"This was the third time the FOM meeting had been held in Sydney", commented Guy Cox, Honorary Associate Professor, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney, Australia and local co-organizers for FOM. "Family problems, and airline strikes, forced some invited speakers to withdraw, but we still had a stellar cast of international speakers, and a keen crowd of contributors, making up a total of about 600 registrants. This was a fantastic total for a conference at 'the far end of the Earth'. For me it was a great pleasure to co-organize an FOM meeting the second time, last time being 1998 with Colin Sheppard – one of the founders of the series."
"Correlative microscopy – combining light and electron microscopy – was one of the hot topics this year," said Filip Braet, University of Sydney, and local co-organizers for FOM. "The weather wasn’t kind for our social events but relented for our final harbour cruise on Wednesday night, giving us a perfect evening. We are very grateful to Leica Microsystems, our major sponsor, for helping to make it all possible."
Next Focus on Microscopy conference will take place in Göttingen, Germany, from March 29 to April 1, 2015.
Tanjef Szellas, Head of the Confocal Product Management at Leica Microsystems, outlined the principles of multicolor as well as 3D STED together with their brand-new commercial implementation in his presentation. Application examples from several fields were presented ranging from triple color STED over 3D reconstruction of nuclear structures to live cell super-resolution imaging. He also presented application examples from several fields ranging from triple color STED via 3D reconstruction of nuclear structures to live cell super-resolution imaging.