This school is envisioned to be a worldwide top International forum (every fourth week of June) on Light Sciences and Technologies in the framework of a “special top university” that is recognized as the “university of universities” and in a privileged environment “the Royal Magdalena Palace” in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. Each edition of this international school will have an intensification or main core in a specific application area and additional current hot topics. Light in Communications and Sensing is the core of this 2018 edition.
ISLIST has been conceived as a great opportunity to review, actualize and improve the knowledge of scientists, professionals and technicians; to contribute to the education and to enhance the motivation of PhD students; to offer an ideal frame for networking and also to contribute to the education of the citizens. It is also a great opportunity to ensure that policymakers, entrepreneurs, and other key “actors” will be aware of the problem-solving potential of Photonics.

¡New! Final programm available

The detailed program for ISLiST 2018 is available here.

Invited Speakers

The following speakers have been confirmed for this 2018 edition of ISLiST:
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Prof. Sir John Pendry

Inventor of metamaterials

The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, UK

The science of the invisibility cloaks and metamaterials.

Opening invited talk and round table


Prof. Eli Yablonovitch


NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The birth of the Photonic Bandgap concept and its application in Technology, as well as in Nature.

Special Session


Prof. Philip Russell

OSA 2015 President


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

The birth of PCF and its use in advanced fiber-based devices and applications.

Special Session


Prof. Peter Andrekson


FORCE, Photonics, Laboratory at the Microtechnology and Nanoscience Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Optical fiber communication: Challenges and opportunities.

Invited talk



Dr. Peter Winzer


Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department, Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, Editor in Chief of IEEE/OSA JLT,USA

Breaking the optical fiber Shannon limit hrough full control of the optical field.

Invited talk and round table


Prof. Harald Haas


LIFI Research Development Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

LiFi - High Speed Wireless Networking using Nano-Metre Waves.

Invited talk


Prof. Pavel Cheben

Principal Research Officer

National, Research Council (NRC),  Ottawa, Canada

Advanced Silicon Photonics for Communications and Sensing.

Invited talk


Prof. Hugo Thienpont


Dept. of Applied Physics and Photonics Director of Research, Brussels Photonics Team Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Light based sensing techniques for SORTING/SCANNING Food.

Invited talk and round table

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Spatial mode manipulation in communications and imaging.

Invited talk


Prof. David D. Sampson


WA State Centre of Excellence in eMedicine. The University of Western Australia, Australia.

Biomedical optical sensors.

Invited talk and round table


Dr. Nikolaus P. Schmitt

Senior Researcher

Optronic Systems, Airbus Group Innovations, Muenchen, Germany

Forward-looking LIDAR for aircraft: research results, lessons learned and trends. 

Invited talk and round table

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Prof. Jose Capmany


Photonics Research Lab at iTEAM Institute, Technical University of Valencia, Spain

Advances in Analog and RF Photonics.

Keynote and round table


Prof. Manuel López-Amo


Optical Communications Group of Public University of Navarre, , Pamplona, Spain.

Optical fiber sensor Networks.

Invited talk


Prof. Miguel González Herráez


Photonics Engineering Group of Univ. of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

Optical fiber Distributed Sensors.

Invited talk


Prof. José Miguel López-Higuera


Photonic Engineering Group of University of Cantabria, CIBER_BBN and IDIVAL, Spain Smart Light-based Sensors.

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DIRECTOR: José Miguel López Higuera
Head of the Photonics Engineering Group
University of Cantabria
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