The sixth edition of our ISLIST summer school (VI-ISLIST) is scheduled for June 19-23, 2023 with the core topic "Light in health and Medicine"

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 Health and Medicine will be the core of 2023 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! the final report of the 2022 edition is here.


Invited Speakers for the 2023 edition



Prof. Aydogan Ozcan



Bio&Nano-Photonics Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Next Generation of medical diagnostic devices based on random diffusers at the speed of light


 angelos Karlas


Dr. Angelos Karlas 

 Group Leader



Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, German


Listening to Light: Advances in Optoacoustic Imaging

 Mariana Figueiro


Prof. Mariana G. Figueiro




 Light and Research Center, (LHRC), Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, NY, USA



LightLight’s effects on human health, well-being, and behaviour


 Michael Schmitt


Prof. Michael Schmitt

Group Leader



Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany


Raman-based Spectroscopic techniques for biomedical diagnosis and life sciences


 Pablo Artal


Prof. Pablo Artal




Laboratorio de Óptica, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain


Light-based technologies to evaluate vision



 Susana Marcos


Prof. Susana Marcos

D.R.W Director



Center for Visual Science, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA



Light based techniques for human
vision correction


 Laura Lechuga


Prof. Laura Lechuga




Nanobiosensors and Bioanalitical Applications Group, ICN2, CSIC, CIBER-BBN and BIST, Barcelona, Spain 




BioPhotonic Sensors after the COVID-19 pandemic

 Paola Taroni


Prof. Paola Taroni




Research group on Photonics for Health, Food and Cultural Heritage, Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy


Diffuse optics Systems for effective Management of Breast Cancer 


 Kishan Dholakia


 Prof. Kishan Dholakia



 Centre of Light for life and School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, 5005, Australia; University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK


Optical Tweezers: trapping and manipulation for biomedical applications


 Turgut Durduran


Prof. Turgut Durduran




Medical Optics Group, Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain


Shining light on the brain to understand how it works

 Valentina Emiliani


Prof. Valentina Emiliani




Photonics Department, Head of Wavefront-engineering microscopy group, CNRS, Sorbonne University, INSERM, Vision Institute, Paris, France


All-optical control of neuronal circuits by wave front shaping and optogenetics

 Alexis Mendez


Dr. Alexis Méndez




MCH Engineering LLC, CA, USA


Optical Fiber Technology on Biomedical Applications

Tayyaba Hasan


Prof. Tayyaba Hasan Méndez



Wellman Center for Photomedicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, USA


he Yin and Yang of PDT to fight Cancer and infectious diseases

 Alesandro Corsi


Dr. Alessandro Corsi




Simple Vulnology Unit at the IRCCS, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy


Photobiomodulation for effective treatment of skin lesions


 Carlos Molpeceres


Prof. Carlos Molpeceres




Laser Institute, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain



Laser Fabrication Technologies helping the Regenerative Medicine

 Mark Rea


Prof. Mark Rea

Former Director



Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY USA



Bridging the science of circadian rhythms to real-world applications

 lopez higuera


Prof. José Miguel López Higuera




ISLIST and Head of Photonics Engineering Group, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain


Light in Health and Medicine: a general overview



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