26-28 May 2020
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Europe/Berlin timezone
A workshop on the recent progress and future potentials of interferometric and phase-sensitive microscopy

UPDATE (March 31, 2020)

Due to the current situation, the symposium will unfortunately not take place as planned in Erlangen.

Currently we are working on transforming it into an internet-based workshop (free of charge). Further information will follow soon. So, please keep those days still blocked in your calendar.

In addition, those participants who have already paid the registration fee will receive an e-mail with information about the refund of the fees.

Over the past few days, the number of Covid-19 infection cases in the world and in Germany has significantly increased. Up until now, infected persons in Germany have been successfully isolated and treated and the contact persons have been monitored closely. 

Nevertheless, the Max Planck Society has decided to cancel all larger gatherings until Easter (April 13th, 2020) to prevent eventual risks. At this point, there is no convincing reason to cancel further events, so we plan to hold the iSCAT Workshop as scheduled. 

We will, however, monitor the situation and should be able to make a final decision by mid April.

Label-free optical imaging and analytical techniques are in high demand in a wide range of applications. Among the various light-matter interactions that can be used for this purpose, elastic scattering is the most fundamental and ubiquitous contrast mechanism. Indeed, several imaging modalities, including bright-field microscopy, dark-field microscopy, phase contrast, DIC, digital holography, interference reflection microscopy, and interferometric scattering microscopy (iSCAT) have exploited the elastic scattering signal from a wide range of samples. 

We are organizing a workshop from the 26th to the 28th of May 2020 to discuss the recent progress and future potentials of elastic scattering with a particular emphasis on interferometric and phase-sensitive methods. The workshop will take place at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, in Erlangen, Germany, and will start on the morning of the 26th of May at 8 a.m. (please refer to the preliminary timetable for further details).

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Staudtstr. 2, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

Registration is now open!

The registration fee is EUR 150 - except for invited speakers. Payment should be made by wire transfer after your registration has been accepted, quoting "iSCAT + participant's name", into the following account:

Account holder: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V.
IBAN: DE23 7007 0010 0195 1300 30
Bank address: Deutsche Bank AG, Promenadeplatz 15, 80333 München

All refunds requests must be in writing by mail to the Conference Secretary, Ms. Julia Grasser, scattering-microscopy@mpl.mpg.de, as soon as possible.
The Conference committee reserves the right to refuse reimbursement of part or all of the fee in the case of late cancellation. However, each case of cancellation will be considered individually.



Invited speakers: please contact Mrs Julia Grasser 

Participants: we suggest the following list of hotels

  in Erlangen:

Please make your lodging arrangements as soon as possible as Erlangen is a very popular tourist attraction in the period of our workshop. Towards the end of the week begins the Erlangen Bergkirchweih, a very old, traditional and popular beer festival. More info can be found here https://www.berch.info/

Detailed directions to the institute:


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Staudtstr. 2
91058 Erlangen
phone: +49 (0)9131 - 71 33 - 0

By car:

From the Autobahn A3 Frankfurt-Nuremberg, take the exit "Tennenlohe" onto the Bundesstraße B4 (main road) in the direction of Erlangen (north bound). Exit the B4 at "Gräfenberg/Universität Südgelände", leave the roundabout at the second exit and turn into Kurt-Schumacher-Straße, then go straight on until you reach the traffic lights, turn left into Staudtstraße and drive straight on to the turning bay at the end of the street, taking a right turn into the parking area. Please ring the bell at the gate to alert our front office staff to your arrival.

By public transportation from Erlangen central station:

4 minutes on foot to "Arcaden"
Bus 287 from "Arcaden" (Direction "Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung"), alight at: Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung
6 minutes on foot to the institute

4 minutes on foot to "Arcaden"
Bus 20 from "Arcaden" (Direction "Nürnberg Am Wegfeld"), alight at: Erlangen Staudtstraße
4 minutes on foot to the institute

Bus 293 starting at central train station (Direction "Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung"), alight at: Erlangen Fridericianum 
4 minutes on foot to the institute

Alternatively, take the S1 (S-Bahn) to Paul-Gossen-Straße and then Bus No. 280 to "Erlangen-Sebaldussiedlung".

By airplane:
If at all possible, it is best to fly directly to Nuremberg Airport and then get to MPL via public transportation:

Bus 30 direction "Erlangen Arcaden", alight at "Erlangen Gebbertstr."
17 minutes on foot to the institute

Bus 33 direction "Fürth Rathaus", switch at "Wegfeld" to Bus 20 direction "Arcaden", alight at "Erlangen Staudtstraße"
6 minutes on foot to the institute

taxi ride from Nuremberg Airport to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light takes about 20 minutes.

Other nearby international hub airports:

  • Munich airport - connections to Erlangen with high speed long distance train
  • Frankfurt am Main airport - connections to Erlangen with high speed long distance train

Useful information:


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