FCS 2020

IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

A National Workshop on Fluorescence And Raman Spectroscopy

December 7-12, 2020

A six-day Workshop on Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy

About the Meeting

The FCS 2020 Workshop will be held in virtual mode this year, using the platform of 10times.com. All participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the platform by visit the demo sessions of 10times.com on Thursdays at 11:30 AM IST.

The link to the demo session is https://bhde.floor.bz/cast/491714

The Workshop will consist of Theory Sessions, Hands on Sessions, and Poster presentations. Theory sessions will be open to all registered participants. In these sessions, experts will discuss basic concepts of fluorescence and Raman techniques.

“Hands on” sessions cannot be held in the usual manner of FCS workshops, as the workshop is being held online this year. However, this provides a unique opportunity to get glimpses of some of the best laboratories from different parts of India and abroad. Virtual tours of these labs will be provided in these sessions. Participants can register for one of the tracks as detailed below. The sessions for these tracks will run in parallel.

Tracks for hands on sessions are:

1. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

2. Raman spectroscopy

3. Ultrafast dynamics

4. Super Resolution microscopy and imaging

5. Single molecule techniques

Refer to the Schedule for more details.

The FCS series of workshops were conceived as a unique way to teach and provide hands-on training on the most complex modern instrumentations in the area of Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy to the practicing scientists and Ph.D. students in India. The original workshop was started with funding from the Govt. of India (Department of Electronics and Information Technology) in 2009, through a grant to Prof. Sudipta Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. Till 2012, this workshop was supported by this grant.

There was a tremendous positive response from the community, and a need was felt by the community to continue the series beyond the Government sponsored period. From 2013 onwards, the workshop was self-supported (with sponsorships from many industry bodies), and organized through a newly formed society (Fluorescence Society, www.florescenceindia.org)) and also with help from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (www.tifr.res.in), and a local host institute. The goal of the society was not only to continue the series, but also to expand the activities by holding smaller workshops, and providing awards to students for enabling them to present their work at various meeting in India and abroad. In 2013, the workshop was held in Bangaore, in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) during November 24-28. The local organizers were Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana (JNCASR) and Prof. Jaydeep Basu (IISc Bangalore). FCS-2013 was intended to focus on in-depth theoretical training and hands-on exploration of emerging techniques in fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy for biology and material science. Apart from research and didactic talks, satellite sessions provided hands-on training on the construction of confocal and total-internal-reflection microscope from generic parts. The confocal microscope construction was overseen by Prof. J. Balalji (IISc Bangalore) and the total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy construction was overseen by Prof. Rahul Roy, IISc Bangalore.

In 2014, the workshop was held in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, PUNE (IISER Pune) during December 15 – 22. The local organizers were Profs. Shivaprasad Patil, G. V. Pavan Kumar and Mrinalini Puranik. The workshop expanded to include hands-on training on techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman Spectroscopy. The standard modules on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy were also taught. AFM training was overseen by Prof. Patil, and Raman was overseen by Prof. Puranik.

In 2015, there was a small scientific meeting on Spectroscopy and Dynamics (Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecular Complexes) organized by the Fluorescence Society at TIFR, Mumbai (May 23, 2015), which was a new event, as it was not in the series of FCS 20XX meetings. This followed the mandate of expanding our workshops to cover broader but related themes.

In 2016, The Society organized two events together. One was the FCS 2016, and another is a major international conference, under the aegis of the International Commission for Optics. Together, the event was known as the Optics Within Life Sciences conference (OWLS 2016, website: owls2016.org). This was held in TIFR, Mumbai (first part), and IIT Bombay (latter part) during 16-19 March, 2016. TIFR and IIT Bombay were co-organizers with Fluorescence Society. Sudipta Maiti, Jyotishman Dasgupta, ASR Koti and Ravindra Venkatramani were the organizers. FCS 2016 workshop took place during three days preceding the conference (i.e. March 13-15, 2016).

In 2017, the FCS 2017 has just been concluded in IIT Guwahati (December 17-21, 2017). Prof. R. Swaminathan (IIT Guwahati) and Prof. Sudipta Maiti (TIFR) were the conveners for this event. TIFR and IIT Guwahati helped Fluorescence Society organize this event. There were hands-on sessions on Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Time correlated single photon counting, and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy. The intention was to give the students and faculty from the North East a bigger share of the total participation. About 40% of the students and about 20% of the faculty were from institutes in the North-Eastern region.

In 2018, the workshop was organized by School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) with the support of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai and Fluorescence Society.


Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Time-resolved fluorescence

Single Molecule FRET Heterodyne Detected VSFG

Time Domain Raman Spectroscopy 2D-Fluorescence Lifetime Correlation Spectroscopy

Super-Resolution Microscopy ... and more! (Refer Schedule for full details)

The Venue

IIT Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 400076.

IIT Bombay is a small township in itself. Rich in natural flora and fauna to begin with, the campus' green cover has been maintained and even increased over the years. All students and most faculty live on campus, in student hostels and IIT staff quarters.

Contact Us

If you have any query mail us at: fcs2020.iitb@gmail.com