Living Light 2018: Conference Report

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Wilts, Bodo 

Living Light is a biennial conference focused on all aspects of light–matter interaction in biological organisms with a broad, interdisciplinary outlook. The 2018 edition was held at the Møller Centre in Cambridge, UK, from April 11th to April 14th, 2018. Living Light’s main goal is to bring together researchers from different backgrounds (e.g., biologists, physicists and engineers) in order to discuss the current state of the field and sparkle new collaborations and new interdisciplinary projects. With over 90 national and international attendees, the 2018 edition of the conference was strongly multidisciplinary: oral and poster presentations encompassed a wide range of topics ranging from the evolution and development of structural colors in living organisms and their genetic manipulation to the study of fossil photonic structures.

living light, biophotonics, biomimetics, biomaterials, evolution, development, nanostructures, structural colour, bioluminescence, ecology, biochemistry
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/K014617/1)
European Research Council (639088)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (701455)
S.V. thanks the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips fellowship (BB/K014617/1), the European Research Council (ERC-2014-STG H2020 639088), and the European Commission (Marie Curie Fellowship Looking Through Disorder (LODIS), 701455) for financial support. B.D.W. was financially supported through the National Center of Competence in Research Bio-Inspired Materials and the Ambizione program of the Swiss National Science Foundation (168223).