Access Facilities at LENS
LENS is a large scale laser facility of the European Commission since the 3rd framework program. The goal of LENS laboratory is to provide high level research facilities to international and national scientists and to provide training of young scientists on undergraduate and PhD level.
Transnational Access within the Laserlab-Europe

The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures. Laserlab-Europe offers unique research opportunities to scientists and industry from all over Europe and also to scientists from outside Europe.

Access is provided:

  • to world-class laser research facilities
  • to a large variety of inter-disciplinary research, including life sciences
  • free of charge, including travel and accommodation

Access is provided on the basis of scientific excellence of the proposal, reviewed by an external and independent Selection Panel. Priority is given to new users.

A typical access project has a duration of 2 to 4 weeks. Applications for longer visits are highly exceptional.

Access costs: T&S: Eligible:
On average, 3 users max per project during the whole project
a) 500 € max per user per project for travel: actual cost of economy class for air fares, second class for train tickets
b) 100 € of subsistence/day/user 6 days/week (compilation of time sheets is required)
Dedicated forms can be found here:

Laserlab Remote Access:

For further information on facilities and opportunities at LENS can you contact Prof. Paolo Foggi ( 

Open Access to the Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node (ALM Node@LENS in Florence) within Euro-BioImaging

At LENS is located one of the five facilities of the Italian ALM Node of Euro-BioImaging Research Infrastructure. Euro-BioImaging is a landmark research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging as recognised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and became a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2019. Euro-BioImaging offers open access to imaging technologies, training and data services in biological and biomedical imaging within his network of imaging facilities, called Nodes, that have opened their doors to all life science researchers. 

You have to submit your proposal selecting through the offered technologies. The Node ALM @LENS in Florence offers facilities for Non-linear microscopy and functional imaging. Access can be provided free of charge, depending on your project. Travel and accommodation costs are in charge at the user (you can check for possible funding opportunities at this link )

For further information on the application procedure, please visit the dedicated page

Service of Standardization of high-resolution, large-scale anatomical and functional data for brain simulation within the HBP Facility Hubs through EBRAINS infrastructure

This EBRAINS web platform is the entry point for neuroscientists and researchers to discover EBRAINS services. The services were developed by and are powered by the EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP).

EBRAINS will be supplemented by a European network of neuroscientific Facility Hubs. They will provide access to cutting-edge neuroscientific facilities for the scientific community.

Facility hubs rely on in-kind contribution of the respective local centres and are one option for providing national contributions to get EBRAINS on the ESFRI roadmap.

LENS is a partner of the HBP and can offer Light Sheet Microscopy Facilities. In particular, a service for acquiring and process neuro-anatomical and functional imaging has been put in place within the HBP. The formal definition to benefit from this service at LENS is in progress and the service should become formally operational in 2021.

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