Dear colleagues,
Taking into account the worldwide situation concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone UPCON2020 to
October 27th - 30th, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding.
Niko Hildebrandt and Karsten Haupt, Conference Chairs


Dear friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are delighted to invite you to the international conference

UPCON 2020

3rd Conference on Properties, Design, and Applications of Upconversion Nanomaterials

October 27th - 30th, 2020

Compiegne, France

UPCON2020 will be a forum for discussing advances in the field of upconversion nanomaterials among researchers from academia and industry and for defining future trends in the field. The scientific sessions will include lectures by plenary, keynote, and invited speakers, as well as talks and poster presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

We look forward to welcoming you to UPCON 2020 in Compiegne!

The conference chairs

Niko Hildebrandt (Université Paris-Sud / Université de Rouen)
Karsten Haupt (Université de Technologie de Compiègne)


Labrox specialize in design, development and manufacturing of multimode plate reader platforms and point-of-care detection systems. Labrox Upcon reader is versatile tool for UCNP detection from microtiter plates or lateral flow strips.

Kaivogen Oy is a Finnish biotech company established in 2007. The kaivo in the company name is Finnish for the well of a microplate and relates to the company’s very first products, streptavidin coated plates. Since its start up with these products, Kaivogen has extended its portfolio year by year. Current products include a wide range of assay development services from kit manufacturing to custom plate production, custom biomolecule conjugation and custom buffer preparation. In addition, we provide various streptavidin and anti-species plates and buffer products as catalogue items. Also check out our Upcon® nanoparticle-based detection technology that is well suited for lateral flow applications. Kaivogen’s main customer group consists of IVD companies, for whom Kaivogen acts as an OEM manufacturer of components for IVD assays and kits. Other customer groups include research foundations and academic research groups. Around 90% of Kaivogen’s turnover each year comes from exported products, the main export destinations being the USA and the Nordic countries.

TTP is an independent technology company where people work at the intersection of science, engineering and business to invent and develop breakthrough products and technologies. Whether a start-up or a blue chip organisation, our clients partner with TTP to transform industries. With a 30-year history of innovation, our multidisciplinary teams are able to deliver across the scope of a project, from research through to concept, design, engineering and manufacture. Building on a long track-record in life science instrumentation, we routinely design systems capable of meeting demanding biological and physical hardware requirements. Understanding the interplay between the fundamental biology of a process and the physical behavior of a system is critical to successful development. We have extensive labs and fabrication facilities, including a bio-MEMS lab. This allows us to rapidly prototype, iterate and validate the biological and physical aspects of system design. Beyond prototyping we have the capacity to scale to pre-production and transfer to manufacture. TTP has also established advanced nanomaterial, sensors, surface chemistry and immunoassay capabilities, enabling the reagent development for high-sensitivity quantification and low non-specific interactions. With a deep understanding of molecular and cellular recognition, reaction mechanisms and detection chemistry, we develop cutting-edge methodologies for diagnostic systems and can rapidly develop novel biomarker detection scaffolds for improved diagnostics, immunoassays and research tools.

Edinburgh Instruments are global providers of Molecular Spectroscopy solutions covering techniques such as Photoluminescence, Raman, UV-Vis, Transient Absorption, and pulsed lasers and LEDs. We are world leaders in cutting-edge fluorescence spectroscopic instrumentation. Over the years we have developed new and innovative products, winning many international designs, technology and export achievement awards. We excel in providing one-to-one comprehensive customer service and continue to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.

CNI LASER, founded in 1996, is the leading manufacturer of lasers, spectrometers, power meters and optical systems in China. CNI possesses accountable and dependable service as well as quality products with compact design, high reliability, and excellent performance. The products are widely used for scientific research, equipment manufacturing, biomedical experiment, precision measurement, communication, material processing, process control, online detection, investigation equipment and other fields.

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Methods and Applications in Fluorescence focuses on new developments in fluorescence spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, fluorescent probes, labels and (nano)materials. It will feature both methods and advanced (bio)applications and accepts original research articles, reviews and technical notes.

Lumito AB is a Swedish company focused on imaging for medical applications. The company was established in 2010 and is based in Lund, Sweden. Lumito is developing a new product line, including a slide scanner and UCNP-based staining kit, in the area of tissue diagnostics. With Lumito’s unique and patented technology, there are provisions to significantly improve the diagnostics for tissue samples through shorter analytical times and higher quality analysis. Lumito’s technology also provides completely new opportunities to search for multiple disease indications in the same tissue section and enables digital analysis and automatization. Primary market for Lumito is Europe followed by North America. Lumito is publicly listed on the NGM Nordic SME list.


  • Fundamental aspects of upconversion photophysics and photochemistry

  • Research and design of upconversion nanomaterials and compositions and new synthesis methods

  • Molecular upconversion

  • Photophysical characterization of upconversion nanomaterials and molecules

  • Material and toxicity characterization

  • Surface functionalization and transfer of upconversion nanomaterials and molecules into the aqueous phase

  • Instrument development (both spectroscopy and microscopy)

  • Biological and chemical sensing

  • Imaging (in vitro and in vivo)

  • Photon upconversion enhancement (e.g., using plasmonic nanostructures)

  • Dye sensitized upconversion

  • Novel upconversion materials

  • Novel upconverion excitation schemes

  • Thermometry

  • Therapeutics and theranostics

Important dates

January 31st, 2020

Abstracts submission deadline

February 14th, 2020

Notification of acceptance

March 22nd, 2020

Early bird registration deadline