User policies

Services are open to academic and non-academic national and international users. Please check each platform for user access policies and service details.

Instruct-HiLIFE provides access to equipment and expertise at various levels:
●    Guiding new users through unfamiliar sample preparation and structural cell biology technologies that can extend their research and open new opportunities;
●    Facilitating expert users to access specialist, cutting-edge technologies;
●    Providing project planning and assessment;
●    Training;
●    Providing full service packages.

  • Services are provided by first come first served principle. Access is prioritized based on scientific feasibility peer review of the project summary within the units. Research infrastructures reserve the right to ensure that the proposed project is technically and scientifically feasible, and that the safety regulations are followed.
  • Services are open to academic and non-academic national and international users. Please check each platform for user fees and service details.
  • To start a project: Register your project and the users by filling in the Project form
    • Biocomplex purification e-form (coming soon; contact the service provider);
    • CryoEM e-form (coming soon; contact the service provider);
    • NMR e-form (coming soon; contact the service provider);
    • Crystallisation e-form (coming soon; contact the service provider).
  • User and her/his group leader are recommended to register as a member of the Instruct-ERIC international user network (link) to receive information from the international research infrastructure for integrated structural cell biology Instruct (news, workshops, services, internships, conferences etc.).
  • Acknowledgements: User agrees to acknowledge research infrastructures (RIs) in the upcoming publications and theses with i.e. the following text: “The use of the facilities and expertise of the Instruct-HiLIFE Biocomplex / CryoEM / Crystallization / BioNMR (choose the relevant RI) unit, member of Biocenter Finland and Instruct-FI, is gratefully acknowledged.
  • User informs Instruct-FI Coordination Hub (grp-instructfihub [at] helsinki.fi) on the publications and theses that arise from the utilisation of Instruct-HiLIFE services.
  • User agrees that Instruct-HiLIFE can utilize the collected user and project information for reporting its activities (see below the privacy policy).
  • By registering the user and the group leader agree that their email addresses can be utilized to notify users about general unit activities.  

Cancellation policy

  • In case of cancellation users are requested to notify the service provider well in advance. Late notice may incur a cancellation fee covering the cost of the booked equipment and service.

Check the specific user guidelines as well as user and cancellation policies for each unit.  

  • Upon registration as an Instruct-HiLIFE user, you are asked to provide limited personal information in order to enable the provision of requested services. Instruct-HiLIFE stores this information electronically. By supplying this information you allow Instruct-HiLIFE to use it for reporting its activities such as the popularity and effectiveness. Any disclosure of this information will not enable the identification of individual users. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil that purpose. User registers and data privacy will be managed according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Personal and project information will not be given to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies.
  • Instruct-HiLIFE may disclose your personal data to third parties who are involved in assessing Instruct-HiLIFE services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing. All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.