Welcome to the FRET community

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


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.

Live Stream of the FRET community business meeting at BPS

The business meeting at the BPS2020 in San Diego, CA, will be broadcast live on
Saturday, February 15, from 11:00 to 12:00 PST.
Click the button below to join in!

Latest News

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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Satellite Workshop at MAF2019

The FRET workshop at MAF 2019, UCSD San Diego, concluded. Find the program and further information here. Approximately 40 people attended the workshop. The program covered topics ranging from the historic developments of the theoretical description of FRET, through practical aspects of the implementation and analysis of FRET on the single-molecule level or in live-cell

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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.

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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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