New exhibition displays the world through a microscope

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Glass Tank Zoom exhibition

A new exhibition exploring the biological world using microscopes is opening in the Glass Tank on Monday (14 September).

Zoom: Worlds through themicroscope is based on a collaborative project between Oxford Brookes University’s Bioimaging Unit and the Royal Microscopical Society with support from Carl Zeiss Ltd and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

This exhibition will demonstrate the advances made in microscopy and the spectacular detail of the biological world that can now be captured through the microscope

Zoom: Worlds through the microscope

In tribute to Micrographia, the first book published on microscopy 350 years ago by Oxford academic Robert Hooke, this exhibition will demonstrate the advances made in microscopy and the spectacular detail of the biological world that can now be captured through the microscope. 

Dr Louise Hughes, Bioimaging Unit Manager at Oxford Brookes University and Zoom exhibition curator, said: “Being able to see microscopic structure is fundamental to understanding the natural world.

“Without it, our understanding of cells and tissues would be far behind what we know today.”

The exhibition display will include a gallery of images from the Oxford Brookes Bioimaging Unit and the Royal Microscopical Society, 3D printed model replicas of miniature structures, a virtual-reality demonstration of the inside of cells using the latest techniques in advanced 3D microscopy from the Bioimaging Unit, and a selection of microscopically inspired ceramics by artist Rob Kesseler.

The exhibition will run until Friday 9 October in the Glass Tank exhibition space on the University’s Headington Campus.

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to all members of the public. Prior to the official opening, the exhibition will be open throughout the Open Doors weekend (12-13 September).

Information about upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Glass Tank webpages.

Further information on Oxford Brookes’ Department of Biological and Medical Sciences can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.