Sydney IMC19-CNEW

How many scientists does it take to look through a microscope?

More than 2,000 of the world’s top scientific brains have been exploring new research and experiencing the latest scientific microscopy equipment, in Sydney for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19). The congress, held every four years, has been running 9-14 September.

Field emission guns and new electron exploration systems are two of the many innovations in medical science that have been on show in front of the world’s largest microscopic community.

The congress attracted Nobel Laureates professor Dan Shechtman and professor Joachim Frank, from The Technion Israel to deliver presentations.

Reproductive breakthroughs and a step towards a cure for cancer were also on the agenda at the congress.

Tek-Event, Thermo Fisher Scientific and ZEISS were among IMC19’s 60 exhibitors.

Delegates activities outside the conference programme included the opportunity to participate in the IMC19 Outreach Learning Program involving hosting 21 schools across Australia, to offer students the chance to undertake four storyline-based challenges, featuring the latest light and microscopy equipment alongside leading researchers and instrument specialists.

In 2010 IMC19 chair Simon Ringer and co-chair Paul Munro pitched to bring IMC18 to Sydney, although that bid was lost to Prague.

Local PCO Arinex got involved soon after the unsuccessful bid and worked with the professors and Business Events Sydney to win IMC19.

The Team Sydney bid won convincingly, receiving 42 votes to runner up Beijing’s 18 votes.

When, in 2014, Sydney was announced as winner, the congress venue ICC Sydney was just a hole in the ground.

This year’s IMC congress marks just the second time it has come to Australia since 1974, when it was held in Canberra.



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