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Single Molecule Workshop

26th International Workshop on
“Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy”

September 8 – 10, 2021, Berlin, Germany

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Save the date!

It is a great pleasure to announce that the 26th edition of the Single Molecule Workshop will take place from September 8 – 10, 2021. In view of falling CoVID-19 incidences and broad vaccination efforts, we currently plan this year's workshop as an in-person event with a strong hygiene concept.

As the health and safety of attendees, staff, and community are our top priority, we will continuously monitor and asses current developments on a regular basis. If the situation develops unfavorably, then we would switch the workshop to a virtual format as was the case for our successful 3rd Quantum Symposium in 2020.

Aim and purpose

Audience during an oral presentation

The focus of PicoQuant’s long-standing workshop lies on ultrasensitive optical detection down to the single molecule level as well as beyond the classical diffraction limit. The event provides an interdisciplinary platform for exchanging ideas and recent results between researchers and professionals working in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, life and materials science.

During the workshop, talks and posters are presented that cover a wide range of applications and methods revolving around the challenging field of Single Molecule Spectroscopy.

Covered topics include:

  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
  • Single molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET)
  • Polarization and Anisotropy based techniques
  • Quantitative imaging methods
  • New fluorescence sensors and labeling schemes
  • Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) and Fluorescence Lifetime Correlation Spectroscopy (FLCS)
  • Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy
  • Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (e.g., PALM, STORM, dSTORM, GSDIM, PAINT)
  • Open source data analysis solutions
  • Big Data and Machine Learning approaches to superresolution and single molecule techniques

Both widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy techniques are covered as well as in vivo and in vitro measurements with single molecule sensitivity.

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.

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 invited to submit their contributions until May 31, 2020. Please indicate during the registration/abstract submission if you wish to participate in the contest.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their contributions. Details about the submission process will be announced at a later date.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 31, 2020
  • Deadline for early bird registration: May 31, 2020
  • Deadline for a fee waiver application: May 31, 2020
  • Final deadline for workshop registration: August 15, 2020
  • Notification on acceptance of abstracts: July 2020
  • Program available: July 2020

All important dates will be announced at a later date.

  • Submission of post deadline poster is still possible.
  • 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 2021

Within the framework of the Biomedical Optics Symposium BiOS, PicoQuant is co-organizing the special conference "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging XIV (BO503)." As a special motivation for young researchers, PicoQuant traditionally presents the "Young Investigator Award" as part of this session. Due to the circumstances, the Young Investigator Award will be switched to a picture contest. Three young researchers (<35 years) will have their SPIE attendance fees refunded by PicoQuant. To enter the contest, candidates should send a selfie with a PicoQuant product along with their contact details and a short description (~100 words) of what they are currently working on to events@picoquant.com before March 8, 2021.The lucky winners will be announced on March 10, 2021.

Young scientists (age 35 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

Save the date: September 7-9, 2022


Workshop coordinator: Jana Bülter

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.

Invited Speakers (to be completed)

The program will be online in summer 2021.


Registration opens in spring 2021.

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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