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International Congress on Biophotonics

Hosting the X. International Conference on Perspectives in Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICOPVS-2024)

3 – 7 March 2024  |  Jena, Germany

Scientific Program

You can download the prograqm booklet as pdf-file HERE. You will receive a printed program booklet at the registration on site.

The successful translation of research successes is one of the great challenges of our society. One of the main topics of ICOB 2024 will be translating research results into market-ready solutions and products for applications in the life sciences. Different approaches, experiences and challenges are presented by leading professionals in formats with a large interactive component.

Keynote Speaker

STEFAN HELL, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences in Göttingen and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will deliver the Keynote Lecture at ICOB 2024.

Sunday, March 3th 2024

6:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.

We welcome all participants on the first evening in the reception hall of the conference center. Meet old and new colleagues over snacks and drinks. You will receive your congress materials at the registration counter.

  • Date: March 3, 2024
  • Venue: Volkshaus Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15, 07743 Jena

Monday, March 4th 2024

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Note
Jürgen Popp
Scientific Director at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena/DE

Welcome Note
Ronald Sroka
General Secretary at the German Society for Biophotonics and Laser Medicine, Munich/DE

Keynote Lecture: Molecule-scale resolution and dynamics in fluorescence microscopy
Stefan Hell
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary ScienceS, Göttingen/DE

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Michael Bauer, Jena/DE

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 
Operation “wharp speed” – How “slow” is contemporary routine diagnostic really?
Bettina Löffler, Jena/DE

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas … who cares?
Mervyn Singer, London/UK

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Point-of-care = point-of-need … what’s possible on the ICU?
Michael Bauer, Jena/DE

Chair: Orlando Guntinas-Lichius, Jena/DE

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 
Novel approaches and developments in fluorescence-guided resections of head & neck tumours
Christian Betz, Hamburg/DE

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Artificial intelligence aided optical imaging techniques for an objective assessment of upper aerodigestive tract lesions
Christoph Arens, Gießen/DE

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Multimodal imaging for delineation of resection margins during cancer surgery
Orlando Guntinas-Lichius, Jena/DE

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Chair: Jens Hellwage, Jena/DE

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Wastewater-based epidemiology – opportunities and hurdles
Robert Möller, Jena/DE

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Non-Invasive Blood Glucose Measurement: From the Idea to a Medical Device
Werner Mäntele, Frankfurt a.M./DE

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
From project to company: Strategic challenges for startups
Klaus Schindlbeck, Tuttlingen/DE

Chair: Heidi Ottevaere, Brussels/BE 

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. 
An Integrated MSc Program: Theory, Practical Experience and Industry Insight in Biophotonics
Heidi Ottevaere, Brussels/BE

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. 
Exploring Biphotonic through Game-Based Learning
Fabio Chiarello, Rom/IT

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Spread Biophotonics: from the university to the citizens
Rebecca Re, Milano/IT

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
International Graduate summer school Biophotonics
Peter Andersen, Kongens Lyngby/DK

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chair: Katarina Svanberg, Lund/SE 

Being carried across three continents by the optics community
Inga Saknite, Riga/LV

Clinical work and research activity – a problematic equation
Katarina Svanberg, Lund/SE

Pursuing and promoting science – a multi-faceted endeavor
Sune Svanberg, Lund/SE

Tuesday, March 5th 2024

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Chair: Jürgen Popp, Jena/DE

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Raman-based assays to characterize the cellular immune response: From in-vitro assays towards clinical
Ute Neugebauer, Jena/DE

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Trends and opportunities in light-based infection diagnosis
Anja Silge, Jena/DE

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Theresa Liebe, Jena/DE

9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
From bench to bedside – Approval and reimbursement of diagnostic tests in Germany and Europe
Anni Matthes & Dr. Robby Markwart, Jena/DE

Chair: Christian Eggeling, Jena/DE

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Machine learning-assisted optical nanoscopy
Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal, Québec/CA

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Reconstructing brain tissue with light microcopy
Johann Georg Danzl, Klosterneuenburg/AT

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Noise amplification and ill-convergence of deconvolution
Sjoerd Stallinga, Delft/NL

Chair: Roberto Pini, Florence/IT

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Dissecting the role of structural remodelling on trans-scar conduction in arrhythmogenic mouse hearts by advanced optical methods
Leonardo Sacconi, Sesto Fiorentino Firenze/IT

9:20a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
The interactions between biophotonics, artificial intelligence, and inflammation

Kristen M. Meiburger, Turin/IT

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Biophotonics in the Era of Big AI
Andrea Barucci, Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze)/IT

Chair: Vinod Rastogi, Delhi/IN

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Holographic CARS endo-microscopy through multimode fibre
Tomáš Cižmár, Jena/DE

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Plasmonic substrates for bioanalytical applications of label-free surface-enhanced Raman scattering
Janina Kneipp, Berlin/DE

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Optical device for combined plasmon and photonic nanojet Raman imaging enhancement
Presenting Author: Mile Ivanda, Zagreb/HR

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Excitation and collection contributions in microsphere assisted Raman spectroscopy
Presenting Author: Vlatko Gašparić, Zagreb/HR

Chair: Chandrabhas Narayana, Thiruvananthapuram/IN

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Raman spectroscopy: An emerging tool for drug-protein interactions, protein structure-function, and diagnostic applications
Chandrabhas Narayana, Thiruvananthapuram/IN

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Perspectives of optical photothermal infrared microscopy combined with Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence
Christoph Krafft, Jena/DE

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Label-free infrared-vibrational flow cytometry
Marinus Huber

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Investigating labeled ceramide in living cells using surface enhanced Raman scattering
Yiqing Feng

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Investigations of photocatalytic gas conversion using ultrabroadband fs-CARS
Tom Lippoldt

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Christian W. Huck, Innsbruck/AT

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
The next generation of medical imaging is spectroscopic
Johannes Pallua, Innsbruck/AT

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Miniaturized NIR spectrometers in food assessment and quality inspection: chemometric model interpretation
Justyna Grabska, Innsbruck/AT

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Unveiling the synergy of NIRS and enrichment technologies: A success story of in-sorbent based detection and quantification strategies
Christian W. Huck, Innsbruck/AT

Chair: Kishan Dholakia, St. Andrews/USA

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 
The ubiquity of fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging in biomedicine
Laura Marcu, Davis/USA

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Integrating orbital angular momentum in AI-driven biophotonics: Enhancing health applications
Igor Meglinski, Birmingham/UK

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Improving IVF success with advanced photonics
Kishan Dholakia, St. Andrews/UK

Chair: Francesco Pavone, Sesto Fiorentino/IT

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Large-scale imaging and feature extraction using advanced high-resolution microscopy techniques
Giacomo Mazzamuto, Sesto Fiorentino/IT

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AI-driven microscopy for brain functional connectivity reconstruction
Francesco Pavone, Sesto Fiorentino/IT

Chair: Giulietta Smulevich, Florence/IT

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Heme biosynthesis in gram-positive bacteria
Giulietta Smulevich, Florence/IT

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Unraveling the secrets of cellular metabolism: A journey into the world of inflammation and activation
Presenting Author: Aleksandra Borek-Dorosz, Krakow/PL

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advancing raman spectroscopy in combination with multimodal instrumentation for in vivo diagnostics and cellular analysis
Presenting Author: Iwan Schie, Jena/DE

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Nano-infrared spectroscopic imaging: Promises and challenges for application in biophotonics
Presenting Author: Daniela Täuber, Jena/DE

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Advancing skin cancer diagnosis: A novel multimodal optical system for non-invasive examination of cutaneous melanoma
Presenting Author: Di Wu, Hanover/DE

Chair: Thomas Mayerhöfer, Jena/DE

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Infrared molecular fingerprinting for phenotyping health and disease
Presenting Author: Mihaela Žigman, Garching/DE

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Widefield super-resolution IR imaging with fluorescence enhanced photothermal infrared
Presenting Author: Miriam Unger, Duisburg/DE

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
How to evaluate effects of antimicrobials on microbial Raman spectra by AI methods
Presenting Author: Ota Samek, Brno/CZ

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broadband coherent Raman platform for stimulated Raman histology
Presenting Author: Matteo Negro, Milan/IT

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A screening test for Alzheimer’s Disease based on Raman hyperspectroscopy and machine learning
Igor Lednev, Albany/USA

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Machine learning classification of infrared spectra from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Filiz Korkmaz, Ankara/TR

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Visit the extensive exhibition of scientific posters – the authors will be available to answer questions at their posters. You can view the poster abstracts HERE.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Jens Hellwage, Jena/DE

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Investments in Thuringia: What financing options are available in the Free State for innovative life science products?
Kevin Reeder, Erfurt/DE

Kevin Reeder, Erfurt/DE
Sven Stegemann, Aachen/DE
Werner Mäntele, Frankfurt/DE

Chair: Markus Wilkens, Düsseldorf/DE

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. 
Patenting at the Heart of IT: AI & MedTech
Felix Grasbon, Starnberg/DE

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. 
MedPhab – Photonics pilot line for accelerated product development
Jussi Hiltunen, Espoo/FI

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Navigating towards trustworthy AI
Lena Kästner, Bayreuth/DE

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Biopharmaceutical Value Chain
Marcus Rieker, Oberursel/DE

Chair: Achim Kohler, Ås/NO

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Are there linear relationships in infrared spectroscopy?
Thomas Mayerhöfer, Jena/DE

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Field manipulation of bands in IR spectra of thin films
Karsten Hinrichs, Berlin/DE

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to biomedical Raman spectroscopy
Siva Umapathy, Bangalore/IN

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chair: Antonio Castelo, Madrid/ES

4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
High performance miniaturized Raman systems for biological applications
Oleksii Ilchenko, Lightnovo, Birkerød/DK

4:25 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Bringing microscopy through a single-fibre to biologists
Patrick Westermann, DeepEn, Jena/DE

4:50 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
From science to start-up: Rapid histology of fresh tissue samples using a clinical-compatible stimulated raman imaging device
Tim Hellwig, Refined Laser Systems GmbH, Münster/DE

Chair: Siva Umapathy, Bangalore/IN

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pitfalls and challenges in the use of AI-based techniques for vibrational spectral data
Thomas Bocklitz, Jena/DE

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Physics- and chemistry-aware data modelling in infrared microspectroscopy
Achim Kohler, Ås/NO

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Explainable artificial intelligence for infrared and Raman microscopy: A hypothesis-centric perspective
Axel Mosig, Bochum/DE

Wednesday, March 6th 2024

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Chair: Francesco Baldini, Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze)/IT

9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Graph representation learning and biophotonics
Pietro Liò, Cambridge/UK

9:25 a.m. – 09:50 a.m.
The potential and pitfalls of artificial intelligence techniques in tumour detection
Sara Colantonio, Pisa/IT

09:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Towards early diagnosis of colo-rectal cancer
Peter Andersen, Kongens Lyngby/DK


Chair: Laura Marcu, Davis/USA

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Guidance for cancer resection ​with AI and surgical vision
Stamatia Giannarou, London/UK

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Perspectives on implementing biophotonic technologies in the operating room for head and neck cancer
Andrew Birkeland, Sacramento/USA

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Digital surgery and surgical robotics
Jonathan Sorger, Sacramento/USA

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Multi-parametric standards for quality control and performance assessment of fluorescence molecular imaging systems
Dimitris Gorpas, München/DE

Chair: Werner Mäntele, Berlin/DE

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Unfolding proteins on the fingertip – a mid-IR lab-on-a-chip for real-time reaction monitoring of liquids
Borislav Hinkov, Wien/AT

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Non-invasive blood glucose measurement with infrared quantum cascade lasers and photothermal detection
Sergius Janik, DiaMonTech, Berlin/DE

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
SERS-based detection schemes in biomedical application
Dana Cialla-May, Jena/DE

Chair: Heinz Siesler, Essen/DE

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Laser-Based mid-IR dispersion
spectroscopy of liquids

Bernhard Lendl, Wien/AT

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Infrared spectroscopic imaging for pathology: from fundamental advances to practical implementation
Rohit Bhargava, Urbana/US

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Investigating active centers in complex matrices with correlated vibrational spectroscopy
Julian Hniopek, Jena/DE

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Iwan Schie

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Raman & AFM Imaging in Life-Science (EOM)
Thomas Olschewski, WITec GmbH

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Advances in SRS light sources – 10x better signal to noise and 100x faster tuning speed
Ingo Rimke, A•P•E GmbH Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
From Gaussian to Top-Hat: Revolutionizing Illumination for Advanced
Alex Ponomarew, Asphericon

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coherent corporate – Your reliable partner for biophotonics and beyond
Axel Wehling, Coherent (Deutschland) GmbH, Dieburg/DE

Chair: Igor Lednev, Albany/US

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Point-of-care vibrational spectroscopic approaches to parasitic disease diagnosis
Bayden Wood, Melbourne/AU

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Spectromics facilitate spatial and temporal resolution in regenerative medicine
Julia Marzi, Reutlingen/DE

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Labeled Raman spectroscopy to support metabolomics
Małgorzata Baranska, Krakow/PL

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Visit the extensive exhibition of scientific posters – the authors will be available to answer questions at their posters. You can view the poster abstracts HERE.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Chair: Chris van Hoof, Löwen/BE

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Opportunities of photonic integrated circuits in AgriFood
Mark Zentile, Nijmegen/NL

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. 
PHOTONFOOD – Flexible mid-infrared photonics solutions for rapid farm-to-fork sensing of food contaminants
Achim Kohler, Ås/NO

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Multi-analyte, configurable biophotonics lab-on-chip platforms for on-the-spot food safety controls
Alessandro Giusti, Nicosia/CY

Chair: Paul French, London/UK

2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Spectrally-resolved imaging in vivo – providing surgical guidance using vision and robotics
Dan Elson, London/UK

2:25 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. 
Breaking the limits in photoacoustic imaging: faster, deeper, and more colorful
Jungjie Yao, Durham/UK

2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
STORM for diagnosis of kidney disease as well as ongoing work on cancer pathology tools
Paul French, London/UK

Chair: Bernhard Lendl, Wien/AT

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Inherent intelligence vs. artificial intelligence: Curse and blessing of infrared diagnostics
Boris Mizaikoff, Ulm/DE

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Raman spectroscopy and machine leaning for forensic identification and analysis of biological stains
Igor Lednev, Albany/USA

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Applications of AI-assisted vibrational spectroscopy: the development of the RamanBioAssay into a platform technology for cell interaction studies
Anja Silge, Jena/DE

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chair: Dana Cialla-May, Jena/DE

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Water and Technology – how do they match?
Michael Stelter, Jena/DE

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
The interplay of spontaneous and stimulated Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution microscopies and the use of machine learning methods in the assessment of the impact of micro- & nanoplastics on human / animal health
Silke Christiansen, Forchheim/DE

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Ultrasensitive and continuous monitoring biosensors based on plasmon-enhanced fluorescence
Jakub Dostalek, Prague/CZ

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plasmonic refractive index sensing for water quality monitoring: technology and application examples
Christiane Schuster, Dresden/DE

Chair: Carsten Philipp

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Interstitial photodynamic therapy – The Munich experience
Ronald Sroka, Planegg/Martinsried/DE

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. 
Topical and systemic PDT – clinial experiences in NMSC – a bedside view
Carsten Philipp, Berlin/DE

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fluorescence lifetime imaging for the real time diagnosis of lung cancer
Ahsan Akram, Edinburgh/UK

5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. 
Multimodal nonlinear Raman microscopy and endoscopy for cancer diagnostics
Tobias Meyer-Zedler, Jena/DE

Chair: Boris Mizaikoff, Ulm/DE

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Christian Huck, Innsbruck/AT

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Chemometric-assisted handheld vibrational spectroscopy for on-site identification, authentication and fraud detection
Heinz Siesler, Duisburg/DE

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Non-invasive, non-destructive and confirmatory diagnostics of pathogens in plants and seeds
Dmitry Kurouski, College Station/US

Thursday, March 7th 2024

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.