History of the ACS

According to the ancient philosopher, Heraclitus, from Ephesus (now in modern day Turkey), in 6th century BC:

Πάντα ρει (panta rhei) "everything flows"

This depiction of Heraclitus, on the right, is from the first flow school of Athens, painted by Raphael.

The Australian Flow Microfluorimetry Group was born on May 2nd 1979 with a meeting of 7 participants arranged by Dr. Paul Vincent and Rosemary Zbroja, the first Honorary Secretary, at the Kanematsu Institute, Sydney Hospital. Shown below is the Ortho Cytofluorograf, installed at the Kanematsu Institute.

The name of the group was changed in subsequent meetings to "Flow Cytometry Group" (Adelaide 1980) as a more general term for the technique and to "Australasian" (Adelaide 1984) to reflect the strong participation from New Zealand.

The group was incorporated in the state of Victoria on 15th June 1992 as The Australasian Flow Cytometry Group Inc. with the following Object of Association: "The Association is a scientific and educational organisation whose purpose is to promote research, development and applications in, and to disseminate knowledge of, flow cytometry".

In November 2013, the AFCG made the important step of changing our name to the Australasian Cytometry Society, in order to (i) encompass the broader range of cell analysis techniques now available and (ii) reflect the maturity of our association as a scientific society.

In pursuit of these objectives, the group organises annual scientific conferences and regular technical methods courses. Membership has grown to more than 300.

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