Welcome to ICOB2012
Operating in an age of demographic change, the worldwide exchange of goods, and increasing mobility, our society faces many challenges, for example in the health field. A single scientific discipline cannot master these challenges on its own. Networking and scientific and informational exchange on all levels are essential for a successful approach. What does this mean exactly? We not only need to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines to benefit from their knowledge and ideas, but we also need the political force that creates the framework for our research. We need the industry to develop our research into marketable products and ultimately benefit mankind. And last but not least, we need well-educated young people who adopt this cooperative attitude and grow with it into the scientific world.
Message of Greeting from Annette Schavan
Preventive medicine will increasingly be replacing the costly treatment of advanced diseases in future. A better understanding of cellular processes down to the level of molecular life processes forms the mainstay of early intervention. Innovations in the area of biophotonics facilitate new approaches to personalized medicine – from imaging diagnostics to the development of new active agents to minimally invasive surgery.
Welcome to Thuringia
The Free State of Thuringia has invited biophotonics experts from all over the world, physicists, doctors, biologists, chemists, and engineers to participate in the 3rd International Congress on Biophotonics in Jena. The director, Professor Dr. Jürgen Popp, and his team have successfully organized an extraordinary program with highly distinguished guests and lecturers to take place, appropriately, in the historically-based optics region of Thuringia.
First Optics and Photonics League
In Jena, research activities in biology, chemistry, and physics as well as the application of the results go hand in hand. There is a long list of all the scientific achievements and successful innovations attesting that the interdisciplinarity of research activities is especially appreciated here.