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SPIE International Day of Light Micro Grants

The International Day of Light is a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. SPIE IDL Micro Grants will support local community events and activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

SPIE IDL Micro Grants will not exceed $3,000 USD.


   •  SPIE IDL Micro Grants are available to SPIE Members only. Membership must be active through 31 May 2018.

   •  Grant application must highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

   •  Events or activities must take place during May 2018.

   •  Application must be completed and submitted by 4:00 pm (PST) 15 December 2017.

   •  Winners will be notified by 31 January 2018.

   •  A report to the Society on how the grant was used must be submitted by November 2018.

Only applications with events and activities highlighting the critical role that light plays in our daily lives and that are taking place during May 2018 will be submitted for consideration.

Incomplete applications or events and activities that are not taking place during May 2018 will not be submitted for consideration.

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to Jul 6

International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP)

International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP), Munich Germany

July 1-6, 2018

Authors submitting abstracts for the first time will need to register their email on the submission site below.

Topics to be covered in microsymposia include the physics, chemistry, biology, material science, engineering, nanotechnology, medical and biomedical or industrial applications of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles.

As at past ICPPs, this tenth conference on porphyrins and phthalocyanines aims at gathering together numerous topics related to this exciting family of molecules. All aspects of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles will be discussed in the form of Plenary Lectures, Award Lectures, short oral presentations and posters over the full five-day period of the meeting.

Topics to be covered in microsymposia include the physics, chemistry, biology, material science, engineering, nanotechnology, medical and biomedical or industrial applications of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles.

The list of scheduled symposia is presented below. Additional symposia may be added at a later date as will the names of the organizers once all sessions are confirmed.

I. Synthesis

1. Corroles
Organized by: Wouter Maes and Roberto Paolesse
2. Phthalocyanines and Related Systems (double sessions)
Organized by: Tomas Torres and Dirk Guldi
3. Porphycenes
Organized by: Jacek Waluk and Santi Nonell
4. SubPcs, SubPzs, SubPors and Related Contracted Porphyrinoids
Organized by: Atsuhiro Osuka, Soji Shimizu and Salomé Rodriguez Morgade
5. Functionalization of Porphyrins
Organized by: Norbert Jux and Christian Brueckner
6. NIR-Responsive Porphyrinoids
Organized by: Jishan Wu, Yoshihiro Matano and Hiroko Yamada
7. Porphyrazines
Organized by: Pavel A. Stuzhin and Petr Zimcik
8. BODIPY Dyes
Organized by: Kevin Smith and Lijuan Jiao
9. Novel Pyrrolic Macrocycles and Chromophores
Organized by: Zhen Shen and John Mack
10. Metalloporphyrinoids
Organized by: Jun-Long Zhang and Kin-Shing Chan
11. Exotic Coordination Chemistry of Porphyrinoid Systems
Organized by: Penny Brothers and Bernard Boitrel

II. Characterization and Properties

12. Corrole - Properties
Organized by: Wouter Maes and Roberto Paolesse
13. Phthalocyanines and Related Systems
Organized by: Tomas Torres, Gema de la Torre, Giovanni Bottari, and Andrew Cammidge
14. Optical, Electrical and Optoelectronic Phenomena in Phorphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Organized by: Angela Sastre-Santos and Fernando Fernández-Lázaro
15. Chiral Aspects of Porphyrin Supramolecular Chemistry
Organized by: Roberto Purrello and Nina Berova 
16. Chirality and Spatially Pre-Organized Multi-Porphyrinoids
Organized by: Nathalie Solladie and Victor Borovkov
17. High-Valent Metal-Oxo and Their Precursor Macrocyclic Complexes: Structure and Reactivity (double sessions)
Organized by: Wonwoo Nam and Alexander Sorokin

III. Materials

18. Sandwich Tetrapyrrole Rare Earth Materials
Organized by: Yongzhong Bian, Yulia Gorbunova, and Jianzhuang Jiang
19. Porphyrin Assemblies on Bioinspired Templates
Organized by: Eugen Stulz and Alessandro D’Urso
20. Porphyrin Assemblies in Confined Space
Organized by: Minghui Liu, Penglei Chen and Akihiko Tsuda

