2021 FIP Symposium - Frontiers in Photonics


International Day of Light

The 2021 meeting program will include lectures from distinguished speakers, contributed papers and posters by investigators from Duke University and other academic and industrial institutions.

The 2021 FIP Virtual Symposium is scheduled for May 16-18, 2021 kicking off on the International Day of Light. 


Advanced Interferometry
Light Technologies in The Brain
Photonics and Pandemics


Symposium Keynote Speaker

Rainer Weiss, PhDDr. Rainer Weiss

Nobel Laureate of Physics (2017) 
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Weiss was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (2017) for inventing the laser interferometric technique which is the basic operation of LIGO. 


Plenary Speakers

Dr. John Dudley

John Dudley, PhD

Chair, UNESCO Steering Committee of 
International Day of Light,
Professor of Physics
University of Franche-Comte
Besançon, France



Dr. Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden, PhD

Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Co-Director, Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA




Invited Speakers

Dr. Philip Anfinrud

Philip Anfinrud, PhD

Section Chief, Ultrafast Biophysical Chemistry Section
Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of 
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institutes of Health
Washington, DC, USA



Dr. Elizabeth Hillman

Elizabeth M.C. Hillman, PhD

Herbert and Florence Irving Professor
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain
Behavior Institute, Professor of
Biomedical Engineering and Radiology
Columbia University
New York, New York, USA


Dr. Jess McIver (she/her/hers)

Jess McIver, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada




Dr. Na Jia

Na Ji, PhD

Associate Professor
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Departments of Physics and
Molecular Cell Biology
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA


Dr. Christian Joachim Kahler

Christian Joachim Kähler, PhD

Professor and Director
Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics
Bundeswehr University
Munich, Germany




Dr. Carl Petersen

Carl Petersen, PhD

Professor, Brain Mind Institute
Faculty of Life Science
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland




Dr. (James) Ira Thorpe

(James) Ira Thorpe, PhD

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA