The Scottish Microscopy Group is formed of a selection of scientists from across the Scottish Universities who put on an annual symposia each year, celebrating the research in Scotland and providing a platform for academics and industry representatives to come together and share ideas. This year (2016) the 44th SMG Symposia was held on November 24th and hosted by ESRIC at Heriot-Watt University and organised by SMG committe memeber, Dr Ali Dun. The event was a great success with 100 academics and industry partners in attendance, 20 trade stands, Posters and an Imaging Competition. 

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2016 welcomed two world experts in their fields to give the keynote talks; Dr Sebastian Van De Linde, now at The University of Strathclyde gave an inspiring talk on his recent work further developing the SMLM method STORM and Dr Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen showed her fascinating work investigating Autophagy using advanced Electron Microscopy techniques. Invited speakers from across Universities and disciplines gave talks from the use of microscopy in clinical science to marine biology. The SMG in particular provides an opportunity for early career researchers (PhD and Post Doctorates) to give short presentations through submitted talks and also posters, in addition three of our ESRIC students showed their work so far using Super-Resolution techniques. Image right shows; Kai Skodzek (ESRIC PhD Student), Dr. Lionel Dupuy (The Hutton Institute), William Tipping (Heriot-Watt University) and Dr. Amy Davies (Heriot-Watt University). 

The connection between science and art was explored at this years event with a talk from our Artist in Residence, Hannah Imlach, who is working to create installations inspired by microscopy and the deep oceans in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and The University of Edinburgh. An Imaging Competition, MicroScale Scotland, was launched in September with microscopy images coming in from Universities across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Catherine Draycott from The Wellcome Trust Images Collection was invited to judge our image collection and also give an insight into the Wellcome Collection and the Image Competition they run each year. Prizes were awarded for the winning Images, Posters and also submitted talks. Image lower right shows Hannah Imlach (Artist in Residence), Catherine Draycott (The Wellcome Images Collection), 1st and 2nd Prize for the Imaging Competition, Emma McDermott collecting her award for her 2nd Prize Image, Thomas McWilliams collecting his prize for best poster.

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All of our submitted entries are available to view on the SMG Website and the shortlisted 15, which were displayed on the day of the event, are shown in the lower image panel. Images by (from left to right) Gopi Shah, Gopi Shah, Emma McDermott, Kevin Mackenzie, Gopi Shah, Vikas Trivedi, Tushar Choudhary, Leandro Lemgruber, Tony Gutierrez, Holly Fleming, Yujie Yang, Lucy Wight, Nicholas Loyer, Swetha Vijayakrishnan, Swetha Vijayakrishnan

The SMG is a non-profit organisation which is run by a small committee of members from across the Universities in Scotland, the SMG run an event each year and will also in 2017 be hosting a 'Celtic Session' at the MMC in Manchester. New members to the committee are always welcome, please visit the SMG webpage if you would like to be involved. The SMG would not be able to run without the generous support from our sponsors and their enthusiasm to attend each year. With a special thanks to JEOL and Laser2000 for supporting this years prizes.


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