June 2-4, 2021

2021 MSC·SMC Symposium

Access to the Symposium

This year's virtual symposium will primarily be hosted on the Fourwaves online platform, while oral presentations and workshops will be in the form of Zoom Webinars.

Once registered to the event, sign in to your Fourwaves account (if you do not have this set up, check your inbox for a confirmation email) to view the full program, gain access to the Zoom Webinar links and participate in the virtual poster session. The abstracts, descriptions and virtual material of oral and poster presentations, exhibitor booths and workshops can be viewed directly on the Presenters & Exhibitors page.

To access the oral presentations on Zoom, visit the Symposium Program page and click on the zoom link associated with the current live session (note that each session is assigned a unique room).

During the virtual poster and exhibitor sessions, you will have the opportunity to initiate a video conference with the presenter directly on the Fourwaves platform. This can be done by clicking on “Call presenter” (if you are the first attendee) or "Join Discussion" (if there is a discussion already underway) button, which will appear on the poster abstracts that are associated with the session.

Should you run into any technical issues on the day of the event, you can seek assistance from our Technical Help Desk through this zoom link: https://mcmaster.zoom.us/j/99447561762

MSC General Assembly Meeting

The MSC invites all its members to participate in the annual General Assembly Meeting on Thursday June 3rd 4:15-5:15 pm EDT. Zoom link can be found in the full Symposium Program.


The Microscopical Society of Canada and McMaster University are delighted to welcome you to the 2021 MSC·SMC Symposium page! Due to the continued impact that the pandemic is having on travel and gatherings, the annual symposium will be held virtually for a second year in a row. While we hoped to be able to hold the symposium in presence, we could not ignore our duty to ensure the safety of all attendees.

We are looking forward to providing a virtual event that will be engaging and stimulating. To this end, we are working on creating an experience that not only provides the attendees with high quality video feed and enhanced accessibility features for the oral presentations, but also recreates some of the spaces that allowed individualized discussions with poster presenters and exhibitors.

The 2021 MSC·SMC Symposium is a community event, and in this spirit we invite you to participate in our Symposium by submitting your abstracts, delivering an oral or poster presentation, organizing a workshop, exhibiting a virtual booth, sponsoring the event, and in the spirit of community, we invite you to become part of this journey by submitting your abstracts, giving a talk, presenting a poster, exhibiting a booth, sponsoring the conference, or by simply attending.

We thank you in advance for your support. Sincerely,

Jose Moran-Mirabal, PhD

2021 MSC·SMC Symposium Chair


Highlights of the 2021 MSC·SMC Symposium

The 2021 MSC·SMC Symposium will be held virtually June 2nd-4th, 2021. The goal of the 2021 MSC-SMC Symposium is to bring together junior and senior researchers working in the field of imaging in Canada and abroad, to develop a strong network between imaging researchers in Canada, and to learn about exciting new research.

  • Expect over 200 participants from across Canada and the US
  • Canada Microscopy event of the year
  • Opportunity to meet online decision makers like principal investigators and core facility directors
  • Impact the next generation of microscopists, as we expect 40% of the audience to be students and trainees

Plenary Speakers

Suliana Manley | Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

Lucy Collinson | Francis Crick Institute in London

Sara Bals | University of Antwerp

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission open: January 28
  • Abstract submission closing: April 26th, midnight
  • Registration opens: March 8th
  • Registration closes: June 1st

Presenter Information

Although the conference will be held virtually, we are hoping to make the oral and poster presentation sessions as lively and interactive as possible while still being accessible and accommodating to everyone.

Oral Presentations

  • 15 min live presentation
  • 5 mins Question & Answer period

Poster Presentations

  • Virtual poster (.PNG/.JPG, <30 MB) viewable by the audience at any point
  • Dedicated Q&A session (1 hr) where the presenters are available to interact with audience and take questions in small rooms (8 people)

We thank our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors


  • SFR
  • Edge Scientific
  • Nikon Instruments Inc.

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


  • Quorum Technologies
  • Carl Zeiss Canada Ltd.
  • Oxford Instruments America Inc.
  • Gatan - Ametek
  • EDAX - Ametek

Host Facilities


  • CALM
  • CCEM


Online event

Registration period

March 8, 2021 - 00:45 until June 4, 2021 - 18:00

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact MSC.SMC.Symposium@gmail.com .

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