IX - Edition 2005

IX School of Pure and Applied Biophysics


Photobiology and Environment

Venice, - January 17 - 21, 2005

 Organised by:

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata
IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
SIFB - Italian Society for Photobiology
ESP- European Society for Photobiolgy
SIF - Italian Physical Society on the occasion of the World Year of Physics - WYP 2005


Scientific Commitee

  • IVSLA - Giovanni Felice Azzone (Padova), Giovanni Giacometti (Padova)
  • SIBPA - Franco Gambale, Armando Carpaneto
  • ESP - Francesco Lenci (CNR Biophysics Institute, Pisa)

Scientific Coordinators

  • Francesco Ghetti (CNR Biophysics Institute, Pisa)
  • Giulio Jori (University of Padova)

Director of the School

 Aim of the school and preliminary program

The School promotes deepening of biophysical topics selected in the area of contemporary research. The selected subjects will draw young researcher's attention on themes of frontier research which are considered of relevant scientific and educational impact. The School will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Loredan, in the historical centre of Venice, seat of the Istituto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti.
The School, in its nineth year of activity, will be on:

Photobiology and Environment

and will deal with the following topics:
Molecular and cellular targets in photobiology, Light-promoted processes at cellular level, Cellular response to solar UV- induced DNA damage, Effects of UV radiation on human health, Phototoxicity in the eye, Photochemistry of photo-toxic drugs, Photocatalysis for a clean environment, Photochemical decontamination of polluted water, Biophysical basis and environmental applications of fluorescence, Photoinhibition and photoprotection in photosynthesis, Photosynthesis under extreme environmental conditions, Photoorientation in microorganisms, Environmental UV action spectroscopy, Ecological role of solar UV, Perception of UV-B radiation in plants; Lasers and environment: Optical techniques for monitoring and characterization Light and cyrcadian rhythms.

The list of confirmed lecturers includes:

  • Angelo Albini (University of Pavia)
  • Roberto Barbato (University of Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria)
  • Giovanni Bottiroli (CNR Institute of Molecular Genetics, Pavia)
  • Giovanni Checcucci (CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa)
  • Francesco Ghetti (CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa)
  • Giorgio M. Giacometti (University of Padova)
  • Giulio Jori (University of Padova)
  • Roberto Marangoni (CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa)
  • Sandra Monti (University of Bologna)
  • Mary Norval (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jacques Piette (University of Liège)
  • Lucia Sabina (CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa)
  • Evelyne Sage (University of Orsay)
  • Antonella Sgarbossa (CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa)
  • Åke Strid (University of Örebro, Sweden)
  • Paola Taroni (Technical University Politecnico di Milano, Milan)
  • Mauro A. Zordan (University of Padova)

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The number of students admitted is restricted to 30.
The participation fee is 250 Euro which includes five nights accommodation and attendance at the lessons.

The school will take place only if a minimum number of participants is reached. Pre-registration must be submitted on line using the following application form by 15 December 2004. Applicants are admitted to the school by the Scientific Committee based on the information provided on the application form (short curriculum). The results of the selection will be individually communicated by e-mail (or phone) not later than 20 December 2004. Payment of the partecipation fee must be performed within 24 December 2004. Applications are encouraged from all young scientists (PhD students and post doctorals) interested in the topics of the school.

Further information can be obtained from:
Francesco Ghetti
Istituto di Biofisica - CNR
Via G. Moruzzi 1, I-56100 Pisa
Phone:  +39 050 3152764 
Fax: +39 050 3152760
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and from the director of the school:

Giorgio M. Giacometti
Dept. of Biology
University of Padova
Viale G. Colombo, 3
35131 Padova - ITALY
Phone:  +39 (049) 827-6326 
Fax: +39 (049) 827-6300
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