About SISM

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.

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.).

SISM members belong 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, theSerbian Society for Microscopy and the Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy.

Young researchers are one of the most important concern of SISM. Many efforts are 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’, which is made available 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.

A 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 and products.

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 microscopy.



SISM has reached tremendous data since the foundation day. We are proud and we would like to show some. Our members are totally satisfied with our research projects and we would like you to be one of them as well.


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Balboni Roberto
Balboni Roberto

CNR-Istituto per la Microelettronica e i Microsistemi Bologna
via P. Gobetti 101, 40128 Bologna
Tel. +39 0516399186
Tel. +39 0516399216

Meschini Stefania
Meschini Stefania
Vice Presidente

Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Roma
Tel. 06 4990 2783
Tel. 06 4938 7140

Ciancio Regina
Ciancio Regina
Vice Presidente

Area Science Park Basovizza S.S. 14 Km 163.5 34012 TRIESTE
Tel. 0403756467
Tel. 040226767

Albonetti Cristiano
Albonetti Cristiano

Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (ISMN) - CNR
Via Gobetti, 101 40129 Bologna
Tel. 051 6398531/6398523/6398526
Tel. 051 6398540

Biggiogera Marco
Biggiogera Marco

Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie "L. Spallanzani"
Università degli Studi di Pavia
via Ferrata 9, 27100 Pavia
Tel. ++39 0382 985531 (Direzione); 986322 (Ufficio)

 Malatesta Manuela
Malatesta Manuela

Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e del Movimento - Sezione di Anatomia e Istologia
Università degli Studi di Verona
Tel. +39.045.8027157/8425115

Tonelli Massimo
Tonelli Massimo

CIGS, Centro Interdipartimentale Grandi Strumenti
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - Via Campi 213/a Modena
Tel. +39 0592055737
Tel. +39 0592055600