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IVSLA International School on Nanoscale Optical Microscopy

12 - 15 June 2018, 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 Loredan, Venice.

Confirmed Faculty

  • Francesca Romana Bertani
  • Paolo Bianchini
  • Gertrude Bunt
  • Loredana Casalis
  • Francesca Cella Zanacchi
  • Giberto Chirico
  • Abou Nader Cristelle
  • Alessandro Esposito
  • Pekka Hänninen
  • Mike Heilemann
  • Luca Lanzanò
  • Aymeric Le Gratiet
  • Davide Mazza
  • Ammasi Periasamy
  • Alexander Rorbach
  • Colin Sheppard
  • Peter So
  • George Stanciu
  • Peter Saggau
  • Peter Török
  • Alessandro Tredicucci
  • Giuseppe Vicidomini
  • Fred Wouters
  • Alberto Diaspro


We have only 35 seats with lodging plus 10 without.
(IIT-SIOF-SIBPA vs. others) including lodging, social dinner, lunches and coffee breaks
(IIT-SIOF-SIBPA vs. others) without lodging, but including social dinner, lunches and coffee breaks

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-VENICE2018"


Tuesday 12th June, 2018

from 13:00
Light Lunch
Registration & Coffee
16:00 - 19:00
Opening remarks
Alberto Diaspro, Giorgio M.Giacometti, Arianna Traviglia
Colin J.R. Sheppard
Overview on superresolution
Fred Wouters
Principles of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) for the detection of nanoscale protein interactions.
Ammasi Periasamy
Metabolic Mapping of Prostate Cancer Cells-Multiphoton FLIM-FRET Microscopy”
20:00 - 23:00
Social Dinner

Wednesday 13th June, 2018

09:00 - 11:00
Peter So
Advances in Nonlinear Optical Neurobiological Imaging
Gertrude Bunt
FRET from single to multiplexed signaling events
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 13:00
Alessandro Esposito
Optical Microscopy for Systems Biology
Pekka Hänninen
Multimodal imaging probes
13.00 - 15.00
15.00 - 17:00
Loredana Casalis
Atomic Force Microscopy: Imaging Biological Matter at High Resolution
Giuseppe Vicidomini
Fluorescence scanning microscopy with single photon detector array
17.00 - 17.30
Coffee break
17.30 - 19.00
Luca Lanzanò
Imaging nuclear processes by nanoscale optical microscopy and spectroscopy
Mike Heilemann
Counting subunits within receptor complexes using single-molecule localization microscopy

Thursday 14th June, 2018

09:00 - 11:00
Christelle Abou Nader
Multiple scattering in complex media and biomedical applications
Aymeric Le Gratiet
Mueller-matrix microscopy: label free approach to study the nuclear organization
Marco Meijering
Seeing the hidden with infinite possibilities
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 13:00
Alexander Rohrbach
Label-free superresolution ROCS microscopy at 100 Hz provides new insights into living cells
Peter Saggau
Encoded Microscopy for Scalable Optical Imaging of the Brain
13.00 - 15.00
15.00 - 17:00
Paolo Bianchini
Multimodal imaging in the near-infrared
Francesca Cella Zanacchi
Single molecule localisation microscopy: quantitative approaches to study protein distributions in cells and thick samples
Ryu Nakamura
Twig in the forest
17.00 - 17.30
Coffee break
17.30 - 19.00
Francesca Romana Bertani
Hyperspectral microscopy and multivariate analysis for label-free cell imaging
Davide Mazza
Single molecule imaging of transcription factors in living cells: past, present and future challenges

Friday 15th June, 2018

09:00 - 11:00
Giberto Chirico
Correlation and Fourier analysis of non-linear excitation microscopy: tools for in-vivo imaging
Peter Török
Optical design aspects of superresolution
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 13:00
Alessandro Tredicucci
Microscopy in the terahertz, challenges and perspectives
Colin Sheppard
Future trends in optical imaging
Alberto Diaspro
Closing remarks
Farewell drinks and light lunch


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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