Scottish Microscopy Society Symposium 2019

The Scottish Microscopy Society’s 47th Annual Symposium is on 3rd December at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh!

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations can now be submitted. There is also an image competition! More information can be found on our 2019 event page

To register for the symposium, visit our Eventbrite page!

2016 Imaging Competition: HeLa Cells by Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

Bursary for super resolution imaging in neurodegenerative disease research at ESRIC

Bursary for super resolution imaging in neurodegenerative disease research at ESRIC

Applications will be accepted from 2nd August until 20th September 2019. Apply online at


The Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC;, in partnership with the RS MacDonald Trust, have established a new seed corn fund to provide bursaries for early career researchers throughout Scotland to be able to access the state-of-the-art systems and expertise within ESRIC at no cost to the user at the point of contact.

Recognising that super-resolution optical imaging is technically complicated, expensive, limited in availability to centres of excellence, but very much in demand for cutting-edge biology questions, these bursaries could include:

  • Advice leading up to and throughout the project on sample preparation, optimal data acquisition and analysis as well as data presentation for publication
  • Access to 3-D, multi-colour gated-STED for up to 5 working days, 37 hours, with the assistance of a post-doctoral super-resolution expert. This system can provide resolutions to ~50 nm, with 70 nm possible in all three-dimensions.
  • Archived, secure data storage accessible from anywhere in the world
  • Assistance and access to software analysis packages to best process and present the data acquired
  • Access to excellent Level 2 tissue culture facilities and wet lab space
  • Hotel accommodation on-site for up to six nights if required
  • Travel expenses
  • Attendance and accommodation at the ESRIC super-resolution Summer School for 2020 – this is one of Europe’s foremost imaging training events, with delegates and leading teaching Faculty annually from ~25 countries
  • Opportunities to present findings at events including the ESRIC Symposium and the Scottish Microscopy Society Symposium 2019/2020.

Projects will be considered if they:

  • are related to neurodegenerative diseases
  • have a clear research question that can be investigated using super-resolution technologies such as STED microscopy (this can be determined in discussion with us)
  • have defined outputs using the data acquired i.e. career development (e.g. Fellowship / tenure-track development) publication, or knowledge exchange. A clear route to leverage of future funding is particularly encouraged.

Applicants must be employed by a Scottish University at either Post-doctoral level or studying for their PhD.

It is recommended that prior to applying you discuss your research idea with our ESRIC manager at

Successful applicants will be asked to submit a brief report on their progress by 20th December 2019 and a final report of their project outcomes after the project is complete. If substantial progress has not been made by the December 2019 deadline, we reserve the right to retract funding.

Applications will be accepted from 2nd August until 20th September 2019. Apply online at

We’re going to MMC2019!

SMS will be coming to MMC2019. We’re hosting a session on Tuesday 2nd July in Central 5,6,7 from 10:00 – 12:00 on Applications of super-resolution from the nano to the atomic scale’. 

We have some absolutely fantastic invited talks from Illaria Testa and Michael Lherbette who are really pushing the boundaries of what we can resolve using nanoscopy. We’ve then got 4 submitted talks showing a spectrum of research projects applying a unique combination of techniques and topics.

Following on from this, the second session from 14:00 – 16:00 from hosted by MSI will cover the theme of beam induced radiation effects, introduced by keynote speaker Particia Abellan.

So come along and join us!

SMS Facility Open Series

Great news from everyone here at the SMS – we have secured a £5k grant from SULSA/SUPA/SINAPSE to run our first facility open series in 2019. Watch this space for more information on which centres and microscopes will be involved in these exciting events, and how to apply. Well done everyone!

Photonex Roadshow, Glasgow

The Scottish Microscopy Group are coming to Photonex 2019, held at Strathclydes TIC building on 5th June, 2019. Registration is free and the call for poster abstracts is open. It’s a great way for anyone using photonics technologies to connect with leaders in the field, technology developers and top suppliers. We will have a stand, so come and say hi and ask us about the exciting things that we have planned for the next year.

Join us at MMC 2019

This year we’re hosting a session at Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019 in Manchester, 1st – 4th July, joint with the MSI.

The session, entitled ‘Applications of super-resolution from the nano to the atomic scale‘ will be held 10:00-12:00 on Tuesday 2nd July

Invited speakers are Ilaria Testa from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Michael Lherbette from Heriot-Watt, UK.

Come along!

SMG is now live on Instagram!

SMG is now live on Instagram! Follow us at scottishmicroscopygroup to

  • See some of the incredible image competition winners,
  • Find out about the different microscopes we use in Scotland, and the types of images we can acquire on them,
  • Follow our Outreach work, and
  • Get information on the competitions and events we’re running.

See you there

SMG Need Your Help

We are working on ways in which we can improve our annual symposia and look at how we can better serve the microscopy community in other ways.

It would be great if you, as a user of the SMG website, could spare a few minutes to fill out this brief survey, which will make a big difference to the development of our society.

Thanks, from all the SMG team