Photobiology School


20-25 June, 2016

Casa della Gioventù Universitaria of the University of Padova
Via Rio Bianco 12, I-39042 Brixen/Bressanone, Italy

With the the patronage of the University of Padova.



The 2016 ESP Photobiology School took place in Brixen/Bressanone in South Tyrol, Italy.
The purpose of the ESP Photobiology Schools is to provide an introductory overview of all main aspects of photobiology, presented by experts in each area. The intention is to cover the basic principles of photobiology and photochemistry of biomolecules as well as applications of such knowledge in understanding effects of climatic changes, influence of light on biological systems, applications of light in medicine and related purposes.
The Schools include basic lectures in each field that should be attended by all participants as well as optional special lectures in the same fields. The students have the opportunity to present their results at a poster session.
The course may act as a foundation for further research in the photobiological sciences. The attendants may be MSc- and PhD-students as well as others who would be interested in an overview of the photobiological sciences. However, the course is primarily designed for PhD students. After completion of the course an attendance certificate is provided to all the students. In addition, an optional short final test is offered at the end of the course and an exam certificate is provided after evaluation of the exam results. Passing the exam will entitle students to apply for the ESP supplement to the Ph.D. Degree.
Students are encouraged to submit an abstract of their research to be presented as a poster during the School. At the 2016 Scchool the posters were evaluated by the lecturers and the School attendee with the best poster has been awarded the Giulio Jori travel fellowship to present the poster at the ESP Congress in Pisa, 4-8th September 2017. The award will be given in Pisa, where the poster will be highlighted in the Congress programme.

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Please find below information on how to register.

Download the programme of the School.

The school will cover the following areas:

Photophysics and photochemistry
Biophotonics - Light dosimetry in biological tissues,
UV (from cells to skin tissue, DNA damage, Vit. D effects)
PDT and fluorescence diagnosis
Environmental photobiology
Photosensory biology


Organizing Committee:
Kristian Berg (NO, Chair), Lesley E. Rhodes (UK, ESP Education and Training Committee Chair), Francesco Ghetti (IT, ESP treasurer), Rex M. Tyrrell (UK, ESP President), Giorgia Miolo (IT, Local Organizer), Santi Nonell (ES, ESP President-Elect)

Faculty members:
Stefan Anderson-Engels (SE), Kristian Berg (NO), Janet F. Bornman (AU), Giovanni Checcucci (IT), Luca Dall'Osto (IT), Thierry Douki (FR), Amparo Faustino (PT), Francesca Giuntini (UK), Giorgia Miolo (IT), Miguel Miranda (ES), Tomas Morosinotto (IT), Carlo Musio (IT), Santi Nonell (ES), Jacques Piette (BE), Lesley E. Rhodes (UK), David Russell (UK), Evelyne Sage (FR), Herbert Stepp (DE), Franz Trautinger (AT), Massimo Trotta (IT), Rex M. Tyrrell (UK), Cristiano Viappiani (IT), Georges Wagnieres (CH), Peter Wolf (AT)

How to register

Only ESP members are admitted to the School.

To become ESP member please go to the page:

The School is mainly funded by the ESP and only in small part by the income from the registration fees. Therefore the School can accept only a limited number of students and can not provide additional fellowships. PhD students attending the entire program will have priority. Approval of registration for PhD students will be on a “first registered and paid – first approved” basis. Others will be accepted if possible so please do apply.

Registration fees and deadlines
Early registration (before 31 March 2016): Student/PhD student 100 Euro; Post-doc/Researcher 150 Euro
Late registration (after 31 March 2016): Student/PhD student 150 Euro; Post-doc/Researcher 200 Euro

The registration fee covers attendance at all lectures, lunches, coffee breaks and the (one) official dinner. Lodging and dinners other than the official one are not covered by the registration fee.

Participants will be lodged at the Academia Cusanus ( which is at a 10 min walking distance from the School venue. Standard student accommodation is in twin rooms and breakfast at the rate of 35 Euro per night per person. Only a limited number of single rooms are available at the rate of 40 Euro per night.

Accommodation has to be paid together with the registration fee.

Deadline for registration and payment: 30 April 2016.

Information about preliminary approval of registration will be provided as soon as possible after registration.
The registration will not be given a final approval before payment has been registered. Those who do not pay in time will lose priority.

Deadline for submission of poster abstracts: 30 April 2016.

Download the School application form.

Practical information can be found below. For additional information, please contact:
Kristian Berg (School Director), Giorgia Miolo (Local Organizer), Francesco Ghetti (ESP Treasurer)



Practical information

Where is and How to reach Brixen/Bressanone.

The location of Brixen/Bressanone is indicated on the map.

By car
From Austria, travel on motorway “Brenner” (A22, exit Brixen North) or on the state road from Innsbruck via “Brennerpass” to Bozen.
From the South, travel on the same motorway (exit Chiusa/Klausen) or on the state road from Verona via Trento-Bolzano.

By train
In Brixen/Bressanone there is a train station for all intercity and local trains on the route Innsbruck-Brenner-Verona.

By air
International airports are located in Innsbruck (80 km), Bolzano (50 km), Verona (180 km), Milano (330 km), Venice (300 km) and Munich (260 km).