Group photo of the Biophotonics '15 class.

8th International Graduate summer school -
Biophotonics '17

10–17 June 2017

Backafallsbyn Island of Ven Sweden

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Prof. Bruce Tromberg at Biophotonics '09

Over the past decade, optical methods and instruments based on light interacting with tissue have emerged as powerful techniques for bio-medical diagnostics, monitoring wide spectra of tissue function and pathology together with therapy. In addition, optical biosensing in conjunction with microfluidics plays a major role in the field of biophotonics and biomedical optics.

The purpose of the 8th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '17 is to provide education for students at the highest international level within these areas. Moreover, by inviting renowned lecturers from all over the world, the educational programme is held in an international atmosphere enhancing exchange of scientific ideas and technological advances within the fields of biomedical optics and closely related areas.

The 8th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '17 covers the following main areas:

At the summer school invited experts, at an international level, will give extended presentations reviewing these areas. Moreover, the attendees at the summer school will also have the opportunity of presenting their current research projects, results or ideas.

Prof. Katarina Svanberg at Biophotonics '07
Eric Swanson teaching Entrepreneurship at Biophotonics '15

List of lecturers

The following lecturers will teach at Biophotonics '17:

Who should attend?

The school lectures spans areas ranging from basic research to applied technology and therefore students and post docs in both the technical and medical sciences are encouraged to attend this summer school.

The target group is primarily graduate students (PhD) and post-doctoral fellows within the main topics of the school, i.e., within the field of biomedical optics. Admission of a limited, small number of under-graduate students will be allowed.

Poster presentations

Students accepted into the school present a poster of their research or proposed research programme. The poster presentations are evaluated by the organizers and lecturers during two sessions at the school, and the best poster is awarded a prize.

View the previous poster awards winners here.


Maximum credit points: 5 (five) ECTS points.

After completion of the graduate summer school, including preparation of a poster, presenting the poster, and attending the school, a diploma is issued.

Completing school, 3 (three) points: The workload of the school is equivalent to three weeks full time work, i.e., three (3) ECTS points.

Additional points, 2 (two) points: Optionally, students may select to prepare an internet presentation (slide deck or, preferred, video presenting a slide deck of about 20 minutes length) of one of the topics covered during the school (but not their own core research topic). The presentation is evaluated by the organizers and lecturers and, if approved, published at the school web site. The work load is equivalent to two weeks full time work, i.e., (two) ECTS points.

Prof. Kishan Dholakia during his lecture at Biophotonics '07

JBO special section

Since 2007, a special section "Selected Topics in Biophotonics" comprising review articles and contributed papers from the school has been published in Journal of Biomedical Optics.

The call for the special section following Biophotonics '17 is open. Submission deadline is 1 October 2017.

Previous Special Sections on Selected Topics in Biophotonics in the Journal of Biomedical Optics

Guest editors


Summer school chairs: P. E. Andersen (left) and S. Andersson-Engels (right)

The 8th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '17 is a joint effort between the Irish Photonic Integration Centre and the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, in cooperation with SPIE.

Summer school organisers and school founders