FCS 2018

National Workshop on Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy
November 12 – 17, 2018

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About FCS 2018

National Workshop on Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy (FCS 2018) will be in Delhi during November 12-17, 2018. FCS 2018 is intended to focus on in-depth theoretical training and intensive hands-on exploration of emerging techniques in Fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. FCS 2018 will also focus on teaching and building of mechanobiology techniques, especially optical and magnetic tweezers. This year the workshop is organized by School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), supported by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai and Fluorescence Society (http://fluorescenceindia.org/).

The FCS 20XX series of workshops were conceived as a unique way to teach and provide hands-on training on the most complex modern instrumentations in the area of Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy to the practicing scientists and Ph.D. students in India. The original workshop was started with funding from the Govt. of India (Department of Electronics and Information Technology) in 2009, through a grant to Prof. Sudipta Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. Till 2012, this workshop was supported by this grant.

There was a tremendous positive response from the community, and a need was felt by the community to continue the series beyond the Government sponsored period. From 2013 onwards, the workshop was self-supported (with sponsorships from many industry bodies), and organized through a newly formed society (Fluorescence Society, www.florescenceindia.org)) and also with help from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (www.tifr.res.in), and a local host institute. The goal of the society was not only to continue the series, but also to expand the activities by holding smaller workshops, and providing awards to students for enabling them to present their work at various meeting in India and abroad. In 2013, the workshop was held in Bangaore, in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) during November 24-28. The local organizers were Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana (JNCASR) and Prof. Jaydeep Basu (IISc Bangalore). FCS-2013 was intended to focus on in-depth theoretical training and hands-on exploration of emerging techniques in fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy for biology and material science. Apart from research and didactic talks, satellite sessions provided hands-on training on the construction of confocal and total-internal-reflection microscope from generic parts. The confocal microscope construction was overseen by Prof. J. Balalji (IISc Bangalore) and the total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy construction was overseen by Prof. Rahul Roy, IISc Bangalore.

In 2014, the workshop was held in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, PUNE (IISER Pune) during December 15 – 22. The local organizers were Profs. Shivaprasad Patil, G. V. Pavan Kumar and Mrinalini Puranik. The workshop expanded to include hands-on training on techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman Spectroscopy. The standard modules on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy were also taught. AFM training was overseen by Prof. Patil, and Raman was overseen by Prof. Puranik.

In 2015, there was a small scientific meeting on Spectroscopy and Dynamics (Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecular Complexes) organized by the Fluorescence Society at TIFR, Mumbai (May 23, 2015), which was a new event, as it was not in the series of FCS 20XX meetings. This followed the mandate of expanding our workshops to cover broader but related themes.

In 2016, The Society organized two events together. One was the FCS 2016, and another is a major international conference, under the aegis of the International Commission for Optics. Together, the event was known as the Optics Within Life Sciences conference (OWLS 2016, website: owls2016.org). This was held in TIFR, Mumbai (first part), and IIT Bombay (latter part) during 16-19 March, 2016. TIFR and IIT Bombay were co-organizers with Fluorescence Society. Sudipta Maiti, Jyotishman Dasgupta, ASR Koti and Ravindra Venkatramani were the organizers. FCS 2016 workshop took place during three days preceding the conference (i.e. March 13-15, 2016).

In 2017, the FCS 2017 has just been concluded in IIT Guwahati (December 17-21, 2017). Prof. R. Swaminathan (IIT Guwahati) and Prof. Sudipta Maiti (TIFR) were the conveners for this event. TIFR and IIT Guwahati helped Fluorescence Society organize this event. There were hands-on sessions on Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Time correlated single photon counting, and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy. The intention was to give the students and faculty from the North East a bigger share of the total participation. About 40% of the students and about 20% of the faculty were from institutes in the North-Eastern region.

Topics

Mechanobiology Techniques
Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Single Molecule Spectroscopy
Super-Resolution Imaging
Ultrafast Phenomena in Biology
Biomolecular Imaging
Raman Spectroscopy and Microscopy

Industry and Academia Collaboration

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FCS 2018 will include special session on hands-on training for building Magnetic Tweezer by Julio FERNANDEZ and Optical Tweezer by Roop MALLIK

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Mechanobiology Workshop
Build Your Own Magnetic Tweezers!!

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Prof. Julio M. Fernandez
Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
Website: http://fernandezlab.biology.columbia.edu/

Prof. Julio Fernandez is a pioneer in the field of Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy with a strong ambition to understand the role of mechanical forces on protein dynamics in biological systems.

About the Workshop
Magnetic Tweezers workshop, conducted by Prof. Julio Fernandez, is a hands-on training for building Magnetic Tweezers (MT) from scratch using simple optical, magnetic and electronic components. The attendees will be provided all the necessary components for building the set-up as well as requisite protein samples, at the workshop. The attendees will go through an extensive step-by-step training to build the MT set-up, perform single-molecule pulling experiments on proteins and analyze the acquired data. They are also trained in protein sample preparation required for MT experiments. This workshop aims to help the attendees set up their own Magnetic Tweezers in their institution.

 

MT Training Includes the Following

  • - Assembling MT using components such as inverted microscope, piezo, permanent magnet, CCD camera and electronics
  • - Interfacing the set-up with personal computer
  • - Visualization/imaging of Magnetic beads
  • - Calibration of the bead position using z-axis, stack imaging
  • - Force calibration
  • - Data Acquisition and programming for interfacing electronics with PC
  • - Sample preparation (making chambers) for MT experiments
  • - Perform single molecule pulling experiments on (poly)proteins attached to Magnetic beads
  • - Recording of single-molecule data
  • - Identification and fingerprinting of single-molecules of proteins
  • - Extensive data analysis of protein unfolding/refolding trajectories obtained in MT experiments

 

 

Build Your Own Optical Tweezers!!

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Prof. Roop Mallik
Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Website: http://www.tifr.res.in/~roop/

Prof. Roop Mallik is trying to understand how very small things move over very small distances inside the cells of the body. This work spans the traditionally defined disciplines of Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Computation.

About the Workshop

Optical Tweezers workshop, conducted by Prof. Roop Mallik, is a hands-on training for building Optical Tweezers (OT) from scratch using simple optical and electronic components. The attendees will be provided all the necessary components for building the set-up as well as requisite protein samples, at the workshop. The attendees will go through an extensive step-by-step training to build the OT set-up and perform trapping studies. This workshop aims to help the attendees set up their own OT in their institution.


OT Training Includes the Following

  • - Lectures on basics of optical trapping
  • - Technical training on OT components
  • - Assembling OT set-up using components such as inverted microscope, diode laser, and CCD camera and electronics
  • - Trapping micron-sized dielectric beads
  • - Trapping live cells (bacteria, protozoa, etc. from pond water)

 

Application for the workshop:
Interested applicants can apply through the following link to fill an online application form: Online Application form
The applications should include a brief description of their research and how this workshop might be useful for their current/future research.
Applications will be shortlisted by a panel of experts and selected candidates will be informed through e-mail.

Seats are limited, Hurry!!

 

 

Speakers

Julio FERNANDEZ
(Columbia University)

Roop MALLIK
(TIFR Mumbai)

Anindya DATTA
(IIT Bombay)

Saptarshi MUKHERJEE
(IISER Bhopal)

Arindam CHOWDHURY
(IIT Bombay)

Nakul Chandra MAITI
(IICB)

Krishnananda CHATTOPADHYAY
(IICB)

Sameer SAPRA
(IIT Delhi)

Pratik SEN
(IIT Kanpur)

 

Speakers list will be updated soon

 

 

Gilad HARAN
(Weizmann Institute of Science)

A Sri Rama KOTI
(TIFR Mumbai)

Jyotishman DASGUPTA
(TIFR Mumbai)

Sabyasachi RAKSHIT
(IISER Mohali)

Rajaram SWAMINATHAN
(IIT Guwahati)

Jaydeep Kumar BASU
(IISc Bangalore)

Shailja SINGH
(JNU)

Jino GEORGE
(IISER Mohali)

 

Trevor SMITH
(University of Melbourne)

Sudipta MAITI
(TIFR Mumbai)

Ranjit BISWAS
(SNBNCBS)

Kanchan GARAI
(TIFR Hyderabad)

Prakriti Ranjan BANGAL
(IICT Hyderabad)

Akash GULYANI
(inStem)

Sheha Sudha KOMATH
(JNU)

Kedar KHARE
(IIT Delhi)

 

Thorsten WOHLAND
(National Univ. of Singapore)

G KRISHNAMOORTHY
(TIFR Mumbai)

Chayan Kanti NANDI
(IIT Mandi)

Shubhasis HALDAR
(Ashoka University)

Chandrabhas NARAYANA
(JNCASR)

Kaushik CHAKRABORTY
(IGIB)

Pramod A PULLARKAT
(RRI)

Aseem MISHRA
(KIIT)

 

 

Program

The program will be uploaded soon....

