The 2022 BIST Symposium on Microscopy, Nanoscopy and Imaging Sciences, in its fifth edition this year, took place on May 20 at the BIST centre ICFO with international speakers, discussions, and poster presentations. Students in the BIST Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (MMRES) played an active role in the symposium, leading discussions after each symposium talk, and presenting their work in a poster session.
The BIST Symposium on Microscopy, Nanoscopy and Imaging Sciences is organised annually by two BIST centres—the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)—and BIST. The event brings together internationally renowned invited speakers as well as researchers and students from the seven BIST centres and the wider scientific community to discuss the latest techniques and advances in optical microscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and Raman Imaging, among others. A total of 120 participants registered for the symposium this year.
Eight researchers from five different countries gave talks at the event, including Prof. Leopoldo Molina-Luna (TU Darmstadt, Germany), Prof. Erin Tranfield (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal), Prof. Dr. Jascha Repp (Universität Regensburg, Germany), Prof. Neus Domingo (Oak Ridge National Lab, USA), Prof. Markus Sauer (Biozentrum der Universität Würzburg, Germany), Prof. Jan Tonnesen (Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Spain), Prof. Gail McConnell (University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Scotland), and Prof. Francesca Bottanelli (Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany).
The event is also part of the BIST MMRES curriculum, and was preceded this year with a full day of microscopy workshops on May 19 exclusively designed for MMRES students. The students also had an active role in the symposium on May 20, which included presenting their work during a lunchtime poster session, introducing the eight speakers throughout the event, and facilitating discussions between speakers and attendees after each talk. Organizers and attendees commented on the students’ high level of knowledge and professionalism throughout the event, which for many was the first time participating in a scientific symposium. The poster presentations were judged and three prizes were awarded, two based on the judges’ evaluations and one by popular audience vote. Among the judges were BIST MMRES alumni from previous years.
The winners of the poster session were Marina Lantarón (first place), Ariadna Torres (second place), and Sasha Meek (audience favourite). The prize included a night-time experience at La Pedrera and a voucher to La Central bookstore.
The 2022 BIST Symposium on Microscopy, Nanoscopy and Imaging Sciences was sponsored in part by: