International Symposium "20 Years Nano-Optics"

September 19-21 2017, Erlangen

In the past twenty years many research fields have met at nanometer cross roads. Scientists from very different disciplines such as physical chemistry, biophysics, applied optics, solid state physics, or quantum optics have explored and developed new experimental systems and methods such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, scanning near-field optical microscopy, spectroscopy of single molecules, quantum dots and color centers, superresolution fluorescence microscopy, plasmonics and photonic crystals. The symposium gathers many of the pioneers of these research areas, which gave birth to the vibrant field of Nano-Optics. The meeting aims to present a historical understanding of how Nano-Optics emerged and what its current and future trends might be.


Confirmed Speakers:


Thomas Ebbesen

Shanhui Fan

Jean-Michel Gerard

Jean-Jacques Greffet

Stephan Hell

Satoshi Kawata

Gerd Leuchs

Mikhail Lukin

William E. Moerner

Lukas Novotny

Michel Orrit

Oskar Painter

Dieter Pohl

Claus Seidel

Douglas Stone

Richard van Duyne

Niek van Hulst

Jörg Wrachtrup

Eli Yablonovitch

Yoshihisa Yamamoto



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Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory due to limited space. Registration is open until July 3rd 2017.

Registration via sandoghdar-office(at)mpl.mpg(dot)de

Twenty stipends (travel and lodging) will be provided to young scientists. Please send applications including CV, statement of purpose and a letter of reference until July 3rd 2017 to




From Nürnberg Airport it takes about 20 minutes to the Max Planck Institute by taxi.
There is also a bus: number 33, direction "Fürth Rathaus", switch at "Wegfeld" to bus number 20, direction "Arcaden" at "Sebaldussiedlung" you have reached your destination. This will take about 45 minutes.

By car take Autobahn A3 Frankfurt-Nuremberg (exit "Tennenlohe") to Bundesstraße B4 (main road) direction Erlangen (north bound), exit "Gräfenberg/Universität Südgelände". Take the roundabout traffic's second exit and turn into Kurt-Schumacher-Straße. Keep straight till you reach the traffic lights, then turn left into Staudtstraße. At the end of Staudtstraße you will reach the institute where you will find parking lots. 

By public transportation from Erlangen Central Station to the institute: 

4 minutes walk to "Arcaden"
Bus 287 from "Arcaden" (Direction "Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung"), destination: Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung
6 minutes walk to the Institute  

4 minutes on foot to "Arcaden"
Bus 20 from "Arcaden" (Direction "Nürnberg Thon"), destination: Erlangen Fridericianum
4 minutes walk to the Institute  

Bus 293 from central station (Direction "Erlangen Sebaldussiedlung"), destination: Erlangen Fridericianum 
4 minutes walk to the Institute  

Alternatively there is a train from Erlangen Central Station (S1) to Paul-Gossen-Straße; from there take the Bus 280 to "Erlangen-Sebaldussiedlung".