Practical information

Preparation for the school

If you were accepted to participate, you will be contacted to pay the school fee to secure your spot. You will also have to arrange your flights to and from Copenhagen Airport, see the travel guide below.

You have to prepare a poster (see guidelines below) about your research or proposed research programme and present it at the school. The poster presentations are evaluated by the organizers and lecturers during poster sessions at the school, and the best poster is awarded a prize.

You need to clarify your local rules regarding ECTS recognition, since these are different at each university.

Once you have prepared this, all you need to do is meet up with all the other participants at Copenhagen Airport.

School curriculum 

Papers to read as preparation for the lectures

The list of references below constitutes the curriculum for Biophotonics '23. It is mandatory that you are familiar with the references listed, i.e., that you study these references prior to attending the school.

The papers are part of the larger collection of educational material available at:
In case you cannot access one or more of the references through your own library services, please contact the organizers immediately.



  1. S. Andersson-Engels and P. E. Andersen, Introduction: Perspectives in Biophotonics: a special issue in honor of the International Graduate Summer School on Biophotonics,


  1. S. Corsetti and K. Dholakia, Optical manipulation: advances for biophotonics in the 21st century, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(7), 070602 (2021).
  2. S. Corsetti, F. J. Gunn-Moore and K. Dholakia, Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy for Neuroscience, Journal of NeuroscienceMethods 319, 16 (2019)
  3. R. A. Leitgeb, et al., Enhanced medical diagnosis for dOCTors: a perspective of optical coherence tomography, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(10), 100601 (2021).
  4. E. A. Rank, A. Agneter, T. Schmoll, R. A. Leitgeb, W. Drexler, Miniaturizing optical coherence tomography, Translational Biophotonics (2022),
  5. S. Jacques and B. Pogue, Tutorial on diffuse light transport, J. of Biomedical Optics, 13(4), 041302 (2008).
  6. S. S. Streeter, S. Jacques, and B. Pogue, Perspective on diffuse light in tissue: subsampling photon populations, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(7), 070601 (2021).
  7. Z. Hajjarian and S. K. Nadkarni, Tutorial on laser speckle rheology: technology, applications, and opportunities, J. of Biomedical Optics, 25(5), 050801 (2020).
  8. Z. Hajjarian and S. K. Nadkarni, Technological perspectives on laser speckle micro-rheology for cancer mechanobiology research, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(9), 090601 (2021).
  9. A. Alfonso-Garcia, R. Mittal, E. S. Lee, E. O. Potma, Biological imaging with coherent Raman scattering microscopy: a tutorial, J. of Biomedical Optics, 19(7), 071407 (2014).
  10. R. C. Prince and E. O. Potma, Coherent Raman scattering microscopy: capable solution in search of a larger audience, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(6), 060601 (2021).
  11. R. Datta, A. Gillette, M. Stefely, and M. Skala, Recent innovations in fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy for biology and medicine, J. of Biomedical Optics, 26(7), 070603 (2021).
  12. R. Datta, T. M. Heaster, J. T. Sharick, A. A. Gillette, and M. C. Skala, Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy: fundamentals and advances in instrumentation, analysis, and applications, J. of Biomedical Optics, 25(7), 071203 (2020).
  13. Y. Zhou, J. Yao, and L. V. Wang, Tutorial on photoacoustic tomography, J. of Biomedical Optics, 21(6), 061007 (2016).



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.

You have to prepare a poster (A1 format, portrait) about your research or proposed research programme and present it at one of the poster sessions at the school. The lecturers will visit you at your poster and evaluate it, and the best poster will be awarded a prize. You can optimally prepare for the poster session by rehearsing a short pitch (maximum 2 minutes) about the project presented on your poster.

The evaluation criteria for the posters are as follows:

  • Poster appearance
    • clarity
    • presentation of main points
    • visual appearance
  • Presentation of poster
    • the presenter should be able to give a quick run through his/her poster leading to a clear understanding of the main points
    • the presenter should be capable of answering questions and/or engaging into discussions
  • Scientific content
    • novelty and scientific merits of the content
    • in case of students presenting their proposed project: potential as a research grant of the content
  • Relevance to the community
    • does the project/work have impact on the research field in terms of clinical or biological applications, breaking new grounds, commercial exploitation, etc.

Please note that there is no possibility to print the poster at the school.

Travel Guide

Meeting point and travel to and from The Island of Ven

The meeting point for the school is the bus pickup area outside Copenhagen Airport "Kastrup". The bus pickup station is to the right when reaching the arrival hall. There will be a shuttle bus from Copenhagen Airport to the school site, Backafallsbyn on The island of Ven. The bus will be ready for boarding from 11.45, and leaving at 12.15. Since the first lecture already takes place on the first day in the evening, students must meet at this indicated time.

On the last day, the shuttle bus will transport all students back to Copenhagen Airport. You should expect to be at the airport around 13.00.

Individual Arrangements

This only applies to you if you want to be in Denmark or Sweden earlier than the school starts or stay longer afterwards. The school does not provide transport other than the shuttle bus to and from Copenhagen Airport on 10 and 17 June, respectively, nor accommodation outside the school dates.


Landskrona - The Island of Ven

There is a ferry running between Landskrona and the island Ven.

Copenhagen - The Island of Ven

During the summer, a ferry sails on schedule between Copenhagen and The island of Ven.

Trains and Buses

For travel in Skåne (Southern Sweden including ferries), please visit Skånetrafikens website.

Finding a hotel

The school does not organize accommodation outside the school dates.

In case you wish to stay longer in Copenhagen, we recommend using this link for a complete guide to hotels, restaurants and transport.


The Island of Ven

The Graduate summer school Biophotonics will take place on The island of Ven situated between Sweden and Denmark.

The island of Ven hosted the laboratory of the Danish scientist Tycho Brahe (1546 – 1601), whose observations inspired Keppler in his work. From the island, there is a perfect view to Kronborg, known as Hamlet's Castle in the famous play by W. Shakespeare.

The island itself is relatively small covering only a few square-kilometers. However, a number of leisure time activities, including sailing, golfing, fishing, bathing and more, are offered.

School site - Backafallsbyn

The site for the school is the conference center Backafallsbyn (note that booking is done through the Graduate summer school administration and covered by the registration fee). Students will be hosted in two-room cabins housing four people each.

Special requirements regarding meals

During payment of the fee for the summer school, you should have specified any special requirements to the meals served at the school, e.g., food allergies, vegetarian or religious reasons. If you need to add anything to that specification, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Cash and credit cards

There is no ATM nor bank on Ven. Thus you cannot exchange currency or obtain cash at the school site or on the island Ven. However, Sweden is the country with the most card transactions per capita in the world, where many shops stopped accepting cash altogether anyway. At the school site it is possible to pay, e.g. drinks in the bar, with VISA and MasterCard (and also with cash), so you will most likely not need cash. In case you want to do shopping in the small galleries and shops around the island, you should still bring some Swedish Crowns, since a few of them still only accept cash.