This biannual conference, the first in 1989, is intended to reflect the enormous progress that has been made in fluorescence which is one of the most powerful spectroscopic methods. The progress is mainly driven by exciting new developments in (lifetime) spectroscopy, imaging (including microscopy), and probe design, but also in nanomaterials (including beads and thin films), opto-electronic components, in data acquisition and processing. By now, fluorescence has found widespread applications in life sciences where it complements (and competes with) nmr and mass spectroscopy, but with entirely different scope.
MAF conferences bring together speakers, contributors, attendants and exhibitors from areas including physics, chemistry, (bio)analytical sciences, biology, medicine, pharmacy (including high-throughput screening), materials sciences, and opto-electronics. Thus, MAF conferences reflect - in a unique way - the multidisciplinarity of fluorescence, and at the same time promote scientific cross-talk in the word's best meaning.