The annual symposium encompasses areas of the life, physical, and instrumental sciences, and an equipment exhibition is held annually, featuring vendors of microscopy-related equipment.
Student participation in this symposium is highly encouraged. There is a monetary prize for the best student presentations under several categories. Historically, the symposium has provided an excellent forum for young researchers (particularly at postgraduate level) to present their data and findings at a conference. We will continue to foster this very strongly, as PhD students of very disparate backgrounds can engage in scientific debate.