Guidelines

Getting self supported

Staff members of the ZMB teach you the operation of instruments and microscopes, preparation techniques and methods.Teaching is currently free of charge. If you are prevented to attend an appointment with our staff, please cancel the meeting at least 24 hours prior to the date.

All work published that include results obtained using resources of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis must be acknowledged and a copy of the publication should be sent as paper or pdf to the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis.

Examples for acknowledgments

"Imaging was performed with equipment maintained by the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, University of Zurich."
"Imaging was performed with support of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, University of Zurich."
"The authors acknowledge the assistance and support of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, University of Zurich for performing scanning electron microscopy experiments."

Sample processing and imaging by the staff of ZMB

The Center for Microscopy will charge the time used for all the preparative steps and imaging as well as the needed consumables (Fees).

The Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis must be acknowledged and a copy of the publication should be sent as paper or pdf to the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis.

Collaborations

Scientific projects can be performed in collaboration with the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis. Collaboration are typically characterized by intensive scientific input, extensive preparation and analysis of the samples but also operation of instruments. Staff members of the Center of Microscopy and Image Analysis involved in collaboration must be authors of resulting publication.

Consultation

Methodical problems concerning imaging and microscopy can be discussed with staff members of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis.

Fees

Instruments are charged automatically based on the entries in the reservation system and based on their hourly price. Accounting will be done every four months (end of April, August, December).

Reservation and use of systems maintained by the ZMB

Access to systems is possible 24h every day for users having the necessary knowledge to work independently and safe during evenings, nights and weekends.

Reservations of systems is mandatory prior to its usage. Reservations must be done for the whole time the system is used. Logging on to the systems must be done with the users own username and password.

Maximum allowed booking time for light microscopes should be limited to 4 hours per session, except for live cell experiments. Exceptions can be granted for special imaging demands by staff of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis. Please contact the person responsible for the instrument.

Problems with systems must be communicated to the staff of the ZMB.

Biosafety

All work involving biosafety class 2 organisms on all our systems must be performed according to GLP and biosafety regulations of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, University of Zurich and the BAG (Bundesamt für Gesundheit). Please, also see our SOP for Biosafety Spill BSL2.

The class 2 cell culture lab may be used for culturing and preparing cells for experiments performed with all systems at the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis. Please contact the biosafety officer Claudia Dumrese before starting your work.

Data storage on ZMB server

Data stored on the ZMB network drive zmb-files are retained for three month after the last modification date except data stored on the network drive zmb-largefiles, which are only retained for one month. You will be informed by email about the deletion of old data. We do not make any backup of your data. The Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis tries to maximize the safety of your data by monitoring disks and servers, however, is not responsible for loss of data.

Exceptions to these rules are data or settings stored in the network drive home. Data is backed up and never deleted from home, as long as you actively work at the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis.

Data stored on the network drive zmb-transfer (intended for data exchange with other people) will be deleted after 1 week automatically without further notice.


 

Updated and approved by the steering committee of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis: 20.07.2012