The 12th European Congress on Electron Microscopy is intended to provide an overview of present achievements and expected future trends in electron microscopy and related fields. This is to include the instrumentation and methodology and all main application areas, particularly in life and material sciences. The Congress will also cover scanning probe microscopies and modern methods of optical microscopy including the near-field techniques.
The Congress will be organised into scientific symposia, grouped in families dedicated to Biological Sciences, Physical sciences and Instrumentation and Methodology. Keynote lectures will be prepared on selected topics of broad interest and presented as plenary lectures with prominence in the programme timetable. Carefully selected chairpersons will conduct the symposia and, together with other leading scientists, give introductory overview lectures to them. These will be complemented with selected oral contributions and with posters exhibited throughout the congress duration. Among the special events, the EMS (European Microscopy Society) symposium can be found. The scientific programme will be complemented with tutorials and with open labs organised by manufacturers.
The Congress will take place in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. This traditional centre of development and production of Tesla electron microscopes and a large university centre with two large and four smaller universities has 400 thousand inhabitants. The summertime congress brings an opportunity to also visit the beautiful Moravian countryside and historical monuments. The Congress will take place on the Trade-Fair Grounds with its multitude of large pavilions, including lecture halls and full catering. Two large hotels immediately adjacent to the main congress building, and a university dormitory within a comfortable walking distance, will easily house all participants.
The proceedings will be printed in three volumes. They will contain all papers (the keynote lectures, introductory lectures to symposia, oral contributions and posters) from all symposia on Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Instrumentation and Methodology, respectively. Early registrants can choose two volumes of these three as the proceedings included in the registration fee. Alternatively, they can select one volume and a CD-ROM containing all papers. Late registrants will receive a combination of the printed volume(s) and CD-ROM according to availability. Additional copies of the CD-ROM version of the proceedings will be available at extra cost.
As usual at large electron-microscopy congresses, an extensive exhibition will be an important part. It will span such topics as the latest commercial electron microscopes and their accessories, related imaging and analytical techniques, computer and control techniques, devices and materials for image archiving and processing, and laboratory equipment, tools and materials for various kinds of specimen preparation. Software for electron optical computations and scientific literature will also be presented. The exhibition will be organised in one building together with the poster exhibition and the congress symposia. The professional background of the trade fair grounds will ensure a smooth course for the exhibition, including all associated scientific, technical, advertising and social events organised by exhibitors.
The general policy of the organisers is to make the Congress fee as low as possible. In particular, the fee for full-time undergraduate and graduate students is significantly decreased. Moreover, a limited number of bursaries will also be awarded to active young participants as decided by the Congress President. Applications for the bursaries should be sent in the form of a letter together with the manuscript of a contributed paper by December 31, 1999. The bursary will include free congress registration and free accommodation in the College Vinařská for six nights.
Social Events, Tours
Social events will include the Sunday evening welcome party, hosted by the organisers, which will be held in the historical pavilion A on the Trade-Fair Grounds. Furthermore, the participants will be invited to the "theatre evening" which will include a symphonic concert of classical music followed by a reception. Participants will also be offered the opportunity to book a broad range of half-day, full day and longer trips and excursions during and after the congress. The special offer of BVV Fair Travel; Ltd., can be found as a separate section of this web site. The tours will be sold in a special booth "Tours" in the lobby of the pavilion E (the congress site) from Sunday, July 9, 2000 until they are fully booked. In order to secure your participation in a selected tour, we recommend that you use the advance booking form Tours, Trips, Excursions. For more-day tours and some most attractive shorter trips, utilising services that have to be reserved in advance, an advance deposit is essential. These tours are indicated in the list. When you tick any of the tours requiring a deposit, the travel agency will contact you in due course.
Programme for accompanying persons
We decided not to prepare any fix scheduled social programme for accompanying persons. Instead, we assume that they will broadly utilise the offer of tours and excursions. The fee required for the accompanying persons includes only the social events available for the congress participants, i.e. the welcome party in the pavilion A on Sunday evening, and the "theatre evening " on Wednesday. Accordingly, the fee for the accompanying persons has been established on a minimal level.
Brno is positioned on the busy railway route Berlin-Praha-Brno-Bratislava-Budapest, with direct trains to Vienna and a small international airport. Frequent bus service is available from Praha by motorway (2.5 hours).
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Seats in the scheduled buses will be reserved until 15 minutes. before the departure for those making advance bookings with the Bus Transport form. Then the remaining places will be sold to persons interested. In case the demand exceeds the capacity, advice will be available at the booth "EUREM 12" in the airport arrival hall or even extra buses will be provided.
From the Brno Main railway station, you can reach the congress site by using the tram no.1 in the direction "Bystrc Ečerova". The frequencies are every 4 minutes in the rush hour, otherwise every 10 to 18 minutes between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and every hour during the night (when a taxi is recommended). The destination tram station name is "Výstaviště", the tickets are sold by the tram driver (change should be prepared, currently the cost is 10 CZK). Your taxi can take you directly to your hotel or College Vinařská or to pavilion E in the Trade Fair area where the registration will take place.
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on Oct 6, 1999