Philosophy & History

Philosophy of the Society

The Japanese Society of Microscopy is an academic organization that aims to pursue the scientific theory of microscopy, promote research and development activities related to microscopy, and utilize the activity results in all academic fields, including life science and material science, and through the development of them, contribute to the development of society and culture.

The 37th subcommittee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, which started in 1931, was the foundation of the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy, which was later established as an independent academic society in 1949. Subsequently, in 2003, it was renamed as the Japanese Society of Microscopy, as an organization that also covers the field of new microscopes, including probe microscopes and atomic force microscopes. With members engaged in various research areas, such as electricity, chemistry, physics, medical science, and biology, the society consists of researchers from the private sector, including university researchers and manufacturers. Thus, the interaction among researchers provides occasions that allow for unique discussions beyond academic boundaries.

History and Organization

1949: Established as the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy
2003: Renamed as the Japanese Society of Microscopy
2012: Incorporated as a public service corporation

● Number of members (as of April 2021): 1545 full members, 60 student members, and 72 supporting members
● Branch: Four offices (Hokkaido, Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu)
● Subcommittees and research groups: 11 subcommittees and three research groups
● Standing committees: Eleven committees
● Main business activities: Holding of academic lecture meetings, symposiums, seminars on electron microscopes, and summer school; implementation of skills certification test; commendation of awards of the society; implementation of activities by subcommittees and research groups; holding of lecture meetings by the branch offices; cooperation with associated academic societies and associations.