Royal Microscopical Society

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The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) is an international scientific society for the promotion of microscopy based in Oxford. The RMS draws members from all over the world and is dedicated to advancing science, developing careers and supporting wider understanding of science and microscopy through its Outreach activities. In support of these aims, the RMS publishes the Journal of Microscopy and a microscopy handbook series, as well as helping young scientists through bursaries. The RMS also serves the needs of its company members who represent the major manufacturers and suppliers of microscopes, equipment and services. In addition to this, the RMS is pursuing an initiative to encourage young microscope users who may go on to influence microscopy in the future.[1]

Meetings, courses and conferences[edit]

Each year the RMS hosts a programme full of meetings, courses and conferences. These events provide opportunities for keeping abreast of the very latest developments and attract speakers of the highest quality and delegates active in all areas of science from forensics to flow cytometry, live cell imaging to SPM.[2]


RMS members come from a wide range of backgrounds — from undergraduates and research students to leaders in their various fields – within the biological & physical sciences.

Benefits of RMS membership include:

  • Subscription to quarterly membership magazine infocus
  • Subsidized subscription rates to Journal of Microscopy
  • Membership of the European Microscopy Society
  • Opportunity to network and socialize with other members at RMS organised events
  • Discounted registration fees to all RMS courses and meetings
  • Inclusion in the RMS membership list giving access to correspondence addresses for all RMS members
  • Receipt of Electronic newsletter “efocus”


  • Journal of Microscopy, published on behalf of Royal Microscopical Society by Wiley-Blackwell
  • infocus Magazine, The Royal Microscopical Society’s Magazine for Members
  • Royal Microscopical Society Microscopy Handbooks

infocus Magazine[edit]

infocus Magazine is the Royal Microscopical Society’s Magazine for Members. It provides a common forum for scientists and technologists from all disciplines which use any form of microscope, including all branches of microscopy and microbeam analysis. infocus features articles on microscopy related topics, techniques and developments, reports on RMS events, book reviews, news and much more. Published four times a year, infocus is free to members of the RMS.

Journal of Microscopy[edit]

The Journal of Microscopy provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for publication, discussion and education for scientists and technologists who use any form of microscopy or image analysis. This includes technology and applications in physics, chemistry, material and biological sciences. The Journal publishes review articles, original research papers, short communications, and letters to the Editor, covering all aspects of microscopy.[3]

Outreach Activities[edit]

The RMS founded the Microscope Activity Kit Scheme in March 2011. This is a free scheme sending fully equipped Kits of microscopes and ready-to-go activities to Primary Schools throughout the United Kingdom for a term at a time. By December 2014, the Kits had gone from 2 to 50 and had been used by over 20,000 children in the UK. [4] The RMS Diploma, launched in 2012 to replace the former RMS DipTech qualification, aims to help microscopists advance in their careers by improving and refining their skills to gain a distinguished qualification. The Diploma from the Royal Microscopical Society is attained via a flexible portfolio-based course of study that is designed by the candidate with the assistance of their line-manager, and with input from existing Fellows of the Society. This approach ensures that the study is both challenging and rewarding whilst fitting with, and complementing, the candidate's existing employment.

History and information[edit]

Founded as 'The Microscopical Society of London' in September 1839 and renamed the Royal Microscopical Society in 1866, when the Society received its Royal Charter. At its Foundation in 1839, the Society ordered the best microscopes then obtainable from the three leading makers, Powell & Lealand, Ross, and Smith.[5] Founding members included the botanist Richard Kippist.[6]

The Society is incorporated by Royal Charter. Its governing documents are its Charter and By-laws.

The Royal Microscopical Society is a registered charity, number 241990.


The Royal Microscopical Society is a member of the Foundation for Science and Technology, the Biosciences Federation, the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy, and the European Microscopy Society.


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