Cell & Tissue Imaging Platform
Private: Chemical Mapping

Access policy

Rules of use and access to the facility

For researches requiring morphological analysis, atomic or isotopic analysis in electron or ionic microscopy, researchers and engineers of the facility can either welcome and teach colleagues or realize themselves the experiments.

For the use of electron microscopes and other equipment, it is mandatory to have an initial teaching or when person are already expert, the person on charge of the facility will evaluate and allow the users to access the equipment.

For the use of the ionic nanosensor, the expertise of already taught potential users or users having a well-known expertise will be evaluated by the person in charge of the facility.

Considering that one of the aims of the facility is to promote research and teaching, the in-house teams welcome students, technicians, engineers and researchers whose research projects require analysis in electron microscopy or elementary and isotopic mapping.

The feasibility of the project is also evaluated with the person in charge of the facility. The projects are often collaboratively-based since they need the expertise and the technical and scientific involvement of the person in charge.

Potential users already having an expertise on one of the equipment can have access after having been introduced to the rules of use and after a complementary teaching.

Any use or access to the facility implies the full agreement to the present charter.

I. Using the material:

  1. Each user willing to prepare samples and collect images must receive a teaching on the equipment he/she wants to use.
  2. It is strictly forbidden to use an equipment (see full list in the annex) without prior agreement with one the person in charge of the facility.
  3. After the training period with one of the member of the facility, users must systematically book the equipment with their own name even though the experiment is 5 minutes long (see reservations section). Consequently, there must never be someone using an equipment without booking (data transfer and images visualization included).
  4. No software must be installed on the computers of PICT-IBiSA.
  5. The parameters of the acquisition software must never been modified or altered.
  6. The computers used for image acquisition must never been used as data analysis terminals.
  7. The equipment and the rooms you use must be tidy up after each use: equipment must be cleaned and the stopping procedure must be respected so that the next user will fully benefit from its booking.
  8. Users must not abandon samples around or near the equipment and must strictly respect the procedure to switch off the equipement, as well as the lights in the room.
  9. Any abandoned object inside the Laboratory (without prior agreement with one of the lab member) will be destroyed without prior notice.
  10. Any problem occurring on an equipment must be immediately reported to the person in charge of the facility.
  11. Main infrastructure costs as well as fluids (liquid nitrogen, ethane, CO2, …) are at the charge of the Institut Curie.
  12. Equipment are maintained by the person in charge of the facility and is financed by the users according to the pricing annually published.
  13. The facility does not provide consumables such as embedding resins, dyes, grids, diamond knifes and carbon which must be brought by the final users.

II. Help provided by the person in charge of the platform:

  1. Assistance for failure: All equipment have their own person in charge (please refer to the list in the annex), in case of absence you can ask for help to other members of the PICT-IBISA facility.
  2. Assistance for research projects: Any advice for design or realization of experiments or their analysis must be asked after appointment with the concerned person.

III. Reservations:

  1. Reservations are established until after email contact (containing the word “IBISA” in the object of the email) with the person in charge of the facility (depending on the location of the equipment) except for equipment which have their own reservation table. The email should contain the name of the users, a brief description of the research project and the kind of experiment needed, together with the wished dates. The person in charge will give the answer in the briefest time. The reservation of the equipment cannot be confirmed without this answer.
  2. Regarding the equipment having their own reservation table, users are initially authorized to make a booking, and then the rule is “first arrived, first served”.
  3. In case on schedule conflicts, the person in charge will reschedule the bookings after further discussion with the users.
  4. Time on the equipment can be prolonged, depending on the reservation table and only after confirmation with the person in charge
  5. Time on the equipment always includes data transfer
  6. It is possible to cancel a reservation 24 hours in advance.
  7. In case of impossibility to use one of the equipment during the experiment (family issues, bad samples, etc.) the person in charge of the equipment must be contacted either by email or by phone.

IV. Storing data and using computers:

  1. No data should be stored on the hard drive of the equipment for a time longer than the booking itself.
  2. Data should be stored on external storage devices belonging the final user or transferred via FTP or SSH to a remote computer.
  3. Data stored on the computers will be destroyed without notice.
  4. In any case, the IBISA facility cannot be responsible for the loss of data.
  5. The facility has the right to check the files created by the users and to take remote control of the computers if necessary.
  6. Final users are not supposed to open, modify or erase any folder or file which does not belong to him/her.
  7. Since facility computers are connected to the Institut Curie network, the computer charter applies to anyone using the computers of the facility.

V. Biological materials and risks:

  1. Since the facility are not equipped to work with high risk pathogens or radioactive products, it is strictly forbidden to bring them on site.
  2. The users have to eliminate their waste (including biological ones) in the dedicated containers, according the health and security rules of the Institut Curie.
  3. The equipment and rooms of the facility being part of the Institut Curie, all users must apply to the health and security rules of the Institut Curie and to its rules of procedure.

VI. Materials and Methods / Acknowledgement / Image right:

  1. The safekeeping of the activity of the facility is directly linked to the data generated inside the facility. For this purpose, the members of the facility who actively contributed to the work of the final users must be co-authors of the published data.
  2. When only the equipment has been used and no strong implication of the facility members took place, the following sentence should be written in the acknowledgement section of the published paper: « The authors greatly acknowledge xxx of the PICT-IBiSA Imaging Facility ».
  3. For all published data which has been generated at the facility, the following sentence must be present in the Materials and Methods section :: « image acquisition (and/or) image analysis were performed at the PICT-IBiSA Imaging Facility »
  4. The reference of all accepted publications for which data has been generated using the equipment of the facility, must be transmitted to the person in charge together with a copy of the publication.
  5. If possible, an electronic copy must be transmitted.
  6. Images collected on the microscopes belong the user who owns the full legal right of the data.
  7. The facility and the people of the facility are not responsible of the data collected with the equipment of the facility.