The field of cryo electron microscopy has undergone a dramatic technological leap in the last ten years. In particular, there have been breakthroughs in electron optics, stage design, fabrication, and recording media, making cryo electron microscopy one of the most rapidly growing technical fields in biological research. Three scientists responsible for inspiring most of these developments were recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
In this context, we propose to establish a dedicated cryo facility for life sciences research at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Braga, Portugal. Such a facility will have a profound impact on the Portuguese life sciences research programs.