Review 2020

Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020

  • As the 17th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium was postponed to September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide an alternative opportunity for scientific exchange within the Raman imaging community. This resulted in the first Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit, a one-week online poster conference that offered a forum for sharing recently acquired data from the convenience of home offices. Results from various fields of application were presented in the form of posters and discussions were conducted through a chat tool. During a short on-demand welcome webinar, our product manager Dr. Thomas Dieing introduced the basics of Raman imaging, presented sophisticated application examples, and outlined recent technological developments. The event was very well received with a total of 55 presented posters and more than 250 registered participants. The online format facilitated worldwide scientific engagement and gave the conference a very international character.

    Contributed posters were grouped into the categories: “Advanced Materials”, “Environmental and Geoscience”, “Life Sciences, Biomedical and Pharma Research” and “Correlative Imaging Applications”. Presented Raman imaging applications included microplastic particle detection, distribution analysis of active ingredients and excipients in pharmaceutical tablets, investigation of bacterial signaling, analysis of battery materials, diagnosis of cancer or urinary tract infection, strain analyses in semiconductors and in nacre, 3D chemical analyses of organoids and polymer fibers, analysis of microinclusions in arctic ice, and many more.

    All submitted abstracts of the presented posters are compiled in our abstract book, which is available here for download.

    On the WITec homepage, we've published a press release covering the conclusion of the event that can be found here.

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    Download the abstract book of the Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020 by clicking on the cover image.


    • ePoster Gallery

      This short video offers a glimpse of the ePoster gallery. Participants could browse through an overview of the 55 posters as shown here or sort them according to category and view the presented details in full-screen mode.

Best Poster Award

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    Dr. Nathalie Jung, winner of the Best Poster Award, presents her certificate. © Nathalie Jung, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • During the first three days of the conference, all participants had the chance to vote for their favorites among the 55 posters on display. The prize for the best rated poster was awarded to Dr. Nathalie Jung from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany for her contribution “Chemically-selective visualisation of organoids and their interaction with hydrogel matrices”. Together with her coworkers Till Moreth, Prof. Dr. Ernst H. K. Stelzer, Dr. Francesco Pampaloni and Prof. Dr. Maike Windbergs, she presented the potential of Raman imaging for characterizing in vitro organoids.

    Organoids are organ-like structures which have become popular in vitro model systems for studying functions and diseases of organs and show great potential for application in personalized medicine. Dr. Jung investigated pancreas organoids that were embedded in three hydrogel matrices with different mechanical properties and chemical compositions. For characterizing the structure, development and cell-matrix interaction of these organoids, Raman imaging offers the advantages of being a label-free and non-destructive technique. The distribution of organelles and DNA within single pancreatic cells was visualized. Furthermore, the interactions of entire organoids with the surrounding hydrogel were characterized by imaging their interface. Thus, the suitability of the different hydrogels for organoid cultivation could be assessed. Dr. Jung and her co-workers present confocal Raman imaging as an innovative approach for high-throughput analysis of hydrogel-embedded organoids.

    The full abstract of the award-winning contribution can be read in the conference’s book of abstracts.