Last year in the midst of the pandemic our Scanning Electron Microscopy & X-Ray Microanalysis Facility and Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility joined Microscopy Australia as a new Linked Laboratory. Microscopy Australia (formerly known as the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, AMMRF) is the nationwide consortium of university-based microscopy facilities to provide access to world-leading microscopy techniques and expertise to empower Australian science and innovation.
Linked Labs are affiliated facilities which do not receive additional funding or staff from Microscopy Australia like the main Microscopy Australia Facilities located in mainland state capitals. So this does not have a major impact on how we operate, but gives us better integration into national networks for collaboration, training, and exchange of knowledge, and is mutually beneficial for Microscopy Australia, as we provide additional expertise and capabilities that are not available elsewhere and act as a local point of contact and service provider in Tasmania.
If this is of interest, the Microscopy Australia website provides plenty of additional information and tools. It includes for example MyScope which is an online training tool for various microscopy techniques, and the Technique Finder to find suitable instrumental methods, locations, and contacts.