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.




What does SULSA do? We shape open research! In a joint effort with @scotmicro we have built the Scottish Microscopy Facilities Database, an online tool to find open access imaging facilities in Scotland. Have you used it yet? #SULSAoutcomes

I’m looking for someone to join our team and develop a new fluorescence lifetime imaging platform with applications in cancer biology & neuroscience! Please RT.

Aberdeen Microscopy and Histology @Abdn_Micro facility has many years’ experience in Histology, Light, Fluorescence, Confocal, spinningdisk, MicroCT and Electron Microscopy. Find out more on our facilities database

SIPBS runs a Leica SP8 inverted confocal system with timelapse imaging and specialist high speed imaging capabilities. Explore some of the systems and resources they offer users below. Find out more on our facilities database

Do you know The Aberdeen Centre for Electron Microscopy? ACEMAC runs a GeminiSEM 300 high resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. SE, BSE and cathodoluminescence detectors enable imaging from steel to rocks to biological cells.