Instruct ERIC established

Instruct is the pan-European research infrastructure in structural biology, making high-end technologies and methods available to users. On July 4, 2017, the European Commission adopted the decision to grant Instruct the official ERIC status. The Netherlands Centre for Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN) at Leiden University forms, together with the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University and the protein facility of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Dutch Instruct Centre.

Instruct was initiated in 2008 and in 2012 the project became operational, providing the first access to Instruct infrastructure. Through the support of Instruct, several projects have been awarded access to NeCEN’s electron microscopes. Instruct-ERIC will provide the stability and sustainability for Instruct services to the structural biology community and to the broader life sciences communities within Europe.

Through its Centres, Instruct provides access to cutting-edge technology and scientific expertise. It offers all the core technologies needed to further structural biology research. A comprehensive, up-to-date catalogue of the technologies is available on the Instruct website.