The access of the Orion imaging facility and its resources is possible for members of the CIRB, but also for external users. The booking of the resources is mandatory to have access to the resources, and is possible, after registration, on the IRIS website.
We support our users through the entire process, from experimental design, through image acquisition to image analysis. Do not hesitate to contact us ( if you want to discuss about the best system for your project, the most adapted fluorophores, the best image analysis strategy…

In case of technical difficulties during one of your experiment, do not hesitate to call the imaging facility hotline :

The call is automatically transferred to the cellphone of one of the engineer of the facility and you will receive support to resolve it, when it is possible.

Before going through the registration procedure, please discover our New User Starter kit :

— Registration of new user —

Member of CIRB :

In order to have access to the imaging facility, you need to have a Collège de France e-mail address. If you don’t have one, please contact the administration of the CIRB.

The e-mail address will allows you to create an account on IRIS, the platform managing the schedule and the training request of every resources of the facility. For the subscription, you just have to follow the procedure.


WARNING : It is very important to select the “Join group” option, in order to pick your team. Without it, you won’t have access to any resources.


Once your account is created, you can have access to microscopes and analysis workstation of the facility. Most of them would be accessible only after a training.

To ask for a training on a specific system, you need to ask it online. You have to reach the “Timeline” :

After finding the microscope on which you want to be trained, you can request a training by using the training button :

We’ll contact you in the 7 days following your demand to propose a training appointment.

After being trained on the system, you’ll be able to book a session.

External users :

External users must directly contact the imaging facility through email at

— Booking procedure —

Once register and trained, you can book a resource by clicking on the booking button :

If, during your booking, you identify an issue, you can signal it on the website by clicking on the issue button :

You can have access to the full procedure in PDF by clicking on the following link : Iris tutorial.

— Charter of the facility —

The access and use of the facility is governed by rules defined in the Charter Microscopy facility (PDF).

It contains the overall rules in terms of registration, use and behaviour on the imaging facility. We strongly recommend you to carefully read it.