Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 22 Nov 2021
Ends 25 Nov 2021
Central European Time
Online -
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)


Link to video recording of the workshop:


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, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche at Bari
Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield

Call for contributed posters / contributed talks:

Applicants are encouraged to present their work through posters or contributed talks. Candidates wishing to do so will be requested to upload relevant abstracts in PDF format during application process. Please make sure you use our templates to generate such PDFs. Templates are available below for download.

Online application is open (via the "Apply here" button).
Deadline for application: 31 October 2021 (midnight, Rome time)



Luca Grisanti (IRB, Zagreb, Croatia), Mahesh Hariharan (IISER-TVM, Thiruvananthapuram, India), Anna Painelli (University of Parma, Italy), 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