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Focus on Microscopy 2019
April 14-17, 2019
London, United Kingdom

We would like remember in this conference Jim Pawley who passed away on the 7 March 2019. He was mostly known for editing the “Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy”. Jim wanted to attend this year’s meeting. Sadly, this was not to happen. He will be sorely missed by all friends and colleagues

Dear Colleagues

We would like to announce FOM2019, the next conference in the FOM series. It will take place in London from Sunday April 14 to Wednesday April 17, 2019. Please note that this will be in the week before Easter 2019.

The FOM2019 conference venue will be the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) conference centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE, UK, located adjacent to the Big Ben, the Parliament building and Westminster Abbey.

The London conference will start on Sunday morning 14 April with free tutorials, followed by parallel sessions and Flash poster presentations. Around 17:30, a plenary opening session with invited speakers is scheduled followed by a welcome reception. For details see the tentative program under the "Program" link on the left. After the close of the conference on April 17 a walking tour and conference dinner is planned.

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The previous FOM2018 Singapore conference has been successfully concluded, drawing over 500 participants and over 60 exhibitors/exhibitor booths both from Asia/Australia as from Europe and the America's.

The FOM2018 program together with one-page PDF abstracts of the presentations can be found on this website under the "Past Conferences" link on the left. Similar information can also be found there for earlier FOM conferences from 2004 onwards. Please note also the "Search FOM Database" link for full searches through the entire FOM archive over the years.

Focus on Microscopy 2019 is the continuation of a yearly conference series presenting the latest innovations in optical microscopy and their application in biology, medicine and the material sciences. Key subjects for the conference series are the theory and practice of 3D optical imaging, related 3D image processing, and reporting especially on developments in resolution and imaging modalities. The conference series covers also the rapidly advancing fluorescence labeling techniques for confocal and multi-photon 3D imaging of -live- biological specimens.

Typical topics of the upcoming FOM conference will include:

• Theory and practice of confocal and multiphoton-excitation microscopy • Super-resolution, nanoscopy imaging: from PSF engineering (4pi, SIM, STED), fluorescent activation/quenching, stochastic/centroid (PALM, STORM, GSDIM, SOFI and related techniques) to TIRF • 3D and 4D live cell and tissue imaging • Adaptive optics for microscopy • Light sheet microscopy • Phase/interference based microscopies, • OCT, holographic, endoscopy • Advanced fluorescence imaging/spectroscopy: FRET, FRAP, FLIM, FCS, SOFI • New fluorescence probes, proteins, quantum dots, single molecule imaging • Clearing and expansion techniques. • Coherent non-linear microscopies: SHG, THG, SFG, CARS. • Multi-dimensional fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy imaging • Correlated microscopies, light/electron, et al. • Laser manipulation and tracking, photo-activation • Fast acquisition, automated and high-content microscopy • 3D image processing and visualization for multidimensional data

A technical exhibition will be an integral part of the upcoming FOM conference.

Important dates:

Opening submission of abstracts Friday, November 2, 2018
Deadline for the submission of abstracts Tuesday, Januari 22, 2019
Acceptance of contributions, draft program on the web Friday, February 15, 2019
Deadline for early registration Thursday, March 7, 2019
FOM2019 Conference Sunday, April 14 - Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Easter Sunday 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019


Welcoming you to London for the FOM2019 conference and exhibition, the FOM2019 organizers:

The FOM2019 conference incorporates the:

32nd International Conference on 3D Image Processing in Microscopy
31st International Conference on Confocal Microscopy


Inclusivity Statement:

“FOM accepts that the lack of women invited plenary speakers is completely unrepresentative of the number of high-calibre women scientists in the microscopy community that FOM wishes to serve. Although this was unintended, we accept that the effect is damaging for the representation of women and it should not have happened. For this we apologise unreservedly. To try to address the issue for FOM 2019 we have increased the number of plenary lectures and the new programme to include four women plenary speakers. We recognise that this cannot undo the damage, but we hope it will partly address the imbalance for 2019. FOM aspires to be fully inclusive, but we also recognize that we have fallen short of this aspiration. We will therefore be carrying out a full review for inclusivity, including but not limited to the processes around inviting speakers. We hope that the lessons learned by this will help us to achieve our goal of being fully inclusive and ensure that we do not end up with the lack of representation that was apparent in the original FOM 2019 programme again.”