Scientific Program

The Congress Organising Committee are currently working on the IMC19 Congress Program and are pleased to advise the Program at a Glance is now available for download.


Program is correct at 3 April 2018 and is subject to change.

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 submission for consideration in the scientific Congress program has closed. The following presentation types are 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 are now open.

For more information visit the IFSM Young Scientists Assembly page here


Bursary applications are now open to Australian and New Zealand based members of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS). Bursaries will be offered to postgraduate students, junior technical staff, and early career researchers.

More information and details of how to apply 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

Now Closed
Abstract Submission Deadline
10 May 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes
10 May 2018
Author Registration Deadline
10 May 2018
Late Breaking Abstract Submissions Open
31 May 2018
Late Breaking Abstract Submissions Deadline

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