Bio-inspired Optics and Photonics – From Metamaterials to Applications

International Focus Workshop
24 - 27 June 2019

A close look at nature's light manipulation strategies can provide inspiration for bio-inspired multifunctional materials with applications in optics and photonics. This Focus Workshop will bring together experts from different scientific disciplines working in the interdisciplinary fields of bio-inspired optics and photonics in order to stimulate scientific exchange and new collaborative projects.

Topics include

  • Biological light manipulation strategies
  • Structural vs. absorption-based and fluorescent coloration
  • Disorder and order in biological and bio-inspired optical materials
  • Multi-functional and dynamic optical materials
  • Thermal regulation
  • Perfect white scattering materials
  • Fabrication techniques for bio-inspired optical materials and devices
  • Scalable fabrication strategies
  • Application scenarios for bio-inspired optical materials

Invited speakers

Lia Addadi (IL)
Jeremy J. Baumberg (GB)
Serge Berthier (FR)
Andreas Fery (DE)
Guillaume Gomard (DE)
Alon Gorodetsky (US)
Moritz Kreysing (DE)
Raúl Martin-Palma (ES)
Andrew R. Parker (GB)
Radislav Potyrailo (US)
Frank Scheffold (CH)
Franziska Schenk (GB)
Gerd Schroeder-Turk (AU)
Matthew Shawkey (BE)
Radwanul H. Siddique (US)
Doekele Stavenga (NL)
Ullrich Steiner (CH)
Silvia Vignolini (GB)
Georg von Freymann (DE)
Pete Vukusic (GB)

Scientific Coordinators

Hendrik Hölscher
(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Mathias Kolle
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Jenny Kuehne
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)


The deadline for applications was 22 February 2019. The participants list is closed.

Scientific Program Structure

Monday, 24 June, 08:00 - 13:45: registration and informal discussions
Monday, 24 June, 13:45 to Thursday, 27 June, 12:30: workshop program

The detailed preliminary scientific program can be found here.


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