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Navigating Microscopy

12 July 2010, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Today, researchers have a new tool to help them navigate their way to world-class microscopy and microanalysis capability.

Developed in conjunction with Intersect Australia, the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) has launched its new Technique Finder, a web-based application that makes it easy for researchers to find the right microscopic or microanalytical technique for their specific research needs.

The Technique Finder has been designed from a user's point of view, categorising the types of experiments undertaken by researchers and serving up the techniques on offer that can tackle their questions. This is a radical departure from the descriptions of instruments that, while of interest to a microscopist, were often of little help to the researcher. The tool provides information on what the techniques can achieve and where they are available throughout the AMMRF.

“The AMMRF offers a complete user experience involving stages of project registration, planning and training followed by data gathering, analysis, management and publication. Intersect is enabling improvement of this experience through the development of tools that enable researchers to identify, access and apply appropriate microscopy techniques quickly” said Professor Simon Ringer, Executive Director of the AMMRF.

This deceptively simple system draws on the depth of experience and knowledge found across the AMMRF.  The design of the experimental categorisation, the matching of techniques to experimental types and the content is totally dependent on this expertise.

In providing such an innovative tool the AMMRF continues to facilitate Australian research excellence and innovation.

Intersect CEO, Dr Ian Gibson said, "When Intersect can play some part in advancing Australia’s research capabilities and hence contribute to new discoveries then we can say we have done something of genuine value, as is the case here. And while this project directly supports the AMMRF, we are very happy to talk to other research centres about their collaborative research needs.”

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The AMMRF is Australia’s peak research facility for the characterisation of materials by means of advanced microscopy and microanalysis, providing capability and services to all areas of the physical, environmental and biological sciences, to engineering, to medicine and to technology development.

Established under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the AMMRF is a truly national research facility with nodes at the University of Sydney (which also serves as the national headquarters), the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, Australian National University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia. The facility is funded by the Commonwealth Government through NCRIS and the State Governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The facility unites microscopy and microanalysis centres at these universities into a national collaborative grid of laboratories, unified in terms of both equipment and research expertise. The AMMRF provides new, state-of-the-art instruments to researchers from Australia on a merit basis at nominal rates.

Contact: Dr Jenny Whiting, AMMRF Marketing & Business Development Manager, ph. 02 9114 0566.

About Intersect Australia Ltd
Intersect is the peak eResearch body for NSW and delivers a range of projects and services to its members and to the wider research community.

Established in late 2008 Intersect currently has nine university members: the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the University of Newcastle, Southern Cross University, the University of New England, the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney. The NSW Government’s Office for Scientific and Medical Research funded Intersect’s establishment with a $2.8M grant.  

The company has a development capability extending across the project lifecycle, from requirements gathering, software development and user interface design through to quality assurance supported by professional project management. Services include high performance computing, collaboration technologies, requirements analysis and strategic advice.

Contact: Leonie Hellmers, Communications, Intersect, ph 02 8079 2536.

AMMRF Founding Nodes
The University of Sydney Node
The University of Queensland Node
The University of Western Australia Node
The University of new South Wales Node
Australian National University Node
South Australian Regional Facility Nodes

The Technique Finder was developed in conjuction with

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