The scientific programme plans to show the participants a wide spectrum of high profile scientific and academic facilities present in Pisa and Florence
The European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS).
The VIRGO site of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO).
The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).
The National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST).
Italy National Research Council (CNR).
The University of Pisa.
The University of Florence.
During our visits, we will be offered a large number of talks, as in the past editions. In particular, we expect to have overviews of all the major experiments running at the different laboratories. It will be an undoubtedly rich experience.

The Facilities


The European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS) is an international and interdisciplinary structure in Florence. The main research lines are atomic physics, photonics, physical chemistry and biophysics.


VIRGO is a gravitational wave detector consisting of a massive Michelson laser interferometer. It is part of the collaboration that last year discovered Gravitational Waves


The National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology, is an interdisciplinary research and training centre where physicists, chemists and biologists investigate scientific issues at the nanoscale.

University of Florence

The University of Florence is the biggest in Tuscany. Its new physics deparment, in a scientific campus outside the city, is strongly linked with other institutions. Among its wide array of research fields, a large matter physics group studies mainly biophotonics and quantum technologies.

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is one of the most ancient universities in Italy and Europe. In its facilities, among others, studied the Physics Nobel laureates Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia. It is consistedly ranked among the world's best universities in the field. We will visit the laboratories dedicated to optics, lasers and crystal growth.


The current National Institute of Optics (INO) is a mainstay of CNR scientific network. It has been working for over ninety years in the field of Optics, understood in its broadest meaning, and has updated its fields of activity in line with the huge innovations that have characterized this area over the last century.


The Biophysics Institute (IBF) was established in May 2001, and it's an interdisciplinary Centre of National Research Council (CNR). IBF’s mission is to apply methodologies and techniques typical of the physical sciences to the study of the structure and functions of biological systems.


Hotel Moderno

Accomodation in Pisa will be provided at the Hotel Moderno, Via F. Corridoni, 103 - 56125 Pisa (PI)

Hostel Archi Rossi

Accomodation in Florence will be provided at the Hostel Archi Rossi, Via Faenza 94R - Firenze (FI). Terrace bar, travel desk, laundry plus only 5 minute walk from the station and the centre.