New User

How should I begin?

Your initial considerations

  • Define your research question: What would you like to investigate?
  • Do similar experiments/protocols already exist that may guide you?
  • If you need help to choose the right instrument for your applications or your research question, do not hesitate to visit our regular Open Office sessions. We are here to help!

Our rules

By using AU Health bioimaging core facility equipment, you agree with our general rules.

Please also consult our FAQ.

  • All users, even experienced ones, must be trained by the Bioimaging Core Facility staff before using any microscope for the first time. Please refer to our pricelist for information about trainings.
  • In order to use a microscope, you must book a time slot by using the online booking system.

  • You are not allowed to book a microscope for someone else.

  • For security reasons, surfing the internet, downloading files, checking your e-mail account etc. is not allowed from our computers. You are allowed to visit our website and the online booking system.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Use of USB memory sticks or external hard drives is not allowed.  

  • The Bioimaging Core Facility is not responsible for your data. DATA ON LOCAL PC DRIVES WILL BE DELETED ON A REGULAR BASIS in order to keep the systems performing optimally.

  • After using a microscope or a workstation, please transfer your data immediately to the your personal AU drive (O:) and clean up your local directories on instrument PCs. Staff will support non-AU users to export data.

  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the microscope rooms.

  • After use, clean any oil/water from objective lenses with a piece of folded lens paper found next to the microscopes. Please do not use ordinary tissues. Leave the microscope rooms neat and clean for the next user. Please notify the staff if you find that any of the Bioimaging Core Facility's areas are in an unacceptable state.

A typical workflow

  • Define your research question.
  • Choose the appropriate instrument. If needed, contact us for help.
  • Obtain the relevant training certificate and send all relevant documents to us.
  • Sign up for updates from the Bioimaging Core Facility via e-mail.
  • Book equipment.
  • Analyse data using our selection of software.
  • Acknowledge the Bioimaging Core Facility in your publication.

First-time User

To get started in the Bioimaging Core Facility, please take the following steps:


  1. Contact us to request an introduction.
  2. Register in the online booking system (login: e-mail, password: choose when registering).
  3. Download, fill in and sign a user certificate template and send it to us via e-mail. IMPORTANT: fill in project and activity numbers and ensure that your supervisor has signed the document.

Need access to additional equipment?

To get access to additional equipment, please take the following steps:


  1. Contact us to request a training session.
  2. Download, fill in and sign a new certificate and send it to us via e-mail before the training session.