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Donostia-San Sebastián, the Basque Country, Spain, 
9-15 July, 2009.
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Workshop on "Bio-Inspired Photonic Structures". 
Donostia-San Sebastián, the Basque Country, Spain, 
9-15 July, 2009.
Photonic Science and Engineering in the Living and Artificial Worlds
Scientific Director: Jean-Pol Vigneron, University of Namur, Belgium
Host Institute: Donostia International Physics Center DIPC, and Summer Courses 
of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Organising Committee: Pedro Miguel Echenique, Donostia-San Sebastián; Amand 
Lucas, Namur, Belgium; Giorgio Benedek, Milano, Italy; Javier Aizpurua, CFM, 
Donostia-San Sebastián.
This meeting, simultaneously a workshop and a summer school, will include 
tutorials and research seminars on the biological and physical aspects of 
photonic structures. It will be organized in the splendid venue of the San 
Sebastian historic Miramar Palace. Established researchers and students from 
physics, chemistry, biology and engineering with a strong interest for 
interdisciplinary collaboration, are welcome to apply for participation. The 
workshop is intended for about 80 participants, including speakers. A 
first-come, first-served policy will be followed for attendance. 
The meeting will cover many aspects of biophotonics: quantitative study of 
nanomorphology, optical properties, biological functions of colors, taxonomic 
search for species of interest, reverse engineered modelling and computer 
simulations, bio-mimetic devices, etc. The physical mechanisms involved in 
these structures are inspiring for device applications in material science and 
optical engineering. 
Secretariat email: wazal...@sq.ehu.es 
Invited Speakers and Topics:
Andrew Parker, London: "Evolution's Big Bang- the Origin of Optics" 

Eli Yablonovitch, Berkeley: Applications of Photonic Crystal Pigments in 
Doekele Stavenga, Groningen: Vision and colors 
Jacques Livage, Paris: Pigmentary coloration 
Jean-Pol Vigneron, Namur: Physics of structural coloration 
Andrew Parker, London: Evolutionist's point of view 
Richard Prum, Yale, New Haven: Optics and self assembly of amorphous photonic 
nanostructures in birds 
Jacques Pasteels, Brussels: Animal defence strategies 
Jian Zi, Fudan University, Shanghai: Forthcoming title 
Virginie Lousse, Namur: Computing the visual appearance 
Jacques Lafait, Paris: Defining and measuring color 
Serge Berthier, Paris: Multiscale aspects of visual appearance 
Michel Milinkovitch, Geneva: Molecular Phylogeny and Evo-Devo 
Claus Nielsen, Copenhagen: Zoological systematics and classification 
Cefe López, Madrid: Opal Structures 
Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Antwerp: Electron microscopies 
László Biró, Budapest: Bio-inspired artificial structures 
Davy Galliot, Lille: Composite organic - Inorganic Butterfly Scales: What Do We 
learn When Disorder Meets Order! 
Claus Helix Nielsen, Kgs. Lyngby: Biomimetic membranes for separation and 
sensor applications 
The venue of the Workshop-Summer School will be at Miramar Palace, headquarter 
of the Summer Courses of the University of the Basque Country. A map with the 
exact location can be obtained by clicking here: Venue map.
Call for Oral and Poster Contributions:Time will be allocated in the schedule 
for advanced seminars and selected, short oral contributions. Deadline for 
abstract submission is April 30th. Please make your contribution on the Program 
and Abstracts section of this webpage. These contributions will be announced 
later on this website. A full poster session will also be organized. 
Prospective participants are invited to apply for attendance and submit 
contributions through the application tool available at this website.
Contact:   http://dipc.ehu.es/biophot              
Secretariat Email: wazal...@sq.ehu.es

        * Workshop program (as of April 22) 
        * Deadline for contributions: April 30th 
        * Workshop excursion: Guggenheim museum 


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