15-17 Nov. 2018 – International Meeting on Optical Biosensors, Ghent, Belgium



The International Meeting on Optical Biosensors is dedicated in memory of Roger Y. Tsien on the 10th year anniversary of his Nobel prize.



Dear ,

We decided to step up from our biosensor meeting series, organized at national level since 2011 by the French biosensor workgroup of the GDR Imabio, and we would like to invite you to the first “International Meeting on Optical Biosensors“, to be held in Ghent, Belgium, from 15-17 November 2018.

The International Meeting on Optical Biosensors will cover topics such as new and improved fluorescent proteins, functional screening & drug discovery, monitoring the dynamics of biological events in living cells, probe development, optimization & performance and advances in methodologies and instrumentation.


Roger Y. Tsien

Biological processes show extreme complexity orchestrated both in space and time. To face this complexity, it has been necessary, as pointed out by R.Y. Tsien in his lecture “Unlocking Cell Secrets with Light Beams and Molecular Spies” (Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2002), to develop fluorescent spies in order to analyze, quantify in real time and decrypt very sophisticated cellular mechanisms. The recent explosion of fluorescent biosensors development opens a new field of investigation.

The purpose of this meeting is to identify the expertise in the field of biosensors and to promote the reflection and the exchange of information so as to accelerate the development of these new dynamic imaging approaches in all areas of biology and biomedical sciences.



Program available

The current line-up is as follows:

·         Robert Campbell – University of Alberta, CA;

·         Jin Zhang – University of California, San Diego, CA, US;

·         Carsten Schultz – EMBL, Heidelberg, DE; OSHU, OR, US;

·         John Albeck – University of California, Davis, CA, US;

·         Anders Tengholm – Uppsala University, SE;

·         Isabelle Limon – IBPS, UPMC-CNRS, Paris, FR;

·         Alessandro Esposito – MRC, University of Cambridge, UK;

·         Fabienne Mérola – Université Paris-Sud, FR;

·         May Morris – IBMM, CNRS, Montpellier, FR;

·         Franck Riquet – IRC, VIB-UGent, Ghent, Belgium; Université de Lille, Lille, FR;

·         Joachim Goedhart – Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL;

·         Oliver Griesbeck – MPIN, Martinsried, DE;

·         Juan Llopis – CRIB, UCLM, Albacete, ES;

·         Peter Dedecker – KU Leuven, Leuven, BE;

·         Kees Jalink – NKI, Amsterdam, NL;

·         Marc Tramier – IGDR, Rennes, FR;

·         Pierre Vincent – IBPS, UPMC-CNRS, Paris, FR;

·         Theodorus Gadella – Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL.

Seize the occasion to meet the experts in the field and to network with hundreds of scientists and professionals coming from all around the globe.

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Call for Abstracts

We encourage young scientists to present their own research to the international community during one of our poster sessions. The best abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation. The abstract submission deadline is 30 June 2018.


We look forward to welcoming you in Ghent on 15-17 November 2018!

With kind regards,
Franck Riquet, Head of the Committee

Organizing Committee:
Peter Dedecker – KU Leuven, Leuven, BE;
Oliver Griesbeck – MPIN, Martinsried, DE;
Kees Jalink – NKI, Amsterdam, NL;
Saskia Lippens – VIB BioImaging Core and IRC, VIB-UGent, Ghent, BE;
Juan Llopis – CRIB, UCLM, Albacete, ES;
May Morris – IBMM, CNRS, Montpellier, FR;
Clotilde Randriamampita – Institut Cochin, INSERM, Paris, FR;
Franck Riquet – Head of the Committee; IRC, VIB-UGent, Ghent, BE; Université de Lille, Lille, FR;
Pierre Vincent – IBPS, UPMC-CNRS, Paris, FR.