User rules

The Microscopy Facility is an open access core facility at SDU. All users must first meet with the Facility Staff to discuss research requirements. To schedule a consultation or training session please contact DaMBIC center head Jonathan Brewer.

By using DaMBIC equipment you agree with general rules below: 

General rules

First time use of microscopes 
All users, even the experienced ones, must be trained by DaMBIC staff before using any microscope for the first time. Therefore, a new user will always start with full support.

Food and cleaning
No kind of food is allowed inside the microscope rooms or labs.

Leave the microscope rooms, laboratory and other spaces at DaMBIC clean and ready for the next user (hopefully, as you found it). Please notify the staff if you find that any of the Facility's areas are in an unacceptable state.

Booking and cancellation

Online booking
In order to use a microscope, you must book time by using the online booking calendar

Booking timeslots

Users are allowed to book up to 4 slots per instrument in advance in the time period 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, preferably 8-12, 12-16. No restriction for weekends and off working hours. All booked slots are 20 hours maximum in total per instrument.  In exceptional cases when it is needed for your project you can contact us to get extension.

Log Book

Please also remember to use the paper logbook by the microscope.

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

Punctuality is a must even on evenings and weekends. If you need more time than you booked, please check the booking calendar and if free, you may book the required extra time.

If a user does not show up at the booked time within 30 minutes after start, any user can step in and use the microscope.

If you need to cancel your session, please do so in the booking calendar as soon as possible. Thereby, another use can book the microscope.

Cancelling in the booking calendar is only possible up to 24h prior to your session. If you need to cancel with a shorter notice, please send an e-mail to and to the next user.


After use, you should clean any oil/water objectives.

Report problems
If you detect any problems when using a microscope, please report it by sending an e-mail to and make a note in the log book.

If you have any doubts on how to use the microscope and you cannot find the answer in the microscope instructions of use, please contact Vita Solovyeva 


Storage of data
DaMBIC is not responsible for your data. After using a microscope or a workstation, please transfer your data immediately to the Villum data storage and clean up your local directories on instrument PCs if you are not reusing data in next experiments. Furthermore, all data older than 1 year and stored on the DaMBIC machines will be deleted.

Internet access
If you want to access the internet, please bring your own laptop and use WiFi. For security reasons, surfing the internet, downloading files, checking your e-mail account etc. are not allowed from DaMBIC computers.


If you have used a DaMBIC microscope to obtain results which will be published in a paper you write, please make sure to acknowledge DaMBIC.

In addition, we would be grateful to receive a pdf version of the paper in which DaMBIC has been acknowledged. Thereby, your paper will also be published on our website. 
Thereby, we will also update our publication list on the website.

How to acknowledge DaMBIC

For example: "The author(s) acknowledge the Danish Molecular Biomedical Imaging Center (DaMBIC, University of Southern Denmark) for the use of the bioimaging facilities". Assisted acquisition, beyond initial training, should result in co-authorship by persons responsible for the work in addition to an acknowledgement statement (see above).