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Instruct-ERIC is a pan-European research infrastructure in structural biology, making high-end technologies and methods available to all European researchers.

Structural Biology is one of the key frameworks on which we interpret molecular and cellular functions. The main experimental technologies are complementary, and increasingly link detailed atomic structure with cellular context.

Structural Biology is currently in the middle of a revolution enabled by significant advances in the tools (direct electron detectors in EM, advances in synchrotron sources and detectors, XFELs, ultra-high field NMR, super-resolution cryo-light miscroscopy).

Researchers from Instruct member countries can request access to the service/technologies offered through the Instruct-ERIC Centres. (Twitter: @instructhub).


cropped-ERIC-Forum-Logo-v01-20180704-small-1.jpgERIC stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium and is one of the 5 European legal instruments especially set up by the European Union in 2009 to provide a legal framework for (multisite) European research infrastructures. The objectives of the forum are to identify common challenges affecting the Forum Members as entities subject to the ERIC Regulation; to collectively response to these challenges; to contribute to the further development of the ERIC Regulation, ESFRI framework and European and international research context; and lastly to foster the visibility, impact and sustainability of ERICs.


inexthome.pngiNEXT is a consortium funded by the Horizon2020 program to offer European researchers access to a wide range of advanced structural biology technologies, including X-ray technologies, NMR spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy and Biophysics, in large European infrastructures.

Open Sesame

opensesame.pngOpen Sesame - sharing experience to unlock the power of synchrotoron light in the MIddle Easet. Transferring knowledge to the community emerging around SESAME synchrotron to fully exploit the brightest x-rays of the Middle East.


corbel_logo 2.pngCORBEL is an initiative of thirteen new biological and medical research infrastructures (BMS RIs), which together will create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and data services required by cutting-edge biomedical research. CORBEL will boost the efficiency, productivity and impact of European biomedical research.


aarc4.pngThe AARC2 project aims to address policy and technical interoperability gaps that prevent researchers from accessing the whole research and infrastructure service portfolio with one login (SSO), regardless of where this takes place in the ecosystem. By enabling SSO among infrastructures, scientists worldwide will be able to seamlessly and securely access infrastructure services, reducing administrative overhead and improving international collaboration.


RI_VIS_temp_logo.pngRI-VIS is a Horizon 2020 project launched in February 2019 to expand the visibility of European research infrastructures. RI-VIS will target new communities within Europe such as new scientific communities, policy-makers, industrial communities and the general public, but also to reach out to new target regions internationally through cultivating partnerships between European and international research infrastructures and local experts. RI-VIS is supported by its consortium of 13 partners from 12 research infrastructures in the biomedical, social, and environmental sciences. The project is coordinated by the Instruct-ERIC hub team


transvac.pngTRANSVAC2 focuses on making new vaccines quicker. The  consortium comprises a comprehensive collection of leading European institutions that propose to further advance with the previous initiative towards the establishment of a fully operational and sustainable European vaccine R&D infrastructure. It bridges the translational gap in biomedical research, and supports cooperation between public vaccine R&D institutions of excellence, related initiatives and networks in Europe, and industrial partners.


Horizon2020 In addition to the core activities, Instruct-ERIC is actively working in partnership with others across the Life Sciences field to share expertise and work together on European projects which will benefit the Life Science community more generally. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EU Research and Innovation Programme which provides funding in key research areas. Details of our projects are given below, many of which relate to improving research infrastructure, data and training.  
EOSCLife.pngEOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures (BMS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. It is our joint response to the challenge of analysing and reusing the prodigious amounts of data produced by life-science. Managing and integrating this data is beyond the capabilities of most individual end-users and institutes. By publishing data and tools in a Europe-wide cloud EOSC-Life aims to bring the capabilities of big science projects to the wider research community. Federated user access (AAI) will allow transnational resource access and authorisation. EOSC-Life establishes a novel access model for the BMS RI: through EOSC scientists would gain direct access to FAIR data and tools in a cloud environment available throughout the European Research Area.

Instruct-ERIC Events

Keep up to date with structural biology events from Instruct and around the world!


Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2019 in Spain

Instruct-ERIC Centre Managers Workshop in Spain

Women in Science Workshop in Spain

Instruct-ERIC - Biology at different Scales course in France

Instruct Hub Team


David Stuart

MRC Professor of Structural Biology Life Science Director Diamond and Director - Instruct-ERIC


Susan Daenke

Coordinator - Instruct-ERIC


Ray Owens

Group Leader, PPUK - University of Oxford


Claudia Alen

Senior EU Programme Manager


Natalie Haley

EU Scientific Project Manager


Fiona Sanderson

Software Developer - Instruct-ERIC


Madalena Gallagher

Administrative Officer


Lorraine Donaldson

Finance Officer - Instruct-ERIC


Callum Smith

Senior Software Developer Lead

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Marcus Povey

Senior Software Developer 


Yuguang Zhao

Instruct Senior Scientist