In August, the MRRC group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology hosted the 12th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (ICMRM) at Fitzwilliam College. The ICMRM, first started in 1991 as the “Heidelberg Conference”, covers the latest developments in non-clinical magnetic resonance methods and recent applications in science and engineering. This year, the conference was chaired by Dr Andy Sederman and Prof. Lynn Gladden from the department.
Attended by 183 delegates from 15 countries, the conference featured plenary lectures by Lucio Frydman, Klaas Prüssman and Warren S Warren. The majority of the conference consisted of oral research presentations covering subjects from MR hardware, flow/diffusion studies and biomedicine to exotic and emerging MRI techniques.
Some time was allocated to talks by six young investigators or poster presentations by graduate students, allowing the graduates to discuss their research directly with interested parties from academia and industry. The prize for the talks was awarded to Alex Tayler (University of Cambridge), the prize for the best poster to Fred Goora (University of New Brunswick).
The conference encouraged a good social atmosphere for the delegates with activities like the official pub crawl and traditional Cambridge pursuits such as punting or college tours. Events culminated in a grand feast and prize ceremony in the Trinity College Great Hall.
ICMRM 13 will take place in 2015 at the Technical University Munich.