OPORTO 22 – 1st Spring Biophotonics Conference in Porto


20-23 April 2022


Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

COVID-related information for travellers


We are delighted to welcome you to the 1st Spring Biophotonics Conference and hope that you will have an exciting and inspiring time. The scope of this symposium ranges from basic fundamental studies to applied research in the field of Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics, Optical Imaging, Biosensing and Theragnostics, including optical and photonics-based engineering, translational, clinical and pre-clinical studies.

The goal of the OPORTO Conference is to bring together the key members of Biophotonics international community after COVID isolation to discuss and resume business as usual, including current and further research plans, collaboration, exchange visits, public engagement events, etc.

In this spirit of the scientific exchange, we would like to thank you in advance for your active contribution to making the OPORTO Conference a success. We hope that while you are experiencing the exciting atmosphere of this event, you will gain new insights about the fascinating new developments in laser physics, light-tissue interaction, nano-photonics, neuro-imaging, image processing and their application in life sciences and modern biomedical applications.

With very best wishes on behalf of conference organizers,

Luis Oliveira and Igor Meglinski (Chairs of OPORTO Conference)



Conference Chairs

Luis Oliveira

Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Igor Meglinski

Aston University, UK

Honorary Co-Chair

Valery V. Tuchin

Saratov State University, Russia

Organizing Committee

Inês S. Martins, Secretary

Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Andreia Martins

CIETI, Portugal

Anton Sdobnov

University of Oulu, Finland

Hugo Silva

CIETI, Portugal

Luís Fernandes

INESCTEC, Portugal

Maria do Rosário Pinheiro

CIETI, Portugal

Tânia Pereira

INESCTEC, Portugal

Diana Khlebaeva

STEMM Global

Program Committee Chairs

Alexander V. Priezzhev, Co-Chair

Moscow State University, Russia

Israel Gannot, Co-chair

Tel Aviv University, Israel School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Program Committee

Maria Farsari


Yuriy Ushenko

Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine

Maria Inês Carvalho

Porto University, Portugal

Janis Spigulis

University of Latvia, Latvia

Anna Baldycheva

University of Exeter, UK

Hélder Oliveira

INESC-Porto, Portugal

Tatiana Novikova

CNRS/Ecole polytechnique, France

Ronald Sroka

LIFE-Centre, Munich, Germany

Małgorzata Jędrzejewska-Szczersk

Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

Dmitry Telyshev

Sechenov First Medical University, Russia

Rui Henrique

IPO-Porto, Portugal

Irina Larina

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Roberto Pini


Ekaterina Sergeeva

Institute of Applied Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, N. Novgorod, Russia

Jürgen Popp

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Sara Tombelli

IFAC-Rome, Italy

Alexander Bykov

University of Oulu, Finland

Francesco Pavone

University of Florence, Italy


Plenary and Invited Speakers

Juergen Popp

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

"ppp Photonics21 and the Biophotonics Roadmap" (Keynote)

Zeev Zalevsky

Bar Ilan University, Israel

“Remote photonic sensing of brain activity and senses” (Invited)

Maxim Darvin

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

“Perspectives of confocal Raman microspectroscopy for the non-invasive determination of physiological parameters of the skin in vivo” (Invited)

Brendan Kennedy

University of Western Australia, Australia

“Imaging intracellular biomechanics using optical coherence microscopy” (Invited)

Viacheslav Artyushenko

art Photonics GmbH, Berlin

"Fiber photonics for biomedical applications" (Invited)

David Boas

College of Engineering, Boston University, USA

“Development of fiber-based laser speckle contrast measurements for imaging human brain function” (Invited)

Maria Angela Franceschini

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

“Cerebral health in a heartbeat” (Invited)

Natan T. Shaked

Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel

"Stain-free rapid interferometric imaging of sperm cells for in vitro fertilization" (Invited)

Edik Rafailov

Aston University, UK

“Advances in the development of non-invasive wearable health monitoring devices” (Invited)

Vyacheslav (Slava) Kalchenko

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

“Additive manufacturing technologies for biomedical optical imaging applications: Research trends and scientific impact.” (Invited)

Bernhard Roth

Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

“Multimodal optical systems for the investigation of skin diseases” (Invited)

Dmitry Gorin

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

"Combination of nanostructured particles and photonics for visualisation and therapy" (Invited)

Abstract Submission

Each author is requested to submit a one-page abstract.

Abstract must be sent to Inês Martins (Organizing Committee Secretary) via email before January 31, 2022.

Registration & Fees

Electronic registration before January 31, 2022, at is required.

For all the participants (including Chairs, Co-Chairs, Members of the Committees, Plenary and Invited Speakers) the conference fee is 230 Euro (this is minimal cost that covers conference rooms, coffee breaks, lunches, and light refreshments), and should be paid until January 31 (2022) through bank transfer to the following bank account:

Bank name: Banco Santander Totta S.A.

IBAN: PT50 0018 000352410420020 13


Bank address: Rua do Ouro, nº 88 – 1100-063 Lisboa

For payments after this date, the fee is 280€. On site payment is also possible, but the fee will be 350€.

Required: email the receipt of the payment and the abstract to Inês Martins (Organizing Committee Secretary)


Conference papers will be published in a special issue of Journal of Biophotonics and need to be prepared according to the journal template.

Culture Program

Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal (second to Lisbon), located in the north of Portugal, at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The town has a rich history with many monuments to visit in downtown locations, a particular folklore full of colorful traditions and exquisite food to taste at small prices. Its ancient name (Portus Calle) gave the name to the country – Portugal. Porto is known worldwide for its famous Port wine, which can be bought in one of the many local stores inside the city.

Although the conference participants are welcome to take free visits to the city and its local attractions and stores, a social program will be included for those who are interested. 

During the afternoon of April 23, the participants will take a small tour by bus to visit the Port wine cellars in the left margin of the Douro river. There, a guided visit to one of the cellars will take place, with wine tasting at the end. Port wine bottles can be bought during the visit. At the end of the afternoon, the participants will take a short bus travel to the right margin of the Douro river to a nearby restaurant for the conference banquet. The restaurant is located on privileged site with a wonderful view of the Douro river and its margins.

This social program has an additional fee of 50€ (per person), which is not included in the conference registration fee.

Venue & Lodging

The conference venue will be at the Polytechnic of Porto – School of Engineering (ISEP), which is located in the north academic part of town.

Hotel IBIS Porto São João** 

Hotel STAR INN Porto****




Visa application support – information for official invitation letter, before January 31, 2022

Submission of Abstracts – before February 28, 2022.

Registration – before January 31, 2022

Conference fee – before January 31, 2022

Hotel reservation – suggested to be before February 28, 2022