Welcome to the FRET community

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

Election of the Advisory Board - Results

The election of the inaugural Advisory Board of the FRET community has concluded. We are grateful to everyone who participated in the election as a voter or candidate.

Overall, we had a voter turnout of 58% (Senior Researcher: 67%, Young Investigator: 44%, Early Stage Researcher: 54%). Additional statistics on the elections will be released in consultation with the advisory board.

Please find the elected advisory board below. For a full list of all candidates and their mission statements, please see the Elections page.

Senior Researcher

Aarhus University, Denkmark
I will support the FRET community by working to communicate and promote all aspects of FRET studies both within our community and to the scientific community at large.
Université Paris-Saclay / Université de Rouen Normandie, France
The FRET community should show that FRET is so much more than a structural tool used in single molecule spectroscopy and microscopy.
LMU Munich, Germany
I wish to stimulate communication between members of the FRET community and disseminate the latest advanced methodologies to enable their power to be realized by a broad number of researchers.
Heinrich Heine University, Germany
As a member of the advisory board, I am striving for advancing the presence and appropriate use of FRET studies in spectroscopy and imaging.
University of Sheffield, UK
I am passionate about bringing the power of quantitative FRET measurements to non-specialists, whilst also extending the toolbox of FRET methods to enable us to answer ever more complex questions.
Oxford University, UK
The FRET-community effort is important since it can address challenges encountered in the field and help FRET users and applications to continue to grow.
Ulm University, Germany
I want to further develop smFRET methods for quantitative distance measurements and structural analysis.
As a member of the advisory board, I will champion open science practices and [...] represent the FRET community to other scientific communities.

Young Investigator

University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany
To except FRET as a standard, the FRET community needs to provide standardized experimental procedures and software tools [...].
Thorben Cordes
LMU Munich, Germany
I consider it essential to establish smFRET now as an accepted and reliable tool for integrative structural biology using its unique features to map structure and function of biomolecules and (bio)chemical processes in space and time.

Early Stage Researcher

University of Sheffield, UK
I am excited about the potential of the FRET community to collaboratively tackle larger problems such as the dissemination of open source hardware and analysis tools [...].
I fret on FRET and see newcomers struggling. Thus, we, the experts, have to make our techniques accessible to ensure correct analyses of experiments.
Heinrich Heine University, Germany
I believe that the free availability of software and the standardization of analysis procedures will be vital for the growth of the field.
TU Delft, Netherlands
It's great to see the FRET community joining forces, and I am ready to assist in further promoting this exceptionally elegant & versatile technique.

Industry, Instrument Facilities, Editors and Other

Senior Scientist in Systems Development PicoQuant Berlin, Germany
As a member of the Advisory Board I‘d like to strongly support the idea of quantitative FRET with generalized protocols and developed FRET standards.
Microscopy Application Specialist, Biological Optical Microscopy Platform, University of Melbourne, Australia
I will support the idea of open FRET microscopy facilities by establishing different lab nodes across the globe and open source FRET software to broader community.

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.

FRET community business meeting at BPS2020

The business meeting was held at the Biophysical Society meeting in San Diego, CA, on February 15 from 11-12. During the meeting, the current community efforts and future directions where discussed. The video livestream of the meeting is available below.

  1. General introduction and overview of elections (Claus Seidel) 0:00-7:00
  2. The FRET community website: Present and future (Anders Barth) 7:00-15:00
  3. Past and future FRET meetings (Hugo Sanabria) 15:00-20:00
  4. Elections of the advisory board (Don C. Lamb) 20:00-30:00
  5. FRET community challenges I: Proteins (Don C. Lamb) 31:00-34:00
  6. FRET community challenges II: kinSoftChallenge (Anders Barth) 34:00-36:00
  7. Future directions of the community: Overview of mission statements (Jelle Hendrix) 36:00-40:00
  8. Open discussion: Agenda for the satellite meeting at MAF2020 40:00-50:00
  9. Open discussion: Future meetings at the BPS 50:00-60:00

Latest News

Elections for the Advisory Board now open

Dear FRET community, We are pleased to announce that the elections for the inaugural advisory board are now open. To cast your vote, login to the FRET community website and go to the elections page (https://www.fret.community/election). Voting is possible until March 30, 23:00 CET. As we have based the FRET community on a bottom-up approach,

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FRET Community Meeting at BPS 2020, February 15 11am-12pm

Dear FRET community member, while the community is growing, we are steering towards the election of the inaugural advisory board. As the election procedures were not evident to everyone, we thought it appropriate to extend the deadline for candidate nominations to the 28th of February, with elections being held thereafter. We would appreciate if you could

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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. To integrate all needs and wishes of the FRET community in a bottom-up approach, an advisory board will be established via online elections whose function will be to plan, initiate and coordinate the activities of the FRET community. The advisory board will consist of elected members at all career stages and will include academic and non-academic researchers.

To participate in the elections, a membership  is required that can be obtained by a registration on the FRET community webpage. Starting today, you may nominate yourself or propose a colleague as a candidate for the advisory board. Further details about the organization of the FRET community are given in the bylaws

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 meetings at BPS and MAF 2020

We are happy to announce that last year’s events at the Biophysical Socienty Meeting and the Methods and Applications in Fluorescence Conference will make a return in 2020.

© Copyright – MAF2020 – BPS2020


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.

Victoria Birkedal

Arhus University, Denmark

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