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July 20-27, 2017 | Třešť, Czech Republic
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017


10th Advanced Study Course on Optical Chemical Sensors
- (Bio)Chemical Sensors in Medicine -

Organized by the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS in Prague, ASCOS 2017 will cover a broad range of topics related to optical chemical sensors and biosensors and their applications in medicine. The objective of the course is to enable graduate students and young scientists to expand their knowledge in different areas of optical chemical sensors and biosensors. This objective is achieved through a combination of Tutorial Lectures and Group Work Projects.

As with the previous ASCOS events, the program encompasses tutorial sessions and group work, as well as time for regeneration, socializing and networking.


Tutorials and Groupwork

A comprehensive panel of carefully solicited tutors - leading experts in their respective fields - has committed to give a thorough introduction into basic principles of specific optical sensor techniques as well as their implementation, application for detection of chemical and biological substances and commercial aspects. A special focus of ASCOS 2017 will be given to applications of optical chemical sensors and biosensors in medicine.To apply the gained knowledge, the students will be organized into several project teams and given a real (bio)analytical problem related to optical sensors to solve. During this group work phase, the tutors will be available for questions arising from the project group work.



ASCOS 2017 aims at providing an education and networking platform to young scientists (Post-Docs, PhD students, and outstanding MSc students). To ensure high standards, the number of participants is limited and the minimum education requirement is an MSc degree (or similar) in a field related to optical and/or chemical sensors.
Applications from outstanding MSc students may be considered if space is available; if the number of applications is larger than the acceptable number of participants, preference will be given to PhD students.


Participation and attendance

All attendees are kindly requested to arrive to venue no later than Thursday, July 20th, 2017 around 18:00 and leave no earlier than Thursday, July 27th, 2017 after lunch.

Attendance to tutorial lectures and project work is compulsory, though for group work individual teams may choose their location.
Participation in the social program is voluntary but strongly recommended.



The official language is English.
In order not to exclude anybody from the scientific discussion, all the participants are kindly requested to stick to English throughout the course.


Course Venue   
The course venue is the Castle Hotel Třešť, located in beautiful surroundings in the middle of a forest park and within easy walking distance from the city center.
Accommodation will be provided at Castle Hotel Třešť*** in double or triple rooms.


Important deadlines

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

Notification of Acceptance and Grant Award: January 31, 2017

Registration Deadline: March 3, 2017

Payment Due Date: June 16, 2017