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ESRIC offers support throughout all stages of a project from the experimental design to image acquisition, data processing and analysis and finally data presentation. If you wish to start a new project with ESRIC then first contact an ESRIC manager to get things started. You can discuss your desired project and assess the amount of input that is required.

Below is an overview of the ESRIC registration and training process. If you know which system you would like to access please visit either the Edinburgh University or Heriot-Watt University Access page for more site-specific access arrangements.


To become an ESRIC user you first need to access our online booking software and request an account. Please note that an institutional email address must be used for your registration.


All new users will require acclimatisation training carried out on samples provided by ESRIC, these sessions are free of charge. Two 2- hour sessions (per technique) are recommended but this can be adapted dependent upon the user, this training will be with an ESRIC manager.


You will be required to read and acknowledge the risk assessments for each system, there are Regulation, Access and Fees documents which must be signed by yourself and your PI and brought with you to your first session.

Trained Users

Microscope access is £40 p/hour and includes technical assistance throughout your session as well as support in experimental design, data processing and analysis. Prior to these sessions the level of input required needs to be discussed with an ESRIC manager.

Untrained Users

Fully assisted sessions are available at £60 p/hour if you are not trained on the systems and require an ESRIC manager to acquire data on your own samples. To arrange these sessions a meeting with an ESRIC manager must be arranged in advance.

In addition we offer a full service where you can send us your samples and a super-resolution expert (postdoctoral) will acquire your data as well as process, analyse and present it. The fees and/or collaboration for these sessions will need to be negotiated in advance.