Scottish microscopy society

The Scottish Microscopy Society, formerly the Scottish Microscopy Group, was established in 1968 by a group of electron microscopists, but has grown to incorporate the whole spectrum of microscopy with committee members from institutions across disciplines and across Scotland. We aim to bring microscopists from all disciplines together to share techniques, ideas and new technologies.

Find out more about who we are and the SMS mission.

Find details about the upcoming SMS symposium and explore previous years.

Learn more about our outreach activities and how we can help with your events.

Find out about upcoming image competitions, and view previous entries. 

Click here to explore upcoming events, and learn more about our Facilities Open Series.

learning resources

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Coming soon! Resources to help with your own microscopic imaging and analysis.


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So exciting to see our friends starting to return to some sort of normality! Enjoy! ☕️🔬🎂
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Glasgow Imaging Facility @iii_imaging
GIF people reunited - with physical distancing 🙂 @iiiglasgow @UofGlasgow

Delighted to be back in the lab after over 3 months shutdown. Time to realign lasers and restart experiments 🔬 scotmicro photo

Well I’ve had a lovely afternoon checking out all the wonderful images for the Summer 2020 #scottishmicro imaging competition! Thanks for all the entries! Winner will be announced soon! scotmicro photo

We are live! After months of work here at @J_Cell_Sci and @Co_Biologists we are delighted to announce that the @focalplane_jcs website is open for business! This is a community site, so please get involved! Looking forward to seeing you there scotmicro photo

Still time to get your entry in by the end of the day! 🔬

In case you hadn't heard, we're having a virtual symposium on 28th August 🤩 Here's a look at our current lineup. The full timetable with selected talks will be announced soon

Please RT far and wide

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