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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.

Dating back to the year 1000 AD, according to local legend the name Bertinoro originates from a comment made by Galla Placidia who said that the local wines are so delicious that they should be "drunk in gold" ("berti in oro"). The town is known for its hospitality, of which the column in the main square is the main symbol. To avoid fights between the noble families, all of whom were eager to accommodate visitors arriving in town, it was decided to attach several rings to the column, one for each family. When a stranger would reach Bertinoro, by tying the horse to one of the rings he weould 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       For maximumg effectiveness, ASCOS-2019 will focus on Optical (bio)sensing for life science and environmental applications.
Both the tutorials and group work will focus on this topic.

TUTORIALS AND GROUPWORK       A comprehensive panel of carefully solicited academic and industrial tutors - leading experts in their respective fields - has committed to give a thorough introduction into basic principles of specific optical sensor techniques as well as their implementation, application for detection of chemical and biological substances and commercial aspects. A special focus of ASCOS 2019 will be given to applications of optical chemical sensors and biosensors in practically relevant environmental and life science applications.
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 this group work phase, the tutors will be available for questions arising from the project group work.

PARTICIPANTS       ASCOS 2019 aims at providing an education and networking platform to young scientists (Post-Docs, PhD students, and outstanding MSc students). To ensure high standards, the number of participants is limited and the entry requirement is an MSc degree (or similar) in a field related to optical and/or chemical sensors. For people coming from a different background, relevant experience is required.

PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE      All attendees are kindly requested to plan their journeys so at to arrive to the venue no later than Sunday, July 21st 2019 around 18:00 and leave no earlier than Sunday, July 28th 2019 after lunch.
Attendance to tutorial lectures and project work is compulsory, though for group work individual teams may choose their 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 language is English.
In order not to exclude anybody from the scientific discussion, all 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. Bertinoro is situated halfway between the cities of Forlė and Cesena and 80 km away from the airport of Bologna, which it served by both the big networks and all major low cost companies, providing conventient connections to Europe and the Americas.
The University Residential Centre of Bertinoro is an outstanding conference centre that houses state-of-the-art meeting facilities in several unique buildings, including St. Sylvester's Church, a theatre, the military outpost of the Revellino and the Bishop's Fortress.
Located atop the hill, it combines a convenient location (easy walking distance from the city centre) with beautiful surroundings and historical parts in close vicinity.

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