The Scottish Microscopy Society's
2023 Symposium

7th November 2023, Dundee

Join us for our 49th Annual Symposium!

We are delighted to announce that we are running our 49th annual symposium, hosted in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Dundee. Registration is now open, and will remain open until Monday 6th November.

We encourage ECRs to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. This is a great opportunity to present in a friendly environment, to win prizes and to interact with peers in the microscopy community. Submit an abstract here.

We have a really exciting programme of talks from across disciples, techniques and Universities.

Our JEOL-sponsored keynote lecture will be given by Dr Laura Young from the University of Newcastle. Dr Young’s research research combines optical instrumentation and psychophysical research, developing adaptive optics systems to study human vision – from imaging the light sensitive cells in the retina in vivo to studying the impact of refractive disorders on visual performance.

We have invited talks from Dr Ramasubramanian Sundaramoorthy about CryoEM at Dundee, Dr Callum Graham about using microscopy for conservation, Prof Carlos Penedo about C-TRAP optical trapping at University of St Andrews, and Dr Simon Plummer about using micromatricies for your research.  There will be a breakout room focussing on techniques, hints and tops for expansion microscopy. The RMS will also be giving a talk on their remit and how they can help you. 

There’s plenty of chance to interact with trade, with technobites from Miltenyi Biotec, Jeol, Laser2000 and Andor, and facility managers from different universities around Scotland will be available to give you more information on the microscopes and techniques available in Scotland. The RMS are sponsoring our best oral presentation prize, Bruker are sponsoring the best poster prize and our annual image competition is sponsored by Nikon


This year we are also introducing the Scottish Microscopist of the Year. This competition will recognise the contribution entrants have made to the microscopy community in Scotland. The winner will win £500, and will give a talk at the symposium. Look out for the competition opening in July, and closing in early September this year. 

Keep checking our website and Twitter feed for further details, and join our mailing list below to keep up to date. We look forward to seeing you there!


SMS Winter Image Contest

The image competition, run alongside the symposium, will open 10th October and stay open until 31st October. Check back to see what prizes there are to be won

The winner will receive £50 sponsored by Nikon. 

Scottish Microscopist of the Year Competition

Applications are now open for the Scottish Microscopist of the Year. The winner will win £500 and will give a talk at the symposium, discussing their contribution to the Scottish Microscopy community

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