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

FRET satellite workshop at MAF2022

The FRET community will host a Satellite Meeting at the Methods and Applications in Fluorescence (MAF) Conference 2022 in Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 14-15. The workshop is aimed to bring together the broad FRET community and provide deeper insights into the latest developments of the field. See more information on the Events page. 

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Announcement: PicoQuant 26th International Workshop on Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy

PicoQuant invites the Single Molecule and Microscopy Community to one of the first in-person meetings after the easing of COViD-19 restrictions. Read the full press release here. The 26th edition of the international workshop on “Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy” is planned to be held as an in-person event in Berlin, Germany from September

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Announcement: Protein Folding and Dynamics seminar – November 16

Dear friends, We are happy to announce the next talk of our bi-weekly series of Zoom seminars dedicated to Protein Folding and Dynamics. The next seminar will be given by William A. Eaton from the Laboratory of Chemical Physics, NIH. The title of the talk is “Modern Kinetics of Protein Folding: a Retrospective” The lecture (~45 minutes)

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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

The position paper - Quo vadis, smFRET?

In 2021, many members of the FRET community came together to assess the state of the field.

The resulting position paper is a combination of the history of smFRET, a review of techniques, an assessment of experimental challenges and their solutions, an appeal for open science, and a perspective for the field and – most importantly – the community.


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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