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Fluorescence Course

12th European short course on
“Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy”

November 3-6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany

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This course is held in cooperation with Prof. J.R. Lakowicz from the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy & the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Aim and purpose

The course is intended for individuals wishing an in-depth introduction to the principles of fluorescence spectroscopy and its applications to the Life Sciences. Attendees are typically professionals who are using or intend to use fluorescence in their research. Most attendees have some knowledge of fluorescence, typically in a specialized area. However, individuals from totally different research areas and from industry get the opportunity to enter this exciting field in a very effective way and will especially benefit from the experimental section.

Course organization

Lecture of J.R. LakowiczThe course consists of lectures and experimentations include steady-state and time-resolved experiments as well as data analysis, performed on various instruments provided by market leading companies.

The lectures on Monday and Tuesday will deal with basics of steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, instrumentation and data analysis. They cover time-domain and frequency-domain measurements, anisotropy, solvent effects, quenching and Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET).

On Wednesday and Thursday, the lectures cover advanced time-resolved fluorescence topics and data analysis. Applications of fluorescence in biophysics, sensing, plasmon controlled fluorescence or material science are presented along with an introduction to fluorescence microscopy.

The practical sessions (November 4-6) including steady-state and time-resolved experimentation as well as data analysis are offered on various instruments provided by market leading companies.

Hands-on experiments

Hands-on on a FluoTime 200The following companies will offer hands-on experimentation:

  • Cary Eclipse - a steady-state fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • Cary 60 - a steady-state UV-Vis spectrophotometer

  • FluoTime 100 - a compact fluorescence lifetime spectrometer
  • FluoTime 200 - a modular fluorescence lifetime spectrometer
  • FluoTime 300 - an automated fluorescence lifetime spectrometer
  • FluoFit - a global fluorescence decay data analysis software
  • MicroTime 200 - a time-resolved confocal fluorescence microscope

Important dates

  • Deadline for early bird registration: July 18, 2014
  • Deadline for course registration: September 12, 2014
  • Deadline for early bird registration: July 19
  • Deadline for course registration: September 9
  • Hotel reservation: October 2

Information and correspondence

Course coordinator: Jana Rudolph

PicoQuant GmbH
Rudower Chaussee 29 (IGZ)
12489 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-6392-6929
Fax: +49-30-6392-6561
Email: trfcourse@picoquant.com


 

Course instructors

  • Joseph R. Lakowicz, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Zygmunt "Karol" Gryczynski, Professor at Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Texas Christian University
  • Rainer Erdmann, Managing Director of the R&D company PicoQuant GmbH and specialist in ultrasensitive fluorescence analysis
  • Felix Koberling, Senior Scientist at PicoQuant GmbH and specialist in time-resolved fluorescence microscopy applications and instrumentation
  • Matthias Patting, Senior Scientist at PicoQuant GmbH and specialist in software design for Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) instrumentation
  • Michael Wahl, Senior Scientist at PicoQuant GmbH and specialist in instrumentation for Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC)

The list of instructors is subject to changes.

Course location

The 12th course will be held in Berlin-Adlershof, located in the south-east of Berlin. The local area map below shows the course location.

The 12th course will be held in the "Max-Born-Saal" in Berlin-Adlershof, located in the south-east of Berlin. The local area map below shows the course location (blue mark) and hotels (green mark).

Time schedule

The time schedule of the course will be available in May 2014.

The time schedule of the course is also available for download.

Monday,
November 3
Tuesday,
November 4
Wednesday,
November 5
Thursday,
November 6
8:00
Registration
9:00
Joseph R. Lakowicz
Biophysical Applications and Time-resolved Fluorescence
9:00
Joseph R. Lakowicz
Advanced Topic: Plasmon-controlled Fluorescence
9:00
Felix Koberling
Introduction to Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques

8:45

Welcome and Introduction

10:30
Coffee Break
10:30
Coffee Break
10:45
Change Buildings and Coffee Break

9:00
Joseph R. Lakowicz
Basic Definitions and Principles of Fluorescence

 

11:00
Michael Wahl
Instrumentation for Time-resolved Fluorescence Measurements (2)
11:00
Matthias Patting
Computational Aspects of TCSPC Data Analysis
11:15
Hands-on Experiments (5)
10:30
Coffee Break
12:30
Lunch Break
12:30
Lunch Break
12:45
Lunch Break and End of Course

11:00
Joseph R. Lakowicz
Time-resolved Fluorescence and Fluorescence Probes

13:30
Matthias Patting
Practical TCSPC Data Analysis
13:30
Zygmunt “Karol” Gryczynski
Analytical Applications of Fluorescence
 
12:30
Group Picture
14:00    
Andreas Bülter
Introduction to Hands-on Experiments
15:00
Change Buildings
 

12:45
Lunch Break

14:30
Change Buildings
15:15
Hands-on Experiments (3)
 
13:45
Rainer Erdmann
Instrumentation for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Measurements (1)
14:45
Hands-on Experiments (1)
16:45
Coffee Break
 

15:15
Coffee Break

16:15
Coffee Break
17:00 - 18:30
Hands-on Experiments (4)
 

15:45 - 17:30
Zygmunt “Karol” Gryczynski
Fluorescence Measurements, Probes & Standards

16:30 - 18:00
Hands-on Experiments (2)
19:45
Course Dinner
 
18:30
Opening Reception
18:00
Spare Time
   

 

The time schedule of the course will be available in May 2014.

