague.
    This event, open to a wide range of stakeholders from academic researchers, funders to industry players and regulators, will bring together international experts to discuss the latest advancements in translational medicine.
    The theme of this third edition, “Enhancing Predictivity in Medicines Development” will focus on bringing together the latest technologies to increase success in drug development, from novel in vitro systems to new biomarkers or clinical trial methodology for patient selection and stratification.
    The call for abstracts is open until May 15.
    For more information, please visit:

  • ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data-driven innovation in food, nutrition and the microbiome

    09. – 10. October 2017

    The latest ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum will bring together companies active in the probiotics, food and health sectors to stimulate interaction between companies and academic partners.
    The event, taking place in Brussels, will be organised as a series of interactive sessions on "Data Sources", "Tools and Analysis" and "Integration Challenges" enabling microbiome research and innovation. It will showcase a selection of free data resources and services available through ELIXIR, such as PRIDE, European Nucleotide Archive and Metagenomics Portal, as well as examples of innovative companies already using public data in their business, such as MyMicroZoo and MS-Omics. Participants will also learn about the training opportunities on food, nutrition and microbiome resources available through ELIXIR.

    For more information and registration please visit the event website.

  • 4th MIUF Meeting

    24. October 2017

    The CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum meets for the fourth time on October 24, 2017 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to continue the discussion of efficient development and use of bio-medical RIs.

  • 2nd CORBEL Annual General Meeting

    25. – 26. October 2017

    The 2nd CORBEL Annual General Meeting will take place on October 25-26, 2017 at the EYE film museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
    The meeting is organised by CORBEL partner EATRIS-ERIC.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.