The Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI) is an all-island society of experts from a broad range of microscopical disciplines, covering life and physical sciences. The aims of the Society are stated in the society’s constitution. In brief, the society is principally concerned with the following goals:

  • To foster an interest in the science and practice of microscopy.
  • To create a forum for academic and technical dialogue in matters relating to microscopy.
  • To promote training and education facilities for its members

The MSI Annual Symposium is usually held in one of the academic institutions on the island of Ireland, moving from year to year. Microscopy is a versatile interdisciplinary technique and our Annual Symposium is a great opportunity for both established researchers and students to hear presentations on state of the art techniques and new developments in microscopy by leading experts. The MSI Symposium has always been an excellent forum for students to present their research and meet others from different disciplines.

Each year we also hold the annual Rory Comerford Memorial Lecture, dedicated to the memory of one of the MSI founding members.

MSI sponsors training events and workshops in microscopy, we also offer a student travel bursary that supports MSI student members to attend microscopy workshops or other international training events and a conference travel award that supports MSI members to attend national and international conferences.

More information on the history and current committee can be found here. Membership application/renewal instructions are provided here for new or former members.