Microscience Microscopy Congress

Monday 5th to Friday 9th July 2021

The 2021 Microscience Microscopy Congress, organised by the Royal Microscopical Society, was held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It included a huge free to attend virtual exhibition with companies both large and small showcasing their latest equipment and available to answer questions.

Quekett members Pam Hamer and Stephen Parker manned the Club’s stand in the virtual exhibition, which ran from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th July, and they were able to chat to visitors.

Algal bloom in the city pond of Sint Odiliënberg, The Netherlands, 5th August 2019, by Willem Cramer

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RMS Scientific Imaging Competition

The Quekett provided the second prize for the Light Microscopy Life Sciences section, which was awarded to Frédéric Fercoq (CRUK Beatson Institute) for his image of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis under the microscope:

A section from a lung biopsy from an idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patient was labelled with fluorescent probes and imaged using a spectral multiphoton microscope. We can see remodelled and fibrotic areas of IPF lung populated with keratin-5 expressing basal cells (in red). Fibrotic areas contain high quantity of collagen and elasic fibers (in cyan and white respectively). In addition the nuclei of the cells (blue) and smooth muscles (yellow) were stained to facilitate the recognition of tissue architecture.

Lung biopsy sectionLung biopsy section (Frédéric Fercoq)

Quekett member Mike Gibson was awarded Joint 1st Prize in the Light Microscopy Physical Sciences category for his photomicrograph of borax crystals.

Borax crystalsBorax crystals (polarised light, Wild M20 microscope, ×19 objective)

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