March 16-19, 2016


Mumbai, INDIA


Abstract Submission is Live now


24 Professional Speakers

WELCOME to OWLS 2016 / Mumbai,INDIA

OWLS is an international conference that takes place every two years  and brings together scientists, engineers and doctors to discuss the  technological developments in the field of optics for solving problems in life sciences. The history of OWLS traces back to 1990 when it was first held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany and organized by the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) It is one of the premier meetings for learning about and discussing the latest advances in the field. OWLS has been regularly held every two years in the Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and recently in China. This is the first time it is being organized in India and at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Some of the topics covered in this 2016 meeting will be:

Topics to be covered /

  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Super-resolution Imaging
  • Single molecule spectroscopy
  • Nanoscale Biophysics
  • Ultrafast Phenomena in Biology
  • Bio Imaging in Live cells
  • SERS and Raman spectroscopy in Biology
  • Probes for Imaging and Sensing
  • Theoretical Optical Spectroscopy

Invited Speakers /

Delmar Larsen

Dwayne Miller

Tehei Tahara

  • Alberto Diaspro (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, ITALY)
  • Amitabha Chattopadhyay (CCMB, Hyderabad)
  • Amitava Das (NCL Pune)
  • AmlenduChandra (IIT Kanpur)
  • Andrey Klymchenko (Université de Strasbourg, FRANCE)
  • Aprotim Mazumdar (TIFR Hyderabad)
  • Arne Gennerich (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
  • Arindam Chowdhury (IIT Bombay)
  • Chandrabhas Narayana (JNCASR, Bangalore)
  • Christoph Fahrni (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • David Jonas (University of Colorado, USA)
  • David Margulies (Weizmann Institute, ISRAEL)
  • Delmar Larsen (UC Davis, USA)
  • Donatas Zigmantas (Lund University, SWEDEN)
  • G. V. Shivashankar (National University, Singapore)
  • Gert Von Bally (University of Muenster, GERMANY)
  • Gilad Haran (Weizmann Institute, ISRAEL)
  • Gilbert Walker (University of Toronto, CANADA)
  • Hagen Hoffman (Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL)
  • Harinath Chakrapani (IISER Pune)
  • Igor Schapiro (Hebrew University, ISRAEL)
  • J.Balaji (IISc Bangalore)
  • Jayant Udgaonkar (NCBS, Bangalore)
  • Joerg Enderlein (Georg August University Göttingen, GERMANY)
  • Julio Fernandez (Columbia University, USA)
  • Kakoli Bose (ACTREC, Mumbai)
  • Kanchan Garai (TIFR, Hyderabad)
  • Kankan Bhattacharya (IACS Kolkata)
  • Karsten Heyne (Freie University, GERMANY)
  • Keiichi Inoue (Nagoya Institute, JAPAN)
  • KL Sebastian (IISc Bangalore)
  • Klaas Wynne (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Krishnananda Chattopadhyay (IICB, Kolkata)
  • Maria Andrea Mroginski (Technical University, GERMANY)
  • Markus Sauer (University of Wurzburg, GERMANY)
  • Martin Hof (Jaroslav Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, CZECH Republic)
  • Mrinalini Puranik (IISER Pune)
  • Murali Krishna (ACTREC, Mumbai)
  • P.K.Gupta (RRCAT, Indore)
  • Philipp Kukura (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Pramod Pullarkat (RRI, Bangalore)
  • R. J. Dwayne Miller ( Max Planck Institute for the Structure    and  Dynamics of Matter, GERMANY)
  • Rahul Roy (IISc Bangalore)
  • Samrat Mukhopadhyay (IISER Mohali)
  • Sanford Ruhman (Hebrew University, ISRAEL)
  • Satyajit Mayor (NCBS, Bangalore)
  • Shaul Mukamel (UC Irvine, USA)
  • Shobhan Sen (JNU, New Delhi)
  • Steve Morgan (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • T Govindraju (JNCASR, Bangalore)
  • Tahei Tahara (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Thomas la Cour Jansen (Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials,The Netherlands)
  • Thomas Pucadyil (IISER Pune)
  • Thorsten Wohland (NUS, Singapore)
  • Trevor Smith (University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)
  • Vinod Subramaniam (University of Twente,
  • Wei Zhuang(Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA)
  • Yale E. Goldman (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Yitzhak Tor (University of California, San Diego)
  • Young-Tae Chang (NUS, SINGAPORE)
  • Yuval Ebenstein (Tel Aviv University, ISRAEL)
  • Yves Mely (University of Strasbourg, FRANCE)

Event Sponsors /

Event Hosts and Meeting Sponsors

Major Industry Sponsors

Other Meeting Contributors


Benefits of Sponsorship


  • 12’ x 6’ Stall (to showcase equipment)
  • 1 Page advertisement in abstract book
  • Sponsor’s company logo displayed in OWLS2016 website
  • Sponsor’s logo on Badge (or on the stationery/conference bag)
  • 15 min slot for a technical talk in the main symposium
  • Registration waived for 4 personnel from the sponsor’s company
  • Logo on main Banner


  • 6’ x 6’ Stall
  • 1 Page advertisement in abstract book
  • Sponsor’s logo on Badge (or on the stationery/conference bag)
  • Registration waived for 3 personnel from the sponsor’s company
  • Logo on main Banner (small)


  • 1 Page advertisement in abstract book
  • Registration waived for 2 personnel from the sponsor’s company
  • Logo on main Banner (small)


  • 1 Page advertisement in abstract book
  • Registration waived for 1 person from the sponsor’s company

Accommodation /

We would like to suggest all participants to plan the travel to reach Mumbai latest by 15th March 2016.

