What’s new at mmc2019?

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The excitement and expectation is well and truly building as we look ahead to our flagship event, Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019 (mmc2019), taking place at Manchester Central from 1 – 4 July.

We at the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) are convinced that this year’s congress is set to be the biggest and best yet. Of course, we would say that wouldn’t we? But 2019 promises to be a truly exceptional event, with a range of great new features to whet the appetites of our delegates and visitors.

Europe’s largest free exhibition dedicated to microscopy and imaging will for the first time feature a ‘Newcomers’ area– a fresh RMS initiative aimed at showcasing the products of smaller companies, start-ups and spin-offs all in one dedicated space. All of these will be exhibiting at mmc for the first time and are looking forward to meeting you there. There is still time for prospective new exhibitors to reserve space – which can be booked on a daily basis for those not wishing to attend the whole event. Visit the exhibitor area of the official website www.mmc2019.org.uk

Also new for 2019 is our Early Career Pre-congress Symposium, which will give an opportunity for early career researchers to share their scientific work – ensuring microscopists with less experience are able to make a full contribution to Congress and discuss their emerging methods and techniques.

We are also very pleased to announce a special guest appearance by science TV presenter and stage performer Marty Jopson. Marty, who is best known for his role as resident scientist on BBC’s ‘The One Show’, will be delivering his excellent talk, ‘Invisible Worlds’, ahead of the congress banquet on Wednesday 3 July. The talk, supported by Zeiss, will take place at 6pm with no booking required.

And if all that wasn’t enough, we will of course be welcoming back all the usual favourites in 2019 – including our wide-ranging conference programme, workshops, poster village and ever-popular imaging competition. In addition, this year's drop-in Learning Zone will be filled with a range of equipment and experts on-hand to offer advice and demonstrations. It's a great opportunity to test your samples, ask questions and learn something new.

With exhibition space already almost booked out, more than 220 oral abstracts submitted (at least 40 more than the total received for mmc2017), and a wider programme of events and features than ever before, we strongly urge you to take a closer look!

Owen Morton, Royal Microscopical Society.

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