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Biophotonics 2011


The IEEE Photonics Society, Italy Chapter, was the promoter for the International Workshop on BioPhotonics held on June 8 to 10 2011, at the “S. Elisabetta” Congress Center of Parma University, Italy.


     The event was co-organized by University of Parma, IEEE Photonics Society Italy Chapter and IEEE Italy Section, under the patronage of Parma municipality.
     The Conference has been an extraordinary opportunity for experts and students working in different science fields, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, photonics or medicine, to link together, thanks to the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of biophotonics. Indeed one of the main goals of the workshop was to point out the many facets of the topic, and to start building up a scientific community of people acting on the subject.

Breakdown of the participants by Country.

     Conference was chaired by Prof. Stefano Selleri of the University of Parma and by Prof. Roberto Pini of IFAC-CNR Florence. Many societies and institutions weres ponsors of the workshop: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology – Italy Chapter; IEEE Nanotechnology Council – Italy Chapter; Divisione Chimica Analitica – SocietàChimica Italiana; Photonics 4 Life; EOS – European Optical Society; SIEM – Italian Society of Electromagnetism; SIOF – Italian Society of Optics and Photonics. A number of companies offered their financial support (Alfatest srl, Horiba Scientific, Lot Oriel Group, Hamamatsu, AMS Technologies, Poliambulatorio Dalla Rosa Prati).
     The number of participants, exceeding 110, was well beyond expectations, proving the strong interest of the scientific community on the topic. As shown in the graph, the workshop attracted, in addition to a numerous Italian delegation, almost half of the participants from the rest of Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, covering every continent.


Technical Session.

     All the workshop sessions hosted high-level talks, and were enriched by over 20 invited speakers from all over the world. Each of the three days of the conference was opened by a plenary session, dealing with light-based diagnostic techniques, whose fields of application span from medicine to agriculture, to environmental monitoring, to artistic heritage protection. In particular, workshop sessions focused on Fiber-based Sensing Technologies, Sensing Platforms, Spectroscopy-Microscopy and Imaging Techniques, Optical Manipulation, Trapping and Ablation, Nano-Biophotonics and Materials, Optofluidic Platform, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications. Some of the accepted papers are now available on IEEEXplore digital library, at


     The Local Organizing Committee, formed by the group of Prof. Selleri at the Information Engineering Department of the University of Parma (Dr. Annamaria Cucinotta, Dr. Federica Poli, Enrico Coscelli, Michele Sozzi and Alessandro Candiani) offered to the participants a pleasant social program, with a guided tour to the famous Cathedral and Baptistery of Parma, and with the social dinner, held at the ALMA International School for Italian Cuisine, where the participants had the possibility to taste some of the most typical and exquisite Italian dishes and wines.


Entrance of the Baptistery and fresco of the dome (Correggio masterpiece) inside Parma Cathedral (Picture of S. Selleri).

     Thanks to the great success of the initiative, the Steering Committee is considering a second edition of the workshop in the near future.

Stefano Selleri, Conference Co-Chair
Tiziana Tambosso, IEEE Photonics Italy
Chapter Chair

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