25 June 2017

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO)

Munich, Germany

Sponsored by OSA and SPIE, the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) brought together scientists, engineers, and clinicians working with optics and photonics to solve problems in medicine and biomedicine. The paper “Baseline haemodynamic and optical properties of the newborn brain and the reproducibility of the measurements: a preliminary report from the BabyLux project” was presented during the Neurophotonics Session on June 25. 

ECBO 2017 for details.

3-4 May 2017


Barcellona, Spain

In May 2017, Fira de Barcelona became the hub of healthcare innovation. Nurses and other healthcare professionals got first-hand knowledge of the latest medical developments, new products, technologies and ideas for improving patient health. BabyLux took part to the event.

Helthio for details.

28 April 2017

BabyLux final conference:
 “Light-to-Cure”: Steps from Photonics to Improved Care of Neonates Born Preterm

Milan, Italy

The final event delivered and discussed BabyLux results during a public meeting at Politecnico di Milano. International speakers took part in the conference, such as Adelina Pellicer, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid (ES); Heidrun Wabnitz, PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig), Berlin and Martin Wolf, University Hospital Zurich (CH). The event also hosted a round table  – “BabyLux project and then? Priorities in technical development, standardization and clinical studies”  –  as well as a section dedicated to the exploitation strategy – “The point of view of the market: ready for BabyLux?” with the participation of Margherita Milite from Siemens Healthineers.
Agenda and presentations at the dedicated page.

1-4 April 2017

28th Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function. 
13th Conference on Quantification of Brain Function with PET

Berlin, Germany 

The abstract”Baseline haemodynamic and optical properties of the newborn brain and the reproducibility of the measurements: a preliminary report from the BabyLux project” was presented in the “Cerebral ischemia: clinical” session on April 3rd.

Brain 2017 for details.

15 October 2016

PolimiOpenLabs – La Fisica e la Matematica scendono in piazza

Milan, Italy

For those interested in the world of physics, mathematics and its applications, Politecnico di Milano organized guided tours of its research laboratories, entertaining and stimulating activities, experiments to introduce visitors of all ages to world of science. BabyLux was  there.

PolimiOpenLabs for details.

13 October 2016

fNIRS 2016

Paris, France

The Society for functional near-infrared spectroscopy (SfNIRS) is a professional organization of basic and clinical scientists who seek to understand the functional properties of biological tissues, especially the brain, using optical methods. The aim of the Society is to promote the exchange of ideas, interdisciplinary collaboration, and education. Gorm Greisen (Capital Region of Denmark) gave an invited talk on October 16, “Testing the benefit and harms of cerebral oxygenation monitoring in preterm infants”, during the 2016 fNIRS conference.

fNIRS 2016 for details.

30-31 May 2016

Biomedica 2016 – Make the health care field of tomorrow today

Aachen, Germany

Biomedica, The Euregional LifeSciences summit, started in 2007, as the first Euregional conference on Lifesciences and Medical Technology. This was the tenth year that companies and organizations from the Life Sciences fields presented their innovations to a thousand mainly European trade visitors, ranging from health care center representatives and investors to politicians and government officials. Fraunhofer IPT attended the event.

See Biomedica 2016 for details.

25/28 April 2016

OSA Biomed

Fort Lauderdale, USA

This OSA (The Optical Society) Congress focused on technological solutions to medical challenges and medical applications, complementing the OSA Congress on Optics in Life Sciences. It has covered a diversity of cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques, and brought together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, and physicians, as well as junior researchers and graduate students, who are engaged in optical methods to advance discovery and application of medical science to clinical practice. Politecnico di MilanoPicoquant and Hemophotinics took part to the event with a few specific talks and posters on BabyLux.

See OSA Biomed for details.

14/16 April 2016


Barcelona, Spain

EuroNeuro is a biennial multidisciplinary meeting aimed at neurologists, neurosurgeons, (neuro-) intensivists, (neuro-) anaesthesiologists and basic neuroscientists, as well as neurocritical care nurses, anaesthesia nurses and other healthcare practitioners who care for patients with neurological diseases and brain injuries. EuroNeuro brings together specialists and scientists with diverse backgrounds. ICFO and Hemophotonic took part to the event.

See Euroneuro 2016 for details.

28 January 2016

La ricerca e l’innovazione: motori del miglioramento

Piacenza, Italy

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano presented and introduced its role in fostering research and innovation, with a specific focus on the medical field. BabyLux was mentioned as a case study

See Ausl Piacenza for details.

2 December 2015

Loop Breakfast Club: “Innovation and new business models in the health sector”

Barcelona, Spain

Professionals and businesses related to the health sector in Spain, together with journalists, Ceos and General managers from 17 different companies from the health sector attended the meeting. Loop talked about its experience in the health care domain through some of the projects the company is working on. BabyLux, of course, was one of them.

