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Scottish Microscopy Society Newsletter
Autumn 2019

Welcome to the first Scottish Microscopy Society (formerly the Scottish Microscopy Group) Newsletter! Here you can learn what our plans are for 2019/20 and how you can keep up to date and get involved. There are lots of changes and new activities coming up, keep reading to find out more

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Find out what the Scottish Microscopy Society has been up to:

Our new website has launched. Visit us at
We're having lots of information being updated regularly on the SMS-hosted events, competitions, our annual symposia and more.

We're now connected!
Follow us on Twitter@scotmicro , Instagram: @scotmicro and Facebook: @ScotMicroGroup

Sign up for our mailing list by sending us a message here. We have created this mailing list to be able to Promote, Inform and Connect you all. You can post to this mailing list by emailing Please feel free to use this mailing list to:
ask questions relating to microscopy, share events relating to microscopy, share interesting new microscopy developments and technologies, share microscopy-related job openings and funding opportunities
Join the competition for our new logo of the rebranded Scottish Microscopy Society! The deadline is midnight 18th September 2019.

Are you a budding designer, or just handy with photoshop? The Scottish Microscopy Society is launching a competition to redesign our logo, incorporating microscopy, our name and our Scottish heritage. Visit  for more information. Everyone is free to enter.


The SMS, in association with SULSA, will be hosting a Facilities Database detailing the microscopy facilities and expertise available in Scotland and how to access them. This will be piloted in the coming months and will be developed as we receive new information. This database will form part of the larger Facilities Roadmap which SULSA will launch later on this year and will include all facilities in Scotland including high throughput, proteomics and biologics.

If you would like your facility to be part of the SMS Microscopy Database please fill in the forms at this link and send them to Ali Dun at For more information on the SULSA database please email Paul Andrews.

Great news from everyone here at the SMS – we have secured funding from SULSA/SUPA/SINAPSE to run our first facility open series in 2019.  The facility Open Series will help to promote the local state-of-the-art microscopy facilities and enables the end-users to learn about the available equipment and expertise. We are already preparing for Super-Resolution Microscopy in Glasgow and Confocal Microscopy and Data Analysis in Edinburgh. Watch this space for more information on which centres and microscopes will be involved in these exciting events, and how to apply. 

The Super-Resolution open day in Glasgow is on 20th November. Click here for more details.

Save the date! We are organising our annual meeting taking place on 3rd December 2019 at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. The symposia will have a strong focus on talks selected from abstracts submitted by researchers and microscopists from all career levels. Keep an eye on this space as the abstract submission will open up 3rd October


The SMS has paired with the RMS to distribute their Microscopy Activity Kits around Scotland.

To learn more about what the kit contains, follow the link to the RMS website. To to book the kit for an event around Scotland email us directly at or use the web contact form.

The complete guide to the Scottish Microscopy Society organised events you're welcome to join:

Our 2019 edition of the annual symposium will take place on 3rd December 2019 in the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. The registration and abstract submission will start on 3rd October. We welcome submissions for talks from researchers and microscopists from all career levels. More information will be appearing here soon.

Brand new facilities open series funded by SULSA and organised by SMS will start this year. We will be advertising them here. The first ones coming up are Super-Resolution Microscopy(Glasgow) and Confocal Microscopy and Data Analysis(Edinburgh) themed Opens.

The Super-Resolution open day in Glasgow is on 20th November. Click here for more details.
Our competitions

SMS will be continuously running competitions throughout the year – check here for the current events here:

Enter our new logo competition here! We're waiting for the entrants until midnight 18th September 2019

Get your beautiful and meaningful microscopy work recognised in our annual competition. The winners will be announced during the symposium on 3rd December 2019. We will be opening submissions soon. Keep an eye on this space!
We will be advertising any microscopy-related events taking place in and around Scotland in here. Please get in touch with us if you would like to advertise your event:
The 6th instalment of the ESRIC Super Resolution Summer School brought together 35 students from 15 countries across the globe, including Brazil, Israel, South Africa and South Korea. The week-long programme, which ran 15-19 July 2019, provided access to state-of-the-art technologies at both Heriot Watt University and the University of Edinburgh and the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. The course covered all major super resolution techniques including Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED), Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM), Single Molecule Localisation Microscopy (SMLM), Super Resolution Radial Fluctuations (SRRF), and Super resolution via Optical Re-assignment (SoRa). The ESRIC summer school is made possible through the support of its sponsors which include the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Microscopical Society who co-organised the event for a third year running, as well as industry partners, which this year included Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Andor, Gattaquant, Hamamatsu, Bruker, and Scientific Volume Imaging. The 7th ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School will run from July 13th - July 17th 2020 and registration will open in January 2020.
On August 19th took place the third annual symposium of the Glasgow Imaging Network (GIN). This year the symposium was held in the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. GIN’s philosophy is to create an atmosphere for microscopists across Glasgow and with diverse backgrounds (physics, engineering, life science) can congregate and present their work and start future collaborations. GIN is driven by Early Careers Researchers for Early Careers Researchers. With this idea in mind, all talks are from PhDs students or Postdocs. There were 14 talks in 4 sessions, with a keynote lecture from Prof. Paul French from the Imperial College London. There was also a poster session, with 2 posters prizes sponsored by by Nikon and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Stay tuned for details of the next years event!
This SULSA conference is a 2-day event taking place on 25th-26th September 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. Check for more details and to register here.
Round 2 Technology Seed Funding Calls will open after the conference.
This RMS training course takes place in York on 14th-15th October 2019 covers everything needed to set up and develop a core lab. For more details and to register, click here.

Explore current career opportunities for microscopists here. If you'd like to have your job offer advertised here, please send it to us: 

SULSA is hosting a post academic careers fair on 19th November 2019 at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde. The event features workshops, a CV writing clinic, panel discussions, and a free professional headshot service. Click here for more details and to register.

Microscopy related funding call will be listed here. Please, let us know if you want to share more opportunities by emailing us at :

The information on how to stay up to date, join our mailing list and newsletter and share the info with your colleagues and friends.

  • Website
Our new website is up and running and constantly being updated. Check everything Scottish microscopy here:
  • Mailing list
Sign up for our mailing list by sending us a message here. We have created this mailing list to be able to Promote, Inform and Connect you all. You can post to this mailing list by emailing Please feel free to use this mailing list to:
ask questions relating to microscopy, share events relating to microscopy, share interesting new microscopy developments and technologies, share microscopy-related job openings and funding opportunities

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We have started the SMS Newsletter as the monthly compiler of what we are up to, and what interesting events, job posts, funding calls, etc. we found out for you. Please, sign up for our newsletter here or email us to receive it. You can access the web browser version of the newsletter here or check the previous newsletter editions in our archive. If you'd like us to add anything microscopy-relevant to the next edition, please email us: 

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