As far back as 2001, the imaging community rallied together when it became clear that the demand for imaging services greatly exceeded capacity, and better technologies – along with easy access to them – was needed. Across Europe numerous new national imaging networks formed, making the case at the political level for more investment in imaging research. The building of Euro-BioImaging also started, supported by two Horizon2020 Preparatory Phase Project awards and an international consortium of scientists, lawyers and science policy makers. By 2008, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) included Euro-BioImaging – not yet a fully operational infrastructure – on its Roadmap and by 2018, it received Landmark status. This status is recognised as a benchmark for quality, recommending that Euro-BioImaging is the “go-to” Research Infrastructure to support imaging research across Europe.
On 29th October, 2019, after more than 10 years of preparatory work with active engagement from 25 national imaging communities, the European Commission officially established Euro-BioImaging as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). With its ERIC status, Euro-BioImaging is now legally recognised as the European research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging, promoting excellent research and development across the life sciences in Europe.