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    Professor Dr Wolfgang Baumeister

mmc2019: an Arena for Knowledge Exchange

Mar 22 2019 Read 464 Times

Packed with topics from six parallel conference sessions, an extensive exhibition of the latest technology, learning zones and hands-on workshops, a huge poster village and the ever popular display of shortlisted images for the RMS Scientific Imaging Competition, mmc2019 which returns to Manchester on 1st to 4th July, promises to offer something for everyone with a microscope from hobbyist to workplace user.

The exhibition, free to all delegates and day visitors, will feature a new comers area, showcasing ideas and products from smaller companies, start-ups and spin-offs exhibiting at mmc for the first time.

Organised by the Royal Microscopical Society, a UK-based Charity dedicated to furthering the science of microscopy through a wide range of activities, mmc2019 also hosts a wide range of popular meetings catering for specific interest groups including;

EMAG 2019

SPM Meeting 2019

Frontiers in Bioimaging

Microscopy Society of Ireland

Scottish Microscopy Group

RMS Medals to be awarded at mmc2019

The RMS is delighted to be recognising outstanding contribution to microscopy by a distinguised group who will gather at mmc2019. They are -

Wolfgang Baumeister

Klaus Hahn

Caterina Ducati

Cristina Lo Celso

Suliana Manley

Wanda Kukulski

Cyrus Hirjibehedin


Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Microscopical Society

Honorary Fellowships are bestowed by the Society for eminence in microscopy or related branches of science or for exceptional service to science.

Professor Dr Wolfgang Baumeister (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry) is the recipient of an Honorary Award, which will be presented during his plenary talk at mmc2019.

The Pearse Prize

The Pearse Prize was established by the RMS Histochemistry and Cytochemistry Section (now Life Sciences)) in 1982 to honour the contribution made to histochemistry by Professor AGE Pearse. The prize is awarded to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to histochemistry and life sciences and is still active in their field. It will not be restricted to any particular age group.

It is typically awarded every four or five years (and not more frequently than every two years) and only then when it is felt there is a suitable candidate. It is generally regarded as one of the international honours in histochemistry and the life sciences, with an emphasis on microscopy.

Professor Klaus Hahn (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) is the recipent of the 2019 Pearse Prize. A ground-breaking professor who has consistently pushed the boundaries with his work examining protein activity within living cells. Prof. Klaus Hahn has pioneered the design of biosensors and optogenetics to visualize and control signalling in living cells. His work was once rated among the “10 breakthroughs of the decade” by Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology.

He is set to receive the accolade in July at the mmc2019 Congress, where he will also be giving a plenary talk.

More information about the Pearse Prize can be found on the RMS website.

Congress Banquet, Weds 3rd July

Star of BBC’s The One Show Marty Jopson is bringing his ‘Invisible Worlds’ talk to mmc2019. Marty is the BBC1 programme's resident scientist and he will drop in to give an exciting pre-dinner talk.
The Cambridge graduate, who gained a PhD in plant cell biology before embarking on a lengthy TV career, promises to take mmc2019 on a journey from the very beginnings of microscopy, through hugely magnified insects, bacteria and plants to the most up-to-date fluorescent techniques.
The pre-dinner talk, supported by Zeiss, will take place at 6pm in Central 5, 6 and 7. No pre-booking is required.

Travel Bursaries

The RMS is offering travel bursaries to those planning to attend the mmc2019 Conference and/or the Exhibition. This is a limited bursary fund and awards will be made on a first come first served basis. mmc2019 bursaries are open to both RMS members and non-members. What's stopping you?


Registration for the Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019 is now open. Early bird registration rates for the conference will be in place until 17 May.

Free exhibition registration will remain open online until 25 June, but you can also turn up on the day in Manchester and register for free at the venue.

The mmc2019 conference is open from 1 – 4 July and the exhibition is open from 9am on 2 – 4 July.

Find out more about mmc2019 and register at

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