Virtual Laboratory: CVL

CVL: Characterisation Virtual Laboratory

Lead Organisation: Monash University

The Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL) is an online environment to access imaging tools and data. We provide a remote desktop environment, run on the NeCTAR cloud, which provides access to a range of tools to process atom probe, neuroimaging, structural biology, X-ray and general imaging data.


  • Researchers using imaging techniques.
  • Structural Biologist.
  • Microscopists.


  • Integrating key Australian imaging instruments with specialised computing capabilities.
  • Developing a common desktop environment for analysis and collaboration.
  • Creating four desktop environments for data processing in neuroscience, structural biology, atom probe and X-ray science. Each driver is led by a world-class research group, is supported by an Australian research consortium and is in a national research priority area. The results from this development will be distributed to the community through the CVL Workbenches.
  • Integrate key Australian imaging instruments with specialised computing capabilities.

“The workflow associated with imaging has gone from being something you could do manually on a laptop, to a procedure that requires large-scale data processing.”

Professor James Whisstock, Monash University

The CVL was developed by Monash University with the support of a number of partner institutions. CVL recognises their funding by Nectar.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.