Specialized scientists from all over the world attending XRM2018

More than 300 experts from all over the world are coming to Saskatoon to explore one of the hottest fields in synchrotron science, putting the city on the global scientific map.

What: X-ray Microscopy 2018 conference
Where: TCU Place
When: August 20 to 24, 2018
Web: http://xrm2018.com

 “X-ray microscopy is absolutely cutting-edge because both the technology and the applications are developing very rapidly,” says Stephen Urquhart, chair of the XRM2018 conference and a chemistry professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

“These microscope techniques are quite powerful for a wide range of areas from scientists studying medicine to scientists studying materials. On the technology side, the developments in light sources also help with the development of more powerful and advanced microscopes.”

Synchrotrons, including the U of S Canadian Light Source, produce light that’s millions of times brighter than the sun. Using the X-ray portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, scientists shine that light on what they are studying and then use specially designed microscopes to study matter at the molecular level. The CLS has five beamlines dedicated to X-ray microscopy.

The X-ray microscopy experts attending XRM2018 will be coming from 24 countries. During the week-long conference, 76 leaders in this field of science will present their research findings. In addition, 200 scientific posters will be on display.

“We are doing good things at the Canadian Light Source and by hosting the meeting here we get a chance to highlight the work that we do to people around the globe,” says Urquhart, who adds that the recent shut-down at the CLS due an equipment failure won’t interfere with the conference.

“These instruments are complex. Many things can go wrong with a big machine. Many of those in the international community have had the similar experiences at their own facilities.”

XRM2018 is the fourteenth international conference in a series that started in Göttingen, Germany, in 1983. Held every two years, the previous conference locations include San Francisco, Chicago, Melbourne and Oxford. XRM2020 will be in Taiwan.

The City of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Light Source are among the local sponsors.

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The Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan is a national research facility, producing the brightest light in Canada—millions of times brighter than even the sun. One of the largest science projects in our country’s history, the CLS hosts annually more than 1,000 scientists from around the world who use our light to conduct ground-breaking health, agricultural, environmental and advanced materials research.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan fund our operations.

 

To arrange for an interview, please contact:

Victoria Martinez
Communications Coordinator
306-657-3771
victoria.martinez@lightsource.ca

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