Biophotonics 03 Group Photo

Biophotonics '03

The 1st International Graduate Summer School biophotonics '03 held in June 2003 on the island Ven had a special focus on photo-dynamic therapy, while also educating students in light sources, optical coherence tomography and tissue optics in a broader perspective. It was a huge success in terms of education, scientific exchange, and personal friendships. We, the organizers, would like to express our gratitude to the lecturers for taking time to teach at the school and spending time with the students. It is admirable that all lecturers participated without receiving any fee. We also greatly appreciate the financial support and donations we received from various sponsors making this event possible.

Furthermore, we extend our thanks to all participants for their enthusiastic contributions during the discussions following the lectures and especially during the poster sessions.


The 1stInternational Graduate Summer School Biophotonics '03 covered the following main areas:

  • Lasers and their application in medicine
  • Tissue optics
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Coherence domain optical methods in biomedicine


  • MD Niels Bendsoe, Lund University, Sweden
    Photodynamic therapy
  • Professor, MD Peter Bjerring, University of Aarhus, Denmark
    Lasers and optical light sources in dermatological treatment
  • Dr. Wolfgang Drexler, Institute of Medical Physics,  Austria
    Ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography in the 500-1600 nm wavelength region
  • Professor James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
    Optical coherence tomography
  • Professor Steven Jacques, Oregon Medical Laser Center, USA
    Tissue optics
  • Dr. Petras Juzenas, Norwegian Radiation Hospital, Norway
    The basics of ALA-PDT
  • Dr. Michel Krakowski, THALES Research and Technology France, France
    High power diode lasers
  • Dr. Karsten König, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
    Microscopy and laser tweezers
  • Professor Johan Moan, Norwegian Radiation Hospital, Norway
    Photodynamic therapy - History and Biophysics
  • MD Katarina Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden
    Optical and spectroscopic techniques in medicine - Medicine
  • Professor Sune Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden
    Optical and spectroscopic techniques in medicine - Physics
  • Professor Bruce Tromberg, Beckman Laser Institute, USA
    Optical mammography

Best Poster Presentation Award 2003

Hannah Melville 
Hannah Melville at her winning poster

Hannah Melville
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland

Poster title: Bessel beams and spatial light modulator technology for biophotonics


Lund Laser Centre (Sweden)

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Risø National Laboratory (Denmark)

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Nobel Institute of Physics

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BIOP Graduate School (Denmark)

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Virtual European Laser Institute

Danish Optical Society (DOPS)

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European Optical Society (EOS)

The International Society for Optical Engineering - SPIE


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