Following are the best hotels that are close to TIFR (Conference Venue). Click the link for the location and details of the respective hotel:

1. Trident Hotel (5 star) (4.5 km from TIFR Mumbai)

If you are interested in staying here at discounted rate, please click here to make a reservation and send back the filled from to ( with a copy to ).  The discounted rates are mentioned in the reservation form. We recommend this hotel. There are limited rooms available for this option, so please hurry!

2. Vivanta Taj President (5 star) (2.2 km from TIFR-Mumbai)

If you are interested in staying here at discounted rate, please click here to download the reservation form and send back the filled from to The discounted rates are mentioned in the reservation form.

3. ​Fariyas Hotel (4 star) (3.4 km from TIFR Mumbai)

If you are interested in staying here at discounted rate (Rs. 5000 + tax per room per night; Includes buffet breakfast & wi-fi in the room), please send an email to Ms. Nivedeeta Kurle (Email:; phone: +91 9820366761) and mention that you are attending ‘TIFR guest attending OWLS2016 meeting’.

A very limited number of subsidised accommodation (basic facilities, shared rooms) for the nights of March 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2016 have also been arranged. The fees for a shared accommodation for 4 nights is Rs. 4000 (basic facilities, sharing with another person), Rs. 3000 (sharing with multiple persons). These are available on a first come first serve basis.

Please note that we would NOT automatically arrange accommodation for invited speakers or participants, unless requested through this site.

Registration /

Early registration deadline – Dec. 15, 2015
Regular registration deadline – Feb. 15, 2016
Spot registration would be allowed.

Registration fees
International :
Regular Academic – USD 500
Students and Post doctoral fellows- USD 350
Business – USD 750
USD 100 discount for early registration , USD 50 discount for regular registration

Participants from India
Regular Academic – Rs. 6000
Students and Post-doctoral Fellows – Rs. 3500
Business – Rs. 9000
TIFR Student – Rs. 1750
TIFR Faculty – Rs. 3000
Student Volunteer – Free Registration

Registration closed

FCS 2016: National Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy Workshop /

We are extremely glad to announce that registration for the National Fluorescence and Raman Workshop – FCS 2016 is now open. The workshop will be held at TIFR Mumbai from March 13-15, 2016, as it returns back in its seventh instalment to the place from where it originated.

The objective of FCS-2016 will be to train students, postdocs and young investigators in the area of fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy by providing elaborate teaching and hands-on training on emerging techniques such as Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS), Plasmon-enhaced Raman spectroscopy, Live Cell Imaging, Time Correlated Single Photon Correlation Spectroscopy and Ultrafast spectroscopy. These topics will be taught by a select group of experts from around the world. For all attendees we are charging nominal fees of Rs 2000 which will include the cost of food and shared accommodation. We are unfortunately limited in number of participant spots and would like to invite student/researchers applications with an additional paragraph on “why you want to attend the workshop?”. The registration is now OPEN and will continue till 25th February 2016. We hope you can make use of this workshop and seamlessly transition into the main OWLS2016 meeting that will follow the workshop.

Last Date for application is February 25, 2016

Topics and Teachers

  • Ultrafast spectroscopy: Delmar Larsen
  • Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy: Thorsten Wohland
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy and time correlated single photon counting: G. Krishnamoorthy
  • Plasmonics and Raman spectroscopy: A Venugopal and Gilad Haran
  • Fluorescence Imaging: Trevor Smith
  • Development of Imaging Probes: Christoph Farhni
  • AFM: ASR Koti
  • Optical Traps: Roop Mallik
  • Optical Response Theory: Shaul Mukamel
FCS Schedule

Physical Poster Specifications /

OWLS – 2016 Organizing Team

Convenors /

Jyotishman Dasgupta

Sudipta Maiti

ASR Koti

Ravindra Venkatramani

Local organizing COMMITTEE Members /

Ankona Datta

Roop Mallik

Anindya Datta

Manoj Kumbhakar

International Advisory Committee Members /

Tahei Tahara

Shaul Mukamel

Joerg Enderlein

Gilbert Walker

Gilad Haran

Delmar Larsen

David Margulies

Alberto Diaspro

Event Location

March 16-19, 2016,
Mumbai, INDIA

Contact Us /

Prof. Sudipta Maiti
Dept. of Chemical Sciences
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road,
Colaba, Mumbai 400005

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