Through a series of strategic alliances we are working with other organisations to enhance access to microscopy and microanalysis capability and share expertise in implementing collaborative national research infrastructure.
In addition to the many research collaborations and connections that our staff have with researchers and institutions in Europe, the AMMRF has formalised a partnership with EuroBioImaging, a large pan-European network of microscopy and imaging facilities. The objective of the partnership is mutual benefit in the establishment of collaborative infrastructure that supports research in the areas of biological and medical sciences.
For our users in Australia this means enhanced bioimaging capability. For our colleagues in EuroBioImaging it means learning about the AMMRF experience in forming and operating large distributed research infrastructure.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia
EMBL Australia are formally working with us to establish programs of research collaboration underpinned by the capabilities of the AMMRF. These programs will bring significant benefits to the communities served by both institutions.
EMBL Australia was formed to foster and enhance Australia's international competitiveness in the life sciences and strengthen Australia's emerging position as a leader in biotechnology research. The centrepiece of EMBL Australia will be the Partner Laboratory Network (PLN) of young research groups across Australia.
Australian researchers access EMBL for through activities such as funded research positions, collaborative ventures and the formation of research institutes.
National Characterisation Council (NCC)
Characterisation facilities contain the instrumentation and expertise for state-of-the-art measurement of the chemical, physical and structural properties of matter.
The NCC unites the four characterisation facilities presently funded through NCRIS with independent members representing universities around Australia, in order to identify synergies and develop a broad strategic approach to future challenges and directions. The AMMRF collaborates with the following national facilities through our NCC membership:
National Imaging Facility (NIF)
National Deuteration Facility, ANSTO.
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National Imaging Facility (NIF)
A bioimaging facility was opened late in 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, University of Western Australia (UWA), providing a continuum of imaging capability from the microscopic scale to X-ray microtomography, bioluminescence and multispectral imaging of living animals.
The facility was launched as a node of NIF and extends the AMMRF capability at our UWA node. This collaboration greatly increases our ability to support a whole range of biomedical fields including cancer biology, inflammation, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)
The Pananalytical Empryean X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) for powder and thin film X-ray diffraction was acquired by ANFF and is housed, managed and operated within the AMMRF node at University of Western Australia (UWA). This cutting-edge X-ray characterisation equipment complements the existing single-crystal X-ray diffraction facility at UWA and strengthens the partnership between the AMMRF and nano-fabrication community.