Happy Birthday LENS!

On November 22nd 2021 we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy with a special one-day event, to discuss how far we have come, the frontiers of our research and our vision for the future. 30 years of scientific adventures, exciting discoveries and international collaborations: from atoms to life, always surfing on the waves of light!

The event will be available in live streaming freely on the Youtube channel of University of Florence, accessible from the link:

The morning session (held in Aula Querzoli, LENS) will be devoted to the celebration of the LENS anniversary, with greetings from Authorities and Academic and Research institutions, followed by a keynote speech by Prof. Massimo Inguscio (LENS & Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma). After that, the LENS laboratories will be open to welcome visits from in-person attendees, while a short video-documentary shot from the LENS laboratories will be streamed online.

The afternoon session (held in Aula Magna, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia UNIFI) is devoted to the scientific presentation of the three research areas of LENS – Quantum Science and Technology, Photonic Materials, and Biophotonics – and of the collaborations with other Research Institutions that enrich the scientific spectrum of our institute. The event will be concluded by an Enrico Fermi Colloquium given by Prof. Angelo Gemignani (Università di Pisa).

The full programme of the event is available here: Scientific program of "LENS: 30 anni di futuro"

How to participate

Please note that the event will be held according to the anti-Covid rules, which impose access regulations and strict occupancy limits of the conference halls. For this reason, the possibility to attend the event in person is limited to the afternoon session only (included lunch and coffee break) and only to registered participants. Pre-registration is requested to everyone who wishes to attend in person and is available at the link below until November 15th. You will receive a notification on the success of your application by November 16th.

Form is available here: Pre-Registration form.

Supporting institutions

The event is held with the patronage of Università degli Studi di Firenze and support from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica and Fondazione CR Firenze.

The streaming of the morning session and the video-documentary are realized by Laboratorio Multimediale - Università degli Studi di Firenze.

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