The FCS 20XX series of workshops were conceived as a unique way to teach the most complex modern instrumentations in the area of Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy to the practising scientists and Ph.D. students in India. The original workshop was started with funding from the Govt. of India (Dept. 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 and fellowships to students to enable them to present their work at various for a 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) from 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), from 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.