IV. Catalysis and Energy

21. Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, Storage and Catalysis
Organized by: Yujiang Song
22. Hard-Matter Nanoscale Objects for Electro-Optics and Energy Conversion
Organized by: Mike Therien
23. Porphyrinoids Based Chemical Sensors
Organized by: Corrado Di Natale, Marcel Bouvet and Catherine Hirel
24. Electron Transfer Applications of Tetrapyrroles
Organized by: Francis D'Souza and Dirk Guldi
25. Catalytic Chemical Transformations by Metalloporphyrins
Organized by: Peter Zhang and Ivana Invanovic-Burmazovic
26. Porphyrinoids for Solar Cells
Organized by: Hiroshi Imahori and Wouter Maes
27. Photo- and Electro-Catalytic Processes
Organized by: Zeev Gross
28. Biomimetic Solar Conversion
Organized by: Ally Aukauloo and Fabrice Odobel

V. Biomedical Applications

29. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy
Organized by: Kristjan Plaetzer and Reza Ghiladi
30. Porphyrin Derivatives for Medical/Biological Applications
Organized by: M. Graca H. Vicente and Claude P. Gros
31. Phthalocyanine Materials for PDT
Organized by: Dennis K. P. Ng, Pui-Chi Lo and Jinping Xue
32. Targeting in PDT
Organized by: Celine Frochot and Fabienne Dumoulin
33. New Frontiers in Poprhyrin Triplet State Photophysics
Organized by: Mike Therien
34. Porphyrin-Based Cancer-Imaging and Therapy
Organized by: M. Graca H. Vicente

VI. Biochemistry

35. Heme Proteins and Synthetic Analogues (double sessions)
Organized by: John Dawson and Takashi Hayashi
36. Defining Heme Enzyme Catalytic Mechanisms
Organized by: James Kincaid and Anabella Ivancich
37. Chemistry, Properties, and Applications of Corrinoids and Related Compounds
Organized by: Felix Zelder and Dorota Gryko
38. Heme Enzymes: Structure and Function
Organized by: Denis Rousseau and Syun-Ru Yeh
39. Biochemistry of Linear Tetrapyrroles
Organized by: Kai-Hong Zhao and Hugo Scheer
40. Natural Porphyrinoid Pigments
Organized by: Bernhard Kraeutler and Franz-Peter Montforts
41. Heme Enzymes : Functional Mechanisms
Organized by: Takashi Ogura and Shingo Nagano
42. Chemistry and Biology of Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls
Organized by: Hitoshi Tamiaki and Mathias O. Senge

VII. Theory and Modeling

43. Theory and Spectroscopy
Organized by: Martin J. Stillman and Nagao Kobayashi


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SPIE Startup Challenge 2018

Welcome to the 8th Annual SPIE Startup Challenge.

The SPIE Startup Challenge for photonics technology is held at the Photonics West conference in San Francisco. This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of business development experts and venture capitalists. Applicants selected to pitch at Photonics West are invited to attend an entrepreneur boot camp for training, networking, and refining their business plan. The best pitch presenters receive cash prizes and are provided support to attend additional entrepreneurship training to continue refining ideas and make further contacts with experts.

More information about the competition - like complete prize package information, judging, and training can be found at



The Startup Challenge uses the competition management and application system from the Global Entrepreneurship Network. You will need to create an account with to apply to the Startup Challenge - click on the orange Log in/Register button in the upper left. Once your account is completed, you can access the Start Challenge application. For a preview of the application, please see:

Written applications submitted outside of the StartupCompete system will not be accepted.


  • Written Applications Open - 15 September, 2017
  • Written Applications Close - 13 November, 2017
  • Semi-Finalists Notified - 28 December, 2017
  • Pitch Clinic at Photonics West - 29 January, 2018
  • Semi-Finalists pitch and Finalists selected - 30 January, 2018
  • Startup Challenge Finals and Winners selected - 31 January, 2018

Eligibility: Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application that they wish to publicly present as the basis for a viable new business. Established companies must be pre-revenue at the time of the written application. Pre-revenue in this case means revenue generated from products sold, not funding acquired through investors, grants, or other support. The focus is on new businesses and potential startups. Therefore, companies that have already sold products are ineligible to enter the competition. Students, post-docs, professors and other first-time business starters are encouraged to apply. The Startup Challenge accepts applications from the worldwide community of entrepreneurs.

Training: The Startup Challenge is more than a simple pitch competition, but an entry point into the community of photonics business development. Numerous experts and mentors attend the competition training to volunteer their time in support of new business ventures. Semi-Finalists in the Startup Challenge will be invited to attend a full day of training on Monday, 29 January 2018 at Photonics West. This training will include 1) business plans: from beginnings to exits 2) pitching and 3) customer interviews. A networking lunch and additional industry programming will serve to introduce you to the right people to help solve your business formation questions. Representatives from IP Law, finance, marketing, partnerships, and capital funding are looking forward to learning about your plan and answering your questions about creating a successful venture.

