The Congress takes place every second year. While the first five congresses were termed Multinational Congress on Electron Microscopy (MCEM), the name of the congress was changed in 2003 to the Multinational Congress on Microscopy (MCM) in order to stress the wider scope of the congress, and to include all varieties of microscopy. The 8MCM will comprise scientific sessions consisting of plenary lectures, invited lectures, selected oral presentations and poster presentations, as well as trade exhibition and social events. The participation of PhD students and young scientists will be facilitated by providing a discounted registration fee and a number of fellowships (in collaboration with microscopy-related companies and EMS).
The aims of the 8MCM are: