Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS) 2020 – Virtual Summer School (August 25th – 29th 2020)


BIGSS 2020 summer school will go virtual this year. The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 18th of July 2020 and authors will be notified by the 28th of July 2020.

BIGSS 2020 will include

  • Five day lectures by renowned researches (Details of topics given below)
  • Highly interactive online poster sessions
  • Live Q&A sessions within the web conferencing platform

The registration fees have been considerably reduced to enable remote access to the widest audience as possible, namely:

–   The registration fee for attendees (not presenting) is waived: 0€. This includes a free access to the Summer School. 

–   The fee for students presenting posters is *50 €

(* Students can request a scholarship to have the fee waived. Decision will be based on need and merit of abstract. For details, please contact

We do hope that you will take this opportunity to share your latest research work and interact with renowned researchers.


Prof Martin J Leahy

Chair of Applied Physics

National University of Ireland, Galway


You can find out more and download the abstract template or register here.


Details of lectures and topics covered

Steve Jacques (Tufts University): Tissue Optics and Laser-Tissue Interactions

Origins of optical properties; Measurements of optical properties – lookup tables; Monte Carlo simulations; Coupling tissue optics into modelling of photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effects.


Martin Booth (Oxford University): Advanced  Microscopy

Basic background concepts: imaging, point spread functions, resolution, contrast mechanisms. Imaging and scanning microscopes. Fluorescence microscopy. Confocal and multiphoton microscopy. Wide-field sectioning methods. Super-resolution microscopy (single molecule, structured illumination, STED). Aberrations and adaptive optics. Imaging through scattering media.


David Sampson (University of Surrey): OCT

Motivating medical microscopy, tissue optics basics, OCT basic principles, OCT image characteristics, OCT extensions – parametric imaging, angiography, elastography, birefringence, examples of clinical applications of OCT: burns, airways – sleep apnoea, asthma, COPD, breast cancer.


Caroline Boudoux (University of Montreal): Endoscopy

Instrumentation for in vivo imaging. Fibre types (single-mode, multimode, double-clad, photonic crystals and fiber bundles), couplers, scanners, and detection schemes. Challenges associated with handheld, laparoscopic and endoscopic applications of spectroscopy, OCT, confocal and nonlinear microscopy.


Sarah Bohndiek (University of Cambridge): Photoacoustics

A historical perspective; Basic principles of photoacoustic signal generation, Imaging instrumentation: microscopy and tomography; Basic principles of image formation and processing; Multi-modal combinations; Biological and translational applications.


Arjun G. Yodh (University of Pennsylvania): Brain Neurophotonics

Diffuse optics theory and experimental methodology for measurement of brain tissue scattering, chromophore concentrations, blood flow and, in combination or with other techniques, for measurement of cerebral oxygen metabolism, autoregulation, resting-state networks, and other biomarkers. Selected optical microscopies in the context of neuroimaging. Pre-clinical and clinical examples.


Brian Wilson (University of Toronto): Principles and Clinical Translation of Light- and Nano-Based Therapeutics and Interventional Guidance

Phototherapeutics, primarily photodynamic and photothermal. Optical spectroscopies and imaging for intervention guidance, particularly surgery. Phototherapeutics and interventional guidance using optically-active nanoparticles.