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JeDis summer school 2018 in Jena

During the first summer school of the Jena-Davis-Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics (JeDis) in Jena, more than 20 young scientists from the University of California Davis (UC Davis) and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) discussed current research topics in biophotonics. The aim of the alliance is to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in both research and teaching in this field.

Participants of the JeDis Summer school met at Villa Rosenthal in Jena. Picture: Leibniz-IPHT

Prof. Jürgen Popp (left) and Prof. Laura Marcu (right) awarded the Prize for the best oral presentation to Logan Swartz. Picture: Leibniz-IPHT

The Prize for the best poster presentation was awarded to Dirk Boonzajer. Picture: Leibniz-IPHT

The extensive scientific program included lectures by leading researchers from the fields of high-resolution microscopy, biomedical diagnostics and fiber optics as well as laboratory tours, a visit to the University Hospital Jena and insights into the Jena start-up company OncGnostics GmbH. The participants, most of them doctoral students, presented their own research results during short presentations and on posters. The award for the best lecture went to Logan Swartz from UC Davis. He presented new optical systems for imaging microscopy with highest resolution. Dirk Boonzajer from Leibniz-IPHT was awarded the Poster Prize for his research on light propagation in optical fibers.

Joint activities in and around Jena offered ample opportunity for scientific and personal exchange. Especially for the American guests the excursion to the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, the visit of the Planetarium in Jena and the historical city tour with the horse-drawn carriage through Weimar were cultural highlights of the visit.


Transatlantic Alliance for Responsible Research and Education

Events in the JeDis-project, which is funded for a duration of three-years, include scientific conferences in Davis and Jena, a sustainable exchange program and two first-class summer schools. The aim is to intensify the cooperation in research in academia and thereby to connect  scientists of different expertise from Germany and North America. This is urgently needed to promote new developments in biophotonics, which can tackle current and future global challenges in medicine and life science.

The project is funded by the European Recovery Program, of which it is purpose to keep the memory of George C. Marshall alive and foster transatlantic partnership in line with his wishes.

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