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Single Molecule Workshop

26th International Workshop on
“Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy in the Life Sciences”

September 16-18, 2020 in Berlin, Germany

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Aim and purpose

Audience during an oral presentationThe workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform to exchange experiences, information, and recent findings in the field of ultrasensitive optical detection down to the single molecule level as well as beyond the classical diffraction limit. Our workshop addresses researchers and associated professionals from diverse fields including physics, chemistry, biology, as well as life and materials science.

Ultrasensitive microscopy and spectroscopy techniques have become standard tools for fundamental biological and biomedical research, allowing studying the function and structure of individual biomolecules as well as interactions between them. The range of techniques and methods has steadily grown since the first report of Single Molecule Detection (SMD) in 1976.

Today, single molecules can be detected using either wide field or confocal fluorescence microscopy, Scanning Nearfield Optical Microscopy (SNOM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), or Raman scattering. Time-resolved methods such as Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM), Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) or even multidimensional fluorescence methods are used on a daily basis in imaging facilities. Measurements beyond Abbe's diffraction limit are possible thanks to techniques such as Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy (STED), localization microscopy (PALM, STORM, dSTORM, GSDIM), or fluctuation microscopy (SOFI). Interest in super-resolution microscopy techniques has increased in recent years and their importance was recognized through the Nobel Prize in Chemisty awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and W.E. Moerner in 2014.

In addition to expanding and improving its application range, current research focuses on developing quantitative imaging methods, formulating standardized (SMD)-FRET analysis protocols, establishing and unifying open source data analysis solutions, or applying big data approaches to SMD results (such as using neural networks).

All of these research initiatives show that the future of ultrasensitive optical detection and super-resolution techniques looks bright for challenging applications ranging from chemical analysis to biophysics, biological and biomedical research, medical diagnostics, and materials research.

Student award

As nurturing young scientists is important to PicoQuant, we host a competition for the “Best Student Talk” with an award worth 750 Euro. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their contributions. Details about the submission process will be announced at a later date.

Important dates

All important dates will be announced at a later date.

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2019
  • Deadline for early bird registration: May 15, 2019
  • Deadline for a fee waiver application: May 15, 2019
  • Submission of post deadline poster is still possible.
  • Final deadline for workshop registration: July 31, 2019
  • Notification on acceptance of abstracts: July 2019
  • Program available: July 2019
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts for post-deadline posters: August 15, 2019

SymPhoTime Training Day

One day before the workshop, on September 11, PicoQuant will host the “SymPhoTime Training Day” for users of the SymPhoTime and SymPhoTime 64 software. Participation is free of charge.

For details visit the event website.

Conference on Single Molecule Spectroscopy at BiOS 2020

Within the framework of the Biomedical Optics Symposium BiOS, PicoQuant is co-organizing the special conference "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging XIII (BO503)." As a special motivation for young researchers, PicoQuant is presenting the "Young Investigator Award" as part of this session. Young scientists (age 32 or below and not yet full faculty members) are encouraged to participate in this best paper competition which offers a cash award worth 1000 USD. For details please go to the BiOS conference website: https://spie.org/PWB/conferencedetails/single-molecule-spectroscopy

Future workshop

September 16-18, 2020

Impressions from the past

To get an impression of our Single Molecule Workshops have a look at the video below or browse through our workshop archive.


Workshop coordinator: Jana Bülter and Marta Kolonko

Tel: +49-30-1208820-87
Fax: +49-30-1208820-90
Email: workshop@picoquant.com

Please note: schedule and content of this event is subject to change without notice.

List of speakers (to be completed)

* to be confirmed

Invited speakers

Emeritus guests

  • Frans de SchryverFrans de Schryver
    KU Leuven, Belgium

Abstract submission

More information will be made available in spring 2020.

The deadline for abstract submission has passed. However, abstracts for post deadline poster presentations can still be submitted

If you are interested in submitting a post deadline poster, please contact us at workshop@picoquant.com

Abstracts for post deadline poster presentations can still be submitted until August 15, 2018.
  • Abstracts can only be submitted along with the registration for the workshop.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English containing not more than 200 words (body text) and no graphics.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 15, 2019. Post deadline abstracts may not be considered.

  • Abstracts can be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Depending on the number of received abstracts, some oral presentations may be changed to a poster presentation.
  • Abstracts can only be submitted along with the registration for the workshop.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English containing not more than 200 words (body text) and no graphics.

The deadline for abstract submission has passed.


The program will be published in July 2020.


The program consists of invited and contributed oral presentations, as well as poster presentations.


We have received an overwhelming large amount of abstracts for talks and posters. We thank all particpants for their contribution.

The originally planned schedule did unfortunately not allow to accept all submitted abstracts for talks. We therefore included four "flash talk" sessions into the program. A flash talk offers with a maximum of 4-5 transparencies and 4 minutes a way to highlight a poster. There will also be no questions during the flash talks as there will be plenty of time for questioning and discussions at the poster session that follows the flash talks on the same day.

Workshop fees

The fee structure as well as terms and conditions for payment will be released at a later date.

  until May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019 until July 31, 2019
Academic/University 390 € 450 €
Industry and Private Sector 900 € 1000 €

Besides full workshop attendance, the fee includes all coffee breaks, a reception with food and drinks, one dinner, three lunches, and an abstract book. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.

Please note the terms and conditions

  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. A few days after online registration, you will receive an email notification including a PDF file that gives detailed information on the payment procedure.
  3. All payments have to be received within 14 days after date of registration.
  4. 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.
  5. A receipt of payment will be included in our email confirmation of participation.
  6. 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:
    • For cancellations made until July 31, 2019, 75 % of the received registration fee will be reimbursed. In case of cancellations after July 31, 2019, 25 % of the registration fee will be reimbursed.
    • It is possible to name and send a substitute participant.
  7. No visa letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is received and confirmed.
  8. Schedule and content of this event is subject to change without notice.
  9. PicoQuant records photographs and video material of participants at the events. By registering for a PicoQuant event, you agree that we may include images of yourself (either as a full image or in parts) for promotional purposes (press releases, event website, etc.). If you do not want us to use pictures in which you appear, please inform us in written form.

Financial support

PicoQuant has a fee waiver program for a small number of participants from universities or academic sector. Accommodation, 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.

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

To apply for a fee waiver, please send us your application:

  • a letter of application and
  • a formal letter of recommendation from your department/institute

Deadline for a fee waiver application is May 15, 2019.
Please note that only one person per research group can be considered for a fee waiver.


Details on the fee waiver application process will be published at a later date.



The registration will open in Spring 2020.

The registration will open in April 2019.

The registration is now closed. If you would still like to participate, please contact us via workshop@picoquant.com.


The workshop on "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences" is an annual event since 1995. For a summary of each year's event, please select the year from the list below.


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