Ready for Portland!

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With just a few days to go before M&M 2015 I thought that I’d give you a run-down of what you can expect from the conference and also its host city of Portland. No doubt as you make your way to Portland, Oregon, you’ll be as excited as we are to be celebrating M&M and all that it brings.

M&M is the biggest dedicated microscopy meeting this year with a huge selection of parallel sessions, hundreds of posters, and a massive exhibition with nearly 130 vendors, all of which showcase the newest and most exciting developments in our field. Portland (known as the City of Roses), is our venue and I’m confident that this cosmopolitan city will provide us with many fantastic memories that we will continue to talk about once the last shipping crate is packed up and we’re on our way back home.

As you might expect the meeting has so much going on, I’m not going to try to cover it all, but opening with a Nobel Laureate, Dr Roger Tsein (University of California, San Diego) and closing with a NASA astronaut, it will be really inspiring! The organising and scientific committee has put together a really diverse programme that spans nano-to-macroscopic scales, and advances in fields such as nanotechnology, biological and clinical sciences, materials science, 3D manufacturing, and metallurgy. The theme of M&M 2015 is correlative imaging, which coincides with the International Year of Light and also reflects the increasingly cooperative efforts that are being made by microscopists to solve complex problems.

Another big part of the meeting is the educational side, with pre-meeting short-courses, in-week workshops and after-hours trade presentations and tutorials. Whatever your reasons for coming and whether student or professor, I’m sure you’ll go away with new contacts, updated knowledge and fresh inspiration.

"Portland Night panorama" by Fcb981 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Over and above the conference, the city of Portland (The city of roses) has much to offer the visitors and a quick search of the internet reveals a comprehensive website full of useful information at . The site lists all the top sights that you might consider visiting and many of the other attractions that you might take in.

Portland might also be called the city of breweries or ‘Beervana’, as it has been a haven for microbreweries since the 1980’s. It also has amazing food and there are over 600 street food carts and hundreds more fabulous restaurants including Voodoo Donut, Salty’s on the Columbia and Café Castagna, for a full round up follow this link

Transport is another area that seems very well organised. The MAX light rail runs from the airport (PDX) very frequently and the RED line will put you in the downtown area in around 40 minutes, I’ve included a link to a full timetable for Saturday 1st August. The MAX can also take you to the Conference Centre from either side of the river!

See you in Portland!

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