Marvellous Manchester’s Celebrations

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MMC 2019 is less than a week away and at Microscopy and Analysis, we’re getting very excited! I’ve been receiving emails from many vendors who will be exhibiting, urging me to sign up for demonstrations and seminars they’re running. I thought ahead of the big event, I’d preview why if you’re not sure if you’re going yet, why you might want to reconsider…

  1. Plenary speakers. The MMC format gives an excellent platform and access to many high profile plenary speakers. These are world leaders in their fields of microscopy and not to be missed. I’d encourage you to attend these presentations (there are two on Monday, one on Tuesday, Wednesday and two on Thursday) even if they’re not in your area as I’m certain you’ll find them inspiring!
  2. Scientific programme. The MMC format allows for multiple parallel sessions, covering Life Sciences, Materials, Instrumentation and analytical techniques, and also Geographical associations. This means there will be something you’ll find interesting, however, be aware, you’ll probably need to plan your time effectively (or bring a clone) as you’ll want to be in and out of sessions to catch your perfect mix of content. The RMS have produced a handy conference App that can help to get the most from your conference.
  3. Diversity of presentations. In addition to the plenary speakers, the scientific sessions bring a mix of invited speakers (30 minutes slots), selected oral presentations (15 mins) and in some cases mini-oral presentations (5 mins). This means a good selection of more established researchers and early career researchers as well as PhD candidate work that can be followed up on in the poster sessions (4-6 on Tuesday and Wednesday)
  4. The Exhibition. One of the most attractive things about MMC is the exhibitions hall. Ever since the RMS relocated MMC in 2012 (when it coincided with the London Olympics and was actually EMC 2012) I’ve been impressed with the surroundings and the overall feel of the exhibition space. As with all things this has evolved and is a microscopist’s paradise (like Santa’s grotto on steroids) for all things microscopy. You’ll find the big name manufacturers from electron and light microscopy, stage manufacturers and analytical system / component manufacturers, start-ups, independent vendors, and even publishing related vendors! Around the hall there are four workshop areas where trade / information presentations are made over the course of each day to allow you to learn from the experts what’s new that you really ought to know.  I’d like to point out that all of the exhibition is completely free to attend and the RMS are offering exhibitions attendees travels costs, so there really isn’t a reason to say no!
  5. The Learning zone. Another huge plus of the exhibition is the RMS learning zone, In case you don’t know, this is a dedicated learning area manned by volunteers for the entire duration of the conference offering a series of introductory presentations on different microscopies, hands on learning with experts and the chance to ‘just ask someone’ a question about something you’d like to know more about. I heartily recommend you pop over and check it out!

So there we are, just five reasons (there are plenty more) that you should go to Manchester next week. Microscopy and Analysis will of course be there (Booth 801, near the poster village and RMS learning zone) so please pop over and say ‘Hi’ as we’re always pleased to meet our readers. If you haven't registered and would like to here is the link

Chris Parmenter

Editor, M&A



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