Head of Biomedical Services (BMS)
Max Planck Institute
11:30 AM (Germany Case Study): Improving the Effective Use of Resources with Centralised Services and Facilities through New Training Modules
The Services and Facilities at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany offer centralised research support within the Institute ensuring state-of-the-art equipment and expertise. They set a quality standard for the application of technologies including the accurate interpretation and representation of data. The Dresden Model has had a remarkable positive impact on success and productivity of the Institute as a whole. But after more than a decade of success it is time to look into what must be done to safeguard that achievement for the decade to come.
In this session, we take a look at Max Planck Institute’s new strategic viewpoints on how we have started to tackle the challenge of the next decade. This includes, among others;
- Implementing gross-training of staff between facilities, including the development of training modules and programs based on individual skill sets
- Establishing workflows and pipelines that cross multiple facilities
- Offering technology consultation to researchers to define the equipment and service needs
7:30 AM (Morning Workshop) Strategies to Improve the Coordination of Equipment Purchases, Effective and Reasonable Access Allocations, and Efficient Use of Instrument Time
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany has been able to provide cutting edge technology through effective models used to manage the budget, operations and maintenance of scientific equipment. The Services and Facilities at MPI-CBG allow research scientists shared access to sophisticated and expensive technologies that would be hard or impossible for the institute to provide to each research group independently. They “free-up” research groups from the burden of time consuming established technologies, as well as continuously explore new and emerging technologies and new instrumentation. Purchase of equipment is centrally coordinated to allow efficient use of Institute’s resources. The centralised operation and maintenance of instruments is essential to enable equal and fair access to all research groups, allowing each instrument to be used to its’ full potential.
In this workshop, you will learn:
- How to control your budget allocation on equipment purchases
- How to centrally manage the purchase and maintenance of the equipment
- How to improve equitable use of research equipment across multiple research groups with centralised solutions
- How to develop a program to maximise the use of equipment time