Learning Zone

‘Ask the Experts’ at The Learning Zone

A major part of our flagship event since 2002, The Learning Zone is a tremendous free feature which is open to all visitors and conference delegates.

The Learning Zone has its own seminar theatre hosting a daily programme of introductory talks. These talks are free to attend and there is no need to book in advance - simply turn up and enjoy! This year they are centred around three themes:

1) Career and Professional Development 
2) Open-Source Hardware and Software
3) Techniques, Image Analysis and Practice

The programmes are available to view.

The Learning Zone is a place where you can speak to experts, learn something new, ask questions and develop your knowledge. We will be displaying a range of microscopes that are able to demonstrate the fundamentals of microscopy.

Please do bring your samples along and ask for advice!

Rosalind Franklin

We will be displaying a Cooke, Troughton and Simms (CTS) microscope from the 1950's that is very similar to the one used by Rosalind Franklin, a British chemist and X-ray crystallographer. She is well known for her work in understanding the molecular structure of DNA, coal and graphite to name a few. Specimens will be available to use on the microscope and you will be able to recreate the iconic image of her looking down a microscope!

RMS Zone

Also running will be the RMS Zone. This area offers a more relaxed spot to find out about the Royal Microscopical Society, with information on membership, future events and training courses as well as a chance to meet a number of our Council, committee and staff members.

You can also find out more about the Society’s outreach projects such as its recognised qualification, the RMS Diploma and the RMS Microscope Activity Kits - the successful scheme of free microscopes and activities sent out to UK Primary Schools each term.

The RMS would like to thank the following companies for the contribution of their equipment to the Learning Zone: Leica Microsystems, Nikon UK Ltd, MetPrep Ltd and ZEISS.

Learning Zone Organisers 

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

University of Leeds

Kerry Thompson

Kerry Thompson

Chair of Outreach & Education Committee, Honorary Secretary for Education, University of Galway

Jo Cull

Jo Cull

Learning Zone Co-Ordinator