AIMS2021 virtual conference (March 19, 2021)

The AIMS2021 conference will be held on Friday March 19, 2021 and will be using an online hosting platform virtual platform containing all the features you have come to expect at an annual meeting plus more!

Our speakers are core facility directors from some of the most well-established microscopy labs in the country. They are leaders in microscopy education, development and research and will share their successes and insight into recent and anticipated advancements in microscopy techniques and instrumentation.

During the meeting, there will be a Student Poster Session and an Art Exhibit Competition. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral students are encouraged to register and present their work. There will be $100 prizes awarded for the best light and EM based posters and $100 prizes for the best microscopy inspired artwork.

Registration for the conference is a two-step process. We encourage all those working with microscopy within Arizona to support AIMS by registering as a member online at at the student or individual level. Conference registration is separate and must be submitted through the website. The first 100 people to register will receive a GrubHub voucher for lunch!

Poster Hall Submission Instructions

You can register and submit your abstracts online at You must be a student member of AIMS to register your scientific or art poster. Posters will be uploaded to the virtual platform for visitors to view. You are encouraged to record a 5-minute presentation that can be added to your poster slot. Your poster abstract, poster and 5-minute presentation [optional] must be submitted by March 12th to be uploaded in time for the conference website. Details regarding the poster/presentation guidelines, format and evaluation criteria can be found on the AIMS website. Please contact if you have any questions.

2021 AIMS Conference Program Online Platform

  • 8:30am - 5:00p.m. | Exhibit Hall and Poster Hall
  • 9:00 -10:00a.m. | Advanced Microscopy Core Labs at ASU, Honor Glen, Director of the Biodesign Imaging Facility, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ and Emmanuel Soignard, Director of the Eyring Materials Center, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
  • 10:00 -11:000a.m. | Florida Research and Innovation Center, John Heddleston, Director of Microscopy in the Florida Research and Innovation Center [BSL2 and BSL3], Port St Lucie, Fl.
  • 11:00 -12:00p.m. | CRL Molecular Imaging Center at Berkeley, Holly Aaron, Director of the CRL Molecular Imaging Center, Berkeley, CA
  • 12:00 -1:30p.m. | Lunch Break: Grubhub, Visit Poster and Exhibit Hall
  • 1:30 –2:30p.m. | Center of Biologic Imaging at the University of Pittsburgh, Simon Watkins, Professor and Director of the Center of Biologic Imaging, University of Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2:30 –3:30p.m. | Live Cell Imaging and Electron Microscopy Core Facilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Kate Luby-Phelps, Professor and Director of the Live Cell Imaging and Electron Microscopy Core Facilities, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • 3:30 -4:30p.m. | Center for Advanced Microscopy & Nikon Imaging Center at Northwestern University, Constadina ‘ Dina’ Arvanitis, Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy & Nikon Imaging Center, Northwestern University, IL


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