Linkam’s, Senior Research & Development Engineer, Dr Michael Schwertner, recently travelled to the dynamic city of Taipei to present a paper at the ‘Focus on Microscopy’ (FOM) conference (20th- 23rd March). Over 500 people from more than 30 countries attended the event.
The conference contained a mixture of workshops, talks and poster sessions covering all aspects of light microscopy and image processing. Michael’s paper, ‘Cryo-Fluorescence Mapping for Correlative Microscopy of Biological Samples’, focussed on correlative microscopy and cryo-fluorescence imaging.
Cryo-correlative electron microscopy (cryo-CLEM) aims to combine the ultra-high resolution of electron microscopy, providing structural information, with the chemical sensitivity of fluorescence microscopy to create a more complete image of intra cellular processes. Michael presented his paper which discussed both the benefits and challenges of cryo-microscopy and new workflow options when using cryo-CLEM techniques with the Linkam CMS196.
Michael also attended many other talks given by scientific world leaders, including the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Eric Betzig, whose work focussed on super-resolution techniques. One of Michael’s favourite talks of the conference came from Shahar Alon from MIT. His talk ‘Expansion Microscopy & Expansion Sequencing’ looked at a novel approach of improving microscopy – targeting the expansion of samples to increase the power of microscopy techniques, rather than aiming to improve the microscope resolution power itself.
The conference dinner was held on the 86th floor in Taipei 101, which boasts fastest elevator in the world and was until 2009 the world’s tallest building. The skyscraper has 101 floors and features a unique 660 ton counter balancing weight to keep it safe in the event of an earthquake. Taiwan has a fantastic variety of Asian and fusion foods with which the delegates were spoilt at the conference.
We would like to thank FOM for another great conference and the opportunity to present a talk, and we hope to see you again at the next conference in Bordeaux, France.
By Tabassum Mujtaba