What is the structure of our infrastructure? A review of UK light microscopy facilitiesMore about Open Access at the Crick
Core Facilities and Technology Platforms are increasingly important components of the science research landscape. However, data on facility operations and staff careers are lacking to inform their development. Here we have surveyed 114 people working in 46 Light Microscopy (LM) facilities within the United Kingdom. Our survey explores issues around Career Progression, Facility Operations, and Funding. The data show that facilities are substantial repositories of equipment and knowledge which adapt to meet the needs of their local environments. Our report highlights the challenges faced by facility managers, institutions, and funders in evaluating facility performance and devising strategies to maximize the return on research funding investment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.