Light Microscopy

The Light Microscopy Section was founded in 1979 to cater for all optical microscopists, and especially those with an interest in innovative techniques.

About

LM Committee


Techniques covered by the Section include: multi-dimensional imaging of live cells, organs and intact organisms; optical tomography; spectroscopic and functional imaging (e.g. FRET, FLIM etc); development of novel methods such as super resolution imaging, adaptive optics, optical fibres, GRIN lenses; laser-based and solid-state excitation methods; use of multiphoton imaging, confocal and scanning technologies; digital image acquisition, image filtering and analysis; automated and high-throughput imaging systems.

In addition to the overarching aims of the Society, the Section aims to advance optical imaging in the life sciences and physical sciences through education from high-school to advanced academic levels by holding courses, one-day workshops and 2-day specialist scientific meetings.


Sources of help and advice 

(Get help with planning and setting up a microscopy facility)

The confocal listserver, BioImagingUK listserver and microscopy listserver all provide a useful forum where you can contact other professional microscopists, who may well have the answer(s) that you are seeking.

Hint: set up a separate email account for these listservers – they generate a lot of mail responses.

Local and national networks of imaging professionals can likewise provide help and support. For example, within the UK a list of interested and active microscopy facility managers is maintained on our Facilities Database, in co-operation with BioImaging UK


Our regular events include;

Light Microscopy Summer School
The LM summer school is an annual, residential course which runs over 3 days and covers the principles of light microscopy as well as training participants in practical issues surrounding light microscopy. After introductory presentations, the course is taught predominantly through hands-on practical sessions. The course is suitable for both novices and more experienced users wanting to gain a greater understanding of the microscope.

UK Light Microscopy Facility Managers Meeting       
This meeting is aimed at people running or working in light microscopy facilities.  You can expect to find out more on the latest developments in UK Bioimaging and how we can feed into wider international groups that are starting up.  We will also discuss some of the basic elements (funding, impact measures) of running a core facility as well as the latest technological and application developments that effect ourselves and our users.

Frontiers in BioImaging
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.

Getting the most from your Confocal
The course enables students to fully appreciate and utilise the confocal microscope and develop their understanding confocal microscopy background as well as try FRAP, FRET and spectral unmixing. The 2-days consist of short tutorials followed by hands-on practice.

Digital Imaging Processing Workshop
The aim of this one-day workshop is to cover the underlying principles of digital image processing and allow the advanced user of light microscopy to make the very best use of their imaging data. The types of image vary from those of high spatial resolution obtained using confocal microscopy to lower resolution video and multidimensional data obtained using advanced optical techniques (like FRET, FRAP, multiphoton).

Please note that our meetings are aimed at advancing new or under-represented areas of imaging science and technology - They are run "by the members, for the members". Contact us with suggestions for future meetings.

The RMS is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive Society and encourages diversity across all activities and in the membership of our committees and groups.

If you are interested in joining any of the committees in the future, please contact Allison Winton.

RMS Section Awards

Launched in 2014, the Section Awards (formerly known as the Medal Series) recognise those who have made significant contributions to the field of microscopy. The RMS Section Awards celebrate outstanding scientific achievements across all areas of microscopy and flow cytometry with each RMS Science Section able to select a winner for their own award. 

Find out more

Award for Light Microscopy

Committee 

Professor Gail McConnell FRMS

Professor Gail McConnell FRMS

Light Microscopy Section Chair, University of Strathclyde

Professor Ian Dobbie

Professor Ian Dobbie

Light Microscopy Section Deputy Chair, Outreach & Education Committee Representative, Johns Hopkins University

Dr Kurt Anderson

Dr Kurt Anderson

The Francis Crick Institute

Dr Susan Cox

Dr Susan Cox

King's College London

Dr Siân Culley

Dr Siân Culley

King’s College London

Dr Joelle Goulding

Dr Joelle Goulding

University of Nottingham

Professor Mark Leake

Professor Mark Leake

University of York

Dr Mike MacDonald

Dr Mike MacDonald

University of Dundee

Mr Daniel Metcalf

Mr Daniel Metcalf

Scientifica

Dr Sebastian Munck

Dr Sebastian Munck

VIB Bio Imaging Core KU Leuven

Dr Rebecca Saleeb

Dr Rebecca Saleeb

Early Career Representative, University of Edinburgh

Dr Mike Shaw

Dr Mike Shaw

National Physical Laboratory & University College London

Dr Alex Sossick

Dr Alex Sossick

University of Cambridge

Dr Jessica Valli

Dr Jessica Valli

Heriot-Watt University

Dr Ann Wheeler

Dr Ann Wheeler

University of Edinburgh

Dr Christian Wilms

Dr Christian Wilms

Scientifica Ltd.

AGM

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Light Microscopy Section of the Royal Microscopical Society, will take place at the Frontiers in Bioimaging 2022 meeting in Birmingham on 5 July 2022.

All the Society’s AGMs are free to attend for both members and non-members.