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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

From 10:30:00 AM
to 06:00:00 PM

Conference room Querzoli - LENS - via Nello Carrara 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)

Published on-line at 12:33:22 PM on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

LENS 20th anniversary

A busy calendar of events, conferences and seminars for the first twenty years of a history of scientific excellence.

European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy is now 20 years old. Born in February 1991 under the auspices of the University of Florence, in these two decades it has grown aimed to excellence in research, up to become one of the main points of reference in Europe for the application of the laser light technology. On October 18th and 20th 2011 celebrations for the anniversary will be held, with a busy calendar of events, conferences and seminars at the LENS headquarters in Sesto Fiorentino. Together with the Rector of the University of Florence, Alberto Tesi, the Assessors of the Departments of Education and University of the City of Florence, Maria Rosa di Giorgi and Cristina Giachi, will intervene.

"We started in the early 90s by an European-wide initiative of a small group of researchers and we now have 20 laboratories engaged in four main lines of research, more than 100 researchers and students, 4 projects related to calls of the European Research Council (ERC) and an average of citations per paper published last year more than 5 times that of Europe". So the current director of LENS Diederik Wiersma summarizes the success story of the Institute that hosts and promotes cutting edge research on Atomic Physics, Photonics, Biophysics and Molecular Physics in close contact with University of Florence and the INO/CNR, but also with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Max Planck Institut für Quantenoptik in Germany.

"LENS is a bet which began twenty years ago by the University of Florence", said the Rector of the University of Florence Alberto Tesi, "that believed in the possibility for its cutting-edge research to dialogue with the world with an interdisciplinary approach. This laboratory, as well as for advanced equipment and strong ability to drive international projects, is also known for a lively way of doing research, generated by the continual sharing of ideas and passion for science among students and young researchers. Even for this, many people come from different countries to specialize at LENS".

Real star of the October 18th will be the Italian scientific excellence in optics and the application of laser technology: the speeches of LENS researchers will take turns with those of leading names in the international scientific community, including Prof. Theodor Hänsch, Nobel prize for physics in 2005, director of the Max-Planck-Institute für Quantenoptik and Professor at the University of Florence and the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, and Prof. Albert Polman, director of the FOM-Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam and Professor at the University of Utrecht, a pioneer of research in the field of nanophotonics.

LENS Video Stream

All the events of October 18th will be available in video streaming, thanks to Centro Servizi Informatici e Informativi of University of Florence, at this URL: Live 1. You need Real Player plugin to view the stream, from here you can download and install it for free. If you have any problem seeing the video within your browser (e.g. missing plugin), or you are a Linux user, you can use an external player such as VLC (free download here) to play this stream: . For example in VLC click on "Media" - "Open stream...", copy&paste previous URL and finally click on "Play".

For further informations, please contact Alessio Cimarelli or.