RMS Beginners' Competition

The RMS Beginners' Competition takes place every year at the annual one day meeting of the The Society of Electron Microscope Technology (SEMT). The aim of the competition is to encourage those relatively new to microscopy to present their work before an audience at a scientific meeting. The presentation slot is always a highlight of the meeting, giving entrants the chance to deliver a relatively short and well-thought-out talk in an economical style.

Entries for 2019 Competition

Entries, which will be accepted until 29 November, should take the form of a single page abstract sent as an MS word document. Authors can mix text and images but must not go over the page limit. Formatting should be as follows:

Abstract title - 18pt Times New Roman, Centred
Author details to include name, host institution, and contact e-mail address - 10pt Time New Roman, Centred
Body text - 12pt Times New Roman, full justification

Please send all entries to a.ball@nhm.ac.uk


2018 Competition

The winner of the 2018 RMS Beginners' Competition was Eduardo Frias-Anaya. Eduardo, who studies with the Open University, received the award for his presentation titled Molecular and ultrastructural characterisation of the ageing blood-brain barrier in female mice.

Eduardo was presented with the award at the society’s December meeting by SEMT Chair Chris Jones and RMS Chief Executive Allison Winton.

Previous Winners

2017 Winner

Tony Fearns from the Francis Crick Institute with his presentation entitled "Elucidating the sub-cellular whereabouts of pathogenic mycobacteria" where he explained how TEM can be used to understand the environments faced by mycobacteria in host cells which is key in developing new therapies to fight tuberculosis.

2016 Winner

Sherif Elsharakawy, Queen Mary University of London
Multiple Length-Scale Imaging of Biomimetric Hierarchical Mineralized Materials

2015 Winners

Seyit Ali Kamanli, Royal Holloway University of London
Imaging and visualization of the life stages of Chinese mitten crab using Confocal Microscope and CT Scanning
Feargus Cooney, University of Exeter
Using Micro-CT to invesitgate whether the cognitive demands of a comlex breeding strategy in solitary wasps lead to changes in brain structure

2014 Winner

Jonathan Wheatland, Queen Mary University
3D multi-Scale Visualisation of Complex Flocculated Natural Sediments

2013 Winner

Radka Gromnicova, Open University
Small gold nanoparticles: potential carriers of therapeutics across the blood-brain barrier

2012 Winner

Janna Collier, Biomedical Imaging Unit at Southampton General Hospital
Haemophilus influenzae induced cellular and ciliary changes in epithelial cells

2011 Winners

Matthew Sharpe, University of Southampton
Cerebral vascular basement membranes change with age. Implications for the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease
Prasanna Gamage, Open University
Fate of functionally distinct neurons during ageing in the colon of mice


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