Dates: August 25th - 29th 2020

BIGSS 2020 summer school will go virtual this year. The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 18th of July 2020 and authors will be notified by the 28th of July 2020

 BIGSS 2020 will include

  • Five-day lectures by renowned researches (Details of topics given below)
  • Highly interactive online poster sessions
  • Live Q&A sessions within the web conferencing platform

The registration fees have been considerably reduced to enable remote access to the widest audience as possible, namely: 

-   The registration fee for attendees (not presenting) is waived:  €0. This includes free access to the Summer School. 

-   The fee for students presenting posters is €50*

*(Students can request a scholarship to have this fee waived. The decision will be based on need and merit of submitted abstract. For details, please contact 

Registration for attendees (non-presenters) that wish to access the Summer School is now open. Please click on the link below to register. 

(For details, please contact

We do hope that you will take this opportunity to share your latest research work and interact with renowned researchers. 

 Prof Martin J Leahy
Chair of Applied Physics
National University of Ireland, Galway

Interested candidates should send the completed abstract to BIGSS 2020 (

Programme Outline

Tutors for BIGSS 2020:

 Steve Jacques (Tufts): Tissue optics and laser-tissue interactions
Origins of optical properties;
Measurements of optical properties - lookup tables; Monte Carlo simulations;
Coupling tissue optics into modelling of photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effects. 

Martin Booth (Oxford): Advanced  Microscopy
Basic background concepts: imaging, point spread functions, resolution, contrast mechanisms. Imaging and scanning microscopes.
Fluorescence microscopy. Confocal and multiphoton microscopy. Wide-field sectioning methods. Super-resolution microscopy (single molecule, structured illumination, STED).
Aberrations and adaptive optics. Imaging through scattering media

David Sampson (Surrey): OCT
Motivating medical microscopy, tissue optics basics, OCT basic principles, OCT image characteristics, OCT extensions – parametric imaging, angiography, elastography,
birefringence, examples of clinical applications of OCT: burns, airways – sleep apnoea, asthma, COPD, breast cancer.

 Caroline Boudoux (Montreal): Endoscopy
Instrumentation for in vivo imaging. Fibre types (single-mode, multimode, double-clad, photonic crystals and fibre bundles), couplers, scanners, and detection schemes. Challenges associated with handheld, laparoscopic and endoscopic applications of spectroscopy, OCT, confocal and nonlinear microscopy.

Sarah Bohndiek (Cambridge): Photoacoustics
A historical perspective,  Basic principles of optoacoustic signal generation,
Imaging instrumentation,  Photoacoustic microscopy, Tomography and image reconstruction,
Hybridization with ultrasonography and optical imaging modalities, Biological and translational applications.

 Arjun G. Yodh (University of Pennsylvania): Brain Neurophotonics
Diffuse optics theory and experimental methodology for measurement of brain tissue scattering, chromophore concentrations, blood flow and in combination or with other techniques, for measurement of cerebral oxygen metabolism, autoregulation, resting-state networks, and other biomarkers.
Selected optical microscopies in the context of neuroimaging. Pre-clinical and clinical examples.   

 Brian Wilson (Toronto): Photo Medicine, Radiation Medicine and NanoMedicine
Phototherapeutics, primarily photodynamic and photothermal. Optical spectroscopies and imaging for intervention guidance, particularly surgery. Phototherapeutics and interventional guidance using optically-active nanoparticles.