Quality Assessment and Reproducibility for Instruments & Images in Light Microscopy

QUAREP-LiMi is an initiative with members from academia and industry aiming at improving the reproducibility of light microscopy experiments in Life and Material Sciences. QUAREP-LiMi publishes protocols and tools for Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Control (QC) in light microscopy, tutorial videos, and automation scripts for microscopes. QUAREP-LiMi collects and publishes benchmark datasets to enable microscopists to interpret the results of their measurements. QUAREP-LiMi is working towards standardising vocabulary and formats to describe light microscopy instrumentation and experiments.

We came together in our first online Web meeting on the 28th of April, 2020, with about 50 attendees. By now (21st of February 2024), the network has grown to 600 people from 41 countries worldwide. We have members from academia (research labs, core facilities), national microscopy communities, companies involved in the microscopy business, organizations or institutions related to standardization on a national or international level, and scientific publishers and observers from funding agencies (see the graph below and on the member page for an overview).

Ten working groups (WGs) were established in the 2nd General Meeting on the 9th of July 2020 to bring our common aims quickly forward. Our web page gives an overview of QUAREP-LiMi’s work. In the 3rd General Meeting, WG 11 “Microscopy Publication Standards” and later WGs 12 “Image Visualization and Analysis” and 13 Phototoxicitywere established. WG 14 “Environment” and 15 “FLIM” are in the process of being established, and WG 8 is restructured to work on “Education, Training and Outreach”.

QUAREP-LiMi operates a NextCloud and an OMERO server, serving as a centralized repository and exchange point for our collective work. These platforms facilitate collaboration and data sharing among our members. 

QUAREP-LiMi is absolutely open to new members, and we are looking forward to your contribution. If you are interested in joining our initiative, please fill out our membership form. Use our form for changing your working group (WG) or joining a new WG. For any further questions, please contact us.

Breaking news

We're excited to announce that QUAREP-LiMi has reached a milestone of 600 members! This growth highlights our collective commitment to improving reproducibility and quality in light microscopy. A big thank you to all our members for their support and contributions. Here's to continued success and collaboration!

Our new interactive world map is online now (on the main page at the bottom). It shows where our members are coming from. We already filled in the first locations of companies, universities or institutes which are part of QUAREP-LiMi. Feel free to check it out. If you want to become a member of QUAREP-LiMi, please join here.

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