The project has setup an international network of cooperation in advanced microscopy and bio-imaging with partners in India, Germany, USA and Norway. The focus is on education and innovation, with partners of academic and research excellence. The project has created a unique network that brings international excellence environments in academia, innovation, and research to the local and national scene. Moreover, it is in the process of creating work force on advance microscopy and optical nanoscopy to keep global leadership enhance bioimaging growth in Norway.
During 2023, together with our partners we have conducted a summer-workshop in Harvard University, Boston 12-13 August, title:
“Phase4Life: Quantitative Phase Microscopy for Life Sciences”
This was a successful workshop, with leading scientist within the field of Quantitative Phase Microscopy, attended the workshop. This was a hybrid workshop and the talks where live-streamed. We had around 50 participants in-person and our virtual mobility count stands at 230. The attendees were from 19 countries and from 79 different institutes.
In 2023 December we are organizing a winter-workshop at IIT Delhi, India, 19-21 December and it is anticipated to have 50-75 participants. The title of the workshop is
“Optics4Life: Photonics tool for life Sciences”.
So far in this project we had 17 journal articles and over 7 conferences and over 15 dissemination activities have been performed. Over 30+ mobilities of staff and students have happened between the partners which include 11 long-term student mobilities.
UiT has become a central node of development of new advanced nanoscopy technologies and their bioapplications, thanks to several prestigious EU and RCN projects. It has also established pivotal collaborations with leading research and academic institutes on various aspects of new technology developments – IIT (leader in optics/photnics), EMBL (education, training and bioapplications on modern microscopy), Harvard and MIT (excellence in optics, buzzing technopreneurship ecosystem).
With the cutting edge research, a critical need to timely train a new breed of scientists for development, application, and exploitation of these techniques has arose. In order to deliver the impact of these technological developments, a global arena with the above mentioned international partners and several national collaborators is being created for training the new scientists, preparing them for further research excellence, innovation, and penetration of these research activities.
We will create a virtual center of education and research in nanoscopy to facilitate co-supervision of master/PhD students across the globe, provide them the exposure to leading education, research, and innovation ecosystem, and allowing them to better grow their competency. We will also organize summer schools and workshops across 4 geographic locations, Tromso, Delhi, Heidelberg, and Boston on niche topics that allow transition from vocation to expertise. Students will have a chance to undergo cross-disciplinary training through prolonged hands-on experience in developing bio-applications with national and international collaborators. We will co-develop new courses on Label-free microscopy and Innovation in photonics and nanoscopy, for ensuring that students taking these courses can propel to penetration of nanoscopy in Norway. We will also jointly pursue the cause of innovation by developing business models of exisiting joint IPs and facilitate creation of new joint IPs.