The International Microscopy Congress (IMC) is the most significant international meeting in the field of microscopy. Held over six-days in September 2018, this meeting brought together to progress seriously small but extremely significant matter. The notably successful 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) allowed international experts to connect with aspiring and established experts and experience the latest technological developments in the field. And the results speak for themselves.
Held once every four years, this global meeting builds capability in the field of microscopy. By refining the methods used to examine the minute structure of important resources, the outcomes of IMC serve to create more sustainable, effective and durable materials that are used in key industries, such as infrastructure, health and agriculture.
IMC19 in September 2018 saw more than 1700 leading scientists, researchers and industry bodies to Sydney. The six-day event involved 1200 presenters, including Nobel Laureates: Professor Joachim Frank and Professor Dan Shechtman; and Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, and showcased the strength of Australia’s microscopy community.
- Largest exhibition Congress history
- New revolutionary business model launched, including an innovative mobile app
- Inaugural Schools Outreach Program involving 600 local school students and teachers experiencing the latest microscopy equipment and technology
- Inaugural Indigenous Australian art exhibition, New Beginnings, showcasing local artist work based on microscopic images of various elements
- Winner of the prestigious IAPCO Driving Excellence Award for Collaboration for outstanding partnership-driven management.
SUCCESS BY NUMBERS
- 2800 delegates from 48 countries
- 1700 of the world's leading scientists
- 1200 presenters
- 70 exhibitors and 100 stand spaces
- Record breaking sponsorship and exhibition figures, with a 30% increase on IMC18 Prague.
The global connectivity of Sydney, the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), a vibrant scientific program and world-class tertiary educational institutions in close proximity to the conference venue, were all leading factors to Sydney winning the bid to host IMC19.
“We are moving the narrative beyond the fact that Sydney has got these nice beaches and a really nice harbour and opera house to one that positions Sydney as an intellectual hub, a business hub, an advanced manufacturing hub and much more –about the way that Sydneysiders are shaping the world,” said Professor Simon Ringer, Chair IMC19 and BESydney Global Ambassador.