Discover and Engage with the RMS
The Royal Microscopical Society is driven to inspire and enthuse anyone who uses a microscope no matter what age, background or experience level.
Our event calendar is packed full of events spanning all branches of microscopy and cytometry in both the life and physical sciences. As a Society we run a mixture of training courses, networking meetings and larger international conferences and exhibitions, suitable for students and professionals to attend. To broaden our reach even further, we sponsor a number of events run by other Societies, providing them with essential funding to run meetings specific to their interest group. We also host events on behalf of Societies who are unable to provide the administration and organisation time needed to run successful events. This allows our members to benefit from a much wider range of events covering an array of topics and allows for interdisciplinary networking
The RMS Microscope Activity Kits were launched in 2011 to combat the lack of time currently given to science in the primary curriculum and to promote the use of microscopes in schools. Our Kits are sent out to Primary Schools around the UK each term, complete with microscopes, ready-to-go activities and worksheets for both teachers and pupils. What's more, schools can borrow them completely FREE!! So far, over 25,000 children have used our Kits and this number keeps getting bigger and bigger - something we are immensely proud of!
As well as engaging with students and those starting out their work in the field, the Royal Microscopical Society also feel it is incredibly important to recognise those who excel in microscopy throughout their careers. The RMS Medal Series has been designed to recognise those who have made outstanding scientific achievements in all areas of microscopy and flow cytometry, with each RMS section able to award their own Medal.
The RMS Scientific Imaging Competition mixes microscopy with art and demonstrates how micrographs can be both technically challenging and a beautiful, unique image.
If you've got old microscopes hanging around your lab that you'd like to part with but not leave them out with the rubbish, get in touch with us. We accept microscope donations and are often able to make minor repairs and service them thanks to the time and effort of some our volunteers. They are then either sent out on Outreach projects or sold on to raise funds for the Society's charitable activities.
New to our website is our Resources Library. You can browse through our library at your leisure discovering articles, facts and figures both old and new to help with your research or a more general query or thought.