Tomography for Scientific Advancement symposium (ToScA)

The third annual ToScA symposium will be hosted by the University of Manchester on 3-4 September 2015.

The international conference will address topics such as:

  • hard and soft tissue imaging
  • understanding materials in 3D
  • recent advances in hardware and software
  • a broad range of applications in tomography

It will also feature keynote speakers, student talks, student poster presentations and an image competition. 

The event will provide opportunities for open discussions and networking with researchers and commercial representatives. It is the perfect platform for initiating collaborations. 

View the preliminary programme PDF (3.5MB)

An optional drinks reception and evening banquet will be hosted by Manchester Museum, giving you the opportunity to dine alongside dinosaur fossils. 

Previous ToScA events have attracted more than 110 delegates from 11 countries.


  • Dr Mark Basham (Diamond Light Source): Data Handling and Visualisation
  • Dr Stuart Stock (Northwestern University): CT and Complimentary Techniques
  • Dr Ryan Zeigler (NASA): Earth and Space
  • Professor James Marrow (University of Oxford): Understanding Materials
  • Dr Bert van Rietbergen (Eindhoven, University of Technology): Bioengineering and Life Sciences
  • Professor Phillip Manning (University of Manchester): Engaging the Public

More speakers will be announced soon.

Registration fees

  • Students/PhD/early stage researchers* 
    Conference only: £140
    With evening banquet: £160
  • Academics/researchers/commercial delegates
    Conference only: £160
    With evening banquet: £185
  • Guests
    Evening banquet only: £70

All fees are exclusive of VAT.

*Early stage researchers are those who are within six years of completing their PhD.

Symposium sessions

  • data handling and visualisation
  • CT - past, present and future
  • CT and complementary techniques 
  • data quantification
  • bioengineering and life sciences
  • engaging the public
  • Earth and space
  • understanding materials

Student and post-doctoral travel awards

Five travel awards of up to £350 to cover travel, registration and accommodation are being offered by Zeiss. PhD students of all levels and post-doctoral researchers (within three years of starting) can apply.

Applications must contain:

  • a short justification for proposal outlining why you should be awarded the grant
  • a short description of your research 
  • two letters of reference (one from your supervisor) 
  • one status confirmation letter from your head of department

Applicants who enter the ToScA poster competition will be looked on more favourably.

Entries should be no longer than one A4 page and submitted via email to tosca (at) before midnight on the 19 June 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified within seven days of the closing date.

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Poster and image competitions

The poster competition is open to all undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. 

The image competition is open to all delegates. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries.

Symposium programme

View the preliminary ToScA programme PDF (3.5MB), which includes travel and hotel information.

ToScA committee

Local committee (University of Manchester)

  • Prof Phil Manning
  • Dr Martin Turner
  • Dr Russell Garwood
  • Dr Kate Meade
  • Dr Sarah Jane Clelland
  • Ali Chirazi
  • Tristan Lowe

Planning committee (Natural History Museum)

  • Dan Sykes
  • Miriam Aczel
  • Callum Hatch