Dear Colleagues,

It was a great pleasure to officially invite you to come and present your latest results at the Microscopy Conference 2013 in Regensburg, Germany. It was hold at the University of Regensburg, Germany, from August 25–30, 2013. This conference follows the tradition of the "Dreiländertagung Mikroskopie". Following the great success of the Microscopy Conference 2009 in Graz, Austria, a joint conference of the "Dreiländer" and the MCM, the MC 2013 in Regensburg has been jointly organized by ten microscopical societies from 11 countries: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungaria, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, and for the first time, Turkey.

The congress venue was the campus of the University of Regensburg in Southern Germany, which already hosted a "Dreiländertagung Mikroskopie" in 1997.
On the Microscopy Conference MC 2013, there has been an exciting scientific program, with plenary talks, sessions with short talks, poster sessions, workshops, and ample time for discussions. The European Microscopical Society EMS has been granted the MC 2013 the status of an EMS extension. The conference brought together scientists from all over Europe. Over 900 participants from over 60 countries allows us to speak of a successful meeting.

As on previous conferences, the MC 2013 hosted a large trade exhibition, which aims to show the latest equipment from the manufacturers of all different kinds of microscopies and microscopy techniques, as well as suppliers of accessories and consumables, preparation tools, image analysis systems, and all important publishers in the field. Manufacturers have presented their latest equipment and developments and highlighted potential applications in technical lectures.

We are pleased to have organized such an outstanding microscopy event and about the possibility to network with the whole European microscopy community.

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Rachel, University of Regensburg