Access: Internal or external

Located in Room PBC12, our microscopy systems are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (with exceptions of systems requiring our presence) to all scientists working within the Barcelona Science Park area (PCB, Cluster and Helix buildings).

External scientists and companies can also access our facilities. Please send an official request to microscopy(at), describing the goal and principles of the experiments.


During office hours (9am-6pm), access to systems is restricted to a maximum of 4 hours per user. This restriction is released if booking is made less than 48h before the experiment. The High Content automated microscopy and Long-term Live imaging system (ScanR/CellR) has no time booking restrictions.

Access to our booking application must be granted by the ADM staff for each new user and for each system, with the exception of fluorescence stereoscopy (Lupa), which is accessible to all.

Booking is possible up to 14 days in advance on all systems.

Some systems might have further booking restrictions (example: number of hours available per group per week). If you experience any problems or need special booking conditions for a specific experiment, please contact us.

To access the instrument booking application form, please click here. (Please note that you will need to accept an SSL certificate when accessing the booking application)

Billing policies                    2010 Rates (PDF)

Billing is automatically recorded through the booking software.

We apply a 30% discount out of office hours (8am to 9am, 6pm to 10pm) and 50% discount for overnight imaging (from 10pm to 8am, bookable as one continuous slot).

Cancellation policies

Late cancellation (< 24h in advance) will result in billing if the time slot is not reserved by another user. To optimize communication of late cancellations, we recommend users to send an email to the following user-group-lists when they cancel a slot:

SP5 confocal :        irbsp5(at)

SP2 confocal:         irbsp2(at)

SPE confocal:         irbspe(at)

ScanR/CellR:         irbscanr(at)

Spinning Disk:       irbandor(at)

PC 64bits:             irbpc64(at)