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 exhibiting is getting me more hyped!
So, just in case you’re not quite as revved up as me with 10 days to go, here are a 10 reasons why you should be:
1. MMC2015 builds on MMC2014 and the ever so successful EMC2012, all of which were held at Manchester Central. The 2015 meeting incorporates EMAG as in 2014 and there 11 sessions dedicated EMAG sessions this time. Also within the meeting there will be Frontiers in Bioimaging (4 sessions) and the SPM meeting (4 sessions).
2. It’s in Manchester, one of the powerhouses of ‘the North’, both in terms of its academic prowess and its historical contribution to manufacturing and science.
3. There are a range of pre-meeting workshops on image analysis and processing using ImageJ/Fiji, practical tips for AFM, a short course on EELS, Omero in action and an introduction to light sheet microscopy.
Professors Swedlow, Hawes and Nellist at last years cross-disciplinary meeting
4. There are over 100 companies exhibiting – That means 100 companies who can field your questions and who will be showing their latest and greatest developments your field of microscopy and they’ll all have fantastic booths and maybe a freebee or two! There will also be a full daily suite of commercial workshops to attend.
5. There are some awesome, big name speakers lined up, the plenary speakers include Jackie Hunter (BBSRC), Dirk van Dyke (Antwerp), Petra Schwille (Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry), Colin Humphries (Cambridge) and Xiaowei Zhuang (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).
6. There will be 6 parallel sessions of invited and accepted oral presentations running throughout each day (Tuesday-Thursday) featuring hundreds of scientific talks on every imaginable topic.
7. In addition to the scientific sessions there will be a number of satellite meetings happening during MMC, these include a super-resolution workshop, FIB and EM user group meeting, cross-disciplinary EM and LM meeting, Journal of Microscopy workshop and EM-UK meeting.
8. The meeting has the RMS Learning zone, which is free to visit and also has multiple expert speakers on a range of topics and don’t forget the microscopes that you can get your hands on. The RMS is also running its ever popular International scientific imaging competition which has attracted over 200 entries and should hold some breath-taking and creatively presented images.
9. The Conference Banquet is in the Midland Hotel, which is famously the hotel where Mr Rolls and Mr Royce agreed to form a well-known manufacturing company.
The Midland Hotel from the west side, book your banquet ticket!
10. There will be daily poster competitions covering all the sessions, in the areas of the Life sciences, Physical sciences and Scanning Probe Microscopy sessions. Both 1st and 2nd prizes will actually be sponsored by M&A and I will be presenting the winners with their prizes which include the opportunity to write an article in M&A!
I can’t think that you’ll need much more to convince you to attend and even if you can’t spare the whole three days, there is the option to pop in for just a day and if you just want to attend the exhibition, its free!! Register here, in case you’ve missed it somehow.
Before you go, be sure to get your official MMC 2015 conference app for your smart phone and plan your days to make the most of this year’s event. Microscopy and Analysis will be on booth
See you all in Manchester! (Pop over booth 109 to see us)