3rd Brillouin Microscopy Training School

February 10-12, 2020

Ben-Gurion University, Israel


Quick link to Application pages (see below for further info):

Application for trainees that do not request COST support

Application for trainees who request COST support



Course Overview

Brillouin microscopy is an emerging optical imaging technique for all-optical probing of mechanical properties in biological settings. Brillouin microscopy offers the ability to measure the mechanical properties of living biological systems, such as cells and organisms, noninvasively and contactless at high spatial resolution. This workshop aims at tutoring scientists on Brillouin microscopy and other optoacoustic tools used for biomedical research, with a special focus on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) microscopy.



This workshop is aimed at researchers and instrument developers who work in the field of Bio-Brillouin scattering spectroscopy and imaging and who wish to acquire more knowledge and hands-on training on this technology, with a special focus on SBS microscopy.


  • Tutorials on Brillouin microscopy and other optoacoustic techniques
  • Hands-on training on experimental setups of VIPA-based/SBS microscopy


Learning Outcomes

You will gain an overview of Brillouin microscopy and other optoacoustic techniques, such as optoacoustic tomography. You will gain an insight in their applications and pitfalls as well as recommendations from experts. You will meet top industrial actors that offer state-of-the-art solutions. After this course you should be able to assess the potential of these techniques and apply them to your own research.


Speakers, Trainers and Organisers



Tal Carmon, Technion, Israel

Thomas Dehoux, CNRS – Lyon, France

Kareem Elsayad, Vienna Biocenter, Austria

Itay Remer, Agilent Research, Israel

 Amir Rosenthal, Technion, Israel

Seok-Hyun (Andy) Yun, Harvard, USA

Avinoam Zadok, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Francesca Palombo, University of Exeter, UK



Itay Remer, Agilent Research, Israel

Roni Shaashoua, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel



Alberto Bilenca and Sivan Hazan


Tentative Program


Day 1 – Monday, 10 February 2020
12:00 – 13:00 Arrival & welcome buffet
13:00 – 14:00 Lecture 1
14:00 – 15:00 Lecture 2
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Lecture 3
16:30 – 19:00 Practical 1 – Basics of SBS spectroscopy


Day 2 – Tuesday, 11 February 2020
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 4
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 5
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 16:00 Practical 2 – SBS imaging
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Lecture 6
17:30 – 18:30 Lecture 7
18:30 – 20:00 Free time to visit the city
20:00 – 22:00 Diner


Day 3 – Wednesday, 12 February 2020
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 8
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 9
12:00 – 14:00 Open discussions around a lunch




Apply [not requesting financial support/general application]

Apply [requesting financial support/COST BioBrillouin Members]


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020

Subject to availability applications may be considered after this date. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Two types of applications will be considered for the trainings school. Those that request financial support and those that do not…


Applications requesting financial support

10 selected eligible and selected participants affiliated with the COST BioBrillouin Action will receive financial support to attend the course. (If you are not yet a member of the BioBrillouin Action you can apply to join here). The stipend may be used to cover travel costs and accommodation and meals not included in the Training School. For these selected participants the fee for the Training School as well Training School lunches and the gala dinner will be waivered.  For selection purposes, please note that your application will not be considered without a letter of motivation. It should include:

  • Your relevant skills, experience and qualifications showing why you would be suitable for the course.
  • Explanation of why you would like to attend, including what you can contribute and how you think you will benefit from the course.

Motivation letter length: The maximum limit of 2000 characters (ca. 200 words) refers to manually typed text (spaces included).

Free field text length: The maximum characters for your answers in the free field text boxes is 255 (spaces included).

Letters of motivation should be submitted via the text-box in the application page.

Applications should be made via this link.


Applications not requesting financial support

The following registration fee applies:

Academia 200 Euro

Registration fees include admission, course materials, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Confirmation and Payment: The registration fee should be paid only after your application has been accepted to the course.

These applications should be made via this link.


Accommodation and Transportation


The school will be held in the Helen Diller Family Center Building (number 74, room 109) of Ben Gurion University, at the Marcus campus.



Single rooms (breakfast included) have been reserved for 4 nights (check-in 9  2020, check-out 13 February 2020) at the Leonardo Negev Beer Sheva at a rate of 120€ per night (including breakfast and local taxes). Participants should contact the hotel directly to book a room. From the hotel, the Marcus campus can be reached by Taxi or bus (number 5).

Alternatively, a limited number of single rooms at the university guest apartments can be booked (~65€ without breakfast). For booking these rooms, participants should contact Sivan Hazan.


Local Transport

From the airport: Direct flights to Israel (Ben Gurion Israeli International airport, IAA) are scheduled daily from many cities. The Israel Railways train station is located in the airport area, reaches the Be’er Sheva-North/University station in 70 min.



For further enquiries, please contact Alberto Bilenca or Sivan Hazan with the subject header « Training school ».