UPDATE: Semi-finalists get additional training opportunity with NSF iCorps instructors and may qualify for iCorps funding.

Structure of the Competition: All applicants will have their written application evaluated by a team of expert judges. The written application for the Startup Challenge is extensive and requires an investment of time to complete. Each answer will be saved automatically when you move on to the next question and you can return to previous questions and the application itself at any time. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Based on the written application, judges will select approximately 20 semi-final pitches that will enter the live pitch round of the competition from the initial pool of applicants. 

The semi-final round will take place at Photonics West on Tuesday afternoon (30 January, 2018) and has the same format and rules as the final round. Pitches are organized into topical tracks. A panel of judges, different from the initial evaluation group, will select the top 6 presenters from Tuesday who will go on to the final competition on Wednesday afternoon (1 February). 

The final round will occur at the Moscone Center, with judges deciding the top 3 pitches and announcing the winners shortly after the last presenter has finished. The decisions of the judges are final.

Pitch Rules: Oral pitches for both rounds of the Startup Challenge can be no longer than FIVE (5) MINUTES each. Extra time and additional materials are not allowed. Pitches must be made live and in person at Photonics West by the applicant or a team member named in the application.

Participation in the competition means that you agree to have your startup presentation evaluated publicly. Furthermore you allow SPIE to use your name, likeness, and the information provided in the Startup pitch to promote your product and this competition, in print and electronic communication means.

Application Fee: There is no fee to enter the competition. However, applicants selected as semi-finalists will need to pitch in person at Photonics West. You will need to register for the conference - a free "Exhibit-only" badge is sufficient - and make arrangements to travel to San Francisco.

Travel: The Startup Challenge does not provide travel support to attend Photonics West

A note on disclosure: The written application to participate in the Startup Challenge will be read by a team of evaluators who have been asked to keep the contents of the application confidential, however, no formal guarantee of confidentiality will be provided or implied. The oral presentations required in January 2018 to participate in the Startup Challenge do constitute disclosure. Participants should avoid the release of proprietary information, trade secrets, information subject to export control, or ITAR.

Additional Questions: If you have questions about eligibility, participation, expectations, sponsorship, or anything related to the Startup Challenge, please contact the program administrator: Dirk Fabian ( or by phone (+1 360 685 5474) - this is a US West Coast timezone.

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SPIE-Hillenkamp Fellowship

The new SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Fellowship will provide an annual award of US$75,000 to translate new biomedical optics and biophotonics technologies to clinical practice for improving human health.

SPIE has partnered with four international biomedical optics laboratories and the Hillenkamp family to establish the fellowship. The labs are:

  • The Wellman Center for Photomedicine,
  • The Manstein Lab in the Cutaneous Biology Research Center
     at Massachusetts General Hospital,
  • Medical Laser Center Lübeck, and
  • The Beckman Laser Institute at University of California in Irvine

The fellowship honors Hillenkamp's distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, and mentor who had an enormous international impact. A German scientist, he introduced the first medical laser applications laboratory and marked the genesis of translational research in biomedical optics in Europe in the 1970s.

Young investigators with a PhD, MD, equivalent degree, or who are soon to receive their doctoral degree are eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on geographical location; however, applicants and hosting labs must propose original research in biomedical optics that is expected to lead to new diagnostics and/or therapeutics in medicine and biology.

The annual award of US$75,000 will support the interdisciplinary problem-driven research and training opportunities.

Applications are due 27 October for the first fellowship in January 2018.

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to Jul 28

Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference - Enhancing the World Through Photochemistry: From Basic Science to Applications, Lewiston, ME, USA

Gordon Research Conference

Enhancing the World Through Photochemistry: From Basic Science to Applications

From GRC website: "The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Photochemistry will focus on bringing together scientists working on fundamental problems in photochemistry with those who engage in more applied research. The conference will provide a forum for dynamic interactions between these two groups of researchers, leading to new collaborations and ideas at the cutting-edge of the fields of photochemistry and photophysics. There will be sessions on photochemical dynamics, mechanisms, and theory, as well as on solar energy conversion, environmental photochemistry and sustainability, light switches and motors, and on medical imaging and therapeutics. Internationally-recognized speakers will be invited from academia, industry, and government-sponsored laboratories. "

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