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100-word abstracts for the conference programme and 250-word abstracts for review should be submitted by the extended deadline of 16 December 2016. ** Late abstract submissions still being accepted.

Four-page papers for publication in the conference proceedings should be submitted by 27 January 2017 extended to 20 February 2017.


In keeping with the strategic ‘think tank’ nature of the conference, and its close connection to the collocated medical research conference Science on the Swan, technical contributions will largely be presented as posters and strategic contributions will occupy the single-stream oral sessions, which will be largely interactive. Papers are solicited under the following topics:

Strategic Contributed Topics

There are very limited contributed talk slots available, and poster presentations may be awarded at the discretion of the programme committee.

  • Biophotonics undergraduate and postgraduate education and training
  • Biophotonics outreach programmes and experiences
  • Biophotonics translation opportunities and experiences
  • Biophotonics topic areas: overviews, surveys, unmet needs, case studies in any area, with preference given
    • Emergent pandemic disease threat
    • Bacterial and fungal infections
    • Cultural beliefs and public health solutions
    • Personalised treatment of infectious disease
    • Stem cell therapies
    • Biomedical technology innovation
    • Regenerative Medicine

Technical Contributed Topics


  • Fundamentals of tissue optics and light propagation in tissues, including theory and modelling, measurement, and phantoms
  • Optical contrast of disease, both intrinsic and extrinsic, such as scattering, fluorescence and bioluminescence, birefringence, including molecular contrast agents, probes and reporters


Optical microscopy and imaging of cells and tissue sections, including linear methods such as quantitative phase, super-resolution methods, nonlinear methods such as CARS, harmonic generation and multiphoton techniques

  • Optical coherence tomography and related methods
  • Diffuse optical tomography and related methods
  • Optical elastography and cell mechanics
  • Optical spectroscopy and spectral microscopy and imaging, including Raman, Brillouin, fluorescence, nonlinear methods, temporal methods such as FLIM
  • Endoscopes, catheter-based and miniaturised probes, hand-held and MEMS-based devices
  • Multi-modal imaging techniques including combinations of optics with MRI, X-ray, radio-diagnostics


  • Intra-vital microscopy and imaging methods for small animal models
  • Optical imaging of the tissue microenvironment, including processes and pathways
  • Histopathology methods, assays and their applications
  • Optical methods in diseases, including cancer
  • Therapeutic applications such as photomedicine, such as photodynamic therapy
  • Nanomedicine, including theranostics
  • Optical monitoring of specific delivery, localization, and action of drugs and contrast agents including photodynamic therapy
  • Human in-vivo and fresh tissue optical biopsy, and in-vivo microscopy
  • Image-guided surgical resection


1.   Biophotonics outreach, undergraduate and postgraduate education and training

2.   Biophotonics translation

3.   Biophotonics fundamentals

4.   Biophotonics methods

5.   Biophotonics applications – non-human health

6.   Biophotonics applications – human health

7.   Biophotonics new and novel developments


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