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Fluorescence Course

18th International Course on
“Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy”

November 8-11, 2021, virtual meeting

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Logo CFSThis course was 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


Group picture from the first online edition of Time-Resolved Fluorescence Course in 2021

For the first time, PicoQuant held its traditional international course on “Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy” as a fully interactive online event. Around 80 participants from all over the world learned a lot about the fundamentals, applications, and intricacies of time-resolved fluorescence from experts such as Prof. Joseph R. Lakowicz (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA), Prof. Zygmunt "Karol" Gryczynski (Texas Christian University, USA), and Dr. Olaf Schulz (PicoQuant, Germany).

The course combined not only lectures by these experts in the field, but also practical sessions live streamed from the PicoQuant Application Labs in Berlin by our experts Dr. Christian Oelsner and Dr. Volker Buschmann. These sessions focused on getting a good look at the instrumentation and teaching how to easily perform various types of measurements as well as on how to analyze the gathered data. Both lectures and practical sessions were highly interactive by design, allowing participants to directly talk or chat with the experts as well as with their peers. This interactivity made it possible to tackle many scientific and technical questions which was greatly enjoyed by all. This is illustrated by the feedback we got anonymously from the participants, some of which can be seen below:

  • "I liked the possibility to interact with other people and make questions during the lessons. I think that share opinions made the course more productive for all"
  • "The explanations were made with care and the theory-practice mixture was really good"
  • "The experiments were instructive and gave a good overview of the capabilities of the instrument for different sample systems."

Course instructors


The time schedule is still available for download as a PDF file.

Course impressions



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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