M&M 2016 hits Columbus – what to know before you go!

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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 wondering what else to plan for, here are 10 things you should know about Columbus

1. Columbus is the state capital of Ohio and is the 15th largest city in the USA with a population of around 850,000 people.

2. The nearest university of Ohio State University https://www.osu.edu which is well known for its microscopy facilities https://cemas.osu.edu

3. There is a history of brewing in Columbus and many local varieties to tickle your taste buds. A quick google search yields numerous hits for Columbus Brewing http://www.columbusbrewing.com/ but I know there are others – go see what you can find!

4. The German village is mentioned frequently when researching the city. It is a a little south of downtown and was settled in the early to mid-19th century by German immigrants. This little gem is definitely worth a visit with plenty of shops and award winning restaurants, www.germanvillage.com

5. Food in Columbus is by all accounts amazing. Trip advisor,  Columbuscrave and Columbusalive all host rave reviews of the city’s best places to get a snack, desert or main meal. There is even a guided food tour www.columbusfoodadventures.comastes for those who prefer to have others show them the tastes and smells of the city – whatever you love, there’s something for you.

6. Columbus is packed full of arts and culture opportunities http://www.wexarts.org/  is the premier performing arts venue in the city and is worth a look if you’re a film buff or more into stage than screen.

7. In case you’re bringing the kids to M&M or to indulge your own inner child, Centre of Science and Industry, (COSI) www.cosi.org is a hands on science centre for the kids which is a great way to soak up some inspiration.

8. Fancy hitting the shops? The Easton centre http://eastontowncenter.com/ has over 200 shops to catch your eye and restaurants for  that all important mid-shop refuel!

9. Columbus Museum of Art www.columbusmuseum.org offers plenty of art and sculpture and this summer hosts a Picasso exhibition!   

10. Ohio Statehouse http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/ is the administrative centre for the state of Ohio and houses the general assembly. It is the seat of the governor and has a museum education centre amongst other attractions.   

More ideas and further details for visitors can be found at https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/

Getting back to the meeting itself, the Scientific highlights are too numerous to mention, but the full 72-page programme is available at http://www.microscopy.org/MandM/2016/program/Scientific_Program.pdf . Whatever your field of endeavour, I guarantee that there is sure to be a session of presentations and posters that can show you something new and help you meet other working in your area. Of particular note of the plenary speakers http://www.microscopy.org/MandM/2016/program/plenary.cfm Prof Mark Miodownik and Drew Berry both of whom I know will give fascinating and exciting lectures that you really shouldn’t miss.

I’ve no doubt that Columbus and the organising committee, and the MSA will make this an enjoyable and informative meeting.

Chris Parmenter,

Editor, Microscopy & Analysis.

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