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

Tentative list of invited speakers:


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




Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos




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


Listening to Light: Advances in Optoacoustic Imaging



Prof. Mariana G. Figueiro




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



How does lighting affect the mood and personnel behaviours?: Human Centric Light




Prof. Michael Schmitt

Group Leader



Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany


Raman based Spectroscopic techniques for medical diagnosis and food characterization




Prof. Pablo Artal




Laboratorio de Óptica, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain


Light based techniques for human visual System´s Diagnostics





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 visual System´s treatments




Prof. Bruce J. Tromberg



National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA


Latest advances on Light based technologies to detect and to treat cancer




Prof. Laura Lechuga




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




BioPhotonic Sensors after the COVID-19 pandemic



 Prof.  Seok-Hyun "Andy" Yun

Head of Group



Harvard Medical School and MIT, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Boston, MASS, USA


Optical coherence elastography: last advances and current use in clinics  

Deep-tissue efficient PDT of Cancer activated by Bioluminiscence: Science-Fiction or reality




 P rof. Karl Deisseroth


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University, CA, USA


Neurophotonic tools for Brains´ Control and Manipulation




Prof. Turgut Durduran




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


Shining light on the brain to understand how it works



Prof. Brian C. Wilson




Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


The Yin and Yang of PDT and PTT



Dr. Alessandro Corsi




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


Photobiomodulation for effective treatment of skin lesions




Prof. Carlos Molpeceres




Laser Institute, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain



Laser fabrication technologies helping the regenerative



Prof. E. Michael Campbell




Laboratory for laser Energetics (LLE), University of Rochester, NY, USA



Intense high-energy proton beams from petawatt-laser irradiation of solids



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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