Feb. 29, 2012

European Microscopy Congress 2012 - Abstract Deadline Approaching

The 15th European Microscopy Congress, emc2012, will be Europe's largest ever event dedicated to microscopy and imaging. It includes an international conference comprising over 30 sessions within four symposia, an exhibition with over 100 companies, plus a program of workshops, training opportunities, and a busy social program. The First Call for Papers has been made, and the deadline for abstract submission is 16th March.

"The breadth of the scientific program - which embraces light and electron microscopy and spectroscopy across both the life and physical sciences, along with scanning probe and flow cytometry techniques - provides an unparalleled opportunity," says Dr Debbie Stokes, the emc2012 Conference Chair. "Not only will delegates be able to immerse themselves in their own area of interest, but they will also be exposed to a range of new techniques and tools that might benefit their current work, or that could feature in their careers in the future. "

The Conference Sessions are Presented Within Four Symposia

Physical Sciences: Applications
Functional materials; Thin films, coatings and interfaces; Art, heritage and forensics; Advanced materials; Healthcare; Nanomechanics; Towards sustainable energy and environmental protection; Earth and planetary materials; Low dimensional materials

Physical Sciences: Tools and Techniques
Advances in scanning probe microscopy: applications at the nanoscale; Advances in SEM; In situ and environmental EM; 3D/4D imaging; Advances in EM instrumentation and methods
(Professor David Cockayne Memorial Symposium); Electron diffraction and crystallography; Advances in spectroscopy in STEM and CTEM; Advances in ion microscopy

Life Sciences: Applications
Organelle dynamics; Biology of the cell nucleus; Cytoskeleton and signalling; Imaging brain structure and function across different spatial and temporal scales; Uninvited guests: visualizing host-pathogen interactions; Imaging and flow cytometry in cancer biology; In vivo imaging of multicellular dynamics and complexity (applications)

Life Sciences: Tools and Techniques
Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy for life sciences; Applications and advances in high content imaging; Probes for light and electron microscopy; 3D image processing (3D microscopy, 3D image analysis and developmental imaging); 3D electron microscopy of structure-function studies; Techniques for imaging brain structure and function across different spatial and temporal scales; In vivo imaging of multicellular dynamics and complexity (techniques)

In addition to a full program of oral presentations, there will be a "poster village" that will feature prominently within the main hall.
"Posters are such a sociable way to increase your own knowledge and understanding," added Dr.

Stokes. "The material presented within posters ranges from early-career work through to late-breaking cutting-edge research that missed the original deadline for oral presentations. In all cases, they allow relaxed and open discussion with the authors, and many research collaborations and partnerships have arisen from such meetings."
As well as the conference and a huge exhibition, emc2012 includes a fully-equipped teaching and learning zone that is freely accessible to all visitors, a social program of receptions, company parties and a congress dinner, plus an International Micrograph Competition with a range of great prizes.

Key dates for your diary
Abstract submission deadline:   16th March
Final program released:            30th May
Early bird registration ends:      16th June
Hotel booking deadline:            20th August
Late-breaking poster deadline:  31st August

For details of how to submit an abstract, and to learn more about emc2012, visit www.emc2012.org.



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