Conference Delegates

Conference delegates are able to access all the features of mmc2019: an international scientific conference; huge exhibition with companies large and small showcasing their latest equipment; the poster village featuring cutting-edge research from all over the world, and; a drop-in learning zone filled with a range of equipment and experts on hand to offer advice and demonstrations.

Registration Desk Opening Times

Monday 1 July: 1200 – 1930
Tuesday 2 July: 0800 – 1800
Wednesday 3 July: 0800 – 1800
Thursday 4 July: 0900 – 1600

Your eBadge

Prior to the event, you will receive your eBadge by email. Please bring the eBadge email with you to registration. If you have paid your registration, or you have been invited to attend mmc2019, it will have a barcode and reference number that you can use at one of our self-service terminals to print your conference badge. Your conference badge also allows you access to the Exhibition.

If your registration is unpaid, you will receive the email but it will ask you to visit the main registration desk, not the self-service terminals, in order to make payment.

If you use one of our self-service terminals you will just need to hold the barcode in front of the red scan light, or just type in your badge reference. If you need assistance, please visit the registration desk.

Please note - if you have made payment for your registration within the last 10 days, you may still have to go to the main registration desk to print your badge.

After registering, you will be able to collect a conference bag from the Conference Collection Point. This will contain:

  • The Conference & Exhibition Programme
  • M&A Visitor Guide
  • A Pen
  • Promotional Literature from Sponsoring Companies and Media Partners
  • infocus magazine

You will also be able to collect a list of late breaking posters, a conference addendum and any lunch vouchers at the Conference Collection Point.

Please note that the printed programme may differ slightly from the online version due to any changes that have taken place after going to print. The programme will be correct online, on the app and in the addendum.


You can collect your lanyard (sponsored by Märzhäuser Wetzlar) from the self-service terminals or registration desk.

Lanyard colour coding

  • Conference & Exhibition attendees – White
  • Exhibitors - Black
  • Invited Speaker and VIP’s – Yellow

Admission and Name Badges

Entry to the conference sessions is restricted to mmc2019 Conference Delegates only and for security purposes you must wear your badge at all times or you may be refused entry. If you lose your badge, please ask at the Registration Desk for a replacement.

Conference badges allow entry to all aspects of mmc2019, including the exhibition, learning zone and workshops.

Catering Information

Conference delegates will be able to obtain FREE tea and coffee all day in the exhibition from the central catering point.
Refreshments will be available to conference delegates in the Poster Area and around the Exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1600 – 1800 and on Thursday from 1130 – 1400.

There will also be a number of free water points around the exhibition.

Breakfast, lunches and snacks will be available on a cash basis from the catering areas within the exhibition from Tuesday to Thursday.

Lunch vouchers are included in your conference registration, you have three lunch vouchers to use during the Congress and you can collect these from the Conference Collection Point after you have collected your badge. The lunch vouchers have a value of £7 which can be used in full or part payment. Please note, change from the vouchers will not be given.

Social Events

Discipline specific dinners as well as a Congress Banquet and daily poster sessions are all on offer at mmc2019. There are plenty of opportunities to network with all the other conference attendees. Some of them need to be booked during the registration process others are free to attend. Plan what you would like to go to from our Social Programme.

Additional Information


Please be aware that additional security measures have been put in place for mmc2019. On arrival at the venue you will see bag security checks and additional security personnel onsite. This is a measure recommended by the venue but is not indicative of any perceived security concerns.

Wi-Fi Access

Free Wi-Fi will be available in Manchester Central. Please note there will be no computer terminals available for use at Manchester Central.

Congress App

The mmc2019 Congress App is available to download from iTunes and the Play Store. It offers a wide range of features including access to the complete mmc2019 schedule, submitted abstracts and much more. 

The app link for direct download:

How to access the App:

  1. Go to the right store. Access the App Store on iOS devices and the Play store on Android.
    If you’re using a Blackberry or Windows phone, skip these steps. You’ll need to use the web version of the app found here:
  2. Install the app. Search for CrowdCompass AttendeeHub. Once you’ve found the app, tap either Download or Install.
    After installing, a new icon will appear on the homescreen.
  3. Search the AttendeeHub. Once downloaded, open the AttendeeHub app and enter mmc2019.
  4. Open your event. Tap the name of your event to open it.

Please note that this Congress App is different to the 2017 version. You will need to download the new App even if you still have the mmc2017 version on your phone. 

Social Media

For the latest conference and exhibition updates follow us on twitter and instagram @mmc_series. Include #mmc2019UK in any of your social media posts to join the conversation. Please tag the RMS in your images on Instagram (@royalmicrosoc) for a chance to be featured on our page.  Don’t forget, we are also on Facebook and LinkedIn! Just search for ‘Royal Microscopical Society’.

RMS event staff and volunteers will be on hand at the conference to help with any queries and to direct you around the venue. RMS staff will be wearing striped t-shirts and shirts to help you identify them.

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