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Focus on Microscopy 2020
Osaka, Japan
April 5 - 8, 2020

Cancelled FOM2020 Osaka conference  
Dear Colleagues.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic  the FOM2020 conference in Osaka had unfortunately to be cancelled.  As a record of this cancelled conference, find under the link "Program" the original program of accepted contributions as announced before the cancellation on Febr. 6, 2020. This was created by the FOM2020 Scientific Committee after review and selection from the  abstracts submitted for the conference.

We express out great appreciation to the original Exhibitors, Invited Speakers, Tutorial presenters and those who submitted abstracts, for their willingness to participate and preparation of abstracts etc. All registered delegates and exhibitors have been contacted directly.

While it has been a great disappointment that the conference could not take place, there are those who were and are still directly affected by this Pandemic and we hope they will not suffer serious consequences. Maybe we can welcome you on another FOM conference, possibly next year at a location probably in Europe. For further announcements please follow this website.   

Dear Colleagues

We would like to announce FOM2020, the next conference in the FOM series. It will take place in Osaka, Japan from Sunday April 5 to Wednesday April 8, 2020. Please note that this will be in the week before Easter 2020.

The FOM2020 conference venue will be the:
Osaka International Convention Center (also known as Grand Cube Osaka)
5 Chome 3-51 Nakanoshima
Kita Ward, Osaka 530-0005, Japan
Located adjacent to the underground Nakanoshima Station served by Keihan Electric Railway Nakanoshima Line.

The Osaka conference starts on Sunday morning 5 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 closing of the conference on April 8 a walking tour and conference dinner is planned.

FOM2020 in Osaka will be the continuation of a yearly conference series (since 1988) on the latest innovations and developments in mostly optical microscopy and their application in biology, medicine, and the material sciences.

Invited plenary lectures FOM2020, subjects and speakers:

Tutorial workshops, subjects and speakers:

Above approx. 2 hour workshops take place from 10:30 to 12:45, before the start of the conference on Sunday April 5, afternoon. Attendance free for registered participants.

If you wish to be kept informed on updates etc. please leave your email address at

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, etc. • 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 FOM2020 conference. All information about the previous FOM conferences of the last 20 years can be found on this website under button “History”. From 2004 onwards also one page abstracts in PDF format of the presented contributions are available in the listed program of the conferences. Please note also the "Search FOM database" button for full searches through the whole FOM archive over the years.

Important dates:

Acceptance of contributions, draft program on the web Friday, February 7, 2020
Late abstracts (poster presentation only) deadline Friday, February 14, 2020
Deadline for early registration Tuesday, March 3, 2020
FOM2020 Conference Sunday, April 5 - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Easter Sunday 2020 Sunday, April 12, 2020


Welcoming you to Osaka for the FOM2020 conference and exhibition, the FOM2020 organizers:

The FOM2020 conference incorporates the:

33rd International Conference on 3D Image Processing in Microscopy
32nd International Conference on Confocal Microscopy
45th Meeting of the Society of Laser Microscopy, Japan (SLM-45) 


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The Focus on Microscopy organization is committed to providing equal opportunities and fair treatment for all, regardless of gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religion, culture or disability. We are dedicated to complying with all relevant laws applicable in relation to discrimination on any of these grounds. We actively seek to advance gender equality throughout our activities, and through a special Inclusivity Committee.