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The Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy:

  • Promotes the technical sciences in Switzerland, in particular Optics, Microscopy of all kind and Nano-Technology.
  • Encourages and promotes collaborations in these fields on a national and international level.
  • Provides information and enables the exchange of expertise through the organisation of scientific presentations, conferences and courses.
  • Represents the interests of its members in private and public institutions. The SSOM represents its members in international organisations.


The Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (SSOM) was founded in 1949 as the Swiss Committee for Optics. It has existed in its present form since 1969, combining the Swiss national interests in Optics and Microscopy and recently also Nanotechnology. It has been supporting the evolution of Optics and Microscopy over the past 50 years by bringing together people from different disciplines. The SSOM is a member of the following academies:


The SSOM integrates all facets of microscopy, from Light, X-ray to electron microscopy. The SSOM’s primary mission is to cultivate contacts between academic and industrial workers in the field, as well as laypeople interested in Optics, Microscopy and Nanotechnology. This is done for example through meetings such as the Interdisciplinary symposium on 3D microscopy, which is unique in its setup. The SSOM furthers the exchange of information and experience with international organisations by disseminating information and by financially supporting members in participating in international conferences.