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The ARTEMI network started at a basic level several years ago for informal exchanges and cooperation between five partners: Lund, Chalmers, Linköping, Stockholm and Uppsala Universities. “ARTEMI” stands for the Atomic Resolution TEM Infrastructure network and it complements other infrastructures such as MyFab and the Swedish Bioimaging Network.

The five ARTEMI partners have already served over 100 academic and industry groups and the materials research has a high yield with discoveries, highly-cited papers, and hundreds of PhDs. They felt the next critical step was to coordinate their HREM (high resolution electron microscopy) activities so that they become a national infrastructure for Sweden, open to any user with a valid project.

For this enhanced network, funding would be needed to cover the extra costs of running a national infrastructure. A successful application in 2012 lead to a 2 year planning grant from VR (Sweden’s research council). This grant allowed the network to employ a network coordinator, to set up this website and to fund several other planning or promotional activities.

The main goal of the planning activities is to secure the full funding from VR in the form of an “Operation Grant for Infrastructure”. This grant would provide support for expert operators to assist visitors to the network, as well as cover the running costs of the instrumentation for those visits.

ARTEMI has i) an executive board, ii) a scientific advisory board for planning operations and coordinating future investments in HREM equipment, iii) high-level application specialist at each node (something like a beam-line expert), and iv) mutual entry point for groups seeking access to the infrastructure.