Our sister site, FocalPlane, has recently launched the FocalPlane Network, a global directory for microscopists. Like the Node Network, the FocalPlane Network was created with diversity in mind, and is entirely inclusive. Anyone with expertise in microscopy, including developers, imaging scientists, biologists and bioimage analysts, at any career stage, can enter themselves into the database. Members are also invited to provide diversity information such as gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ identity and disability status, although there is no requirement to do so. Users can access the network to search for potential collaborators, speakers, committee members and reviewers, using filters based on scientific expertise, geographic location, and aspects of diversity.
We would encourage anyone using microscopy in their research to add themselves to the database, and invite early-career researchers in particular who may be less visible to the microscopy community. Visit the FocalPlane site for more information about the network and FAQs.