The Italian Society for Microscopical Sciences (S.I.S.M.),
formerly Italian Society for Electron Microscopy (S.I.M.E.), is a
scientific association that, since 1956, promotes and supports the study
and the progress of microscopy and microstructural analysis in various
fields of basic and applied research in the areas of material science,
biology and medicine. S.I.S.M. brings together researchers and anyone
who is interested in microanalytical studies as well as in
microstructural analyses by means of light or electron microscopes,
confocal or scanning probe microscopes.
The society exerts its
institutional role not only by promoting cultural activities that favour
the exchange of information and ideas, but also by spreading the
knowledge in this field, through the organization of workshops, basic
and advanced courses on specific techniques or on the application of
different microscopical approaches on very up to date topics. Depending
of the subject, the SISM activities have obtained the official
certification of 'continuous educational courses' for the personnel of
the National Health System.
SISM is an associated member of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (I.F.S.M.) and since January 2002, it is a member society of the European Microscopy Society (E.M.S.).
has more than 300 members belonging to public institutions (i.e.
Universities, National Research Council, Italian National Agency for New
Technologies, Energy and Environment, Hospitals, etc) as well as
private companies and industries.
The biennial meeting of the Society
takes place, since nineties, within the Multinational Congress of
Microscopy, that is organized in turn by the Austrian Society of
Electron Microscopy, the Croatian Society for Electron Microscopy, the
Czechoslovak Microscopy Society, the Hungarian Society for Microscopy,
the Italian Society for Microscopical Sciences, the Slovene Society for
Microscopy and Serbian Society for Microscopy.
Young researchers are
one of the most important concern of SISM. Many efforts are continuously
made in order to favour the participation of young scientist to
national and international meetings by announcing grants and awards for
best contributions. More recently, the Society has also introduced the
SISM award for scientist using microscopic techniques as an important
tool in their research.
The society publishes twice a year the
journal 'Microscopie', that is distributed to all SISM members. The
journal contains scientific papers as well as information concerning the
society and events for microscopists.
The Society, since years, set
up the web page (www.sism.it) in order to keep informed all
microscopists about national and international meetings, awards and job
opportunities. Through the web page it is also possible to be linked to
other Societies, to join SISM and to register to SISM activities.
collaborative interaction is also established between SISM and
commercial or industrial partners for the organization of seminars,
workshops and courses. In addition, the Society aims to support spin-off
actions realized by members of the Society promoting their activities
In conclusion, researchers, professional operators and
specialized personnel in industries within the microscopy field, that
use or are planning to use microstructural techniques, will find in SISM
the natural place to discuss any problems they may encounter in their
work and to follow the development and applications of any kind of