The imaging platform in Heidelberg offers scientists the most up-to-date microscopes and imaging techniques. It enables the observation of pathogenic processes both in complex tissues and in vivo. This platform was designed to accommodate biosafety levels BSL 2 and 3, both of which are important for the investigation of infectious diseases. It offers a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research. A strong focus is placed on hepatitis, malaria and HIV. However, the platform is also available to DZIF researchers from other fields and workshops are offered on a regular basis. More information on the use of this platform can be found at: https://www.idip-heidelberg.org/.