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University of Gothenburg
At the CCI microscope experts help and train users with LM or EM imaging

Get Access to the CCI Facility

The CCI welcomes beginners and experienced microscopy users, and adjusts the level of training to suit each person. Researchers from either universities or companies in Sweden and from abroad are equally welcome.

How to become a user

1. Contact us, preferably by sending an e-mail to, to schedule a face-to-face meeting where we will discuss your project and schedule training(s). In this contact e-mail, please write a short project description.

2. Activate your CrossLab log-in credentials (if needed):
a) Go to the CCI core page.
b) Click on the link "Register" at the top right corner and select either "Register using University of Gothenburg credentials" or "Register for an iLab account":


c) If you sign in using University of Gothenburg credentials, you now select "Sign in using SWAMID credentials", i.e. using your regular x-account. 

3. Follow the instructions and fill in your personal information.

4. You will receive a “welcome” email from CrossLab (typically within one business day) with login credentials and basic instructions.

5. Go to CCI core page, click login at the upper right corner and enter your username and password. Your credentials have now been activated.
NOTE! The activation could take up to 24 hours, so do not leave this to the last minute.

6. Go to the CCI core page and complete the “Registration form” under “request services”. This form has to be printed and signed by you and your supervisor. Bring the completed registration form to the first training session.

The CCI rules

In order to provide convenient and reliable access to high-quality imaging for as many people as possible while protecting both the users and the instruments from the consequences of any misuse, all users must agree to the CCI rules and policies regarding use of the shared equipment.

When signing our registration form you agree to follow our rules. Here a summary of these rules are presented.

Please download and read the full version carefully!

  • Any first time User need to sign in to CrossLab, our core-management system for boocking and billing etc. If the principal investigator is not already in CrossLab, he/she needs to sign in first. Then the CCI Registration form, which is found in CrossLab, has to be filled and signed by both the user and his/her principal investigator. In addition, all research projects, using the advanced equipment at CCI facility, have to be registered in the National Microscopy Infrastructure (NMI) platform.
  • The user must have an introduction and training by the CCI team before getting access to the microscopes,without exceptions! Users cannot train new users, and untrained guests may not operate theinstrument!
  • Inform the CCI staff immediately if there are any problems with the equipment.
  • Keep the equipment and the microscope rooms clean.
  • Publications are of utmost importance for the CCI, since they prove the effective use of the equipment and are therefore prerequisite for the success of the CCI in evaluation processes and grant applications.Therefore, when you (or your colleagues/collaborators) use data that have been acquired, analysed or processed at the CCI for a publication, a conference contribution or for a grant application etc., you MUST acknowledge the CCI in the appropriate way and that we are part of the VR-supported National Microscopy Infrastructure! For example; “We acknowledge the Centre for Cellular Imaging at the University of Gothenburg and the National Microscopy Infrastructure, NMI (VR-RFI 2016-00968) for providing assistance in microscopy". 
  • First level: Assisted usage or during training, i.e. one of the CCI staff is present during the use of the system.
  • Second level: Trained users, but with limited experience, i.e. who might need support and technical assistance. Access restricted to office hours.
  • Third level: Experienced trained users. No access restrictions.
  • Booking of the microscope in CrossLab before use is obligatory.
  • The systems can be reserved up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • The maximum length of a reservation is 4 hours and not more than 3 days during a week, unless you have requested additional time from the CCI staff.
  • You (your project leader) will be charged for the maximum time of the booking and the real usage of the equipment. You will be charged for the time you have booked the equipment regardless if you use it or not.
  • 24 hours cancellation notice is required to avoid charges.
  • Outside working hours (08.00-17.00) and on weekends, only level 3 users are allowed in the facility.
  • You are responsible for the system while you are booked. If you have made the last booking for the day, ensure that the system is switched of afterwards.

CCI is not responsible for any loss of data!

  • It is not allowed to store data on the microscope computers for longer than it takes to safely transfer the data (max two weeks). NOTE: all user images will be deleted on the microscope and analysis computers at the end of the month and only users that acquired data within the last 5 working days will be contacted!
  • It is not allowed to use any USB drives on the microscope computers. Therefore, use the CCI transfer server to transfer your data to your own computer.
  • The CCI transfer server is only supposed to be used as a transfer server, i.e. you need to remove the data as soon as you have copied it to your computer. It is not allowed to store data on the server.
  • It is not allowed to upload anything, apart from images/data acquired at the CCI, to the CCI transfer server.

Prices for CCI service and equipment

Our main ambition is to ensure a positive result at the end of the day and that you get as much out as possible from the use of the facility. However, the University of Gothenburg has instructed the core facilities to be partially self-sustaining, which today means 50% of the total running costs for the facility. Therefore, a user fee is charged by the hour and vary for the different types of microscopes, due to different costs for purchasing, user support, service contracts and spare parts. The Academia fees are subventioned, while the Industry pay the full price of the running costs including VAT. Minimum technical support is always included in the user fee.

CCI uses the core management system CrossLab which makes it easy for the PIs to track the bookings and cost of microscopes and consumables for their lab members.

Book our resources

The Centre for Cellular Imaging (CCI) is using a web-based tool, CrossLab, for all resource booking at CCI, registration, tracking of usage, service requests, user database, inventory management and reporting/billing. You can find the booking pages here:

Centre for Cellular Imaging CrossLab core page


After signing up and training you will get permission to book the microscopes. For more information and scheduling of training, please, contact the CCI staff (preferably using


  1. It is not possible to book earlier than two weeks in advance.
  2. You are not allowed to cancel later than 24 hours before your booking.
  3. During office hours the maximum booking time is 4 hours, which should be booked as one session, while off-hours are unlimited.

For more detailed rules see the CCI User Rules! prices

If you have problems, or if you need to book the microscope during longer time than is allowed, please, contact the CCI staff (preferably using for booking the microscopes.