On the 13th and 14th of November, I had the pleasure of representing Linkam at the annual meeting of the Cryo Microscopy Group held at the picturesque Birmingham University. This meeting was of particular importance as it marked the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the group.
Speakers from a variety of different fields told short anecdotes about how cryo microscopy has helped them in their research over the last 25 years and talked about how they believe the technique will help their application in the coming years. What was also evident from some of the accompanying photographs was that health and safety measures were not as strictly adhered to in the 1980s and 90s as they are now.
The meeting also featured a short freeze-frame competition which was an opportunity for young researchers to give a brief overview of their work - and showcase their best images - in a two minute presentation to the assembled audience.
Overall, this was a very interesting meeting in which all attendees spoke with pride about a technique which has helped them greatly with their previous work and one that seems as if it will only aid them further in the future.
I would like to thank everyone at the Cryo Microscopy Group for all the help and support they have given us in the past. Some members of this group have been instrumental in the development of our CMS196 stage and we look forward to working with more of their members in the future.
By Ricky Patel