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Optical (Bio)Sensing for Life Science and Environmental Application ... ASCOS 2019      
will be held from Sunday, July 21st to Sunday, July 28th 2019 in Bertinoro (FC), at the University Residential Centre of the University of Bologna.

Comprising several unique buildings, including St. Sylvester Church, a Theatre, the former military outpost ("Revellino") and the Bishop's Fortress ("Rocca"), the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro is an outstanding conference centre featuring state-of-the-art meeting facilities.
The name Bertinoro dates back to the year 1000 AD and, according to local legend, originates from a comment made by Galla Placidia, who is said to have pronounced the local wines to be so delicious that they should be "drank in gold" ("Berti in oro"). The town is known for its hospitality, of which the 13th century Colonna delle Anelle is the main symbol. To avoid fights between the noble families on who may accommodate visitors coming to town, 12 rings were attached to a white stone column - one for each family. When a foreigner would reach Bertinoro, by tying his horse bridles to a free ring he would randomly pick a family as host during his stay.

In recognition of this tradition, the organisers will allocate evenly balanced time slots for tutorial sessions and group work as well as for regeneration, socialising and networking...

COURSE TOPIC      
Following the philosophy of previous ASCOS events to concentrate on a specific topic, both the ASCOS-2019 tutorials and the group work will focus on Optical (bio)sensing for life science and environmental applications.

TUTORIALS AND GROUPWORK      
A panel of carefully solicited academic and industrial tutors - leading experts in their respective fields - has committed to give a thorough and comprehensive introduction into basic principles of relevant optical sensor techniques as well as their implementation, successful application and commercial aspects.
To apply the gained knowledge, the students will be organized into several project teams and given a real (bio)analytical problem related to optical sensors to solve during the course duration. During this group work phase, the tutors will be available for questions arising from the project group work.

PARTICIPANTS      
The aim of ASCOS-2019 is to provide an education and networking platform for bright young scientists, mostly PhD students and young Post-Docs. To ensure high standards, the number of participants is limited and the minimum education requirement is an M.Sc. degree (or similar) in a field related to optical and/or chemical sensors. For people coming from a different background, pertinent experience is required.

PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE     
All attendees are are kindly requested to arrive at the venue no later than Sunday, July 21st 2019 around 18:00 (although the first session will only start on Monday morning, if you arrive late you'll miss the welcome reception), and leave no earlier than Sunday, July 28th 2019 after the project presentations.
Attendance to tutorial lectures and project work is compulsory. For the group work, each teams may choose its own preferred location. Participation in the Social Programme is voluntary but highly recommended and expected to be interesting.

For more details, please see the Course Schedule section.

LANGUAGE     
The official course language is English. In order not to exclude anybody from the scientific discussions, all the participants are kindly requested to stick to English throughout the course.

COURSE VENUE     
The course venue is the University Center Bertinoro, Via Frangipane 6, 47032 Bertinoro (FC), Italy. It combines a convenient location (walking distance from the city centre) with beautiful surroundings and historical parts in close vicinity.
Bertinoro itself is situated halfway between the cities of Forlė and Cesena, about 80 km from the international airport of Bologna, which it served by both the big networks and major low cost companies, providing conventient connections to Europe and the Americas.

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