ECBO 2021—European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

In focus: A forum for medical and biomedical researchers who work with optics and photonics, sharing advancements in imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics for clinical use.

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About & Highlights


ECBO 2021—European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

20–24 June 2021, CEST (Central European Summer Time) time schedule

Sponsored by OSA and SPIE, the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) bring together scientists, engineers, and clinicians who work with optics and photonics to solve problems in medicine and biomedicine. Presentations will cover basic science, novel technology and applications in the areas of advanced microscopy, clinical and biomedical spectroscopy, diffuse optical imaging, molecular imaging, neurophotonics and optogenetics, optical coherence tomography and other coherence techniques, therapeutic laser applications, laser-tissue interactions, opto-acoustic methods, and other novel biophotonics techniques.

Conference management is provided by OSA - The Optical Society, 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036 USA, E-mail:

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The program features one plenary lecture, a Hot-Topic Session with all ECBO chairs and Joint Session together with the CLEO®/Europe conference.

ECBO Plenary

Vasilis Ntziachristos Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich, Director of the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and Director of Bioengineering at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus. He has received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA. Prior to his current appointment he was faculty at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Professor Ntziachristos is the founder of the journal Photoacoustics, regularly Chairs in international meetings and councils and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Chaire Blaise Pascal (2019) from the Region Ile-de-France, the Gold Medal from the Society for Molecular Imaging (2015), the Gottfried Leibnitz prize from the German Research Foundation (2013), the Erwin Schrödinger Award (2012) and was named one of the world’s top innovators by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review in 2004.

Optoacoustic Imaging : A New Era For the Optical Method

Optical imaging is unequivocally the most versatile and widely used visualization modality in the life sciences. Yet it has been significantly limited by photon scattering, which complicates the visualization of tissue beyond a few hundred microns. For the past few years, there has been an emergence of powerful new optical and optoacoustic imaging methods that offer high resolution imaging beyond the penetration limits of microscopic methods. The talk discusses progress in multi-spectral opto-acoustic tomography (MSOT) and mesoscopy (MSOM) that brings unprecedented optical imaging performance in visualizing anatomical, physiological and molecular biomarkers. Advances in light technology, detection methods and algorithms allow for highly-performing visualization in biology and medicine through several millimetres to centimetres of tissue and real-time imaging. The talk demonstrates implementations in the time and frequency domain, showcases how it is possible to accurately solve fluence and spectral coloring issues for yielding quantitative measurements of tissue oxygenation and hypoxia and demonstrates quantitative in-vivo measurements of inflammation, metabolism, angiogenesis in label free mode. In parallel, progress with clinical systems and the complementarity with ultrasound imaging, fluorescence molecular imaging and other modalities is discussed. Finally the talk offers insights into new miniaturized detection methods based on ultrasound detection using optical fibers, which could be used for minimally invasive applications.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

Program schedule at a glance

Sessions on Sunday, 20 June 2021, 11:30 - 18:00 CEST

  • ECBO Hot-Topics
  • Advanced Microscopy: Endoscopy, sources, fibres and technology // FLIM and advanced Flourescence techniques
  • Advances in Instrumentation and Technology I + II
  • PAT: Algorithms and Reconstruction Methods I + II

Sessions on Monday, 21 June 2021:

  • World of Photonics Plenary Session
  • Poster Session I
  • Translation: Diagnostic Imaging I + II
  • Advanced Microscopy: light-Sheet and volumetric imaging techniques // Multiphoton
  • DOT: Theory, Algorithms and computational tools I + II
  • PAT: Novel Instrumentation, Microscopy and detectors I + II

Sessions on Tuesday, 22 June 2021:

  • Poster Session II
  • Translation: Diagnostic Spectroscopy // Everything about the brain // OCT and other techniques // Microscopy
  • Advanced Microscopy: polarisation/absorption, scattering and Raman techniques // QPI and phase techniques // SRS / Application of multiphoton // Towards Clinical Applications
  • DOT: Cerebral hemodynamics and neural activity // Clinical and preclinical // Wearables and portables
  • OCT: Advances in eye imaging // Advances in optical coherence imaging
  • PAT: Preclinical Imaging

Sessions on Wednesday, 23 June 2021:

  • Plenary
  • Poster Session IIII
  • Translation: PDT // Translation: Raman
  • Advanced Microscopy: Adaptive Optics and indeph imaging
  • Emerging: Point of care sensing technologies and wearables
  • OCT: Clinical Applications of optical coherence imaging // New Technology for Medical Instrumentation

Sessions on Thursday, 24 June 2021:

  • Joint CLEO/ECBO Session
  • Student Paper Awards and Presentations
  • Awards/Late Breaking Submissions
  • Translation: Beyond Visible Spectrum // New Directions and new indications
  • Emerging: Optics for micromechanmical characterisation // Novel microscopes for cell tissue characterisation
  • OCT: Polarisation, Phase and Signal processing // Scattering and wavefront control

The complete conference program of ECBO with all sessions, lectures and speakers can be found here:

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Chairs & Contact to the organizer


General Chairs

  • Ronald Sroka, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • Alex Vitkin, Ontario Cancer Institute, Ontario, Canada

Program Chairs

  • Hamid Dehghani, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Wang-Yuhl (William) Oh, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, Daejeon, Republic Of Korea
  • Peter T. C. So, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

About the organizers

ECBO 2021 is organized by OSA and sponsored by SPIE and OSA.

About OSA

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.

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About SPIE

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is a not-for-profit educational society organized to advance emerging light-based technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, career development, and advocacy.

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