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In the past few months, Torr Scientific have been busy manning their stand at several major exhibitions. The exhibitions covered a scientific conference, a user meeting and a major photonics convention.

MRS Fall Meeting – Boston, USA

At the end of November 2023 Torr Scientific attended the MRS Fall User meeting held in Boston in the USA. This was Torr’s first attempt at exhibiting at one of the MRS (Materials Research Society) meetings, which are held in the spring and autumn in the USA. The meeting ran from 25th November to the 1st of December, the exhibition ran from the 28th to the 30th, with a setup day on Monday 27th. There were approximately 2,000 attendees and 174 exhibiting companies.

The venue for this Fall meeting was the Hynes Convention Centre in the middle of Boston, while the attached Sheraton hotel was used as the venue for the meeting rooms and some of the social functions. The venue was large and spacious. We occupied a simple unfurnished booth where we used our brand-new exhibition stand and lectern. They both went up quickly and looked very professional. The beauty of these compact exhibition display devices is that they can be easily transported as hand luggage.

SPIE Photonics West – San Francisco, USA

At the end of January 2024 Torr Scientific attended the SPIE Photonics West Exhibition held in The Moscone Centre in San Francisco, USA. This is a major exhibition in the USA for the photonics industry and brings together a very wide range of exhibitors from all over the world. The venue is huge, but space is at a premium due to the high number of exhibitors who attend every year, Photonics West runs concurrently with a couple of other exhibitions – Quantum West Expo & BiOS Expo).

There are numerous technical discussions, user meetings, and seminars on a wide variety of topics which attract scientists and engineers from all over the world. The event runs over 3 days. In this time period there were 6,658 technical attendees, 9,197 exhibition visitors and 8,549 exhibition booth staff.

ESRF User Meeting – Grenoble, France

At the beginning of February 2024 Torr Scientific attended the 2024 ESRF user meeting held in Grenoble, France on the ESRF site. Thus is a much smaller event compared to the previous two above. Exhibitors are only allowed to attend every other year, which gives a chance for a wider range of suppliers to attend. We originally tried to attend just before the COVID-19 epidemic hit which caused the cancellation of all such events for a couple of years. We finally got our chance in 2024. The exhibition was held over a couple of days and is an opportunity for both past and current users of the ESRF facility to meet and discuss. There were many technical meetings and a poster session. Attendance was just a few hundred delegates.