A River Runs Through It

The River Rhone, one of the major rivers in Europe and a beautiful feature of life in Lyon - the location for this year’s European Microscopy Congress. 

The River Rhone, one of the major rivers in Europe and a beautiful feature of life in Lyon - the location for this year’s European Microscopy Congress. 

Is it a fungus? Is it an alga? No it’s Staphylococcus aureus

The last 400 years has seen rapid advancements in the technical capabilities of microscopes, allowing scientists to answer such questions by exploring a world not visible to the naked eye.

Providing a realistic sample environment is also integral to understanding science in the real world. This is where Linkam comes in by creating sample characterisation chambers which work in conjunction with microscopes and spectrometers and allow control of physical parameters around samples.  

As one of the leading international companies in this field it was vital that we attended the 16th edition of the European Microscopy Congress (EMC) which only happens every four years and was held this year at the Lyon Convention Centre from 28th August to 2nd September. 

EMC gathered over 2500 visitors and proved to be an excellent event to showcase our stages which included the DCS600, the RH95 system, the TST350 tensile stage, WS37 warm stage, the LTS420E and the CMS196M Cryo-CLEM stage.

EMC 2016 hosted over 80 exhibitor stands and had over 2,500 visitors.

EMC 2016 hosted over 80 exhibitor stands and had over 2,500 visitors.

Each morning featured a cutting edge plenary lecture delivered by some of the world’s leading scientists. One of our favourites was that delivered by Professor Bram Koster, head of the Electron Microscopy in the department of Molecular Cell Biology at Leiden University Medical Centre. His talk centred on electron microscopy techniques and applications and featured our very own cryo-CLEM stage – the CMS196M

Cryo-CLEM is a new and emerging technique to combine the individual advantages from both Fluorescence and EM by imaging the same sample location with both techniques and superimposing the complementing information. The CMS196M provides a perfect solution for the correlation of high resolution structural information with biochemical processes within cells and as such proved a very popular product during the show.

The convention centre was situated in the beautiful city of Lyon and we were lucky enough to be sandwiched between the Parc de la Tête d'Or and the River Rhone. We enjoyed warm summer evening walks along the river and dined on exquisite French cuisine. 

Parc de la Tête d'Or with a view of the Lyon Convention Centre. 

Parc de la Tête d'Or with a view of the Lyon Convention Centre. 

We would like to say thank you to those we spoke to during the conference and we look forward to seeing you all for the next EMC - Copenhagen 2020.

By Tabassum Mujtaba