The FCS 20XX series of workshops were conceived as a unique way to teach and provide hands-on training on the most complex modern instrumentations in the area of Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy to the practicing scientists and Ph.D. students in India. The original workshop was started with funding from the Govt. of India (Department of Electronics and Information Technology) in 2009, through a grant to Prof. Sudipta Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. Till 2012, this workshop was supported by this grant. There was a tremendous positive response from the community, and a need was felt by the community to continue the series beyond the Government sponsored period. From 2013 onwards, the workshop was self-supported (with sponsorships from many industry bodies), and organized through a newly formed society (Fluorescence Society, www.florescenceindia.org)) and also with help from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (www.tifr.res.in), and a local host institute. The goal of the society was not only to continue the series, but also to expand the activities by holding smaller workshops, and providing awards to students for enabling them to present their work at various meeting in India and abroad. In 2013, the workshop was held in Bangaore, in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) during November 24-28. The local organizers were Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana (JNCASR) and Prof. Jaydeep Basu (IISc Bangalore). FCS-2013 was intended to focus on in-depth theoretical training and hands-on exploration of emerging techniques in fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy for biology and material science. Apart from research and didactic talks, satellite sessions provided hands-on training on the construction of confocal and total-internal-reflection microscope from generic parts. The confocal microscope construction was overseen by Prof. J. Balalji (IISc Bangalore) and the total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy construction was overseen by Prof. Rahul Roy, IISc Bangalore. In 2014, the workshop was held in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, PUNE (IISER Pune) during December 15 – 22. The local organizers were Profs. Shivaprasad Patil, G. V. Pavan Kumar and Mrinalini Puranik. The workshop expanded to include hands-on training on techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman Spectroscopy. The standard modules on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy were also taught. AFM training was overseen by Prof. Patil, and Raman was overseen by Prof. Puranik. In 2015, there was a small scientific meeting on Spectroscopy and Dynamics (Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecular Complexes) organized by the Fluorescence Society at TIFR, Mumbai (May 23, 2015), which was a new event, as it was not in the series of FCS 20XX meetings. This followed the mandate of expanding our workshops to cover broader but related themes. In 2016, The Society organized two events together. One was the FCS 2016, and another is a major international conference, under the aegis of the International Commission for Optics. Together, the event was known as the Optics Within Life Sciences conference (OWLS 2016, website: owls2016.org). This was held in TIFR, Mumbai (first part), and IIT Bombay (latter part) during 16-19 March, 2016. TIFR and IIT Bombay were co-organizers with Fluorescence Society. Sudipta Maiti, Jyotishman Dasgupta, ASR Koti and Ravindra Venkatramani were the organizers. FCS 2016 workshop took place during three days preceding the conference (i.e. March 13-15, 2016). In 2017, the FCS 2017 has just been concluded in IIT Guwahati (December 17-21, 2017). Prof. R. Swaminathan (IIT Guwahati) and Prof. Sudipta Maiti (TIFR) were the conveners for this event. TIFR and IIT Guwahati helped Fluorescence Society organize this event. There were hands-on sessions on Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Time correlated single photon counting, and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy. The intention was to give the students and faculty from the North East a bigger share of the total participation. About 40% of the students and about 20% of the faculty were from institutes in the North-Eastern region.

 

 

 

Registration

Last Date for the submission of completed pre-registration:  September 30, 2018


For Special Mechanobiology Workshop Apply Here..


Registration Fee:
Rs. 3000/- (students without accommodation)
Rs. 5000/- (students with shared accommodation)
Rs. 5000/- (faculty without accommodation)
Rs. 8000/- (faculty with shared accommodation)
Rs. 10000/- (participants from industry without accommodation)

Eligibility: Practicing Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists from academia and industry having some knowledge of laser spectroscopy and microscopy

Application: Interested candidates can apply online through pre-registration form available below (Abstract must be uploaded in the prescribed format in a word-document)

Selection: Seats are limited; applications will be shortlisted by panel of experts All selected candidates will be informed through e-mail. The e-mail will contain all details for Registration Fee payment

Accommodation

Local hospitality (accommodation & food) will be arranged for participants. Shared accommodation will be provided with no arrangement for accompanying members. Details of accommodations available will be uploaded soon…

 

 

 

 

Contact

Organizing Committee

Conveners: Sobhan Sen (JNU), Pramit K Chowdhury (IITD), Sudipta Maiti (TIFR)
Other Members: Anindya Datta (IITB), Jyotishman Dasgupta (TIFR), A.S.R. Koti (TIFR), Ravindra Venkatramani (TIFR)

For any other information please contact organizing committee at fcs2018jnu@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mihir Chowdhury Student Fellowship

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Details of Fellowship

  • One fellowship to a student or post doc per year, to cover the cost for presenting one’s work in an international conference.
  • The first year prize will be 100,000, to be paid against receipts of relevant expenses.
  • The fellowship will be accompanied by a certificate, an invitation to give a talk at the next meeting, and adequate mention in the society’s webpage.
  • The actual money will be disbursed to the fellow’s bank account, against actual receipts. Travel, registration, visa fees, travel insurance, accommodation, food, connected travel to other labs nearby, and any other legitimate expenses will qualify.
  • The student should be a member of the society (Become a Member)
  • Selection Procedure: Selection will be done in FCS 2018 meeting, based on the presentation (poster or talk). Any Indian citizen working in an Indian institute should be eligible.
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