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BIGGS 2016


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International Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School


Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS)

September 5th - 9th, 2016 at NUI Galway

Web site: http://altconference.org/school-biggs-16

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History of BIGSS

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International Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School


Globally renowned experts teaching photonic hot topics and medical imaging courses * industry sponsors * hands-on demonstrations * workshops * poster competition * fun activities *  and much, much more!

The science of biophotonics requires the input of diverse disciplines and participants all working in sync and harmony to really make it come alive. Sponsored by Photonics 4 Life, supported by SPIE and Bord Failte - the biophotonics and imaging graduate summer school (BIGSS) provides a platform whereby teachers and students from all related disciplines of biophotonics and imaging can come together to communicate, exchange ideas and learn in a mutually comprehensible and fun format for all.

Our first school was held in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in 2008 on the beautiful south west coast of Ireland. In the years since, we have successfully run three more schools, with ever-increasing popularity, sponsorship, and demand from students and speakers all over the world. With each, we have aimed to provide a uniquely designed programme that integrates lessons delivered by leading experts in the field, industry sponsored workshops and demonstrations and of course, a range of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Over the years some of the speakers that have graced our classroom include:

2008: Valery Tuchin (Saratov State), Peter So (MIT),
2009: Steve Jacques (OHSU), Gerwin Puppels, Chris Xu and Warren Zipfel (Cornell)
2010: Bruce Tromberg (Irvine), Stefan Andersson-Engels (Lund), Jürgen Popp (Jena), Kirill Larin (Houston)
2012: Wolfgang Drexler (Vienna), Tayyaba Hasan (Harvard), Anita Mahadevan-Jansen (Vanderbilt)

2014: Paul French (UK) , etc


The articles below chart the progression of our school and our activities from our inaugural site at Ballyvaughan to our most recent re-location to Galway.  Please feel free to browse through our programmes and avail of the links to recorded talks and photographs of these events.



 
Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS) 2012

International Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School

June 7th - 13th 2012

Galway, Ireland



Many thanks to all who participated in BIGGS 2012. See you all in 2014!
Link to photos and lectures here
                                                                            
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The number 12 is a ubiquitous number meaning many things within many societies and traditions. In fact, the 12 stars on the flag of Europe symbolise unity and completeness – one character marrying a diverse range of cultures and customs.  Much like any union, the science of biophotonics requires the input of diverse disciplines and participants all working in sync and harmony to really make it come alive. Sponsored by Photonics 4 Life and supported by SPIE - BIGSS provides a platform whereby teachers and students from all related disciplines of biophotonics and imaging can communicate, exchange ideas and learn in a mutually comprehensible and fun format for all.

 
Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS) 2010

Location: Burren Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, Ballyvaughan, The Burren, Co. Clare.
Date: 27th August - 2nd September 2010

The Burren is a unique, and ruggedly beautiful location on the south west coast of Ireland with an unusual landscape. The peripheral location was chosen to foster student-tutor interaction and enhance the learning experience, although it is only a picturesque 45 min drive from Shannon Airport.


2010s school boasted an excellent group of international experts who  offered between one and five hours training each in their specialist area. Our speakers include: Bruce J. Tromberg (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biomedical Optics), Stefan Andersson-Engels, Juergen Popp and Joerg Enderlein to name but a few! We were also very pleased to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of photonics 4 life this year.

As always, we aimed to provide a uniquely designed programme that integrates lessons delivered by world leading experts in the field with industry sponsored workshops and of course, a range of fun activities for both students and speakers to enjoy. 

View the flyer here.

Organising Committee:
Martin Leahy, Chris Dainty, Valery Tuchin, Peter Dockery, Alan Ryder, Paul Whelan, Brendan Wilkins, Hugh Byrne, Noel Buckley, Elfed Lewis, Conleth Hussey, Michael Connelly, Marie-Louise O’Connell, Peter Owens