Bridging the Gap

Rather than research Photonics4Life is more about the structuring and integration of Biophotonics in Europe. Various studies (e.g. Krauss Deloitte, Biophotonik 2005) identify the communication barriers between the different disciplines working in the field of Biophotonics as the main hurdle for growth and thus improved development of better health care applications and methods. The main goal of the network is therefore to improve the connection to the biomedical end-user (biologists and physicians) to break down these barriers. Our measurers to do so are:

  • Connecting to end-users via conferences and workshops and bringing them to the podium (e.g. at P4L-Meetings, the World-of-Photonics or the Photonics Europe)
  • Education of the various disciplines involved in Biophotonics, (e.g. by summer schools, interdisciplinary handbooks and tutorial material)
  • The setting up of the Biophotonics Database to create an overview over existing methods and techniques and to allow the identification of white spots among them
  • Dissemination to the biomedical users for showing the benefit optical technologies hold for health care

Contact person(s):


Juergen Popp

Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp

Phone: +49-3641-206-300
Fax: +49-3641-206-099
Mail:juergen [dot] popp [at] ipht-jena [dot] de

Involved partners:

Round Robin Experiment

Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

Latest News

5th International Conference on Biophotonics

20 March 2017

Continuing the success of the previous meetings held in Sacramento, Ottawa, Jena, and Florence, the 5th conference will come to Perth, Western Australia, running over two full days, and back-to-back with the Science on the Swan medical research conference, which delegates are strongly encouraged to also attend, at discounted rates. [more]

Biophotonics Wiki

Visit our wiki to consult our latest technologies and techniques. [more]


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