Scientific Program

We are excited to announce that the IMC19 Scientific Programs are now available!

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The program is correct at 15th August 2018 and is subject to change. If the program appears small, please zoom in on your computer.

Program Highlights & Streams

IMC19 represents a forum for sharing and contesting the latest ideas and technologies in the world of microscopy. The 2018 program will be truly transformational, featuring the world’s thought leaders and rising stars. 

The scientific program will include world-renowned plenary and invited speakers, young scientists showcasing their research, digital posters and Pre-Congress workshops. The program will encompass four main streams:

 Physical Sciences                                    Life Sciences

Instrumentation & Techniques                 Frontier Issues

Abstract Submissions

Late breaking abstract submission is open until 31 May 2018.

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We are pleased to announce that the IMC19 submission portal has now reopened until 31 May 2018 and we invite the submission of late breaking abstracts! The Scientific Program Committee will consider late breaking abstract submissions, recognising the dynamic nature of so much our community’s research. We expect that most of our late breaking abstracts will end-up as digital poster contributions. That said, the IMC19 team have preserved a very small number of oral presentation slots and 3 minute mini-oral slots in the program, so please do now consider whether you and your team can contribute a late-breaking abstract and participate in IMC19.  

The following presentation types will be available for selection upon submission of a late breaking abstract:

Oral Presentation:

  • Oral Presentation (15 minute presentation, comprising ~12 minutes platform + 3 minutes for questions)

Poster Presentations: 

  • Mini Oral Presentation + Digital Poster (3 minute oral presentation as a chance to summarise your digital poster)
  • Digital Poster Only (available to view on smartphones, tablets and interactive kiosks provided in the exhibition hall throughout the duration of the Congress. All digital poster presenters will be allocated one 30 minute time-slot at the Digital Poster Kiosks so as to provide an opportunity to present their poster. These 30 minute allocations will be scheduled throughout the Congress and the schedule will be available for all delegates to see via the Congress App)


Submissions for the first round of abstracts has closed. The following presentation types were available for selection upon submission:

Oral Presentation:

  • Oral Presentation (15 minute presentation)

Poster Presentations: 

  • Mini Oral Presentation + Digital Poster (3 minute presentation)
  • Digital Poster Only (available to view on smartphones, tablets and interactive kiosks in the exhibition hall throughout the Congress, with scheduled 30 minute time slots alongside concurrent sessions for authors wishing to stand by their poster.)
  • Hardcopy Poster (available on display in exhibition hall, with changeover of posters each day)

Click here to view more information about the available poster options. 

Submissions will explore four main program streams – Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Instrumentation and Techniques and Frontier Issues.

IFSM Young Scientists Assembly

The IFSM Young Scientists Assembly will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018. This program is open to PhD students and early career researchers who completed their Ph.D. within five years from the date of the Congress. Places are limited – applications have now closed. 

For more information visit the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly page here


Bursary applications for Australian and New Zealand based members of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS) are now closed. 

More information and details are available on the AMMS web site here

French Society for Microscopy (Société Française des Microscopies, Sfm)

In order to facilitate their participation at IMC19, the French Society for Microscopy (Société Française des Microscopies, Sfm) is happy to award 5 scholarships of 2000 € to french Sfm PhD students or post-doctoral researchers, as well as 10 bursaries of 1000 € to Sfm permanent researchers.

Applications have to be sent before the abstract submission deadline to and, cc to and They will contain:

  • short CV
  • covering letter signed by the director of the lab and the supervisor for PhD student
  • submitted abstract to IMC19
  • estimated budget

European Microscopy Society

To support young researchers, scholarships of 800 Euro each will be awarded for participation at the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), to be held from 9-14 September 2018, in Sydney. Due to a generous donation from the French Society of Microscopy (SFm), EMS is able to considerably increase the number of grants for ICM19.

The application deadline is fixed as the ORIGINAL conference abstract submission deadline for IMC19 (February 1, 2018).

Each applicant must submit at least one abstract and has to be registered at the meeting (Registration Deadline – 10 May 2018). A copy of the abstract(s), registration details (when available) and proof of student or early stage researcher when applicable have to be added to the application. Depending of the number of demands we will try to serve also early career researchers. The early career researcher criterion is met if his/her Ph.D. thesis was completed within five years from the date of the Congress). The application including a short CV should be sent (preferably by -email) to the EMS Secretary:

Please note that only EMS members are eligible for EMS scholarships.

More information can be found on our scholarships page:

Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress workshops are being planned at several universities within Sydney and surrounding areas. Workshops will encompass areas of:

  • Electron microscopy
  • Correlative microscopy
  • Optical microscopy
  • Atom probe microscopy
  • Sample preparation
  • Data visualisation and analysis

For more information visit the Workshop page here. 

Position Statement on Equity and Diversity at the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19)

The 19th International Microscopy Congress Organising Committee, along with our invited speakers, sponsors and supporters are committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion across our research and communities.  Therefore, we have endeavoured to build a program that will embrace different perspectives on the basis of professional experience, cultural background, disability, gender and sexual orientation or identity to ensure our delegates have the greatest opportunity for collaboration and innovation.


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Key Dates

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Late Breaking Abstract Submissions
Now Closed
Early Bird Registration Closes
31 May 2018
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Now Closed
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