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Single Molecule Workshop

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

The workshop in September 2020 has been canceled. The next workshop planned for September 8-10, 2021

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We recognize the challenges faced by our attendees and speakers as a result of the restrictions on meetings and travel imposed worldwide due to COVID-19. The health and safety of attendees, staff, and community are our top priority. After long deliberation and listening to feedback from many registered participants, we have decided to cancel this year's Single Molecule Workshop. The 26th edition of the Single Molecule Workshop will therefore take place on September 8-10, 2021 (preliminary date).

We have based our decision on feedback from many registered participants, who informed us about university policies resulting in full travel suspensions, freezing of funds, and, obviously, about governmental travel restrictions. Furthermore, the risk of a second wave is still looming, which has to be avoided by all means. Thus, we started planning for the 26th edition of the Single Molecule Workshop to be held in 2021. We are moving ahead with full steam and are looking forward meeting you in person in 2021!

But why did we decide to not hold a virtual event instead?

Many of you mentioned that the networking aspect of the Single Molecule Workshop is very important, such as meeting new people in the community, socializing with each other, and discussing talks as well as posters across continents. At the same time many respondents were of the oppinion that virtual meetings do not allow for this. Thus, the character of the workshop would be greatly changed. We agree with that sentiment. Additionally, a degree of fatigue with regard to virtual meetings was expressed in the comments.

And why did we choose to hold another event (the 3rd International Symposium on “Single Photon based Quantum Technologies”) virtually instead of the Single Molecule Workshop?

We had to postpone the "Quantum Symposium" already once due to COVID-19. Prior to the postponement, many scientists had registered and submitted abstracts. Additionally, we strive to provide high quality events, and this ambition holds true for virtual events, too. We felt that we would not be able to organize and hold two parallel but completely different virtual events while meeting our quality standards. These are the reasons why we decided to hold the Quantum Symposium as a virtual event but not the Single Molecule Workshop.

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.

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.

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 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


Workshop coordinator: 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.


Registration is closed.

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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