20 October 2016:
The inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia conference took place in Adelaide, Australia, from the 16th-19th October 2016.
Close to 200 world leading researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, suppliers and other industry professionals were in attendance at the event which was jointly hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics).
Over the course of the four day conference, the latest in light-based technologies and techniques were explored, with the objective of improving understanding of biology, and increasing knowledge of how living systems work at a cellular and molecular level. Biomedical, diagnostic and advanced imaging applications all featured as part of the innovative research-led program.
Plenary talks and themed sessions took place, as did speed science discussions and networking opportunities focused on increasing research and industry engagement. An exhibition hall featured company booths, demonstrating the latest in advanced microscopy and imaging equipment.
The conference also focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, with one-hundred South Australian students visiting the event to take part in a half-day outreach session that included talks, poster sessions, light inspired science demonstrations and discussion time with leading researchers.
Prof Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, believed the conference to be highly successful noting, “We attracted top international researchers here to South Australia including six plenary speakers who are experts in the photonics field. Talks ranged from new imaging technologies to help us understand how brains work, through to new 3D techniques to model living tissue, to new fibre-optical sensors that can be used in the tiniest of nano-environments. The program was absolutely full of exciting research.”
The event’s two co-hosts (SPIE and the CNBP) are already exploring opportunities for an even larger follow-up conference to potentially take place in 2018.
Below – Conference attendees make their way into the main auditorium.