The Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society hosts an annual conference every spring. This annual meeting provides a forum for members to discuss research and exchange ideas, as well as an opportunity for learning about new techniques and concepts. We encourage anyone who works with microscopy to sign up as an AIMS member. Registration for the conference is separate and you can register through this link.  Any company who would like to sponsor the conference are invited to register then continue to the conference registration link to let us know who will be attending and representing the company.


Due to heightened concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the March-April travel ban, the AIMS meeting is being rescheduled for next year on Friday March 19, 2021. All sponsorships, memberships and registrations will be honored through the AIMS 2021 conference. Please contact the organizer if you would like to request a refund. The poster and art exhibit competition are postponed until the AIMS 2021 meeting. The ImageJ/FIJI workshop has been rescheduled again and will now be on Thursday March 18, 2021 in the Biodesign Auditorium.

Additional Events:

Image Analysis Workshop: This workshop will focus on analyzing microscope image data using ImageJ/FIJI as well as reviewing ethical limitations to image manipulation. This will be held on Thursday March 19, 2021 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM in the Biodesign Auditorium. Registration is required.

Scientific Poster Session: Undergraduate or graduate students who use microscopy to visualize their research are invited to present a poster at the conference. Undergraduate and Graduate Students are invited to submit an abstract and compete in the poster competition for cash prizes. [Student Poster Award Announcement AIMS 2021]

Art in Microscopy Exhibit Session: Artists are invited to submit an art summary describing their microscopy inspired artwork and to present this during the Art Exhibit and Poster session. These pieces will be judged and eligible for prizes.  [Artwork Exhibit Announcement AIMS 2021]

2021 AIMS Conference

March 19, 2021
ASU Sky Song
Synergy I & II, Building 3
1475 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ

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AIMS 2021 Program


|8:00 – 8:45 a.m.|

Opening remarks

Page Baluch – AIMS President
|8:45 – 9:00 a.m.|

 Advanced Microscopy Core Labs at ASU

Jason Steel, Director of the Biosciences Division, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
Emmanuel Soignard, Eyring Materials Center Operations Director, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University, Tempe Az
|9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.|

Vendor Lightening Rounds 

5 minute presentations from select sponsors highlighting new technologies
|10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.|

Morning Break – Visit Sponsor Tables/Poster Session

|10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|

Scripps Core Microscopy Facility

Scott Henderson, Professor Director, Core Microscopy Facility Department of Molecular Medicine California Campus
|11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|

Buffet Lunch – SkySong Synergy I

|12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.|

Jeopardy – Interactive Event

|1:20 p.m. – 1:55 p.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
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.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
|3:00 – 4:00 p.m.|

Afternoon Break/Vendor Exhibits

|4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.|

Research Electron Microscopy at Duke University

Sara Miller, Professor and Director, Research Electron Microscopy Service, Duke University, NC
MSA Sponsored Speaker
|4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.|

Final Announcements/Student Awards

|5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.|

Business Meeting

Annual Society general meeting – open to the public
|5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.|

AIMS 2021 Final Program with Speaker Information and Abstracts