The Wolfson Bioimaging Facility’s state-of the-art equipment and services are available to any Bristol University researcher and are also used by visitors from other universities, research institutes and companies. Potential external users should contact us to enquire about availability of equipment. This page contains important information for all users.


All new users must be trained by one of the facility staff before using our equipment.

Light microscopy: users must register with us using our PPMS software. LM users can arrange a training session by contacting the team or by filing in a training request form within the PPMS software.

Electron microscopy: users must register with us using our PPMS software. EM users should contact one of the EM team to arrange training.


Trained users can book microscopes independently.

Light microscopy: users can book microscopes using PPMS software.  The PPMS booking system can be accessed through any UoB computer and off-campus via a VPN connection.

Electron microscopy: initially users should contact one of the EM team to arrange training. Subsequently bookings can be made using PPMS software


We have to charge for microscope use to recover running costs.

Light microscopy: LM charges. (UoB only)

Electron microscopy: EM charges.(UoB only)

Potential external users should contact us.


All users are required to read the appropriate safety documents.

Light microscopy: LM safety.

Electron microscopy: Before starting work in the EM unit users will be fully inducted in the necessary safety procedures by one of the EM team.


Wolfson Bioimaging Facility
Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Walk

Acknowledging the Facility

Using the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility for your research? Don't forget to acknowledge us in your publications.

The facility is grateful for funding from:

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