January 28, 2009
Prof Dr Leo A. Ginsel
On January 7, 2009, Leo Ginsel, Treasurer and member of the executive board of the European Microscopy Society (EMS) died in Mook, The Netherlands. He was born on July 24, 1947 in Leiden where he also studied Biology. He gained his PhD in 1979 by studying the network of interactions between cell coat, surface organelles, lysosomes, uptake and degradation in intestinal epithelial cells. In 1991 he moved to Nijmegen and became full professor of Cell Biology and Histology. Apart from scientific work itself, it became evident that scientific organisations also attracted his attention, so in the period 1996-2003 he was the chairman of the Dutch Society for Microscopy (NVvM). During his career, Leo published many articles, at first concerning his work on intestinal cells; later his studies also included monocytes, macrophages, granulocytes and finally the diaphragm. Many of his articles are written in collaboration with colleagues from other universities and were published in high-ranking international journals. The EMS has seen Leo Ginsel as a hardworking, sympathetic biologist engaging himself in many different aspects of life.
January 22, 2009
In 2009, Austria will host the 9th Multinational Congress on Microscopy and the Dreiländertagung, presenting the joint meeting Microscopy Conference (MC) 2009. The MC will take place from Aug. 30 to Sep. 4, 2009 in Graz. The main areas covered will be instrumentation and methodology, materials science and life science. The program comprises plenary lectures, keynote lectures, poster sessions, symposia and workshops. Special emphasis will be given on the poster presentations, which means a considerable time will be allocated to the presentations and discussion of the posters. During the conference there will be a trade exhibition displaying modern instruments and state-of-the-art developments in microscopy. The venue of the Microscopy Conference will be Congress Graz in the historic city center of Graz.
January 20, 2009
Carl Zeiss Vision International announced a change in its management board. For personal reasons, Dr. Norbert Gorny, CEO of Carl Zeiss Vision, has decided to leave the company. In his role as CEO, he was also responsible for the integration of Sola International which Carl Zeiss Vision acquired in 2004. Arne Frank, chairman of the advisory board of Carl Zeiss Vision will act as interim CEO and lead the company together with the executive board members Klaus Leinmüller and Dr. Raymund Heinen, until a new long term CEO has been appointed. Frank is a senior industrial advisor of the private equity company EQT and in this role chairman of the advisory board of the company which is equally owned by EQT and Carl Zeiss.
January 19, 2009
Advances in photonics research with applications touching nearly every aspect of life will draw 17,500 scientists and industry leaders to SPIE Photonics West to San Jose, CA, U.S., from Jan. 24-29, 2009. Photonics West addresses experts in biomedical optics, lasers, MOEMS/MEMS, and optoelectronics. The week-long event offers research presentations, two exhibitions, industry executive panels, a continuing education program, a career fair, and numerous networking events. Both exhibitions and panels are open to registrants at no charge.
Panel topics include:
- Silicon photonics and optical interconnects
- Hot markets in photonics: solar
- Perspectives on the world of photonics
- Applications of high-power solid state lasers
The exhibition will include more than 1,100 companies showing the latest in components, systems, and applications for optics and photonics manufacturing, electronic imaging, infrared sources and detectors, optical detectors, fibers and materials, cameras and displays, and other innovations.
January 16, 2009
The European Light Microscopy Initiative’s (ELMI) 9th annual meeting on advanced microscopy will be held from June 9-12, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. Both, scientific presentations and hands-on workshops will be offered to the attendees. ELMI is a communication network of advanced microscopy users and manufacturers of imaging equipment. The conference aims to promote biological imaging as a fundamental tool for basic and applied research in the life science field. It will assist scientists working in the field of life science to exploit the power of biological imaging by improving the transfer of knowledge. ELMI meetings rotate through Europe, typically hosted by members who run imaging facilities. The next ELMI meeting, held at Caledonian University, Glasgow, will be hosted by Kurt I. Anderson from the Beatson Cancer Research Institute and Gail McConnell from the Institute of Biophotonics.
University of Glasgow, Scotland, source: pixelio.de
January 15, 2009
FEI Company has acquired substantially all of the assets of Intellection Holdings of Brisbane, Australia. Intellection’s primary product is the Qemscan automated mineralogy system. The purchase increases FEI’s presence in the automated mineralogy market for mining companies. The purchase price was approximately $2.8 million. Automated mineralogy systems identify minerals in polished sections of drill core, particulate, or lump materials and quantify a wide range of characteristics, such as mineral abundance, grain size, and liberation.
January 13, 2009
The key challenges and issues the world microscope market is facing were recently published in the report “World Microscopes Market” on the market research engine Reportlinker. The specific product segments analyzed are Optical Microscopes, Charged Particle Microscopes, and Scanning Probe Microscopes. The report also contains an assessment of the world market by end-use applications like Semiconductor Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Materials and Nanotechnology. Further, this market research provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America and includes a forecast for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 105 companies including many key and niche players worldwide, for which data were mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources. The market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.
January 9, 2009
From Sunday April 5 to Wednesday April 8, 2009 the Focus on Microscopy (FOM) conference will take place in Krakow, Poland. It is the continuation of a yearly conference series presenting the latest innovations in optical microscopy and its application in biology, medicine and the material sciences. Key subjects are the theory and practice of 3D optical imaging, related 3D image processing, and reporting especially on developments in resolution and imaging modalities. The FOM conference also covers the rapidly advancing fluorescence labeling techniques for the confocal and multiphoton 3D imaging of live- biological-specimens. A technical exhibition will be a special feature of this year’s conference in Krakow.
Upcoming topics will cover:
- Confocal and multiphoton-excitation microscopy
- Novel illumination and detection strategies
- Fluorescence: new labels, fluorescent proteins, quantum dots, single molecule
- Time-resolved fluorescence: FRET, FRAP, FLIM, FCS
- Coherent non-linear microscopy: SHG, THG, SFG, CARS
- Raman, light scattering microscopy
- Multi-dimensional imaging
- Sub-wavelength resolution: near field microscopy, STED, PALM
- Laser manipulation, ablation and microdissection, photoactivation
- Optical tools in genomics, proteomics, phenomics, cytometry
- Magnetic resonance and X-ray microscopy
- Image processing and visualization
- Live cell and whole tissue imaging
The conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum, ul. Krupnicza 35, in the center of Krakow.
Details for registration, abstract submission, deadlines, etc. will soon be available on:
Krakow, Poland (source: pixelio.de)