Welcome to the FRET community

A hub for joint scientific efforts in the field of Förster resonance energy transfer

The Mission of the FRET Community


The FRET community provides a platform for discussions and exchange and represents the field within the scientific community.


The FRET community provides dissemination through freely-available resources and the organization of regular workshops on methods, instrumentation and analysis procedures.


The FRET community will work towards standardizing experimental and analysis procedures by organizing experimental and computational community challenges.

Latest News

Announcement: Protein Folding and Dynamics seminar – October 5

Dear friends, We are happy to announce the 12th talk of our bi-weekly series of Zoom seminars dedicated to Protein Folding and Dynamics. The next seminar will be given by Susan Marqusee from the University of California, Berkeley. The title of the talk is “ Modulation of the Energy Landscape by Cellular Factors” The lecture (~45 minutes) will be

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Announcement: Free webinars on time-resolved microscopy and spectroscopy from PicoQuant

From July to August PicoQuant offers a series of free webinars that highlight the power of optoelectronical measurements and how they can help in everyday research challenges. The line-up includes topics like time-resolved fluorescence microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, materials science, shaping and using laser pulses for various applications, and single molecule FRET in molecular biology. See all

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smFRET Open Call Position Paper

Many members of the FRET community have come together to set the groundwork for FRET to become a recognized and routine tool for dynamic structural biology. In the position paper titled “The FRET-based structural dynamics challenge – community contributions to consistent and open science practices”, we assess the state of the field, outline ‘soft recommendations’

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Join the FRET community

After discussions with many colleagues, we are excited to take the next step and announce the launch of the FRET community (https://www.fret.community/). The aims of the community are:

●    to advance the presence of FRET studies in spectroscopy and imaging among the scientific community
●    to serve as a hub for the dissemination of news, developments and activities within the community
●    to organize joint community-driven experimental and computational challenges
●    to promote sharing of data and tools and to encourage community-driven development of analysis tools
●    and to establish guidelines for documentation and validation of experiments, analyses and simulations.

We hope that you will join us in working towards these goals and become a part of the growing community.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in the FRET community. Register today and stay tuned for future activities.

Sincerely yours,

Anders Barth, Thomas Peulen, Hugo Sanabria and Claus Seidel


Satellite meeting at the MAF 2021

The Methods and Applications in Fluorescence (MAF) meeting has been postponed to 2021. A satellite workshop will be held at the MAF2021 (TBA).

The business meeting at the Biophysical Society Meeting has concluded and a recording is available on the events page.

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FRET - a growing field

Over the past decades, Förster resonance energy transfer has evolved into a routine tool in the life sciences. Inspired by our recent joint study on the precision and accuracy of FRET, we hope to channel the efforts of community to advance the field within the scientific community.

To the right: The number of publications per year containing the keywords “FRET” or “single molecule FRET” in the title or abstract (Source: Web of Science).

Read the multi-laboratory benchmark study→ 

Contact us

The community is just getting started. If you have ideas, feedback, or would like to get involved by organizing activities within the community, please use the contact form below.

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