Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine and Surgery

Tomar Portugal

October 15-19, 2023
Tomar, Portugal

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About This Conference

The primary goal of this conference is to bring together scientists, engineers and clinicians involved in the application of optics to biotechnology, medicine, and surgery. Clinical translation and technology commercialization are major areas of emphasis. By focusing on some of the most topical directions, this conference provides a forum for researchers of our field to access our most important progress and to chart course for future research through formal and informal discussions. Through providing ample time for informal networking, the conference facilitates positive interactions among trainees, junior investigators, and established experts. This interaction is vital to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers in biomedical optics. The proposed conference will be a continuation of meetings on this topic sponsored by Engineering Conferences International for more than 24 years.

Technical sessions are being planned on the following topics:

  • Data Driven Approaches and Machine Learning
  • Molecular Guided Surgery
  • Sports Medicine and Wearables
  • Physics Based Modeling
  • Standardization and Phantoms 
  • Photons and Sound Waves
  • Imaging through the Endoscope
  • Technologies for Virus Detection and Quantification
  • Drug Discovery and Drug Development
  • Optics and Biomechanics
  • Neurophotonics
  • Optical and Fiber Systems

Confirmed speakers will be posted soon.

Conference Organization


Frederic Leblond, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Mark Niedre, Northeastern University, USA

Conference Co-Chairs

Summer Gibbs, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
David Cuccia, Modulim, Inc.
Jonathan Liu, University of Washington, USA

Confirmed Speakers

Stefan Andersson-Engels, Tyndall National Institute
Sara Bohndiek,
Cambridge University
Stephen Boppart,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Michael Bouvet, University of California-San Diego
Bernard Choi, UC Irvine
Daniel Côté,
CERVO, Université Laval
Hamid Dehgani, The University of Birmingham
Turgut Durduran,
ICFO : The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Nicholas Durr,
John Hopkins University
Dan Elson
, Imperial College
Maria Angela Franceschini,
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sylvain Gioux, Intuitive Surgical (company)
Jana Kainersdorfer, Carnegie Mellon
Dongkyun Kang
, University of Arizona
Twan Lammers,
RWTH Aachen University
Charles Lin
, Massachussets General Hospital
Faisal Mahmood,
Harvard Medical School
Laura Marcu,
UC Davis
Eric Potma, UCI, Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
Narasimhan Rajaram,
University of Arkansas
Daniel Razansky, ETH Zurich
Darren Roblyer,
Boston University
Kimberley Samkoe
, Thayer School at Dartmouth
Melissa Skala,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kenneth Tichauer,
Illinois Institute of Technology
Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong
Pablo Valdes, University of Texas Medical Branch
Alex Vitkin, University of Toronto
Brian Wilson,
Univeristy Health Network, University of Toronto

Conference Fee Estimates

At this time we are estimating that the conference fees (inclusive of registration, accommodations and all meals from Sunday dinner through Thursday lunch) will be:

Single Room Occupancy:                            US$ 1,765.

Shared Room Occupancy:                          US$ 1,655

Graduate student in a Shared Room:       US$ 1,240

Call for Abstracts

All prospective attendees are invited to submit abstracts on their work to be presented in several oral and poster sessions during this 4-day conference. All paper submissions are carefully peer-reviewed to ensure a high-quality program on emerging topics. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Please prepare your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically at this link.

Deadline for abstracts for oral and poster presentations:  June 16, 2023

Sponsor Packages

Package A: $2,000 

  • Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
  • Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 

Package B: $3,500 

  • Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
  • Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
  • Half-page ad in digital program 
  • Company logo and link on conference website 

Package C: $5,000 

  • Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
  • Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
  • Full page ad in digital program 
  • Company logo and link on conference website 
  • Company information packet available in attendees’ registration materials 

Package D: $7,500 

  • Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
  • Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
  • Full page ad in digital program 
  • Company logo and link on conference website 
  • Company information packet available in attendees’ registration materials 
  • Sponsor a scientific session with oral introduction 
  • Table to display company information  

ECI Associate Director Kevin Korpics ( (+1-212-514-6760) may be contacted for invoicing  and other questions.  

Please note that none of the sponsor packages include any free or discounted registrations for attendees from sponsor companies.

Venue Information

Tomar, Portugal

Situated in the geographic center of Portugal, Tomar (about 135 km northeast of Lisbon) was founded by the notorious Knights Templar in 1160. The Templars were part monks, part warriors and plotted crusades from Tomar for centuries. They established the beginnings of the Convento de Cristo, Tomar’s most famous landmark, on a hill overlooking town. The Convento combines architectural styles from the 12th through 17th centuries. An ornate octagonal canopy protects the high altar of the Templo dos Templares, modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the grounds of the convent contain eight cloisters embracing a variety of styles.

Tomar, Portugal

The Templars earned a reputation as ferocious fighters, and won the admiration and trust of both rich and poor. They served as protectors and transporters of Christian kings, power brokers and pilgrims and grew famous as bankers. The Templars acquired great wealth, but made many enemies in the process. Pope Clement V accepted accusations of heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege leveled against the Templars by Philip the Fair, king of France, and many Templars were imprisoned or executed. King Dinis of Portugal allowed them to regroup their forces under the new aegis of the Order of Christ. Prince Henry the Navigator became Administrator after the Templars became the Order of Christ and he used much their wealth to finance his explorations.

Tomar is divided by the River Nabão, the banks of which are dotted with weirs and wheels once used to water vegetable gardens and orchards. The irrigation techniques illustrate the Muslim tradition of hydraulic engineering. Most sights, accommodations and shops lie on the west bank of the river and the lush Parque Mouchão straddles the two banks. The ancient yet functional Ponte Velha (Old Bridge) connects the two. Tomar’s main shopping thoroughfare is rua Serpa Pinto, known locally as Corre Doura. Outlets for folklore, pottery, copperware and wrought iron highlight it. Tascas and bars are scattered throughout the city, with some offering live music.

Hotel dos Templários

Situated near the heart of Tomar’s Old Town, the Hotel dos Templários is the largest hotel in the district. Many rooms offer views of the Convent of Christ and the public areas, including lounges and terrace-view dining rooms, are spacious. The hotel offers room service, laundry, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a billiards room and baby-sitting. There are wide sun terraces, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a greenhouse. The hotel also has large gardens. Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and minibars. Free parking is available. 

Tomar Hotel

For more information on the area, please visit these web sites:

Transportation to Tomar from Lisbon

By train from Lisbon:

The trip from Lisbon to Tomar takes approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival at the Tomar train station, taxis are available for the short (about one or two kilometer)r trip to the Hotel Dos Templarios.

By automobile from Lisbon:

The rental car companies will provide maps and driving instructions. Allow between 1-1/2 – 2 hours for the trip, depending on traffic. The hotel provides free parking.

More detailed information will be available when registration opens.


General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.