Review 2017

14th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium

  • In the shadow of the world's tallest church, more than 100 scientists met in Ulm at the end of September 2017 for the 14th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium. The talks and posters thoroughly documented how modern Raman microscopy contributes to gaining new insights into widely varied scientific questions. In eleven invited lectures and three short presentations, the speakers presented new and interesting applications of Raman microscopy to answer questions from life sciences, materials science, geoscience and environmental science.

    A short review of the 14th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium is available in English or in German. You may also browse through the abstract book that includes information on all talks and posters.

  • The participants of the Raman Symposium 2017 in the auditorium of the Stadthaus Ulm. (Click for a high-resolution version.)

Poster Award 2017

  • The Poster Award winners Thomas Rabl (left) and Vera Duganžic (middle) with WITec CEO Joachim Koenen (right). (Click for high-resolution version.)
  • The jury judged two works to be worthy of the award, both from the field of medicine and pharmaceutical research.

    Ladies first: chemist Vera Duganžic (Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies, Jena, DE) showed studies for the detection of macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques using modified gold particles. The presence of these immune cells is considered an indication of an approaching dangerous rupture of the plaque that triggers thrombosis.

    Thomas Rabl (University of Dundee, UK) showed how he can determine the concentration of antiparasitic drugs in human cells with the help of silver particles. The better the cellular properties of such a therapeutic agent, the stronger it can accumulate in immune cells and the more effective the defence against parasites can be. This method of investigation could prove helpful in the development of new antiparasitic drugs.

Video 2017

  • See the video overview for collected impressions and glimpses of the Raman community in action at the 14th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium in Ulm, Germany.