The best scientists of the world who are studying the use of nanoparticles, photonics and lasers in medicine, biotechnology, diagnostics, electronics and other fields, came to the “Lasers and Photonics” conference.” explained Yurii Gunko, co-director of the International Research and Education Centre for Physics of Nanostructures at ITMO University.

Around 2,000 scientists, engineers and experts from 44 countries in the world are participating in this congress held from 27 June to 1 July, including over 400 students from various universities. At the congress they will showcase the latest developments and discuss topical issues in the field of photonics, laser physics, quantum communication and other related fields of science. For example, Mr. Professor Boris Chichkov Head of Nanotechnology at Hannover University shared at the first plenary session how laser 3D printing can be used to print nano-sized live cells.

At the congress, both the victories and challenges in nanotechnology and optics are being explored. The low demand for relevant technologies in the Russian market, coupled with the high cost of research in some areas, particularly medicine, as an issue facing researchers. Furthermore, Russia is yet to fully implement its products in global markets.

ITMO University is proud to have so many participants at the congress, “15% of the congress participants are from ITMO University, most of which are students.” explains Alexander Atreshenko, project manager of the congress from the Chair of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials at ITMO U, “Here they can learn about the latest issues and developments in the field of photonics and lasers. For the university it is beneficial for students to attend such events so they can be on top of the latest technologies and advancements in science.”  

Vladimir Vasiliyev, Rector at ITMO U believes that the congress provides participants with the opportunity to establish new business contacts and discuss the prospects of scientific cooperation. It also gives students a chance to meet representatives of major research companies or universities to find potential internships or continue their education.

It’s worth noting that St. Petersburg is the ideal venue for such an event. Irina Ganus, deputy chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the government of St. Petersburg calls the city, the “scientific capital of Russia”.

Ms. Ganus believes that “the city has been at the forefront of science and education since it has existed for the last 300 years. Many Russian scientists did research in the field of photonics and lasers. The first Russian internationally renowned researcher, Mikhail Lomonosov became the founder of the school of applied optics. Today, laser technology is used in all spheres of life: medicine, science and art. The government of St. Petersburg attaches great importance to the development of science: every year, more than 1.5 million researchers receive support from the city's administration.”

More details about the conference program are here.