European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO)

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO)

25 - 29 June 2017
Messe Munich, Munich, Germany


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, optical coherence tomography and other coherence techniques, therapeutic laser applications, laser-tissue interactions, opto-acoustic methods, and other novel biophotonics techniques.

ECBO will be held as part of the World of Photonics Congress.  With its conferences, subconferences, short courses, poster sessions and symposia, the World of Photonics Congress covers all reseach disciplines and application facets relevant to optical technologies.  For more information on the World of Photonics Congress click here.

View the complete list of ECBO Topic Categories.

Rainer Leitgeb

Medical University Vienna

Brett Bouma

Massachusetts General Hospital
Program Chair

Paola Taroni

Politecnico di Milano
Program Chair


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The World of Photonics Congress is traditionally held in conjunction with the international trade fair LASER World of PHOTONICS. All key players and decision-makers come to Munich to meet at the most important marketplace for the photonics industry.  The fair gives participants from more than 70 countries a complete overview of all topics that pertain to optical technologies on 55,000 square meters of exhibition space. The latest milestones in photonics research on the one hand, and a concentrated showcase of the photonics industry on the other: This concept allows participants to experience a unique combination of science, innovative technologies and industrial application sectors. Your ECBO registration allows you access to the trade fair and all the sessions in the Congress.

ECBO Poster Sessions

Sunday, 25 June, 12:00  14:00
Wednesday, 28 June, 12:00  14:00
ICM Ground Floor, Hall BO

Poster sessions will be held Sunday (12:00-14:00) and Wednesday (12:00-14:00) on the ground floor of the ICM. Each session will represent a different set of posters. See the ECBO program book or online itinerary planner for more details about individual abstracts.

Social and Networking Events

ECBO Reception

Wednesday, 28 June, 19:30  21:00
Paulaner Bräuhaus, Kapuzinerplatz 5, 80337 München

All ECBO registrants are invited to participate in this reception at the Paulaner Bräuhaus in Munich.  Guests of registered attendees may attend by purchasing tickets before 12.00 on Monday, 13 May, at the registration desk for USD $75.

Bier & Bretzel Event (Sponsored by SPIE)

Monday, 26 June, 18:00  20:00
ICM Foyer and Hall BO, Ground Floor

This reception is open to all attendees of the Congress.  Beer and pretzels will be served. 

Bier and Bretzel Happy Hour (Sponsored by EPS-QEOD)

Wednesday, 28 June, 18:00  19:00
ICM Foyer and Hall BO, Ground Floor

This happy hour is open to all attendees of the Congress.  Beer and pretzels will be served.

Plenary Sessions

ECBO Plenary Session and Awards Presentation

Tuesday, 27 June, 14:15  15:30
ICM Ground Floor, Room 5

The awards for Best Student Papers will be presented at 14:00 followed by the ECBO Plenary session.  For more information about ECBO Plenary speakers, please visit the Plenary page.

Thanks to OSA and SPIE for sponsoring the student awards.

Congress-wide Plenary Session

Monday, 26 June, 10:00  11:00
ICM, Room 1

All attendees are invited to attend this session.

Putting a Spin on Photons 
Jörg Wrachtrup, Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany) 
Efficient matter photon interfaces are key ingredients of quantum technology. Quantum communication relies on photon storage and processing but spin photon interfaces can also increase the sensitivity of quantum sensors. 

Biography: Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup, who is the head of the 3rd Institute of Physics at the University of Stuttgart, received the first ever Zeiss Research Award this year. He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award for his research work in 2011 and the Max Planck Research Award in 2014.

For Students

Conveying Messages with Graphs Workshop 

Monday, 26 June 2017, 08:30  12:30
Fairgrounds, Room B22
Organized by SPIE

Course Level: Introductory 
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request. 

Widely used in research and development to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers (and popular software does not helps). This course discusses how to create more effective graphs—graphs that are truly visual, are truthful to the data, and get the message across. 

Learning Outcomes  - This course will enable you to: 
• select the right graph for a given data set and a given research question 
• optimize this graph to make it intuitive and to reveal the data 
• phrase a caption that gets the message across 

Intended Audience 
This course is intended for anyone who must create graphs for written documents or oral presentations. Both novice and experienced authors/speakers can expect to gain a lot from it. 

Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide. 

Note: This course is free to student and early career technical attendees. No advance registration required.

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch with Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 28 June, 12:30  14:00
Room A51/52
Organized by OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA)

This program brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 5-6 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.   Pre-registration is required.  If you are a Student or Recent Graduate interested in attending the lunch, please email

Executives Participating: 

Sponsored by:  Gofoton

Career Choices Panel Discussion

Wednesday,  28 June, 13:20  14:00
Exhibition Floor Forum, Hall A3
Organized by SPIE

There are numerous critical career choices and decisions that face new graduates in optics and photonics. Academia or Industry? Staying in your current job, or making a career transition? This event will help you explore potential career pathways in the world of photonics and get solid advice on how you can translate your knowledge, abilities, and interests into meaningful work. Join our experienced panelists and have your questions answered in this wide-ranging discussion.

Moderator: Pamela Robertson, SPIE, Industry Relations

Panelists: Magnus Bengtsson, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Coherent,
                  Hagar Edelstain, Optical Engineer, HoloLens Microsoft
                  Nishant Mohan, Vice President OCT Division, Wasatch Photonics
                  Gary Hayes, CEO/General Manager, Laser Components USA

Workshop on ”Aligning Education with Innovation”

Wednesday, 28 June, 14:00 – 18:00
Room B12

This workshop is organized in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project "RespiceSME" and the Photonics Public Private Partnership (Photonics21).

What actions and measures are necessary to align education with innovation?  How can universities and industry better collaborate to trigger innovation?  Listen to and discuss with Industry representatives,  Innovation experts from academia, and Representatives from EU educational programmes.This workshop is organised in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project “RespiceSME” (www.respice-sme. eu) and the Photonics Public Private Partnership (Photonics21 - The objective of the RespiceSME project is to reinforce the innovative capacity of Europe’sphotonics Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), clusters and national platforms by stimulating targeted collaborations in and beyond photonics.  Register for the event here.