Dear ESEM Members,
Warmest greetings to every one of you! I hope my newsletter 2023 finds you all in the best of health. Really, in these challenging times, it is our utmost priority to extend our sincere wishes for your well-being and happiness.
First, I want to share with you the resounding success of the ESEM Conference 2022, held in collaboration with the esteemed Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Tanta University, and Assiut University. The event was made possible by the sincere cooperation and dedication of our eminent colleagues on the board of directors, chairpersons and the invaluable contribution of our invited speakers who shared their expertise through important talks and presentations. I can’t neglect the appreciated role of the attendees who created a positive environment that encourages speakers to deliver their best.
Among the significant recommendations that emerged from the conference that I want to document is the critical need to invest in the fields of electron microscopy and nanotechnology, to bridge the gap between our community and the more developed countries. The implications of technology transfer, expertise exchange, equipment invention, and maintenance were highlighted as crucial factors in advancing our capabilities. Moreover, it was important to know that diagnostic electron microscopy is not a tool but a science in itself; thus, it is important to strengthen this specialty and foster specialized staff in the utilization of EM. As a result, one of the recommendations focused on the importance of organizing specific learning courses for our ESEM members and workers in the EM field for continuous professional development.
This later recommendation is among our first interests for the upcoming months. We study the possibility of organizing accredited online courses focusing on specific subjects in electron microscopy within the fields of material sciences and life sciences.
At the same time, we continue the enhancement of scientific exchange and networking with Egypt-based and international electron microscopy specialists. As well as the development of a database of EM working professionals in the field of materials science and life sciences in Egypt. Taking care of the Society members ‘social relationships by organizing recreational activities and going on regular nature excursions
Currently, we are also preparing for our ESEM conference 2024. The theme of the conference is "Enlightening the Invisible: Revealing the Unseen with Electron Microscopy". It is planned to be a hybrid conference on October 21 and 22, 2024, hosted by the Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Giza,Egypt.
I encourage you all to actively participate and contribute your ideas. Remember, this newsletter is not just a platform for information but an opportunity for your active engagement in society's activities.
Together, we can build a brighter future for electron microscopy and its numerous application.
Very best wishes to all,
President of the ESEM