Living Light 2014 - Welcome !
The next conference "Living Light: Uniting biology and photonics" will take place at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego (CA) in May 2016.
Venue: The Robert Paine Seaside Forum
Dates: Wednesday May 4th to Friday May 6th, 2016
A few days before the Conference SPIE Photonics Europe 2014 that took place in Brussels (April 14 to 17, 2014), following the success of the Workshop on Bio-Inspired Photonic Structures in Donostia - San Sebastián, the Basque Country (July 2009) and the International Symposium on Natural Photonic Structures in Shanghai, China (June 2011), Living Light 2014 showcased recent work in the established and expanding field of living light, namely the study of light and optics within the natural world.
Subjects covered included:
- Anatomy, function and/or evolution of biological photonic structures;
- Physics, optics and biology of light in the living world;
- Artificial, biomimetic and/or bio-inspired synthesis of new materials and light manipulating devices.
The conference also included a selection of leading international figures in the field amongst its scheduled speakers; additionally, there was ample opportunity for the presentation of new research and technology by workers of all career-stages within the field, including doctoral students.
1. To provide a forum for the presentation of ground breaking and world leading research in this subject, as well as offering scope for emerging research threads and projects within the field to be presented.
2. To enable the interdisciplinary, international and inter-continental networking that is a critical part of all contemporary research, but, particularly of highly interdisciplinary fields, such as living light: a subject which is balanced between biology and physics.
3. To honour the substantial work and pioneering contributions of Prof Jean-Pol Vigneron to this subject and to use this legacy as an occasion and inspiration for further innovation in the field.
4. To provide an occasion for which a coherent body of work representing the current state-of-the-art is compiled and presented. This will be in the form of oral and poster presentations at the conference but also a collection of papers from the conference in a special issue of an appropriate academic journal; providing a benchmark of the current thinking in the field and a reference for future work.
5. To facilitate interactions and networking between scientists working in academia and technological companies working in this field in the sincere and likely hope of forging longer term collaborations on future projects that help progress within the subject area.
6. To provide a poster session to facilitate participation in the conference by junior researchers (doctoral students).
7. To set a precedent and framework for the possible development of a series of "Living Light" conferences, to be held at a different international location each year or every other two years.
8. To underline the importance of work completed in Belgium and in the EU to progress in this subject area.
1. Research biologists, physicists and biophysicists working in the fields of natural optics, structural coloration, natural photonic materials and light in the living world,
2. Masters and PhD students currently researching/studying these subjects and/or seeking to work within the field,
3. Technology companies and commercial/ industrial concerns with an interest in light in the natural world and, in particular, in bio-inspired synthesis of optical materials and devices.