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IVSLA International School on Nanoscale Optical Microscopy

6 - 9 June 2017, Venice, Italy

The objective of this School is to advance the field of nanoscale optical microscopy operating at the scale of nanometres to tens of nanometres, through the exchange of information, ideas, and innovative techniques. The understanding of methods and techniques has the great potential of allowing, in the near future, for the design and performance of new exciting experiments in Biophysics, Optics and Photonics.

Lessons will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Franchetti, Venice.

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Confirmed Faculty

  • Suzie Scarlata
  • Joerg Enderlein
  • Francesca Cella Zanacchi
  • Petra Schwille
  • Colin JR Sheppard
  • Pietro Ferraro
  • Paolo Bianchini
  • Giuseppe Vicidomini
  • Cristina Flors
  • Pier Alberto Benedetti
  • Tullio Pozzan
  • Ranieri Bizzarri
  • Alberto Diaspro
  • Cristiano Viappiani
  • Gail Mc Connell
  • Iva Tolic
  • Luca Lanzanò
  • Peter Saggau


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Tuesday 6th June, 2017

15.00-16.00 Registration & Coffee    
16.00-18.00 Alberto Diaspro, Giorgio M.Giacometti Opening remarks.  
  Petra Schwille How simple can life be? – Fundamental considerations of synthetic biology. NIKON
  Colin J.R. Sheppard Confocal microscopy: past, present and future.  
20.00-23.00 Social Dinner Ristorante “Gianni”, Dorsoduro 918/A-B, Zattere – 30123 Venice  

Wednesday 6th June, 2017

09.00-11.00 Suzanne Scarlata Visualizing Cell Signalling LEICA
  Ranieri Bizzarri Advanced Fluorescence  
  Cristina Flors Fluorescence labelling for super-resolution microscopy PI
11.00-11.30 Coffee break    
11.30-13:00 Giuseppe Vicidomini STED microscopy: an introduction  
  Francesca Cella Zanacchi Quantitative approaches in single molecule localisation techniques  
13.00-15.00 Lunch    
15.00-17:00 Petra Schwille Single molecule biophysics in living and reconstituted system molecule  
  Francesca Cella Zanacchi Light sheet illumination for quantitative super-resolution microscopy: localizing single molecules in tissues.  
17.00-17.30 Coffee break    
17.30-19.00 Joerg Enderlein Image scanning microscopy ITABI
  Giuseppe Vicidomini Figure out what the microscopy is actually trying to tell you: SPAD array, TCSPC, noise  

Thursday 8th June, 2017

09.00-11.00 Gail McConnell The Mesolens: a giant colour-corrected microscope objective lens for sub-cellular 3D resolution imaging within 118 cubic millimetres of tissue COOLED
  Iva Tolic Laser microsurgery and photoactivation during live-cell imaging of human cells LASER OPTRONIC
  Nathalie Garin Company talk: Diving in for deeper insights LEICA
11.00-11.30 Coffee break    
11.30-13:00 Luca Lanzanò Fluorescence dynamics in nanoscale optical microscopy and its applications  
  Tullio Pozzan Exploring cells with targeted biosensors  
13.00-15.00 Lunch    
15.00-17:00 Pietro Ferraro Optobiology, a new perspective in microscopy by intelligent wavefront analysis OLYMPUS
  Cristiano Viappiani The challenge of localizing photosensitizers in living cells.  
  Giacomo Cozzi Company talk: Nikon solutions for high-end microscopy NIKON
17.00-17.30 Coffee break    
17.30-19.00 Paolo Bianchini The charm of non-linear NIR microscopy and nanoscopy  
  Pier Alberto Benedetti Diffractive super-resolution in multidimensional fluorescence microscopy  

Friday 9th June, 2017

09.00-11.00 Peter Saggau Scalable Approaches for Encoded Imaging of the Brain  
  Ranieri Bizzarri Lifetime-based fluorescence sensing at nanoscale  
11.00-11.30 Coffee break    
11.30-13:00 Joerg Enderlein Super-resolution Optical Fluctuation Imaging COHERENT
  Colin J.R. Sheppard Perspectives in Optical Sciences  
  Alberto Diaspro Closing remarks  
13.00 Farewell drinks    


We have only 30 seats with lodging plus 10 without.

TypeFee in Euros (€)
(IIT-SIOF-SIBPA vs. others) including lodging €400/450
Without lodging. €200

Registration and Payments

Registrations and Payments will be done through the SIOF website  (italian branch of http://www.myeos.org)

Current acceptance criterium: first in first out.

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Mandatory subject: "YOURSURNAME-VENICE2017-FOM"

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