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 Energy and Advanced Manufacturing is the core of 2020 edition.
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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.

Final Report from the 2019 edition

You can see the final report with a summary of all the activities in this link.

Program for the next 2020 edition

We are working on the program of the 2020 edition. At the moment, among others, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2018 Gérard Mourou has confirmed his participation.

Final program of the past 2019 edition

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Detailed program for the 2019 edition: link

Invited Speakers for the past 2019 edition

The following speakers have been confirmed for this 2019 edition of ISLiST:
Donna Strickland

Prof. Donna Strickland

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

University of Waterloo, Canada

High Intensity and Ultrafast Laser Pulses and their Intearction with Matter

Round table:

Challenges faced to reach a new method of generating high intensisty ultrashort optical pulses



Aydogan Ozcan 128

Prof. Aydogan Ozcan


Bio&Nano-Photonics Laboratory, University of California, HHMI Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Los Angeles, USA

Toward a Thinking Microscope: Deep Learning-enabled Computational Microscopy and Sensing

Susana Marcos 128

Prof. Susana Marcos


Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, Madrid, Spain

Light in the diagnostics and therapy of the human vision system

Jan Denneman 128

Dr. Jan W. Denneman



Founder of CarpeLucem, former Vice-President Philips Lighting; Honorary Ambassador of the Global Lighting Association, Netherlands

"Light, you need it!" Semiconductor LED and Intelligent Lighting sources: Recent advances and their impact on mood and health

Mark Hutchinson 128

Prof. Mark Hutchinson






Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Towards quantification of pain using Light based approaches

Round table:

Challenges on translational biophotonics to quantify brain health


Kishan Dholokia 128

Prof. Kishan Dholakia






School of Physics& Astronomy,
University of St Andrews,
Biomedical Sciences-Research complex
Scotland, UK

Optical Manipulation for Biomedicine

Wider, faster, deeper: new perspectives on imaging at depth

 Walter Margulis

Dr. Walter Margulis

Senior Scientist

RISE-ACREO; Guest Prof. at KTH Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Flow Cytometry using Optical Fibre technologies

Rober Huber

Prof. Robert Huber


Head of the Biomedical Imaging and Laser Technology Group, University of Lübeck, Germany

Imaging the tissue structure: advances on Optical Coherence Tomography

Round table:

Challenges on OCT clinical applications

MichaelHamblin 128

Prof. Michael Hamblin


Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator at Wellman Center for Photomedicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, USA

The healing power of photobiomodulation or low-level light therapy

Round table:

Challenges on LLLT real clinical applications

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Prof. Roy Taylor


Femtosecond Optics Group,
Imperial College of London, UK

Fiber based light sources: from the vacuum UV to the mid infrared

Round table:

Challenges on broadband fiber laser sources for medicine

LauraLechuga 128

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga


Nanobiosensors and Bioanalitical Applications Group, Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain

Nano/micro-biosensors using light sciences and technologies

luis roso 128

Prof. Luis Roso


Centro de láseres pulsados, Salamanca, Spain

Petawatt lasers and their applications in biomedicine

sune svanberg 128

Prof. Sune Svanberg


Lund Laser Center, Atomic Physics Division, Physics Department, Lund University, Sweden

Fighting antibiotic resistance and food safety using light based techniques

Katarina svanberg 128

Prof. Katarina Svanberg

Lund University Hospital, Division of Oncology, Sweden

Early tumor detection using light and its fighting using photodynamic therapy: whats next for extensive usin in clinic?

PereMillan 128

Dr. Pere Pérez-Millán

 Founder & CTO

Fyla Lasers, Valencia, Spain

Round table:

Optical Sources challenges to face for a successful innovation process


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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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