Allow me to cordially invite you, on behalf of the Czechoslovak Society for Electron Microscopy and the Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, to participation in EUREM 12 in Brno. Nearly three years ago the representatives of European national societies for microscopy or electron microscopy voted about the venue of the next congress and the success of Brno in this competition was obviously a surprise to many. Perhaps some doubts were felt whether the period, available for a country behind the "iron curtain" for the recovery of its democracy, had been long enough to create conditions necessary to organise the congress properly. In between, significant steps forward on this way have been made and although many aspects of everyday life and services available should still and hopefully soon will be improved, I am inviting you with absolute confidence.
Although not too large in population and not bragging of too many historical glories, Brno can consider itself the city of electron microscopy. This year we could celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Czechoslovak electron microscope, which was put into operation by a group of students of Brno Technical University. From that time, electron microscopy was continuously under development, as a scientific discipline and as a production activity, and both took place in Brno. The Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Academy of Sciences, formerly the Czechoslovak one and now that of the Czech Republic, has been dealing with the theory, methodology and instrumentation of electron microscopy for more than forty years. The majority of the Institute's history was connected with the name of Professor Armin Delong, the leading member of the group of young creators of the first microscope and for thirty years the Institute's Director. The Brno factory of Tesla was for decades the supplier of electron microscopes, which were sold all over the world. The most famous of these, a small table-top TEM Tesla BS 242, was awarded Gold Medal at EXPO in Brussels in 1956, and had cumulative sales of over one thousand.
One of crucial establishments of trade and industry in Brno is the Brno Fairs and Exhibitions company, settled on the Trade Fair Area (Výstaviště). The tradition of exhibitions in this area started as early as 1928 when the Jubilee Exhibition was organised there, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the independent Czechoslovak Republic. The large pavilion, built for this purpose, is a huge airy concrete construction, designed with admirable invention, and has been famous since that time. You will enjoy this building during the congress welcome party. The Trade Fair Area now incorporates several tens of other modern pavilions and one of them will be the site of the congress. The extent of the space available in this single pavilion enables us not only to build a number of lecture rooms for symposia, tutorials and other events, to exhibit the posters during the full congress duration, but not surprisingly it will also offer ideal environment for the exhibition of instruments. Catering is available on site and in the immediate neighbourhood, two large hotels offer accommodation. Cheap accommodation in large College blocks is within a comfortable walking distance. You will find in Brno all what is needed for a compact congress enabling a participant to schedule his/her time at a highly economical level.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Brno at EUREM 12.
President of EUREM 2000
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