XXI - Edition 2017

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata

IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti



XXI School of Pure and Applied Biophysics


"Time Resolved Methods in Biophysics"



Venice, - Campo Santo Stefano, January 9th-13th, 2017


Organised by:

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata
IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti

Director of the School:

  • Giorgio M. Giacometti (IVSLA and University of Padua) - E-mail: gcometti[at]bio.unipd.it

Scientific Coordinators of the 2016 School:

  • Giorgio M. Giacometti (IVSLA and University of Padua)
  • Cristiano Viappiani (Università degli studi di Parma)
  • Thomas Gensch (Forschungzentrum Jülich, Germany)


The School will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Franchetti, the premises of the "Istituto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti" located in the historical centre of Venice, close to Canal Grande and Accademia (Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti).

The focus of the 2017 School is Time Resolved Methods in Biophysics:

The possibility of accessing structural, topological or spectroscopic information with the proper time resolution is at the basis of a variety of methods that are currently applied in biophysics. These methods allow unprecedented understanding of many biologically relevant processes such as mechanistics of biochemical reactions, energy transfer and fixation, protein folding, macromolecular conformational changes and cellular trafficking, to name just a few.  This school proposes an overview on a selection of current spectroscopic, structural and microscopy methods that are inherently endowed with time resolution.


School overview and provisional program:



STED/RESOLFT optical nanoscopy for the life sciences
Ilaria Testa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Infrared Spectroscopy on Biomolecules
Tilman Kottke, University Bielefeld, Germany

Femtosecond infrared and visible spectroscopy; instrumentation, analysis and theory
Jasper van Thor, Imperial College London, UK

Time and Space in Super Resolved Microscopy
Alberto Diaspro, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Time-resolved X-ray scattering: a tool to investigate the structural dynamics of proteins in solution.
Matteo Levantino, ESRF, Grenoble, France

Coherent Raman Microscopy
Dario Polli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Laser based triggering methods
Cristiano Viappiani, Università di Parma, Italy

Theory and applications of flash photolysis in Biophysics
Maria Tesa, Edinburgh Instruments, UK

Microscopy Camera Technologies: Understanding CCDs and sCMOS cameras
Hamamatsu Giulio Simonutti

Genetically encoded  fluorescent biosensors
Thomas Gensch, Forschungszentrum Jülich , Germany

Time-correlated single photon counting in fluorescence
Wolfgang Becker, Becker&Hickl, Germany

Single molecule Biophysics
Johan Hofkens, KU Leuven, Belgium

Single-molecule super-resolution microscopy in cells
Mike Heilemann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Lifetime-based fluorescence sensing
Ranieri Bizzarri, CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Pisa, Italy

Determination of [Cl-]int in acute brain slices using FLIM
Verena Untiet, :Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Overview of cryo-EM and examples of snapshots over time
Matteo Allegretti, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany

Time-resolved studies of protein structures, the biochemist's point of view
Beatrice Vallone, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Roma, Italy

Time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography
Martin Weik, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France

RapidFLIM - the new and innovative method for ultra-fast FLIM imaging
Uwe Ortmann, Picoquant, Berlin, Germany

Time-resolved absorption and emission techniques for the study of photosensitisation processes
Santi Nonell, Institut Quimic de Sarria, Barcelona, Spain

Spatiotemporal fluctuation analysis: a powerful tool for the future nanoscopy of molecular processes
Francesco Cardarelli, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pisa, Italy



Maximum 50 students will be admitted to the school. Applications are encouraged from young scientists (PhD students and postdocs) interested in the topics of the school.

The participation fee is 350 Euro which includes five nights' accommodation and attendance at the lessons.

The fee for students who do not need accommodation is 165 Euros.

Deadline for registration December 1, 2016.

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 by December 5, 2016.

Payment must be performed by December 15. Instructions for payment will be given in the acceptance letter.


Application process:

  • Send an email to the Scientific Committee at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In the subject field, write your full name and “Venice School 2017”
  • In the email, please provide:
  1. contact information (name, affiliation, address, email, and phone number)
  2. current position
  3. name and contact information of reference person (e.g. supervisor)
  4. short CV (maximum one A4 page; text and pdf files are admitted).


Further information is available through the scientific coordinators

Cristiano Viappiani email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thomas Gensch email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This year the School is organized with the contribution of:

Becker Hickl   COHR   Hama
Instruments   LOT   Nikon


The school has the patronage of the University of Parma



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