Royal Microscopical Society
The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) is an international scientific
Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe...

 society for the promotion of microscopy
Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view samples and objects that cannot be seen with the unaided eye...

. 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 Science and Society activities. In support of these aims, the RMS publishes the Journal of Microscopy and microscopy handbooks, 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.

Meetings, courses and conferences

Each year the RMS hosts a programme 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.


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 run 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

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

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.

History and information

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
Royal Charter
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organizations such as cities or universities. Charters should be distinguished from warrants and...

. At its Foundation in 1839, the Society ordered the best microscope
A microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopy...

s then obtainable from the three leading makers, Powell & Lealand, Ross, and Smith. Founding members included the botanist Richard Kippist
Richard Kippist
Richard Kippist was an English botanist and librarian.Kippist was born in Stoke Newington, London, on 11 June 1812. He worked as a clerk in the office of Joseph Woods, F.L.S., architect, with whom he shared an interest in botany. He was employed by the Linnean Society from 1830, holding the...


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
Biosciences Federation
-Function:The Federation aimed to unite the bioscience community over issues of common interest that related to both research and teaching. These organisations are a key component of the UK's knowledge economy. It also aimed to influence the formulation of UK policy relating to biosciences, and to...

, the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy, and the European Microscopy Society.

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