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M&M 2023

M&M 2023 Call for Submission Site is now open! The deadline to submit is February 16, 2023, at 11:59 PM PST.

Also, be on the lookout for the 2023 Call for Papers Brochure. The brochure will be mailed out with the January/February Issue of Microscopy Today and is also available digitally. Click here to download.

Association News

Renew your MSA membership for 2023!

Keep your membership active to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, savings on the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference, participation in Society activities, and so much more. Log in to the member portal and renew today!

Publications News

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The Editors of Microscopy Today (MTO) encourage and greatly appreciate the submission of articles from microscope users, manufacturers, and suppliers. Of particular interest are summaries of in-depth articles published in peer-reviewed journals and articles that describe new equipment and applications. Microscopy Today is open access and there are no charges for publishing in MTO. All articles are available free to our subscription list of over 18,000 microscopists and through our collaboration with Oxford University Press over 8,000 libraries worldwide. For further information email the Editor-in-Chief at Bob.Price@uscmed.sc.edu or visit https://academic.oup.com/mt.

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Technologists’ Forum News

Technologists’ Forum News

The Technologists’ Forum is free to join and provides a community for those who work in the technical areas of microscopy sample preparation and imaging or anyone interested in expanding their skills.

Tech Forum M&M 2023 Session Planning

We are excited to announce that the Tech Forum will be working with a few new symposia organizers for the 2023 meeting. Below is our list of sessions being developed. We welcome your suggestions and feedback for potential speakers and Mega Booth activities/demo ideas.

  • X30 - Methods in Tissue Clearing and Expansion to Achieve Improved Resolution [Partnering with B04]
  • X31 - New and Developing Technologies in Light Microscopy [Partnering with B06]
  • X32 - 4D STEM Tips and Techniques [Partnering with A04]


Professional Technical Staff Awards (PTSA)

Up to four awards are given annually, based on the quality of a first-authored paper submitted for presentation at the M&M conference. The awards consist of free full registration to the meeting, a copy of the Proceedings, and reimbursement of up to $600 for travel, lodging, and other expenses. Abstracts are judged by the MSA Technologists' Forum Governing Board. Applications are received by selecting the PTSA option when submitting a proceedings paper for the upcoming annual M&M meeting. You are strongly encouraged to check out the award requirements at the TechForum Website!

MSA Student Council News

StC Appointed Positions:

Yes, we are STILL Accepting Applications!

While the official application deadline has closed, we will continue to accept applications for available positions until they are filled. Positions we are specifically targeting are Regional Liaisons and the PMCx60 Planning Committee which includes a Program Chair, Biological Science Co-chair, Social Chair. If you enjoyed the PMCx60 and would like to get involved but maybe aren’t sure, reach out! We’d love to chat with you about the positions, responsibilities, and benefits of StC participation. No previous leadership experience is required! We are a council of students, learning to be leaders together.


If you are interested in getting involved but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a full position, keep an eye on our communications for information about committees!


Click here for position descriptions.

Click here for the application form and instructions. 

Complete Our Survey:

What skills do you need for career development/advancement?


The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) has established an E-learning Task Force to identify how MSA can develop their online learning space to better serve our members and carry out the organization’s mission. As such, we are collecting information from trainees on what technical skills they may need to develop or advance their career beyond graduate school.


Let us know the types of microscopy techniques or skills you would like to learn: https://forms.gle/zcjPfUAC2UKKfPEQ8

Regional Updates

Region VI

20th Annual Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24 - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Where: University of California, Berkeley

Registration: $100 for students

Event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-annual-advanced-imaging-methods-workshop-tickets-438774776167


Region VIII

20th Annual Workshop on FLIM, FRET, and Metabolic Imaging Microscopy

When: Monday, Mar. 6 - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2023

Where: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Registration: See the event brochure and click on the event link for tuition fees and fellowship opportunities

Event link: https://kcci.virginia.edu/workshop-2023


Region IV

North Atlantic Microscopy Society (NAMS) Meeting

When: Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023 8:15am-5:30pm

Where: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Registration: Just $5 for students!

Event link: https://namsmicroscopy.com/meeting-registration

MSA Resources

Don’t forget to take advantage of all the resources the MSA offers!

Focused Interest Groups

Focused Interest Groups (FIG) are a great place for students to learn from the best! These are made of MSA members who can offer their expertise in a specific discipline. So if you need help troubleshooting your experiments, or want to learn a new microscopy technique, or even want to just network as you start looking for jobs after graduation, join a FIG! MSA student members can join one FIG annually for free! Find a FIG HERE!


Jobs Board

Hundreds of exciting professional opportunities are continuously updated on the MSA jobs site: https://jobs.microscopy.org/

Lots of featured career advice is shared on the MSA jobs site as well:


Student members also receive regular emails with new job postings. Stay connected for updates! 

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MSA Student Council

Our YouTube channel, MSA Student Council, has rich and diverse microscopy resources, including research webinars held by StC, career panels and young scholars offering invaluable insights based on their experiences. Subscribe to our channel to review our diverse events on YouTube 🤩:

●     Advanced Microscopy Characterization Seminar Series

●     Grant Writing Series

●     Microscopy Careers Series: Industry, National Lab, and Academia;

●     Communicating Science Series

(More events are coming soon!)

Local Affiliated Societies

MSA members across the country have established 25 local affiliated societies (LAS). These LAS hold regular meetings and social events and publish newsletters to provide regional networking and outreach opportunities for the local microscopy community. Please join a local society or renew your membership in 2023. Find out more about your local microscopy society and its activities on the LAS community page.

LAS Activities

Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM) will be hosting its 57th annual meeting at UT Dallas (Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center) from March 16-18, 2023. For further information visit https://texas.microscopy.org/events/annual-tsm-meeting/


Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO) will be hosting its annual May Conference jointly with the Cleveland Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) at John Carroll University on May 24, 2023. Further information will follow and will be posted on their webpage: https://msno.microscopy.org/.

LAS Quarterly Business Meeting

The next LAS meeting will be held virtually on March 9th, Thursday 1-2 PM EST. 


During these meetings, we share ideas for event organization, fundraising, and tips on publishing newsletters and boosting membership. All are welcome. Register Here.


Updating LAS Webpage

If you have new officers taking over the leadership in your society please let me know (Bernd_Zechmann@baylor.edu) so we can update the LAS directory on the MSA webpage.


LAS Programs

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid, and Special Meeting grants. If you are planning any activities for your LAS, please consider applying for one of these funding sources. Details can be found at http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm


If you are interested to start an Affiliated Society in your region or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Bernd_Zechmann@baylor.edu.

Thank you,

Bernd Zechmann

Focused Interest Groups

MSA FIGs are groups of MSA members who have organized, with the approval of the MSA Council, to promote a specific discipline relevant to microscopy or microanalysis. Each FIG must have a minimum of 10 members to remain active. All MSA members are eligible and encouraged to participate in the existing FIGs. There is an annual fee of $15 per FIG joined. Learn more about FIGs here.

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