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European Symposium on Ultrafast Laser driven Biophotonics

September 15 – 18, 2024 | Jena, Germany

3rd European Symposium
on Ultrafast Laser driven Biophotonics

For the third time, the European Symposium on Ultrafast Laser-driven Biophotonics (ESULaB) will create an important platform for professional exchange between scientists from different fields, including physicists, chemists, engineers, material scientists, biologists, biomedical scientists and industry representatives. Taking place this September in Jena, Germany, this event promises to provide participants with up-to-date insights into trends and future perspectives that will inspire their own research.

The focus is on the latest advances and developments in the field of spectroscopy and imaging, which are realized through the use of ultrashort laser pulses and contribute to solving biophotonic problems. The broad range of topics includes nonlinear imaging techniques such as SHG/THG microscopy and coherent Raman microscopy for medical diagnostics, high-resolution imaging of biological structures using nonlinear phenomena (e.g. STED microscopy), as well as the use of wavelengths in the EUV/X-Ray range and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy for the study of biological systems, including the dynamics of protein folding using 2D spectroscopy. At the same time, the translation of new diagnostic and biomedical approaches to market introduction and practical application is a key issue. 

You can look forward to more than 20 lectures by outstanding scientists in the field of nonlinear biophotonics, who will present their research. An industry forum as a central part of the conference will again provide plenty of space for professional exchange of views, stimulating discussions and networking. Users will be presented with the latest technical innovations in the fields of infrared, Raman and terahertz spectroscopy as well as X-ray and EUV microscopy.

Key Facts

Date: September 15 – 18, 2024

Venue: Volkshaus Jena, Germany

Free of charge (registration is required)

150 International Participants

30 Scientific Talks

Poster Session

Networking Events

Keynote Speakers

Ferenc Krausz

Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz

Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

Mihaela Zigman

Dr. Mihaela Zigman

Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

Invited Speakers

Gert-Jan Bakker

Medical BioScience, Radboudumc, Nijmegen/NL

Brice Bathellier

Institut de l’Audition, Institut Pasteur, Paris/FR

Thomas Bocklitz

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

Sophie Brasselet

Institut Fresenel, Marseille/FR

Michele Celebrano

Politecnico, Milano/IT

Maria Chernysheva

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

Christian Eggeling

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

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Helen Fielding

University College London/UK

Arseny Finkelstein

University of Tel Aviv/IL


Amanda Foust

Imperial College London/UK

Markus Gräfe

Institute of Applied Physics, TU Darmstadt/DE

Shuxia Guo

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

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Karsten König

Department of Biophotonics and Laser Technologies at the Saarland Universit, Saarbrücken/DE

Alfred Leitenstorfer

Ultrafast Phenomena and Photonics, University Konstanz/DE

Margherita Maiuri

Politecnico, Milano/IT

Tobias Meyer-Zedler

Tobias Meyer-Zedler

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

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Frank Van Mourik

FlashPathology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam/NL

Eirini Papagiakoumou

Eirini Papagiakoumou

Institut de la Vision, Paris/FR

Leonardo Sacconi

Institute of Clinical Physiology (IFC) – CNR, IT
Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine – University of Freiburg/DE

Dafne Suraci

LENS – European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Florence/IT

Linda Zedler

Leibniz IPHT, Jena/DE

Andreas Zumbusch

Department of Chemistry, University Konstanz/DE

Francesco Pavone

Francesco Pavone

Università degli Studi di Firenze – UniFI, Firenze/IT

Andreas Zumbusch

Department of Chemistry, University Konstanz/DE

Andreas Zumbusch

Department of Chemistry, University Konstanz/DE

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

Scientific Director
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

Dr. Peter Vogt

Director of Sales
Scientific Research & Instrumentation EMEA
Coherent Europe BV

While maintaining quality throughput and complexity of research work have steadily increased over the last years. If it comes to experimental setup and lab infrastructure research results have been boosted by applying new combinations of available hard and software technologies. A good example is the use of DMD (Digital Micro mirror Device) as a spatial light modulator in microscopy. These DMDs had already been used for many years in display and astronomy applications. Therefore in this conference we would like to bring together scientists from different disciplines to share their experience on emerging technologies and setups. What is common is the use of Ultrafast lasers in Biophotonics.

