HISTORICAL BACKGROUND  

Electron Microscope Society of India was inaugurated on 2nd December 1961 at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics by Late Prof. S. N. Bose as a collective effort of several scientists including Prof. N. N. Das Gupta and Dr. (Mrs.) S. M. Sirsat. The first conference of EMSI was held on 2nd and 3rd December 1961. Dr. N. N. Das Gupta was elected as first president of the Society. The society was formally registered with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, Calcutta in March 1962. The foundation membership of the society consisted of about 50 members engaged in electron microscopy work in about 15 laboratories in India. Second conference of the society was held at Indian Cancer Research Centre, Bombay in July 1963.

The society is one of its kind having members from vastly different disciplines viz., Material Science, Biological Science, Medical Science, Metallurgical Science, Forensic Science, Agricultural Science, Geological Science etc. Similarly it has members from different parts of India and while constituting the executive committee of the society, not only the efforts are made to have representation from different disciplines and regions of India but also its conferences are held in different parts of the country. EMSI is happy to announce that the total membership has far exceeded 1500, during November, 2017.

The society is affiliated with International Federation of Electron Microscope Societies (now renamed as IFSM) ever since 1962 and in fact was its 15th Member at that time.

Following the tradition, the society has been conducting Annual Meetings regularly, the latest being in Mahabalipuram in July, 2017. The next International Conference on Microscopy and Annual General Meeting (EMSI 2018)is planned to be held in Bhubaneswar, during 18th July to 20th July, 2018. EMSI 2018 includes a wide range of topics in microscopy related to materials sciences across fundamental and applied aspects (physical, chemical and life sciences), engineering aspects, medicine (anatomy, dentistry, pathology, etc), nanoscience and nanotechnology. The conference focuses on study and utilization of various microscopy methods across the vast research areas. This conference provides a platform to deliberate on recent advances in imaging methods. Besides, the recent results using state-of-the-art microscope facilities from India and abroad would be the main focus of this conference. It is expected to have live demonstrations of many recent developments and showcase the latest in technology and new products in microscopy at the conference stalls to be put up by vendors.

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