Tomography for Scientific Advancement symposium (ToScA)

Online registration closed

Online registration for ToScA 2015 is now closed. Registration will be available at University Place on the day of the symposium, 9am on Thursday 3 September.

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 ToScA programme PDF (6.4MB)

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
  • Professor Stuart Stock (Northwestern University): CT and Complementary 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): Museum Science and Cultural Heritage
  • Dr Leah Lavery (Carl Zeiss): CT – Past, Present and Future
  • Dr Remi Blanc (FEI): Data Handling and Visualisation
  • Professor Adrian Sheppard (Australian National University): Data Quantification
  • Andrew Ramsey (Nikon Metrology): Data Quantification

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 and Complementary Techniques
  • Earth and Space
  • Understanding Materials
  • Bioengineering and Life Sciences
  • Museum Science and Cultural Heritage
  • CT – Past, Present and Future
  • Data Handling and Visualisation
  • Data Quantification

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.

View the programme

Download the ToScA 2015 programme (PDF 6.4MB) for information on sessions, travel and accommodation.

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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.

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