The Focus on Microscopy 2016 Conference (FOM 2016), organized by National Yang-Ming University, took place from March 20–23 at the International Convention Center of the National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to the opening actual conference which formally began in the evening, internationally renowned speakers from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden offered several tutorial workshops so delegates could top up on in-depth knowledge regarding microscopy.
Topics of the three-day conference included the theory and practice of 3D optical imaging, related 3D image processing, improvements in resolution and imaging modalities, and rapidly advancing fluorescence labeling techniques for confocal and multi-photon 3D imaging of live biological specimens. The conference dinner was an ideal occasion for promoting cultural exchange and was held on March 24 at the Ding Xian 101 restaurant located in the Taipei 101 skyscraper so participants could enjoy the spectacular Taipei city nightscape while tasting Taiwan cuisine.
The FOM Conference, first held in Germany in 1988, occurs annually and is the most important international conference in microscopy worldwide. Taking place for the 27th time, the scope of the conference has grown larger over the years to cover the applications of microscopy in biology, medicine, and the material sciences. Taiwan, as host of the FOM conference, welcomed more than 500 scholars, experts, practitioners, and researchers from home and abroad to participate in the event and to exchange the latest advances, share experiences, and explore boundless possibilities for future development.