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General Information about the I-CAMP Summer School

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.

Download a Summer School Poster

Summer School List of Topics

  • Liquid crystals as an arena to study low-dimensional topology
  • Liquid crystal defects and their applications in singular optics
  • Opto-mechanics of liquid crystal polymers and elastomers
  • Laser trapping and manipulation in liquid crystals
  • Tunable and frequency-selective negative-index media
  • Light-induced phase transitions
  • Nonlinear optics of liquid crystals
  • Light-controlled surface anchoring phenomena
  • Confocal, multiphoton fluorescence, CARS and SRS microscopy of liquid crystals
  • Holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals
  • Liquid crystals for solar cells and light harvesting
  • Light-controlled liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers
  • Optics of colloidal and nanostructured systems
  • Sensors and wavefront control devices
  • 3D Optics and Displays
  • Blue Phase Materials, Devices and Applications
  • Liquid Crystal Lasers
  • Liquid Crystals in Holographic and Stereoscopic Systems
  • Instabilities and Pattern Formation
  • Laser Beam Steering and Optical Switching
  • Liquid Crystal Based Metamaterials
  • Liquid Crystal Polymers, Elastomers and Gels
  • Liquid Crystal Based Semiconductors
  • Liquid Crystals in Sensing and Biosensing
  • Novel Phenomena in Liquid Crystal and Nano Composites
  • Optics of Lyotropic and Bio-relevant Anisotropic Material
  • Photoalignment of Liquid Crystals
  • Microfluidics and Optofluidics
  • Solitons in Anisotropic Materials

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 competition and awards


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