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Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen

Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen (OICE) is a scientific centre of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen with very close connections to the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Light (MPL).

The centre’s mission is to provide and coordinate access to high-end light microscopes within its Core Facility Unit (CFU) and to promote research and development of new systems and techniques at its Exploratory Research Unit (ERU). The CFU kick-starts with a number of localised and de-localised high-end microscopes and a great number of participating research groups from the faculty of natural sciences, the medical faculty and technical faculty. Two main application domains of CFU are in lifesciences and material sciences. The cooperation between OICE and MPL fosters new developments in optical imaging and related techniques that will become available to the users of the CFU after proof of principle demonstrations within the ERU. The third column of OICE activities consists of the Education and Training Unit (ETU), which provides training and consultation for researchers and students.

In addition to its optical expertise, OICE offers post image processing and image analysis (with strong focus on automated techniques), in part through very strong ties with the Image Processing Department of the Fraunhofer Institute IIS. 

OICE is supported by the German excellence initiative through the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials and Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT).

The OICE comprises of three main departments. The Core Facility Unit  (CFU), the Exploratory Research Unit (ERU) and the Educational Training Unit (ETU).