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
- 11:302018 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Microscopical Society
- 12:00RMS 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
- 14:00Welcome - Professor Michelle Peckham, RMS President, University of Leeds
- 14:10Talk 1 - Richard Grenfell, Flow Cytometry Section
- 14:35Talk 2 - Susan Cox, Light Microscopy Section
- 15:00Talk 3 - Alex Ball, Electron Microscopy Section - ‘Doing it all wrong: confocal microscopy of fossils; laser scanning whales; 3D printing shells and looking inside fish – what are we doing and what does it tell us?’
- 15:25 Tea Break
- 15:40Talk 4 - Dame Pratibha Gai and Honorary Fellowship Presentation - 'Atoms in Action: Unlocking Mysteries of the Changing Atomic World'
- 16:05Talk 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'
- 16:30Talk 6 - Gillian Griffiths
- 16:55Closing Remarks - Professor Michelle Peckham, RMS President, University of Leeds
- 17:00 Drinks Reception
- 18:00 Meeting Closes
Flow Cytometry Section
Dr Richard Grenfell
Flow Cytometry Section Vice-Chair
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 Alex Ball
Natural History Museum
Alex is the Head of Imaging and Analysis in the Core Research Laboratories at the Natural History Museum. He has over 25 years' experience in light and electron microscopy and has published research involving transmission and scanning electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and micro-CT. His PhD research involved the use of LM, SEM and SEM combined with computer-aided 3D reconstruction. Now his interests focus on non-destructive imaging and analysis of natural and cultural heritage samples. Over the course of his career Alex has had the good fortune to be tasked with setting up the NHM's micro-CT laboratory and more recently the 3D surface scanning facilities where our first job was to 3D scan an entire blue whale skeleton! He has a keen interest in outreach and education and has led the NHM's imaging activities at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival for over ten years and routinely participates in the NHM's public outreach events.
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
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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