This meeting will be the third one-day meeting in the Microscopy: Advances, Innovation, Impact series, having previously taken place in 2016 and 2018.  Although this will be a virtual meeting this time, we will ‘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, who have been awarded the highly prestigious Royal Microscopical Society Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award.  Details of the winners can be found here.

The RMS Annual General Meeting, as well as the Outreach and Section AGMS, 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.  The RMS Annual General Meetings (AGMs) were all due to take place at various microscopy meetings earlier in 2020, but due to Covid-19 these meetings were all sadly cancelled/postponed.  This does however give us an excellent opportunity to hold all AGMs on the same day, so that all members of the RMS, wherever they are based in the world, will hopefully be able to join the meeting.

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

All the committee nominations are on the AGM Agendas, and no other nominations were received.  If you are interested in joining any of the committees in 2021, please contact Allison Winton at

The meeting will take place from 13:00GMT to 17:35GMT, and the full list of AGMs taking place on 16 November are as follows:



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    Professor Grace Burke

    RMS President

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
    Grace joined the University of Manchester as Director of the interdisciplinary Materials Research Centre and Professor of Materials Performance in the School of Materials in September, 2011.  She was also Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre from 2012 through 2016. Grace is a physical metallurgist for whom microstructural characterisation has always represented an integral and fundamental component of research into materials performance.  She obtained her BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in Metallurgy from Imperial College of Science and Technology where her SCC research work included analytical, high voltage and in situ electron microscopy.  Grace then joined the US Steel Research Laboratory where she conducted research on ferrous alloys including the use of atom probe field-ion microscopy as a complementary technique to AEM in the investigation of commercially important materials.

    Subsequently, Grace joined the Westinghouse Science & Technology Centre where she applied of combinations of AEM and APFIM techniques to a broader range of nuclear and power generation materials.  In 1994 she joined the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in order to focus her research on the environment-sensitive behaviour of engineering alloys in nuclear reactors, and, in 2009, was the first woman to be promoted to the highest scientific position, Consultant.

    Since joining Manchester, Grace has continued her to employ her established portfolio of advanced techniques to address a range of materials issues, returning to utilize in situ TEM  to now investigate precursor reactions of material degradation liquids and gases.  Grace was the 2005 President of the Microscopy Society of America and has been a Fellow of RMS since 1988. She is also a Fellow of ASM International, the Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society, IOM3 (UK), and TMS (USA).