Optical Imaging - from Molecules to Humans

Hot Topics in Imaging Technology

2nd Technology Summer Workshop of the ESMI- TOPIM TECH 2017


Date:    10 - 15 July 2017

Venue: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania - MAICh

Alsyllio Agrokepio, 1 Makedonias str

Chania, Crete


Optical imaging has evolved to one of the most important methods for the visualization of molecular function, disease monitoring, drug screening, therapeutic and surgical intervention, in all possible scales, ranging from the few-nanometer to the whole organism and human level. Two recent Nobel prizes were awarded to scientific achievements that revolutionized biological and biomedical research based on optical imaging technologies; the discovery of fluorescent proteins and the development of Nanoscopy or super resolution microscopy. Numerous other technological breakthroughs have enabled imaging of biology with unprecedented clarity. Despite the advancement many unsolved issues remain as a result of the fundamental physics governing light propagation in biological media. To take optical imaging technologies a step beyond these limitation radical new approaches are needed.

At the same time the different scales and parameters targeted by optical imaging technologies require a comprehensive study of a variety of fundamental issues related to:

i) hardware,

ii) software,

iii) image processing,

iv) data analysis,

v) light propagation theory,

vi) experimental procedures and protocols,

vii) standardization and quantification.

TOPIM TECH 2017 will specifically target the interdisciplinary field of modern optical imaging bringing together engineers, physicists, biochemists, computer scientists, bio-informaticians and biologists to define state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology, discuss current trends and showcase emerging applications that require or are catalyzed by optical imaging approaches.

General TOPIM concept

The success of the ESMI’s winter conference in the French Alps - TOPIMannually held at the Ecole de Physique des Houches - drove the society towards the south and the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. The idea of a complimentary summer workshop purposefully named TOPIM TECH, was realized for the first time in 2016 focussing on Multiparametric Imaging. After this first inspiring, succesful edition it has been decided to continue. Thus TOPIM TECH will be held annually in the beautiful city of Chania in the island of Crete.

TOPIM, which is held in the Chamonix valley, is focussing on biology related issues in Imaging Science, while the aim for TOPIM TECH is to start a series of high level Summer Workshops focussing each year on one hot topic in Imaging Technology.

TOPIM and TOPIM TECH aim at bringing scientists from various fields together and providing a “think tank” to foster new ideas and inter-disciplinary cross connections through discussions between participants. By combining expert descriptions of the most up-to-date imaging technologies and/or applications TOPIM and TOPIM TECH contribute in collectively describing the imaging approaches, categorizing them and drawing the landscape of in vivo imaging applied to a specific scientific issue.

The overall goal of both TOPIM conferences is to spend one week at an inspiring place and to provide a platform for intensive discussions and exchange of ideas between high-level international experts, senior, and junior scientists – and to tackle the crucial questions in Imaging Science.