“Technology transfer is a crucial part of our shared response to our global interdependence and common vulnerability."
President Michael D. Higgins (12-01-2017)
We humans have always been good at gathering and processing information on an individual level- that’s why we survived and developed in the first place. Science emerged when we started to aggregate and analyse knowledge collectively in collaborative and even competitive networks. Knowledge exchange and transfer has been essential; science could not have been developed in an information vacuum. The opportunities to present work and be exposed to the work of others are a hallmark of the modern scientist.
I was fortunate enough to disseminate my own work at mmc2015 and I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. Never before had I been so overwhelmed by exposure to my own field, to like-minded individuals, to innovators and engineers, technicians and theoreticians, as friends and collaborators. The science community gathers strength from debating evidence, contesting expertise, thereby establishing truthful, scientific concepts.
Ireland is one of the actors on a global stage with its own pride and history of contributions. The Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI) has a proud history of international collaboration. In 1996, the MSI together with one of Ireland’s eminent research bodies, the University College Dublin (UCD) hosted the 11th European Congress on Electron Microscopy. In 2014, the MSI annual meeting was held in conjunction with the Scottish Microscopy Group (SMG) in Glasgow. On both, an organisational and personal level, the MSI has very close and fruitful ties to the SMG and the RMS. This is a successful relationship that we will renew this year in the Celtic sessions at mmc2017. The MSI encourages all its members to participate in, and attend mmc2017, and reminds its student members that bursaries will be available for those wishing to attend the conference. In addition, the Celtic Sessions are aimed at showcasing and encouraging collaborative research, and all members of the international microscopy community are warmly invited to contribute to these sessions,
With recent global events, no one will be unaware of the borders that still remain to separate us humans, but in the scientific community, because cooperation is vital, these borders are inherently thin and surmountable, enabling continued share and flow of information: at mmc2017 you can expect to meet and make lasting friends across the Life and Physical Sciences.
Written by Pierce Maguire, Information Officer, Microscopy Society of Ireland
There is still time to submit an abstract to the Celtic Sessions at mmc2017. Oral abstract submission closes on 17 February 2017. Poster abstract submission is open until 17 March 2017.