Two stands and three days filled with workshops and demonstrations

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ZEISS attended this year’s Microscience Microscopy Congress (MMC) – a three day bi-annual exhibition held in Manchester and the largest of its kind in Europe. Over a hundred companies attend MMC, giving delegates the chance to get hands-on with of the latest microscopy equipment.

Not one, but two stands

This year ZEISS dominated the exhibition with two incredible stands. On the main booth, customers had the chance to try ZEISS Celldiscoverer 7, ZEISS GeminiSEM 500, VR immersive microscopy and ZEISS MultiSEM 505/506 – the world’s fastest scanning electron microscope and winner of the Microscope today Innovation Award in 2015.

On the main stand, pre-booked fully subscribed demonstrations for ZEISS LSM 880 and ZEISS GeminiSEM 500 gave delegates the chance to ask specific applications questions and allowed them to be guided through the workflow of the product.

The ZEISS Digital Classroom had its own dedicated stand, in order to showcase what a potential classroom set-up could look like. It featured nine microscopes each connected to an iPad and large screens. A key benefit of the ZEISS Digital Classroom is that the teacher is able to move freely around the class whilst monitoring student microscope live views via their iPad. Students and teachers can also easily share their findings, take screenshots for portfolio evidence and even add annotations. All images can be shared among the network of iPads connected to the WiFi network. The set-up recognizes how students of today are used to a digital connected world and that learning should reciprocate this.

Workshops on applications of X-ray, SEM and automated microscope systems

ZEISS application specialists were on-hand throughout the exhibition to host five well-attended workshops. These focused on the practical applications of X-ray, SEM and automated microscope systems.  Dr Rosy Manser highlighted in her workshop entitled “From Motorisation to Automation in Imaging “,  that “commercial boxed microscope systems have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years and while easy to use, they are challenging to run more sophisticated experiments with. ZEISS Celldiscoverer 7 combats these issues”.

ZEISS was also honored to welcome Dr Louise Hughes to the stand as a special guest. Dr Hughes runs the Bioimaging Unit at Oxford Brookes University and has won a New England Bioscience Passion in Science award. Dr Hughes’ work is ground-breaking for so many people. She uses 3D electron microscopy data taken on the ZEISS GeminiSEM 500 to create a computer model of the structure, which is then converted into a 3D model using 3­D printing techniques.

“The 3D printer essentially does the reverse of the electron microscope, in that it will then slice this virtual model into very thin slices and it will then build it up by layer and layer of plastic and reconstruct that model,” explains Dr Louise Hughes.

Dr Hughes uses these 3D printing and electron microscopy techniques as an outreach tool to bring microscopy models to life. This work allows those who are visually impaired or blind to feel the models in their hands and get a better understanding. “For those who are partially sighted, they were scientifically literate but the interpretation and the visualization of the structure was lacking beforehand. Being able to hold the models made a massive difference in understanding them fully.”

Since first using the project for outreach, Dr Louise Hughes has gone on to bring the project into schools of all ages “The biggest takeaway is that understanding the structure has become so much more powerful by having three-dimensional models in schools”.

Virtual Reality at the stand

Another interactive feature at the ZEISS stand was immersive microscopy through virtual reality headsets. Arivis joined ZEISS to demonstrate that it is possible to visualize light, electron and X-ray microscopes as volumes or segmented surfaces with virtual reality headsets. Delegates were able to navigate through a 3D sample by moving their head around and looking at areas of the sample that would otherwise be hidden. The whole sample could be discussed and measured as a result and allowed delegates to gain a better understanding of scale and depth field.

Thank you to all our visitors at the booth this year. We are already counting down until MMC 2019!

Tags: Confocal Microscopy, Digital Classroom, Electron and Ion Microscopy, Light Microscopy, X-ray Microscopy

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