General Assembly of European Microscopy Society

Juni 15, 2009

This year, the annual General Assembly will be held at the EMS Extension MC2009 in Graz at Thursday, September 3, 2009. The purpose of the meeting is that the 5.500 EM-members will gather, discuss and determine the framework in which they communicate and cooperate. The rules say that all paid-up EMS members, including members of the Executive Board, have one vote. The General Assembly will be chaired by the President of EMS, Paul Midgley. Decisions are taken by a simple majority of votes – except for changes of the statutes.

Agenda topics are:

– Approval of the minutes of the 2008 General Assembly held during the EMS congress EMC 2008 in Aachen
– Report of the President, describing the activities of the Executive Board and the EMS in the period Sep. 2008 – Aug.  2009
– Status EMC 2012, EMS Extension 2010, EMS sponsored events
– Report of the Treasurer for the year 2008
– Budget prospects for the year 2009
– Concept budget for the year 2010
– Report of the financial auditors over the period 2004-2008
– Prospect on EMS activities

Schlossberg, Graz

Schlossberg, Graz, Austria


In Memory of Prof Dr Leo A. Ginsel

Januar 28, 2009

Prof Dr Leo A. Ginsel

Prof Dr Leo A. Ginsel

On January 7, 2009, Leo Ginsel, Treasurer and member of the executive board of the European Microscopy Society (EMS) died in Mook, The Netherlands. He was born on July 24, 1947 in Leiden where he also studied Biology. He gained his PhD in 1979 by studying the network of interactions between cell coat, surface organelles, lysosomes, uptake and degradation in intestinal epithelial cells. In 1991 he moved to Nijmegen and became full professor of Cell Biology and Histology. Apart from scientific work itself, it became evident that scientific organisations also attracted his attention, so in the period 1996-2003 he was the chairman of the Dutch Society for Microscopy (NVvM). During his career, Leo published many articles, at first concerning his work on intestinal cells; later his studies also included monocytes, macrophages, granulocytes and finally the diaphragm. Many of his articles are written in collaboration with colleagues from other universities and were published in high-ranking international journals. The EMS has seen Leo Ginsel as a hardworking, sympathetic biologist engaging himself in many different aspects of life.