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Scottish Microscopy Society Newsletter
Autumn 2020

Keep up to date with our plans and get involved!

Banner image credits:
Left: Myelin Moon by Owen James, University of Edinburgh. Winner of the 2019 SMS Symposium Imaging Competition
Right: The Colour Explosion by Anh Le, CRUK Beatson Institute
. Winner of the 2020 Summer Imaging Competition

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Annual SMS Symposium
Other Microscopy Events
What's New
Career Opportunities
Keep up to Date
Our 2020 edition of the annual symposium will take place on 25th November 2020 and will be hosted online by Bitesize Bio. This will be a new, exciting format with online talks and poster sessions, practical tip and tricks and remote demos from our sponsors Jeol and Leica.
Abstract submission for talks and posters is now open using our online form! We welcome submissions from researchers and microscopists of all career levels, focusing on applications of microscopy to biology and materials sciences, as well as development of imaging instrumentation and tools. Both research and facility posters are welcome.
Abstract submission deadlines:
- Talk abstract submission: 26th October 2020
- Poster abstract submission: 2nd November 2020

12 abstracts will be selected to give talks. Any submitted abstracts that are not offered a talk will be given the option of presenting a poster. Instructions and formatting guidelines for talks and online posters will be sent once abstracts have been selected.

Registration will open in mid October - details will be mailed out and shared on Twitter so keep an eye out!

This year’s symposium will feature exciting competitions:
  • SEMple imaging competition – prize + your sample used in the Jeol demo
  • Image competition – prize for best image (voted for on the day)
  • Presentation competitions - prizes for best talk and poster selected on the day
See our competitions section below for further details!
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:

Due to these complicated times PhD students and researches are not able to attend conferences. However science never stops and exciting work continues to be made, for that a group of PhD students from Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT) group is organizing a virtual poster session!

We would like to invite scientists and PhD students in the field to check the available program and to join us on October 9th. Warm welcome from all EMAT group!

SULSA invites you to Through the Looking Glass – Breaking Barriers in STEM. An event aiming to shape inclusivity in STEM through action, which will be attended by Richard Lochhead (MSP).

The afternoon aims to cover a broad intersection of topics around Diversity and Inclusion, provide a safe space for discussion to explore where the barriers and opportunities lie as well as identifying the actions that could bring about sustainable change in STEM.

You can choose to come for the panel session only (12.00 - 1.30pm), and hear from some exceptional early career researchers on their accolades and achievements in this space or follow on from that to join our breakout groups (1.30 - 3.30pm), delving deeper into discussion and identifying actions.

Thank you to ScotCHEM, SINAPSE, MASTS, SUPA and IBioIC for their support.

To find out more on SULSA see @SULSAtweets


SHINE presents Diagnostics: From frugal engineering for diagnosing eye disease, through pipe detection systems, to detecting bacterial Achilles’ heels

SHINE is working toward bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas at the bio and or health interface, across Scotland.

This second online event has a Diagnostics focus featuring inspiring entrepreneur presentations from:

  • ArcLight  
  • Novosound
  • Dr Robert Hammond, inventor of SLIC, presenting solutions for antibiotic susceptibility testing

Plus a live Q&A session

UK AFM & SPM 2020 represents an exciting opportunity to explore the latest developments in atomic force microscopies and scanning probe microscopies. 

The AFM & SPM Meeting is held annually and provides an excellent forum for the community to meet and discuss the latest advances in the field. A virtual exhibition will be held alongside this virtual meeting.

This is an ideal meeting for both new and established researchers to engage with a broad range of imaging approaches and to make valuable contacts with leading groups in the field. There will be an exhibition held alongside this meeting, where the tea, coffee, lunch and posters will all be held. We are very grateful to the exhibitors and their support.

Abstract submission deadline: 23rd October 2020

Following the cancellation of emc2020, this virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for Early Career Scientists who would have attended and presented at the congress, to still present their work at an International Meeting this year. 

What's New

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

  • Dr Lemgruber takes on new role at Royal Microscopical Society publication
    We want to congratulate our Committee Member, Leandro Lemgruber Soares on their recent appointment as Deputy Scientific Editor of the Royal Microscopical Society's infocus magazine.
    Leandro, a Royal Microscopical Society fellow and Imaging Technologist at Glasgow Imaging Facility, will help the magazine transition and evolve into the digital world.
  • Facilities Database
    Many thanks to all the facility managers who submitted details for our facilities database. We will have the database up and running on our website soon, we aspire to have a complete and regularly updated database of all light and electron microscopy facilities available across Scotland.
    Stay tuned for the database launch, and a funding call to help researchers access these facilities.

  • Research Innovation Scotland launch
    The Scottish Funding Council Research Pools, SFC-funded partners, Innovation Centres and Interface have launched Research Innovation Scotland.
    This resource has been designed to inform on interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral activities happening in Scotland. Find out about webinars, workshops and conferences, get a bigger picture of the research and innovation landscape in Scotland and learn about funding opportunities.
As part of this year’s Scottish Microscopy Society symposium (25th November 2020), our industry sponsors JEOL are giving attendees the exciting opportunity to have their own research samples imaged on a state-of-the-art SEM! In addition to receiving high-quality SEM images of your sample which can be used for your own research purposes, JEOL are generously awarding the winning entry with a £100 cash prize, with £50 runner-up prizes also available!

This competition is open to those who register for the SMS symposium, where the winning images will be showcased by JEOL during their workshop session. Click here to enter the competition, where you will be asked to provide a short statement describing your proposed sample, and why it would benefit from SEM imaging. Click here for competition guidelines and advice regarding sample preparation.

The deadline for entries is the 28th October. Please be aware that if your sample is selected for imaging, it should be ready to send during the week starting 2nd November. 

  • Image competition
Get your beautiful and meaningful microscopy work recognised in our competition. The winners will be selected by online voting during our 2020 symposium. We will be opening submissions soon. Keep an eye on this space!
  • 2020 symposium presentation and poster prizes
We recognise all of the hard work that goes into presenting at our symposium, so all talks and posters will be in the running for our Best Talk and Best Poster prizes. These will be selected on the day.

SMS will be continuously running competitions throughout the year – keep an eye out for upcoming competitions!

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

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