Under the Microscope


Have you ever wondered what pollen looks like? Or the scales on a butterfly’s wing? We're giving the public the chance to find out what objects, that usually go unseen, look like with our new Under the Microscope initiative!

We are asking the public to suggest objects or materials they would like to see in microscopic detail, as well as to tell us why e.g. does it have a significant meaning to you? Is it relevant to your local area? 

Under the Microscope aims to showcase to the public the power and beauty of electron microscopy, and is part of the e-nmRC project supported by HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund) from Research England to develop our knowledge exchange activities and public engagement activities. 

The launch was shared by the University Press Office (here) and then picked up by Notts TV and BBC Radio Nottingham.

Watch here our piece on Notts TV in which our electron microscopy technician, Lorelei Robertson, images budgie feathers belonging to the reporter (skip to: 3:55).

Listen here to our Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Luke Norman, chat with Arun Verma on BBC Radio Nottingham all about the initiative (skip to: 47:37). 

To submit your own idea for imaging, and find our more about the initiative follow the link here

The results of the budgie feather imaging are posted below.

 NottsTV Budgie Feather

Posted on Tuesday 14th March 2023

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