On behalf of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), it is my pleasure to introduce the 20th International Microscopy Congress (IMC20), to be held in September 2022, in the stunning Convention and Exhibition Centre in Busan.
IMC is the Olympics of microscopy; held every four years and attracting delegates from across the globe. The program will include world-renowned plenary speakers alongside an extensive trade exhibition where leading suppliers launch ground-breaking new instruments.
It is a particular pleasure to introduce the Korean Society of Microscopy (KSM) as the host for IMC20 which will be held in Korea for the first time.
A tradition of IMC events has been a vibrant social calendar and delegates will have ample opportunity
to enjoy fabulous Korean food and to explore historical and cultural attractions in the Busan area.
I look forward to warmly welcoming you and your family to Korea in 2022.
Professor Angus Kirkland,
University of Oxford, UK
In the long history of IFSM, the IMCs have been held five times in the Asia-Pacific region and that Busan. Korea was selected at the IMC19 held in Australia in 2018. We all know that microscopy is an essential and powerful tool for both science and industries. Since microscopy is an accelerator of success for major industries in Korea, it is obviously appropriate to organize IMC20 in Busan. Furthermore, IFSM was admitted as a full union member of the International Science Council (ISC) in Taipei in 2017 which indicates the importance of microscopy in the Asia-Pacific region for international scientific societies, and the visibilities of IFSM and IMC are significantly increasing now.
During the IMC20, all participants will see the recent developments and progress in microscopy techniques, and the tremendous amount of results in materials and life sciences through discussion with top level researchers from all over the world. I strongly hope that all microscopists can come to Busan in 2022, and enjoy the dynamic Korean culture and prosperity as well as the exchange of the scientific information. IFSM is also expecting a big contribution and impact from the IMC20 to international scientific activities for the centenary of the first electron microscope in 2031.
Dr. Kazuo Furuya,
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan