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Workshop on "Bio-Inspired Photonic Structures".
Donostia-San Sebastián, the Basque Country, Spain,
9-15 July, 2009.

Photonic Science and Engineering in the Living and Artificial Worlds

Scientific Director: Jean-Pol Vigneron, University of Namur, Belgium

Host Institute: Donostia International Physics Center DIPC, and Summer Courses of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Sponsoring Institutes: University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), European Science Foundation (ESF), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).

Organising Committee: Pedro Miguel Echenique, Donostia-San Sebastián; Amand Lucas, Namur, Belgium; Giorgio Benedek, Milano, Italy; Javier Aizpurua, CFM, Donostia-San Sebastián.

This meeting, simultaneously a workshop and a summer school, will include tutorials and research seminars on the biological and physical aspects of photonic structures. It will be organized in the splendid venue of the San Sebastian historic Miramar Palace. Established researchers and students from physics, chemistry, biology and engineering with a strong interest for interdisciplinary collaboration, are welcome to apply for participation. The workshop is intended for about 80 participants, including speakers. A first-come, first-served policy will be followed for attendance.

The meeting will cover many aspects of biophotonics: quantitative study of nanomorphology, optical properties, biological functions of colors, taxonomic search for species of interest, reverse engineered modelling and computer simulations, bio-mimetic devices, etc. The physical mechanisms involved in these structures are inspiring for device applications in material science and optical engineering.

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Invited Speakers and Topics:

Andrew Parker, London: "Evolution`s Big Bang- the Origin of Optics" 

Eli Yablonovitch, Berkeley: Applications of Photonic Crystal Pigments in Technology
Doekele Stavenga, Groningen: Vision and colors
Jacques Livage, Paris: Pigmentary coloration
Jean-Pol Vigneron, Namur: Physics of structural coloration
Andrew Parker, London: Evolutionist`s point of view 
Richard Prum, Yale, New Haven: Optics and self assembly of amorphous photonic nanostructures in birds
Jacques Pasteels, Brussels: Animal defence strategies
Jian Zi, Fudan University, Shanghai: 
Jacques Lafait, Paris: Defining and measuring color
Serge Berthier, Paris: Multiscale aspects of visual appearance
Michel Milinkovitch, Geneva: Molecular Phylogeny and Evo-Devo
Claus Nielsen, Copenhagen: Zoological systematics and classification 
Cefe López, Madrid: Opal Structures
Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Antwerp: Electron microscopies
László Biró, Budapest: Bio-inspired artificial structures 
Davy Galliot, Lille: Composite organic - Inorganic Butterfly Scales: What Do We learn When Disorder Meets Order! 
Claus Helix Nielsen, Kgs. Lyngby: Biomimetic membranes for separation and sensor applications

The venue of the Workshop-Summer School will be at Miramar Palace, headquarter of the Summer Courses of the University of the Basque Country.

Call for Poster Contributions: Abstract submission is still open for poster presentations. Please make your contribution on the Program and Abstracts section of this webpage.

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