Registration

The registration is closed. We have now opened a waiting list in case additional places become available. Please send an email to trfcourse@picoquant.com in case you want to be added to the waiting list.

Course fees

  before July 18 July 19 until September 12
Academic / University 700 € 850 €
Industry and Private Sector 1400 € 1600 €

Besides full course attendance, the fee includes all coffee breaks, 1 reception, 1 dinner, daily lunch, course materials and the use of instruments. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and meals.

Please note the terms and conditions for payment.

  1. For payment you can choose between credit card (Visa, Master Card) and bank transfer. Possible bank charges have to be paid by the participant. Please note, that we do not accept checks.
  2. After online registration, you will receive an email notification including a PDF file that includes information on the payment procedure.
  3. In order to take advantage of the early bird rate (deadline: July 18, 2014), payments have to be received by July 25, 2014.
  4. All other payments have to be received within 14 days after date of registration.
  5. We will send an email confirming your participation once we have received your payment. If payment is overdue, your registration will not be processed and considered invalid.
  6. A receipt of payment will be included in our email confirmation of participation.
  7. Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing or via email and is valid only with acknowledgment of receipt by PicoQuant GmbH. A refund of registration fees is dependent on the notice given:
  8. For cancellations made until September 12, 2014, 75 % of the received registration fee will be reimbursed. In case of cancellations after September 12, 2014, 25 % of the registration fee will be reimbursed.
  9. It is possible to name and send a substitute participant.
  10. No visa letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is received and confirmed.

Financial support

As in the previous years, PicoQuant will grant a fee waiver to a few participants from the university and academic sector of economically less privileged countries. Accomodation, travel and personal expenses still need to be paid by the participants themselves. The selection of sponsored people is completely the sole decision of PicoQuant and there is no right or guarantee to receive a fee waiver.

Deadline for fee waiver applications is July 18.

The deadline to apply for a fee waiver has passed. We can no longer accept applications.

 

Accommodation

We have negotiated special rates for a limited number of rooms in two local hotels which are in walking distance to the course location. Please note that the number of rooms and the booking time are limited and we therefore advise to reserve your room as soon as possible.

City Tax

Please note that since the beginning of the year 2014, tourists staying overnight in Berlin are subject to paying an accommodation tax, the so-called City Tax. It amounts to five percent of the room rate (net price), excluding VAT and fees for amenities and services such as mini-bar, sauna, or spa area. The City Tax does only affect private overnight stays and NOT business travellers. The business purpose of a trip can be verified by a bill that is paid by or issued to the employer, or a letter from the company. If the accommodation is booked by the employer in the first place, there is no further proof necessary.

Also see the information at www.berlin.de.


We will negotiate special rates for the course participants with some hotels. The contact information and prices will be listed on this website in May 2014.

Airporthotel Berlin-Adlershof ***
Rudower Chaussee 14, D-12489 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-720-2222-000
Fax: +49-30-720-2222-100
Website of the hotel
reservierung@airporthotel-berlin-adlershof.de

Room prices per night
  • single room: 63 € (excl. breakfast)
  • double room: 78 € (excl. breakfast)
  • breakfast: 12 € per day and person

Booking code: PicoQuant Spektroskopiekurs

Please use the booking form to reserve a room. Note that the rooms must be booked for at least two nights.

Airport Hotel Berlin Adlershof

The rooms are bookable at this rate until October 15, 2014. We can not guarantee any reservations to these prices or any reservation at all after this date.


Dorint Hotel Berlin Adlershof ***
Rudower Chaussee 15, 12489 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-67822-0
Fax: +49-30-67822-1000
Website of the hotel
reservierung.berlin-adlershof@dorint.com

Room prices per night
  • single room: 85 € (incl. breakfast)
  • double room: 111 € (incl. breakfast)
  • wireless LAN is included in the room price

Booking code: Spektroskopiekurs

Please contact the hotel via phone, fax, or email to book a room. If you do not wish to have breakfast included, please inform the hotel when making your resevation.

Dorint Hotel Berlin Adlershof

The rooms are bookable at this rate until October 4, 2014. We can not guarantee any reservations to these prices or any reservation at all after this date.


 

Archive

The European short course on "Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy" is an annual event since 2003. For further details about each year's event, please select the year from the list below.

 

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