The Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School will enable researchers working at the forefronts of materials science & photonics to discuss the emerging uses of light for control and fundamental study of matter and advances in the use of materials to control light. The I-CAMP School will provide education for young scientists working in materials science, optics, photonics, biophysics, nanoscience, and related fields. The goal is to prepare the participants for research at the frontiers of science and technology by providing an interdisciplinary expert training not easily available within the traditional system of graduate education and postdoctoral apprenticeship. The Summer School is primarily targeted at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows within the first three years after defending PhD, although those in different circumstances are considered too. In particular, we strongly encourage early-career professionals from Industry to participate in the I-CAMP school if the school topics match their interests/background. At each I-CAMP Summer School, there will be 50-100 students from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds and from different countries (with at least 50% of them coming from the USA institutions). To enhance discussion and further exchange of knowledge, there will be at least three poster sessions (one per week). Each participant will be invited to present a poster on his/her current research project. The School, sponsored by the International Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, will meet annually in different locations in a variety of countries/continents Worldwide. The interested young scientists who cannot make it to the I-CAMP school may consider remote participation via webcast. The presentations will be webcast in real time and, in addition to the on-site audience; registered participants around the World will have an opportunity to ask questions. The I-CAMP school will bring together both prominent & junior scientists and will allow them to combine advanced education with learning about different cultures worldwide. Participation of students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early-career professionals is strongly encouraged. Fellowships will be awarded to support participation of early-career scientists.

Summer School List of Topics

  • Knotted fields
  • Topology in biology
  • Interplay of topologies of surfaces and fields
  • Topological colloids
  • Topology and geometry in optics
  • Liquid crystal defects
  • Optical vortices
  • DNA and knots
  • Experimental low-dimensional topology
  • Soft matter topological model systems
  • Interplay of defects in matter and light
  • Defects in “living liquid crystals”
  • Active colloids and topology
  • Defects and self-assembly
  • Topology and topography in elastomeric films
  • Hopf fibration defects and chirality
  • Geometry in soft matter

Registration Fee

Student: $150
Professional: $300

I-CAMP Features and Events

  • Invited tutorial lectures and poster sessions
  • Real-time webcast of presentations
  • Classroom interaction using the iClicker technology
  • Video/audio and presentation archives;
  • Career development program
  • Travel fellowships available
  • Combination of advanced education with tourism and learning about diverse cultures
  • Travel support for minority students and faculty at minority serving institutions
  • Informal receptions and fun
  • Poster sessions


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