Starts 22 Nov 2021
Ends 25 Nov 2021
Central European Time
Online -
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
This virtual Workshop will bring together young researchers from all over the world and established scientists working on the interaction of light with biological matter. A variety of perspectives will provide interdisciplinary contents of both introductory and advanced nature.

Multidisciplinarity, theory and experiments, as well as different backgrounds are crucial to understanding the diversity of phenomena and the fundamental processes that govern the complex interaction of light with living matter.

This online format is an adaptation of the ICTP school and workshop originally planned in IISER, Trivandrum, India, to promote scientific development and exchanges in the whole area.

The programme will include:

• oral invited presentations by high-profile senior scientists, covering introductory aspects and most recent research developments;
• young researchers’ contributed talks;
• poster presentations through virtual poster sessions.


• advanced spectroscopy and imaging to probe bio-interfaces;
• dynamical processes: electron and energy transfers, quantum biology;
• excited states, photophysics and photochemistry in biological matter.

Preliminary list of speakers:

Ellen Backus, University of Wien
Ross McKenzie, University of Queensland
Henrik Ottosson, Uppsala University
Igor Schapiro, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Massimo Trotta, CNR at Bari, Italy
Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield

Further details and online application will be made available in late July/early August.


Mahesh Hariharan (IISER-TVM, Thiruvananthapuram, India), Anna Painelli (University of Parma, Italy), Luca Grisanti (IRB, Zagreb, Croatia), Eric Vauthey (Université de Genève, Switzerland), Ravindra Venkatramani (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India), K. George Thomas (IISER-TVM, Thiruvananthapuram, India), Ankona Datta (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India), Local Organiser: Ali Hassanali