The relatively new research area of biophotonics combines life sciences, environmental sciences and medicine with innovative optical technologies. Biophotonics encompasses all optical methods for investigating structural, functional, mechanical, biological and chemical properties of biological materials and systems. Biophotonics opens up great opportunities for basic research, biotechnology and medicine. With the help of biophotonics, it is possible, for example, to better understand the causes of diseases so that they can be prevented in the future or at least diagnosed earlier and more precisely and thus treated more effectively.

In more than 20 scientific lectures by pioneers in their field this conference report on the manifold new possibilities that arise in biophotonics with ultra-short pulse lasers. The spectrum of topics includes non-linear imaging (e. g. SHG/THG microscopy, coherent Raman microscopy) for biomedical diagnostics, imaging of biological objects with highest spatial resolution by exploiting non-linear phenomena as well as wavelengths in the EUV/X-ray range and ultra-short time spectroscopy of biological systems e. g. protein folding dynamics using 2D spectroscopy to name only a few.

We hope to meet you at the conference!

Conference Organizer & Main Sponsor

Coherent // Main Sponsor
As one of the world’s leading providers of laser-based technologies, Coherent offers a comprehensive portfolio of lasers, laser sub-systems, and laser machines for a broad range of commercial, industrial, and scientific applications. From cutting the strongest steel to investigating a single cell, Coherent enables the success of its customers with products and services that harness and deliver the power of light.

Conference Venue


Volkshaus Jena

With a more than 100-year history and the lovingly preserved original architecture with Art Nouveau elements of the People's House Jena the historic building fascinates all visitors. The range of numerous events ranging from concerts of the Jena Philharmonic, to readings of the Ernst Abbe Library Jena to comedy and concerts by renowned artists. modern rooms are full of services and an impressive ambience available for meetings, conventions and trade shows. In a stylish environment, the People's House to a demanding concert, gala and conference venue has developed far beyond Jena also enjoys an appreciation.

Volkshaus Jena
Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15
07743 Jena | Germany

Conference Dinner Venue

Volksbad Jena

The Conference Dinner takes place at the historical Volksbad Jena. Entertaining live music by the Band “Bar Muppets “
Bar Muppets | Lounge-Musik

Date: September 17, 2024

Volksbad Jena
Knebelstr. 10
07743 Jena | Germany

©JenaKultur, Jenaparadies


An exciting lecture program with top-class speakers awaits you. More information will follow shortly.

Welcome Note | Jürgen Popp, Peter Vogt

Scientific Talks | Session I

  1. Andreas Tünnermann, Markus Gräfe | Fraunhofer IOF | Jena, Germany | 30 min
    Quantum enhanced imaging techniques
  2. Ellen Backus | University of Vienna | Vienna, Austria | 30 min
    Orientation independent vibrational dynamics of lipid-bound interfacial water
  3. Marco Arrigoni | Coherent, Inc. | Santa Clara, USA | 30 min

Coffee Break

Plenary Lecture

  • Gérard Mourou | École Polytechnique | Palaiseau, France | 60 min

Lunch Break

Scientific Talks | Session II

  1. Jürgen Popp | Leibniz IPHT | Jena, Germany | 30 min

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Ultrafast Vibrational Probes of Electric Interactions in Hydrated RNA

Ellen Backus

Orientation independent vibrational dynamics of lipid-bound interfacial water

Dimitrii Tanese

Spatiotemporal light shaping for neuronal circuit investigation

Christian Eggeling

Super-resolution microscopy of living cells: Challenges and potentials

Markus Gräfe

Quantum enhanced Imaging Techniques

Tomáš Čižmár

Hair-thin holographic endoscope for neuroscience advances

Metabolic FLIM and oxygen PLIM: Techniques, algorithms and applications

Franz Kärtner

From Precision Timing of X-FELS to Nonlinear Microscopy

Alexis Bohlin

New advances in coherent Raman imaging spectroscopy for exact thermometry applications

Pablo Blinder

A simplified photon-counting approach for two-photon volumetric imaging and other applications

François Courvoisier

Dense plasma generation inside transparent solids with femtosecond Bessel beams

Simon Ameer-Beg

Protein-protein interactions at the cellular interface: Biophotonics approaches to quantitative FRET measurements

Alexis Bohlin

“New advances in coherent Raman imaging spectroscopy for exact thermometry applications”

Angelika Rück

“Metabolic FLIM and oxygen PLIM: Techniques, algorithms and applications”

