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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.

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


We have only 35 seats with lodging plus 10 without.
(IIT-SIOF-SIBPA vs. others) including lodging


Without lodging


Registrations and Payments

Registrations and Payments will be done through the SIOF website  (italian branch of

Current acceptance criterium: first in first out.

Email for booking your seat to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mandatory subject: "YOURSURNAME-VENICE2017-FOM"


Tuesday 6th June, 2017

Registration & Coffee
16:00 - 19:00
Opening remarks
Alberto Diaspro, Giorgio M.Giacometti
Petra Schwille
How simple can life be? – Fundamental considerations of synthetic biology.
Colin J.R. Sheppard
Confocal microscopy: past, present and future.
20:00 - 23:00
Social Dinner

Wednesday 6th June, 2017

09:00 - 11:00
Suzanne Scarlata
Visualizing Cell Signalling
Gertrude Bunt
FRET from single to multiplexed signaling events
Cristina Flors
Fluorescence labelling for super-resolution microscopy
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
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
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
Iva Tolic
Laser microsurgery and photoactivation during live-cell imaging of human cells LASER OPTRONIC
Nathalie Garin
Company talk: Diving in for deeper insights
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
15.00 - 17:00
Pietro Ferraro
Optobiology, a new perspective in microscopy by intelligent wavefront analysis
Cristiano Viappiani
The challenge of localizing photosensitizers in living cells.
Giacomo Cozzi
Company talk: Nikon solutions for high-end microscopy
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
Colin J.R. Sheppard
Perspectives in Optical Sciences
Alberto Diaspro
Closing remarks
Farewell drinks


We would like to thank our partners for their continued support.

To enquire about becoming a partner please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about Istituto Veneto please visit their site here.


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