Scientific Program

Click on the buttons below to view the IMC19 Scientific Programs.

Please refer to the Congress app for the most up to date program.

The program is correct at 6 September 2018 and is subject to change. If the program appears small, please zoom in on your computer.

Presentation Guidelines

Click on the relevant links below to download the guidelines for your presentation type: 

Invited speaker presentation guidelines

Contributed oral presentation guidelines

Hardcopy poster presentation guidelines

Mini oral presentation guidelines

Digital poster presentation guidelines

Digital poster template

Chairperson briefing notes

Please note: If you are presentation a ‘mini oral presentation plus digital poster’ you should download the ‘Mini oral presentation guidelines’ as well as the ‘Digital poster presentation guidelines’. You will also be required to use the ‘Digital poster template’.




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

Abstract submissions for IMC19 are closed.

For more information about abstract submissions click here

IFSM Young Scientists Assembly

For 50 young scientists there is an exciting opportunity to attend the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly (IFSM YSA). Previously known as the IFSM School, this day long program is being organised exclusively for IFSM Young Scientists. Applications have closed and the 50 successful applicants have been notified.  

The IFSM Young Scientists Assembly will start on the evening of Saturday 8 September 2018 with a dinner. The full day Assembly on Sunday 9 September, will consist of classes taught at the University of Sydney by invited experts.

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 available to registered Congress delegates and will be held on Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September 2018 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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