Photobiology School


16-21 June, 2014
"Casa della Gioventù Universitaria" of the University of Padova
Via Rio Bianco 12, I-39042 Brixen/Bressanone, Italy

Organizing Committee:
Kristian Berg (NO, Chair), Lesley Rhodes (UK, ESP President), Giorgia Miolo (IT, Local Organizer), Giulio Jori (IT, Local Organizer), Francesco Ghetti (IT, ESP Treasurer), Santi Nonell (ES, Chair - ESP Education and Training Committee)

ESP is pleased to announce the 2014 ESP Photobiology School, taking place in Brixen/Bressanone in South Tyrol, Italy.
The purpose of the school is to provide an introductory overview of all main aspects of photobiology, presented by experts in each area. The intention of the school 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 school will 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 will have the opportunity to present their results at a poster session. The course may act as a fundament 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 will be provided to all the students. In addition, an optional short final test will be offered at the end of the course and an exam certificate will be provided after evaluation of the exam results. Passing the exam will entitle students to apply for the ESP supplement to the Ph.D. Degree (details to be announced on the ESP website).
Students are encouraged to submit an abstract of their research to be presented as a poster during the School.

The school will cover the following areas:
Photophysics and photochemistry
Biophotonics - Light dosimetry in biological tissues
UV (from DNA damage to human skin)
Photoimmunology, UV and Vit.D and UVA signalling
PDT and fluorescence diagnosis
Environmental photobiology
Photosensory biology

Faculty members:
Stefan Anderson-Engels (SE), Roberto Bassi (IT), Kristian Berg (NO), Janet Bornman (AUS), Giovanni Checcucci (IT), Giulio Jori (IT), Herwig Kostron (AT), Giorgia Miolo (IT), Miguel Miranda (ES), Tomas Morosinotto (IT), Carlo Musio (IT), Santi Nonell (ES), Jacques Piette (BE), Lesley Rhodes (UK), David Russell (UK), Evelyne Sage (FR), Rolf-Markus Szeimies (D), Franz Trautinger (AT), Rex M.Tyrrell (UK), Georges Wagnieres (CH)

Download the full programme of the School.
Download the registration form of the school.

Only ESP members are admitted to the School.
To became 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. 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.




Early registration (before 31 March 2014)
Student 100 Euro
Researchers 150 Euro
Late registration (after 31 March 2014)
Student 140 Euro
Researchers 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 double room at the rate of 33 Euro per night per person. Only a limited number of single rooms are available at the rate of 38 Euro per night.

Accommodation has to be paid together with the registration fee.

Deadline for registration and submission of poster abstracts: 30 April 2014.

Information about preliminary approval of registration will be provided as soon as possible after registration.
Deadline for payment: 30 April 2014.
The registration will not be given a final approval before payment has been registered. Those who do not pay in time will lose priority.

Practical information can be found below.
For additional information, please contact
Kristian Berg, email:
Giorgia Miolo (local information), email:
Giulio Jori (local information), email:
Francesco Ghetti (ESP Treasurer), email


School 2012 picture
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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 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 EC (EuroCity) 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).