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C Parmenter | 17 August, 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri was the venue for this year’s Microscopy & Microanalysis; the Microscopy Society of America’s (MSA) annual meeting, which was extra special this year as...
C Parmenter | 04 August, 2017
Manchester Central was once again the host for the biannual microscopy extravaganza known as MMC, organised by the RMS. This year’s meeting was the biggest MMC ever with 6...
C Parmenter | 10 April, 2017
The Rio Olympics may be a distant memory for most of us, however, I believe some important lessons on future investment can be learned. I'm sure it will not have escaped you...
C Parmenter | 22 March, 2017
This blog post is sponsored by the RMS  Plans for the 2017 Microscience Microscopy Congress are now well-underway. This summer’s huge microscopy and imaging event taking place...
C Parmenter | 01 February, 2017
I was reflecting recently on the glorious summer of 2016 and the fabulous meetings that we attended. I enjoy talking to people at conferences and in my capacity as the editor of M...
C Parmenter | 12 December, 2016
Every four years microscopy users, scientists, engineers and industry leaders meet in Europe to take stock of microscopy and the science it enables. The venue this time around was...
C Parmenter | 09 August, 2016
Columbus, OH, was the recent host of the annual meeting known as Microscopy & Microanalysis, hosted by the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), Microanalysis Society (MAS) and...
C Parmenter | 23 July, 2016
We’re just a few days away from the annual M&M meeting, which this time is in the city of Columbus. I’m sure you have your flight and hotel booked, but in case you’re...
C Parmenter | 02 November, 2015
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the commercialisation of the SEM by the Cambridge Instrument Company (CIC). Chris Parmenter attended the meeting to celebrate this landmark in...
C Parmenter | 19 October, 2015
Once again the great and the good assembled for the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting, which this year was held in Portland, OR. The meeting took place at the Oregon...
C Parmenter | 28 July, 2015
Manchester once again played host to the Microscience Microscopy Conference (MMC) and it was jam packed with high quality science and cutting edge innovations in exhibition and...
C Parmenter | 19 June, 2015
Hi guys, I’m making no secret of it – I’m very excited about MMC – I can’t wait to get there and get into the exhibition hall and every email that I get from the companies...
C Parmenter | 13 January, 2015
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy Christmas and New Year and that the year so far has been a good one. In the run up to Christmas, I was thinking what a year it has been!...
C Parmenter | 04 November, 2014
As the leaves fall from the trees and the clocks go back, I've been gathering my thoughts and reflecting on the bumper summer of meetings we've had in 2014. Here at M&A we’ve...
C Parmenter | 17 September, 2014
This summer’s big meeting season got off with a bang in the form of Microscience Microscopy Congress (MMC 2014), hosted by the Royal Microscopical Society, in association with the...
C Parmenter | 08 September, 2014
As microscopists from around the world meet on their four yearly International Microscopy Congress (IMC) and I’m giddy with excitement at what the event has in store.  Some will...
J Heath | 26 June, 2014
Nowadays microscopists have a wide range of tools for compositional analysis and spectroscopy that allow them to not only resolve the microstructure of an object but also to...
C Parmenter | 15 June, 2014
Wouldn't it be great if you had another way to analyse your sample without the need to move it to a different instrument?
C Parmenter | 08 May, 2014
They say that many things improve with age: wine, cheese, art and some cars! But I don’t typically hear this said about microscopes and I’ve previously talked about the importance...
C Parmenter | 07 April, 2014
I recently attended the Big Bang Fair with my children at the NEC in Birmingham. For those of you who don't know, the Big Bang fair is a science and engineering event aimed at...
J Heath | 04 April, 2014
When the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (1845-1923) discovered a new form of electromagnetic radiation in 1895 he used the term ‘X’ for unknown, so it is ironic that we still...
C Parmenter | 03 January, 2014
2014 is upon us and as we individually make New Year’s resolutions, plan attendance at events and consider changes we might bring in, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss...
C Parmenter | 24 December, 2013
Last year I blogged about the importance of sample prep kit, so I thought you might enjoy this, it was something I dreamt up just before Christmas: Dear Santa, I know you're very...
C Parmenter | 02 December, 2013
On the 12 & 13th of November 2013 I attended the 25th anniversary meeting of the UK Cryo Microscopy Group at the University of Birmingham. This group has been meeting annually...
C Parmenter | 28 November, 2013
In my previous article, I discussed the ways in which the SEM and specifically FIB-SEM has improved in the past 20 years. In this time there has been massive uptake of the field-...
J Heath | 01 November, 2013
In the November 2013 issue of Microscopy and Analysis we celebrated the field of nanotechnology – science (including microscopy), engineering, and technology conducted at the...
C Parmenter | 25 October, 2013
The initial combination of a scanning electron microscope column and a focused ion beam column in the early 1990s, which gave birth to the FIB-SEM, has found wide application in...
C Parmenter | 01 October, 2013
We all know what it is to see a new sports car and want it, or when a neighbour moves to a new house and you wish you could do the same. I’m pretty sure the same is true with...
C Parmenter | 27 September, 2013
So often we obsess over what resolution we can obtain and as instrument design advances and limits are driven down, we expect that the data and clarity of images from our...
M Toso | 31 July, 2013
It all started with my mother. A year or so into graduate school I had become a seasoned "gel jock".  What felt like a thousand southern blots and PCR runs later I saw two faint...
C Parmenter | 26 July, 2013
When it comes to microscopy in food science, there are two common options. The first is the original, light microscopy, which is used today in almost every lab and has been joined...
J Heath | 24 July, 2013
At Microscopy and Analysis in Indianapolis August 3-8 2013, Professor Harald Rose (Center for Electron Microscopy, Ulm University, Germany) - a pioneer in the development of...
J Heath | 23 July, 2013
“Harry, He Likes Beer But Can Not Obtain Food” is the opening line of one of many mnemonics that have been devised to help you recall the first nine of the 118 entries, from...
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