The international microscopy community will focus on Australia’s burgeoning knowledge hub when the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) takes place in Sydney, 9-14 September 2018.

Hosted by the internationally renowned Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) and the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), IMC19 will shine a light on Australia’s significant contribution to a collaborative, multidisciplinary industry that affects everyone’s lives in sectors ranging from life sciences to energy, engineering and the environment.

Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19 said it was an honour to be highlighting the work Australians are doing in microscopy to the world: “This is Australia’s scientific community’s chance to shine and we believe our international peers will be pleasantly surprised by the amount and depth of advancements happening on our shores. The exhibition floor will be awash with cutting-edge technology, imaging techniques and state-of-the-art products and services from around Australia and the globe, that are destined to transform our understanding of the world around us.”

Sydney is a hub for Australia’s microscopy community, with Congress Vice-Chair Professor Paul Munroe of UNSW (the University of New South Wales) Australia noting: “The University of Sydney and UNSW have very big, strong microscopy centres.”

The University of Sydney is also the headquarters of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, a national collaborative research facility for the characterisation of materials at the micro, nano and atomic scales.

IMC19 will have an impressive line-up of global thought leaders set to explore the latest technology and practices in microscopy, including Nobel Laureates Professor Dan Shechtman, from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Professor Joachim Frank, from Columbia University, USA, as well as other global authorities such as Dr Misty Jenkins of Australia’s Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research.

Ringer adds: “The Congress is the only one of its kind, crucial for bringing together the brightest scientific and technical minds to collaborate, cross-pollinate and bridge disciplines.

“When you start to get that sense you do as a scientist that you’re building teams that are really tugging at the frontiers of the field worldwide and people are really looking at what you’re doing, and you’re starting to bring through these brilliant cohorts of fabulous new PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers, of course the thought comes wouldn’t it be great to bring the world to us to look at what we are doing? What a great opportunity for the academic community in Australia.”

As part of this local legacy, IMC19 is offering 50 young scientists an opportunity to network with experts in their field at the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly. Held on 9 September 2018 at the University of Sydney, they will meet, discuss and learn from academic and industry leaders.

The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences.


Featured image: Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19