Microscopy: Advances, Innovation, Impact 2018


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.

Provisional Programme

Thu 27 September 2018
  • 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

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    Mr 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

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    Dr Susan Cox

    King's College London
    Susan works at the Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics, developing fluorescence microscopy techniques and applying them to discover new cell biology at the nanoscale. In 2011 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which she used to develop a substantial research program based around localisation microscopy, and methods to extract more information from super-resolution image data. SC is best known as the developer of Bayesian analysis of blinking and bleaching (3B), a method for analysing extremely dense localisation microscopy image series. Its importance has been recognised with the award of the Royal Microscopical Society light microscopy medal and the Society of Experimental Biology Presidents Medal. More recently, she has explored the limits of localisation in terms of speed and accuracy. She mathematically described the role of the size of the point spread function size in limiting information transmission speed and developed a machine learning based approach to remove poor fits from the super resolution image. Since it is obviously more desirable to avoid poor fits in the first place, she developed Haar Wavelet Kernel analysis (HAWK), an approach to localisation microscopy data analysis which avoids artifacts and ensures the results reflect the underlying structure of the sample.


Electron Microscopy Section

Scanning Probe Micrscopy Section

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    Professor Sonia Contera

    AFM & Scanning Probe Microscopies Section Vice Chair

    University of Oxford
    Sonia 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

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    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

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    Gillian Griffiths

    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.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kate Jermey.

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