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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Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday! Thank you to our sponsors!

What a great session! Just a reminder of all the fantastic opportunities we have coming up this year. Including:

Joint MSI-SMS Meeting in Galway 6-8th June!

New call for facilities funding!

Free workshops!
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Sorry guys. We made a mistake in our slide 😳
The joint MSI-SMS Galway meeting will be 6th-8th April!
We were just too excited and wanted it to start sooner!
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Scottish Microscopy Society @scotmicro
Excitingly SMS will have a joint meeting with @MicroscopyIrl next year, 4th-6th April 2022! #SMS2021SULSA

So blimin' excited about this!
There will be science! There will be talking! There may be beer!

See you in Galway! 6-8th April 2022!

Congratulations to @JamieWhitelaw5!

This image will be featured on FocalPlane's website during December. Look out for it to learn more about the science behind and the author.

Thanks to everyone who attended today! Don't forget to check out our website for info on events, competitions, outreach, the Facilities Database and more: @SULSAtweets has a new funding call, and @MicroscopyIrl meeting next year! #SMS2021SULSA scotmicro photo