Microscopy: Advances, Innovation, Impact 2018
Following the success of this event in 2016, we will again meet to celebrate the advances made in and with microscopy with this one day meeting.
This open event is designed to highlight the latest frontiers in microscopy through a series of short presentations from field leaders, followed by a reception to allow further discussion and networking.
The RMS AGM will also take place on the day and we invite all our members to join us to reflect on the year and plan for the future.
Online registration for this event has now closed. To be added to a waiting list for this event please contact Kate Jermey.
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- 11:00 Registration and Coffee
- 11:30 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Microscopical Society
- 12:00 RMS Education and Outreach Committee, Electron Microscopy Annual General Meeting Committee Section, Engineering & Physical Sciences Section and Life Sciences Section Committee Annual General Meeting
- 13:00 Registration and Sandwich Lunch
- 14:00 Welcome - Professor Michelle Peckham, RMS President, University of Leeds
- 14:10 Talk 1 - Richard Grenfell, Flow Cytometry Section - ‘Imaging mass cytometry allows for the deep cell phenotyping of multiparameter cytometry, with the spatial resolution that tissue imaging brings.’
- 14:35 Talk 2 - Susan Cox, Light Microscopy Section - 'Seeing and believing at super-resolution'
- 15:00 Talk 3 - Natasha Stephen, Electron Microscopy Section - ‘Microscopy & Meteorites; from the Nano to Astronomical Scale'
- 15:25 Tea Break
- 15:40 Talk 4 - Dame Pratibha Gai and Honorary Fellowship Presentation - 'Atoms in Action: Unlocking Mysteries of the Changing Atomic World'
- 16:05 Talk 5 - Sonia Contera, Scanning Probe Microscopy Section - 'Physics of plant growth accross the scales with atomic force microscopy: visualising energy flows during off-equilibrium biological processes'
- 16:30 Talk 6 - Gillian Griffiths - 'Imaging Killer Lymphocytes'
- 16:55 Closing Remarks - Professor Michelle Peckham, RMS President, University of Leeds
- 17:00 Drinks Reception
- 18:00 Meeting Closes
Flow Cytometry Section
Dr Richard Grenfell
Cancer Research UK
After studying Chemistry at Salford University, Richard worked in the oligonucleotide synthesis group at the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, before changing direction and running the flow cytometry equipment for the LMB for 8 years. Moving to Cancer Research UK, Richard runs the Flow Cytometry core facility at the Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute, at Cambridge University. Richard is involved with local, national and international cytometry groups.
Light Microscopy Section
Dr Susan Cox
Light Microscopy Representative infocus Editorial Board
King's College London
Susan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Randall Division of Biophysics at King's College London. Following a PhD in transmission electron microscopy at Cambridge, she spent three years at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos looking at the behaviour of the low temperature phases of strongly correlated electron systems. Her current primary interest is the development of new super-resolution localisation microscopy techniques, both through the development of optical systems and the creation of novel image analysis algorithms. She uses these techniques to investigate the behaviour of the cytoskeleton in live cells at the nanoscale. In 2015, Susan was awarded the RMS Medal for Light Microscopy and the President's Medal of the Society of Experimental Biology for the Cell Section.
Electron Microscopy Section
Dr Natasha Stephen
Natasha is a Lecturer in Advanced Analysis (Earth & Planetary Sciences) within the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University, and assists with the management & development of Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre; the university’s flagship, multidisciplinary analytical suite. She completed her PhD at Imperial College London & the Natural History Museum London in 2014, focusing on the geology & surface mineralogy of Mars, and moved to Plymouth University straight afterwards. Natasha’s research focuses primarily on the use of meteorites to ground-truth spacecraft data at Mars (including Mars rovers and orbiters) as well as asteroids (Vesta, Itokawa etc.), by using various non-destructive analytical techniques. Natasha manages the Plymouth Planets research group, is an avid public speaker, heavily engaged in outreach activities, and an active member of the Meteoritical Society & Royal Astronomical Society.
Scanning Probe Micrscopy Section
Prof Sonia Contera
SPM Section Chair
University of Oxford
Sonia Contera is an Associate Professor in Biological Physics at the University of Oxford. She works at the interface of nanomaterials, physics and biology and she is an expert in atomic force microscopy. Currently she collaborates with engineers, biologists, chemists and mathematicians in various multidisciplinary projects that range from understanding the mechanical aspects to plant growth to developing materials for tissue engineering, and developing methods for measuring mechanoelectrical coupling in neurons. She has a special interest in the role of mechanics in linking molecular function with cellular biology and in learning how this knowledge can be used for creating better materials with applications in healthcare. Sonia often writes pieces for the general press , e.g. in WIRED magazine or the Huffington Post, and also works with international organisations such as the World Economic Forum. She has just finished a book entitled "Transmateria: Nanotechnology and the future of biology and Medicine" and she is preparing a Soapbox Science "performance" with artist Ellen McAleavey for the Oxford Arts Festival.
Honorary Fellowship Presentation
Prof Pratibha Gai
University of York
Currently Professor of Electron Microscopy at the University of York and Director of the York JEOL Nanocentre, Professor Gai is widely known for co-inventing the atomic resolution environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) and later the atomic resolution in-situ aberration corrected ESEM. These instruments have allowed the dynamics of chemical reactions between gases and solids to be studied at the atomic scale and at semi-realistic pressures and temperatures. This means that structural changes can be seen by researchers in real time. This is key in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of chemical reactions such as catalysis, used in the vast majority of industrial chemical synthesis processes.
Life Sciences Section Nominated Speaker
Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
Professor Gillian Griffiths FMedSci, FRS obtained her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 1984, with Cesar Milstein. She started her own lab at the Basel Institute for Immunology before moving to University College London, the Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford, and the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) where she was Director from 2012-2017. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2005, a member of EMBO in 2006, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. Her research has provided remarkable insights into the mechanisms of CTL killing.
This meeting will be held in the Wolfson Room at The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.
Admittance to this event is for registered and authorised attendees. Unfortunately we cannot permit access to visitors or allow non-registered persons to enter the meeting or exhibition areas. If you have any questions, please contact the RMS contact for this event.
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