The event also saw the presentation of the Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award , which is given to young scientists for exceptional contributions to the advancement of X-ray microscopy, to Junjing Deng (Northwestern University, USA) for his talk: “Simultaneous fly-scan Ptychography and XRF on frozen hydrated samples” and to Kagias, Matias (ETH Zurich / PSI, Switzerland) for his talk: “Oni-directional scattering contrast with novel optics”.
Early career researchers with posters on display were given the opportunity to present a brief overview of their research in a series of two-minute Flash Talks. Poster prizes were awarded to Simone Sala, University College London, Ottó Márkus, KIT/IMT, and Burcu Kepsutla, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. Whilst the honour of hosting XRM 2020 was conferred after a vote upon Taiwan.
Delegates also enjoyed the unique opportunity to explore the Diamond synchrotron through a series of guided tours. Whilst the City of Dreaming Spires provided a quintessentially British experience, including sensational architecture, a rich history, Harry Potter and CS Lewis, and even punting on the river Thames.
Prof Janos Kirz, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, shared why he feels XRM 2016 was such a rewarding event: “It was a fantastic conference. Progress in X-ray microscopy is rapid and affects every facet of the field. Applications in the life sciences, in the energy area, in cultural heritage, etc. are now attracting new communities and will further broaden the impact.”
Christoph Rau was one of Diamond’s XRM project chairs. He said: “I’m pleased to say that XRM was very successful. I’ve received a great deal of positive feedback for our efforts. I’d like to also thank the XRM community for their contribution, in some cases sponsorship, and for bringing so much fantastic science to the conference. The community is special because it is a phenomenally supportive group. I look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018.”
The next meeting, XRM 2018, will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in the heart of the Canadian prairies. To find out more, click here
. In the meantime, a big thank you from Diamond to everyone who made this event such a great success.
Here’s to the illustrious past and bright future of X-ray microscopy.