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.



We would like to thank our sponsors who have made the Scottish Microscopy Facilities Database possible, and for their continued support of the Scottish Microscopy Society. Please click on the logos to find out more about each company.


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Great opportunity for anyone looking to stay involved in the microscopy community whilst doing science comms scotmicro photo

Want to get practical experience of SMLM (PALM, dSTORM, PAINT) come to our @ESRIC_Imaging, @scotmicro workshop with @abbelight. Sample prep seminar July 27th, hands on sessions Sept 6-8 @IgcImaging Institute of Genetics and Cancer Sign up here scotmicro photo

Super-Resolution Microscopy Workshop! 6th-8th September! In Edinburgh with @ESRIC_Imaging @EdinUni_IGC and @abbelight scotmicro photo

Reminiscing on #SMS Committee meetings of yesteryear as we do some reporting for our amazing meeting with @roslininstitute in December 2019! Such a fun meeting! How little we knew! Can't wait to get back in person for committee and symposia soon!
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Scottish Microscopy Society @scotmicro
@roslininstitute for the #scotmicro 2019 #SMS2019 A gorgeous setting for this years coming together of microscopists across Scotland!