18th ELMI Meeting: Registration Is Now Open
The 18th International European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI) Meeting will be held in Dublin from 5th to 8th June 2018. It is a must-attend event for anyone with an active interest and involvement in leading-edge light microscopy.
The initiative was created in 2001 to establish a strong communication network between European scientists and the manufacturers of their equipment. Its aim continues to be to promote and publicise the fast-developing field of light microscopy as a fundamental research tool for the life sciences, and to strengthen the channels of communication between researchers and industry.
It will be the first time that ELMI has visited Ireland. Dr Dimitri Scholz, Director of Biological Imaging at University College Dublin – the host venue – is the Lead Organiser. He said, “We are excited to be bringing ELMI to Ireland for the first time. It gives us the opportunity to showcase some of our advanced light- and electron microscopy facilities to a wider European audience, and to share the research that goes on there. ELMI is all about mixing scientific lectures on state-of-the-art, high-end microscopy with hands-on workshops. ELMI also benefits from an unrivalled partnership with the leading companies in the field, and we include an excellent exhibition. This year we are focusing on leading-edge developments and their uses in life science. The meeting will also provide practical opportunities for networking, and I anticipate future collaborations will be able to trace their origins back to Dublin 2018.”
The planning of 2018 has been underway since the last meeting closed in June, and Professor Scott E Fraser of the University of Southern California will be next year’s keynote speaker. Professor Fraser is an expert in quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering, and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centres on imaging and molecular analyses of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis, and medical diagnostics.
In addition to outstanding science, every ELMI meeting has a fantastic social programme laid on by the organizers, exhibitors and sponsors.
Next year will be no exception with receptions, the traditional football match, and the banquet which as always will be held somewhere special.
Delegates will not have a huge amount of spare time during the meeting, but they won‘t fail to realise that Dublin is a special city, and a very easy place to have fun.
Dr Peter O’Toole is Vice President of the Royal Microscopical Society and is a co-organizer for 2018. He said, “This will be the fourth time that the RMS has supported and helped organize ELMI, and it is brilliant to see it demonstrating its international role in microscopy. This - coupled with my own involvement for more than a decade – makes me very confident that this will be yet another great meeting. Visiting Ireland provides a great chance to experience the famous Dublin hospitality, its amazing character and attractions. If you have not been before, then I think you will not be disappointed. I would encourage anyone with an active interest and involvement in leading-edge light microscopy to attend. I am really looking forward to what will surely be the highlight of the year. It is always the meeting that I can guarantee to leave me feeling inspired and fully motivated to exploit the new ideas and opportunities that are always forthcoming. We look forward to welcoming you.”
Abstract submission closes in February, and early-bird registration rates will remain available until the end of March.