Light & Life

Celebration Symposium on the occasion of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015 (IYL2015)

20 – 21 July 2015
Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como


20 July

09.30 Opening addresses
Luisa Cifarelli – President of SIF (Italian Physical Society), University of Bologna
Giuseppe Scaccabarozzi – Vice President of the Province of Lecco
Francesco Baldini – President of SIOF (Italian Society of Optics and Photonics), IFAC-CNR, Firenze
Federico Boscherini – President of SILS (Italian Synchrotron Light Society), University of Bologna
Ginevra Trinchieri – Councillor of SAIt (Italian Astronomical Society), OAB-INAF, Milano
Angela Bracco – Councillor of EPS (European Physical Society), University of Milano
Joseph Niemela – IYL 2015 Coordinator, Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste
Robert A. Lieberman – President-Elect of SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics), Lumoptix LLC, USA

Chair: Luisa Cifarelli – University of Bologna

10.10 Why Sun shines
Marco Pallavicini
INFN and University of Genova

10.50 The radio Universe: from molecules to the cosmos
Martha Haynes
Cornell University, Ithaca

11.30 - Coffee break

Chair: Ginevra Trinchieri – OAB-INAF, Milano

12.00 The dark Universe
Massimo Capaccioli
INAF and University of Napoli Federico II

12.40 The high-energy sky
Patrizia Caraveo
IASF-INAF, Milano and INFN Pavia

13.30 - Lunch break, interviews, etc.

Chair: Federico Boscherini – University of Bologna

14.40 Extreme light: bridging optics and fundamental High-Energy Physics. The first steps towards zeptosecond and zettawatt science
Gérard Mourou
Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau

15.20 Synchrotrons lighting life
Caterina Biscari
ALBA Synchrotron Light Source, Barcelona

16.00 - Coffee break

Chair: Massimo Inguscio – University of Florence

16.30 Hard-X-ray lasers for movies of molecular machines at work
John Spence
Arizona State University, Department of Physics

17.10 Nanoscopy with focused light: bringing optical microscopy to the nanodimension
Alberto Diaspro
IIT, Genova

18.00 - Group photo

20.00 - Party

21 July

Chair: Francesco Baldini – IFAC-CNR, Firenze

09.00 Light and crops: from an inefficient biological process to a very efficient planetary system
Franco Miglietta
IBIMET, Firenze
in connection with EXPO 2015

09.40 Optical sensors for energy and the environment
Robert A. Lieberman
SPIE and Lumoptix LLC

10.20 Advanced live cell imaging
Oddmund Bakke
University of Oslo

11.00 - Coffee break

Chair: Giancarlo Righini – Centro Fermi, Roma

11.30 Wavefront shaping for imaging in scattering media
Yaron Silberberg
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

12.10 High-resolution elemental imaging using advanced radiation sources in life, environmental and earth science
Laszlo Vincze
University of Ghent

13.00 - Lunch break

Chair: Angela Bracco – University of Milano

14.00 Plasmonic biosensors and their applications
Jiří Homola
Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Prague

14.40 Optical clocks: the most accurate measurements of light
Filippo Levi
INRIM, Torino

15.20 Aspects of the process of electrification and lighting in Italy in the XIX-XX centuries
Giovanni Paoloni
University of Roma La Sapienza

16.00 Closing remarks

16.30 - Guided tour



The videos of the symposium are available at this link (courtesy of INFN Multimedia Group).


Camera di Commercio di Lecco Centro Fermi INFN INGV INRIM

Comune di Varenna Provincia di Lecco EPS ICTP GARR INFN CNAF EPL Visual Lab