Christian Eggeling

“Super-resolution microscopy of living cells: Challenges and potentials”

Darine Abi Haidar

“Intraoperative Multimodal nonlinear endomicroscope and its associated tissue database

Dimitrii Tanese

“Spatiotemporal light shaping for neuronal circuit investigation”

Ellen Backus

“Orientation independent vibrational dynamics of lipid-bound interfacial water”

Franz Kärtner

“From Precision Timing of X-FELS to Nonlinear Microscopy”

Gérard Mourou

“Extreme Light for the Benefit of Science and Society”

Giulio Cerullo

Giulio Cerullo

“Novel approaches to broadband coherent Raman microscopy”

Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp

Jürgen Popp

Multimodal Non-linear Imaging for Biomedical Diagnosis

Laura Vittadello

Tunable High Energy Microscope: Concept, Realization and Growing Field of Applications in life sciences

Majed Chergui

“Time-resolved optical and X-ray spectroscopies of biological dynamics”

Maria Chernysheva

Maria Chernysheva

Recent trends in ultrafast fibre laser development, ultrashort pulse characterisation and applications

Maria Wächtler

“Charge-carrier dynamics in hybrid materials based on colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals for light-driven catalysis”

Osnath Assayag

“Femtosecond lasers for Multi-Photon Imaging and SLM-Based Photostimulation Applications”

Pablo Blinder

“A simplified photon-counting approach for two-photon volumetric imaging and other applications”

Simon Ameer-Beg

“Protein-protein interactions at the cellular interface: Biophotonics approaches to quantitative FRET measurements”

Thomas Elsässer

“Ultrafast Vibrational Probes of Electric Interactions in Hydrated RNA”

Thomas Oertner

Imaging neurotransmitter release with genetically encoded sensors

Tobias Brixner

“Space- and time-resolved multidimensional spectroscopy”

Registration & Abstract Submission

If you would like to take part in the ESULaB, please register in advance using the online form. Participation is free of charge for registered participants. Please complete the online form linked below.
You also have the opportunity to submit an abstract for a poster contribution during the registration process.

Registration deadline: August 4, 2024.

Sponsoring Opportunities

ESULAB is mainly sponsored by Coherent. If you are considering to become an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Ms. Deniz Cagri for further information.

Deniz Cagri // Coherent
email: deniz.cagri(at)
phone: +49 6071 968 205


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Impressions of ESULAB 2019

Travel Information

By Airplane
From Leipzig/Halle (LEJ):

  • By train to “Jena Paradies” (approx. 2h).
  • By car: A9 south to Hermsdorfer Kreuz, A4 west to exit Jena-Zentrum

From Munich (MUC):

  • By ICE train with a change at Nürnberg or Erfurt (approx. 4h).

From Berlin (BER) or Frankfurt (FRA):

  • By ICE train with a change at Erfurt (approx. 3.5h).

From Erfurt (ERF):

  • By train to “Jena West” (approx. 1.5h).
  • By car: A4 direction Dresden to exit Jena-Zentrum.

By Car
The address of the venue is: Volkshaus Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15, 07743 Jena (A4 motorway exit “Jena-Zentrum”). Close to the Volkshaus there are several parking facilities. All parking spaces are subject to charges.

Large parking lot: 
• Eichplatz (navigation: Eichplatz, 07743 Jena)

Underground car parks e.g.:
• Neue Mitte Jena (navigation: Leutragraben 1, 07743 Jena)
• Goethe Galerie (closes at 11 pm; navigation: Ernst-Abbe-Strasse 15, 07743 Jena)

By Bus / Train
You can reach Jena either via the train station “Jena Paradies” or “Jena Westbahnhof”.

From Jena West (west to east, e.g., from Erfurt):
Exit the station, go left down the street. At the bus stop “Westbahnhofstraße”, take any bus to “Stadtzentrum”. Cross the street, follow the tram tracks to the left. Go through two underpasses, turn left after the second. The hotel “Dorint Hotel” will be on the left, Volkshaus Jena is opposite.

From Jena Paradies (north to south, e.g., from Nürnberg):
Exit the station, take tram 5 to “Ernst-Abbe-Platz”. Turn right, go through the underpass, then turn left. The hotel “Dorint Hotel” will be on the left, Volkshaus Jena is opposite. Alternatively, walk from the station to Volkshaus in about 15 minutes.

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