Group Photo of the Biophotonics 2019 Class


The 10th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '22 will take place from 11 – 18 June 2022.

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.

BIOP '21 is rescheduled to become BIOP '22

Biophotonics ’21 was originally scheduled for June 2021. We wish to attract students and lecturers worldwide. Unfortunately, travel is likely to still be limited in 2021, partly due to restrictions imposed by authorities, partly self-imposed because people are reluctant due to potential risks involved. Even in the positive scenario that a vaccine is developed and proven effective, it might be too early for June 2021 to be considered sufficiently safe for in-person meetings. In these times, many events transform into hybrid formats, i.e., a combination of online and in-person meetings. Whilst we believe that many events strongly benefit from such a format, we also feel that our school is strongly linked to the in-person networking that cannot be substituted by online formats. Therefore, we decided to postpone the school planned for 2021 by one year and re-schedule the 10th school for 11 – 18 June 2022.

The school

The 10th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '22 will take place from 11 – 18 June 2022 and 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 keynote speakers and lecturers

The following keynote speakers and lecturers have confirmed to teach at Biophotonics '22:

  • 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 L. Jacques, University of Washington, USA
    Tissue Optics
  • Professor Malin Malmsjö, Lund University Hospital, Sweden
    Keynote: Clinical Applications of Photo-Acoustic Imaging
  • Professor Seemantini Nadkarni, Harvard Medical School, USA
    Optical Micromechanics
  • Professor Brian Pogue, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, USA
    Diffuse Optics
  • Professor Eric O. Potma, University of California, Irvine, USA
    Biomolecular Imaging With Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy
  • Professor Theo Ruers, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands
    Keynote: Optical Imaging in Oncology
  • Professor Melissa Skala, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
    Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Professor Gijs van Soest, Erasmus University Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Multimodal Imaging and Endomicroscopy
  • Professor Katarina Svanberg, Lund University Hospital, Sweden
    Keynote: Cancer Treatment Using Lasers And Photodynamic Therapy
  • Professor Sune Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden
    Keynote: Spectroscopy in Life Science

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 10th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '22 will open in fall 2021. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

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.


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 10th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics '22 is a joint effort between the Irish Photonic Integration Centre and the Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark, in cooperation with SPIE.

Summer school organisers and school founders


Peter Eskil Andersen
Groupleader, Senior Researcher
DTU Health Tech
+45 22 45 45 57
2 OCTOBER 2022