The 9th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '19 will take place from 8th to 15th June 2019.

Apply here. Application deadline is 24 February 2019.

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 International Graduate summer school Biophotonics 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 school

The 9th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '19 will cover the following topics:

  • Tissue Optics
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Photoacoustic Tomography
  • Diffuse Optics
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy in Life Science
  • Shaped light for imaging and Micromanipulation
  • Optical Micromechanics
  • Fibre Supercontinuum Light Sources and Lasers
  • Strategies for Cancer Treatment using Lasers
  • Entrepreneurship in Photonics

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

List of lecturers

The following lecturers are confirmed to teach at Biophotonics '19:

  • CEO Dr. David Cuccia, PhD, Modulated Imaging Inc., Irvine, USA
    Keynote: Entrepreneurship in Biophotonics
  • Professor Jes Broeng, Technical University of Denmark
    Keynote: Innovation in Photonics
  • Professor Sune Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden
    Keynote: Spectroscopy in Life Science
  • Professor Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
    Shaped Light for Imaging and Micromanipulation
  • Professor Wolfgang Drexler, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
    Optical Coherence Tomography: Technology and Applications
  • Professor Steven Jacques, Oregon Health Science University, USA
    Tissue Optics
  • Professor Seemantini Nadkarni, Harvard Medical School, USA
    Optical Micromechanics
  • Professor Brian Pogue, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, USA
    Diffuse Optics
  • Professor Eric Potma, University of California, Irvine, USA
    Biomolecular Imaging With Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy
  • Professor Melissa Skala, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
    Fluorescence lifetime imaging
  • Professor Katarina Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden
    Strategies For Cancer Treatment Using Lasers And Photodynamic Therapy
  • Professor Roy Taylor, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Fibre Based Supercontinuum Sources and Lasers
  • Professor Lihong Wang, California Institute of Technology, USA
    Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Breaking through the Optical Diffusion Limit

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.


The registration for the 9th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '19 is open: Apply here.
Deadline for the application is 24 February 2019.

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.

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.

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

Guest editors


The 9th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '19 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


Dominik Marti
DTU Fotonik
+45 46 77 45 03


Peter E. Andersen
Senior Researcher
DTU Fotonik
+45 46 77 45 55
18 DECEMBER 2018