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If you would like to use the equipment in the Nikon Imaging Centre, please first contact the NIMCE’s manager.
All users must be trained by the staff of Nikon Imaging Centre prior any use of instruments and prior to gain access to the Centre.
You will find here all conditions and the access policy to the stations.
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Eligible Users

Use of equipment in the Nikon Imaging Centre for research purposes is available to all researchers.

Application for Training

If you would like to use the equipment in the Nikon Imaging Centre, please first contact the NIMCE’s manager. All users must be trained by the staff of Nikon Imaging Centre prior any use of instruments and prior to gain access to the Centre.

Materials

Any user must be imperatively trained on the selected equipment. It is strictly forbidden to use a microscope without preliminary training by one of the members of the Nikon imaging Centre. No software must be installed on the imaging PCs.

The adjustments by default of the acquisition software should not be modified in any case. The PCs of the microscopes are acquisition stations. They should not be used like data processing stations. There are 4 PCs dedicated to data processing and analysis.

Online Equipment Booking System

All users must sign up the access policy’s form and accept its terms. It allows to have access to the NIMCE’s equipment and to the Online Equipment Booking System.

Bookings are established via Curie Intranet site (materiels.curie.fr). If you do not have already an ID, you can request one to the NIMCE’s manager.

Costs

All trainning and system are charged. For external users we propose :

 

Academic

Industrial

Trainning

   

Widefield system

25 euros

50 euros

Confocal system

50 euros

100 euros

Using

   

Widefield system

20 euros per hour

40 euros per hour

Confocal system

40 euros per hour

80 euros per hour

For the external users, the charges could be reduced if you have a project with the RTRA labelled Pierre Gilles de Gennes's Fondation.

Data storage

No data must be stored on the hard drives of the acquisition equipment (we will be tolerant depending of the disk space available and according to the station concerned). All the data must be saved in the repertory "X:\Users\prénom.nom \", X: being the user disk. Data on the desk or in another folder will be deleted without warning!

At the end of your session, you must erase your data as quickly as possible. Consequently, envisage a sufficient time to carry out your transfers towards a personal hard drive or on the servers.

Assistance

  • ŸAssistance for breakdown: Each system is under the supervision of the NIC’s manager.
  • ŸAssistance for your projects: During your first visit, we like to have a short meeting to discuss what you are trying to observe. This allows us to ensure microscope settings and imaging conditions are optimised for your experiment. The NIMCE provides any advice and support you need throughout your experiments. Please contact us in advance to fix an appointment.

Acknowledgement Policy

For a better visibility of our activity and within the framework of our grant applications (meaning, in the general interest), the research work published using the advanced microscopy equipments of the NIMCe must at least comprise an "Ackownledgement" to the platform and its staff in the article. Please use the following denomination:

"The authors greatly acknowledge the Nikon Imaging Centre @ Institut Curie-CNRS, member of the French National Research Infrastructure France-BioImaging (ANR-10-INSB-04)".

Please send us the reference of the publication and if possible a reprint (in pdf), to mention them in our reports.

Biological materials and risks

Our acquisition systems are not equipped for work with pathogenic agents or radioactive products. Their use is thus strictly prohibited on the whole platform. We remind users that there always remains a risk when handling biological samples and that the microscopes must be regarded as potentially contaminated.

So as in the laboratories, it is forbidden to consume food or drinks.