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About The Conference

For many centuries improving the resolution of light microscopy meant perfecting lenses and other optical elements, a strategy whose limits became evident with the discovery of the diffraction barrier in 1873. From there onwards, it was well accepted that the resolution of any light-focusing microscope is limited by the wavelength of light in use. At the turn of this century, the diffraction barrier was radically overcome, and it became clear that lens-based fluorescence microscopes can resolve features down to the molecular scale.

At its most fundamental level, this breakthrough in resolution is based on the fact that tiny features in the sample are no longer discerned by the focusing of light. Rather the feature molecules or molecular tags are prompted to briefly assume two different states (e.g. fluorescence on/off) so that they become distinguishable when illuminated by the same diffraction pattern.

Thus, in modern superresolution microscopy – in short, “nanoscopy” – fluorescent molecular tags have to fulfill a double role. Not only do they have to highlight the features of interest, but they also have to provide the (pair of) states required for separation. Therefore, it is the symbiosis of molecular tags and optical design that makes the microscopes of today sharp and bright.

This conference brings together experts in fluorescence and labeling with those designing and applying new concepts of far-field optical nanoscopy.

Supported by: Nature Biotechnology Logo
optical table

Invited Speakers of 2018

Ed Boyden

MIT, Cambridge, USA

Keynote Speaker

Joerg Bewersdorf

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Virginia Cornish

Columbia University, New York, USA

Christian Eggeling

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Jena, GER

Katharina Gaus

University of New South Wales, Sydney, AUS

Klaus Hahn

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Stefan Hell

MPI for Biophysical Chemistry / MPI for Medical Research, Göttingen/Heidelberg, GER

Bo Huang

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Alanna Schepartz

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Stefan Jakobs

University Medical Faculty / MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, GER

Kai Johnsson

MPI for Medical Research, Heidelberg, GER

Lukas Kapitein

Utrecht University, Utrecht, NL

More to come!

Additional speakers will be selected based on submitted abstracts.

Event Schedule Labeling & Nanoscopy 2018

This is the preliminary schedule. We will update the schedule in due time before the conference starts!

Day 1

Monday, 5th November


12:30 - 01:45 pm

Welcome Address by Stefan W. Hell

02:10 pm


Bo Huang (Univ. California San Francisco, USA)

02:15 pm - 02:50 pm

Lukas Kapitein (Utrecht Univ., NL)

02:55 pm - 03:30 pm

Katharina Gaus (Univ. New South Wales, AUS)

03:35 pm - 04:10 pm

Coffee Break + First Poster Session

04:15 pm - 05:45 pm

selected from abstracts

05:45 pm - 06:00 pm

selected from abstracts

06:05 pm - 06:20 pm

to be announced

06:25 pm - 07:00 pm

Walk to the Old Town, Dinner (self-organised in groups)

Day 2

Tuesday, 6th November

Alanna Schepartz (Yale Univ., USA)

09:00 am - 09:35 am

selected from abstracts

09:35 am - 09:55 am

Zeiss Presentation

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Abberior Instruments Presentation

10:25 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

01:40 am - 03:20 am

Kai Johnsson (MPI Medical Research, GER)

11:30 am - 12:05 pm

selected from abstracts

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm

Lunch Break

01:10 pm - 02:40 pm

Stefan Jakobs (Göttingen Univ. & MPI Biophysical Chem., GER)

02:45 pm - 03:20 pm

Christian Eggeling (Univ. Oxford, UK & Univ. Jena, GER)

03:25 pm - 04:00 pm

Coffee Break + Second Poster Session

04:05 pm - 05:05 pm

Virginia Cornish (Columbia Univ., USA)

05:10 pm - 05:45 pm

selected from abstracts

05:50 pm - 06:05 pm

selected from abstracts

06:10 pm - 06:25 pm

Conference Dinner

ca. 06:45 pm Walk to restaurant in Old Heidelberg Downtown

Day 3

Wednesday, 7th November

Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale Univ., USA)

09:00 am - 09:35 am

selected from abstracts

09:40 am - 09:55 am

selected from abstracts

10:00 am - 10:15 am

selected from abstracts

10:20 am - 10:35 am

Coffee Break + Third Poster Session

10:40 am - 11:40 am

Keynote Lecture: Ed Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch Break

12:50 pm - 01:50 pm

selected from abstracts

01:25 pm - 02:45 pm

selected from abstracts

01:25 pm - 02:45 pm

Stefan W. Hell (MPI Biophysical Chem. & MPI Medical Research, GER)

02:45 pm - 03:10 pm

Closing Remarks and Announcement of Poster Prizes

03:15 pm

Gold Sponsors


Registration for Labeling and Nanoscopy

EARLY BIRD registration (before June 30th) is 195€ for PhDs and 280€ for postdocs and senior researchers. After June 30th (late registration), the fee is 295€ for PhDs and 380€ for postdocs and senior researchers.

Conference attendance as well as lunch and snacks / drinks during the coffee breaks and poster sessions are included in the fee. It also INCLUDES the conference dinner!

The registration process will take you to the registration site of the DKFZ Heidelberg. All necessary information for abstract submission and application for a presentation is provided there. Based on these submissions, the selected candidates will be asked to present their work in a talk.

After submission, confirmation of registration and payment instructions will be provided by email. Please be informed that payment is by bank transfer ONLY. Unfortunately, payments with credit cards or PayPal will not be accepted. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other inquiries.

view on Heidelberg


As Heidelberg is a very popular destination for travelers and tourists from all over the world, make sure to book your accommodation well in advance. There are a lot of hotels available that cover a huge price range (from affordable to high class).
Please note that we do not specifically recommend any hotels. Hotels within a reasonable distance to the conference venue in Neuenheimer Feld include the following:

The following web pages provide some additional information about accommodation and also about public transport in Heidelberg:

Event Location

German Cancer Research Center
Communication Center/ Lecture Hall & Foyer
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

The Heidelberg Neuenheimer Feld Campus is reached via a major bridge over the Neckar river (Mittermaierstr./Jahnstr./Berliner Str.), with just 10-15 minutes of walking north from the Heidelberg main train station (Hauptbahnhof). The German Cancer Research Center is directly served by bus line 32, which runs frequently.
Additional information on travelling to the DKFZ can be found HERE.

Contact the organizing team

If you need further information about the conference, the payment, the registration or if you have any other question do not hesitate to contact us!
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Organization Team of Labeling and Nanoscopy

Portrait Stefan Hell

Stefan Hell

MPI for Biophysical Chemistry / MPI for Medical Research, Göttingen/Heidelberg, GER

Portrait Markus Elsner

Markus Elsner

Senior Editor, Nature Biotechnology

Portrait Stefan Jakobs

Stefan Jakobs

University Medical Faculty / MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, GER

Portrait Steffen Sahl

Steffen Sahl

MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, GER