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LaserLab Training School 2017

Category: Workshop

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LaserLab Training School 2017

Deadline March 1, 2017  

Training School on Laser Applications for Biology and Biomolecular Systems: an authentic hands-on experience


3-7 July 2017,  Coimbra, Portugal

The Training School on Laser Applications for Biology and Biomolecular Systems is focused on the application of laser-based techniques to biologically relevant molecules and systems. A selected number of significant lectures on the School field of application will be given by renowned invited scientists. Spectroscopic, time-resolved and microscopy techniques will be presented and available for selected hands-on experiments by the targeted users from the Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacy and Medical community. Students with background in Physics or Chemistry with the objective of studying biomolecular systems are also welcomed.


Laserlab Europe, Newport, Spectra-Physics, MTBrandão, VisualSonics, iThera-Medical, Sarspec, ADLaser, Luzitin and LaserLeap


Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, 3004-535 Coimbra, Portugal

University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, was recently recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO. Over the centuries Roman, Visigoths, Moors and Christians lived in the city of Coimbra. The present-day character of the city is the legacy of the great epochs of the European and Moors culture. Coimbra’s architecture combines Roman (aqueduct and cryptoporticus), Gothic (Santa Clara-a-Velha Monastery), Renaissance (Santa Cruz Monastery) and Baroque (Joanina Library) styles. Walking around the Old Town you can feel surrounded by history from tempestuous time. For many centuries the former Portuguese capital has had thriving intellectual and cultural life – for that it remains to be called Lusitanian Athens. The city would be never the same without its students proudly wearing their traditional clothes, and keeping cultural tradition alive through the ages. Coimbra pampers inhabitants and visitors with living tradition, great weather and delicious vine and food.


Scientific topics 

Laser safety

Time-resolved spectroscopy and imaging to study structure-function relationships in biological systems

Biocompatible molecules for treatment and diagnostic

Spectroscopic analysis of biological samples

Ultrafast IR transient absorption of relevant biological molecules

Light interaction with biological tissues

In-vivo Photoacoustic imaging

Training topics

Biomolecules and biocompatible compounds spectroscopic characterization

Steady-state spectroscopy: Absorption, fluorescence, IR and Raman spectroscopy.

Time-resolved spectroscopy: Transient absorption (fs up to ms), Single photon counting, Singlet oxygen phosphorescence, Photoacoustic calorimetry.

Data Analysis: Convolution, Fitting functions, Statistics, Data treatment

Imaging/Diagnostic: Photoacoustic tomography, Multiphoton microscopy, Raman mapping, Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy

Therapy: Photodynamic therapy


Peter Hamm (Zurich, CH)

Tony Parker (CTFC-CLF, UK)

Goreti Sales (ISEP/IPP, Portugal)

Luis G. Arnaut (CLL, Portugal)

Margarida C. Pires (UL, Portugal)

Steven Ford (Munich, Germany)

Read more and apply here 


When: From Tuesday, February 7 2017 - 08:00 AM (ET) (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
To Wednesday, March 1 2017 - 5:00 PM (ET) (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
Where: Coimbra, Portugal