2 November 2015

13th European short course on “Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy”

Berlin, Germany

During a lecture on “Instrumentation for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Measurements”, Rainer Erdmann from PicoQuant addressed BabyLux project. The course was intended for individuals wishing an in-depth introduction to the principles of fluorescence spectroscopy and its applications to the Life Sciences. Attendees were typically professionals using or intended to use fluorescence in their research. The course was held in cooperation with Prof. J.R. Lakowicz from the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

See Fluorescence Course for details.

20-22 October 2015

ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform

Lisbon, Portugal

From 20 to 22 October 2015, BabyLux exhibited at the ICT 2015 at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa. You could find us in the Connect Area, where Hemophotonics took care of the booth and was able to show people a working mock-up. The exhibition showcased the best-in-class results of the existing European ICT Research & Innovation (from FP7, CIP and H2020 programmes), presenting very advanced research, future visions and being a showcase for activities with a high potential impact on the European industry, competitiveness and the future life and well-being of European citizens. What’s more, Alessandro Torricelli, BabyLux Coordinator, gave a speech during the Session 3T “A strong ICT industry for a strong economy”, Auditorium 8, 20/10/2015 (16:00-17:30)

See for details.

2-4 October 2015

Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress

Chicago, USA

BabyLux as the topic of a lecture on cerebral oxygenation given by Gorm Griesen at “Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress and Newborn Intensive Collaboration for Quality Symposium”. Nearly 1200 members of the worldwide community of neonatology converged in Chicago for the meeting. Vermont Oxford Network, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals working together as an interdisciplinary community to change the landscape of neonatal care.

VON Oxford Network for details.

24 September / 3 October 2015


Milan, Italy

The European Commission has financed several initiatives for the promotion of Photonics in 2015, which has been declared by UNESCO as the “International Year of Light”. Among these initiatives, one of the most relevant projects is GoPhoton, involving 8 major European Universities and Research Institutions including Politecnico di Milano, with the aim of setting up outreach activities in Photonics for the general public. These activities have been organised in a full week of events (“Photonics Week”) for school kids, students from high school to university, entrepreneurs and general public BabyLux prototype has been shown to the public during the tour and the presentation of the Department of Physics’ labs on Saturday, October 3.

See GoPhoton! for details.

25-26 September 2015

Meet me Tonight

Milan, Italy

BabyLux was back again at “Meet Me Tonight”, the Milanese edition of the European Researchers’ Night, where scientists translate complex concepts into everyday language. On Saturday, September 26, at the Giardini Idro Montanelli, booth C06, from 11.00 to 22.00, people learned about the project and saw, for the first time in Italy, the prototype that would be operational in a few months at Mangiagalli Clinic Hospital Milan General Hospital and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

See for details.

16-20 September 2015

1st Congress of Joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS)

Budapest, Hungary

The 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2015) has been a unique event in the field of neonatology. Attendees from all levels of neonatal care attended the meeting, whose panel was composed by more than 120 leading international experts who have personally contributed to the state of the art and who will review cutting-edge developments in the areas of neonatal care and research. Among them, Gorm Griesern, a key person in the BabyLux project, and keynote speaker in the cardiovascular track at jENS 2015.

See for details.

25-29 August 2015

37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2015)

MiCo – Milano Congressi (Conference Center), Milan, Italy

Alessandro Torricelli, Project Coordinator of BabyLux project and Professor at Politecnico di Milano, was the Co-Chair of the symposium ‘Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy: Engineering Challenges and Translation to the Clinic’. The symposium took place on Saturday, 29 August 2015, from 12:45 to 14:15, in the framework of the international conference EMBC 2015.
The theme of EMBC 2015, “Biomedical Engineering: a bridge to improve the Quality of Health Care and the Quality of Life”, remarked the central role of BME in the improvement and innovation of health care (with a direct impact on the quality of life) but also focused on how to reach and maintain a “wellness” through proper and advanced technologies, devices and protocols.

See for details.

22-25 June 2015

Laser Photonics

Messe München, Munich, Germany

LASER World of PHOTONICS is well known as the international trade fair for the laser and photonics industry. Together with the World of Photonics Congress, the fair unites research and industry and promotes the use and ongoing development of optical technologies. A big event, held since 1973, that gathers participants from 70 countries in a 42,000 square meter exhibition space. Those who were interested in BabyLux and wanted to find out more joined Picoquant at Booth 226, Hall B2

See for details.

3-4 June 2015

Photonic Event

NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, Netherlands

BabyLux has been the topic of an invited talk given by the project coordinator, Alessandro Torricelli. An important occasion to address designers, developers and users of photonics-based applications, instruments, machines, equipment and services. The Photonics Event was organized at the same time as Vision, Robotics & Mechatronics. Special attention was paid to the added value of the crossovers between the two events, both by exhibitors as in the lecture program.

See for details.

18-20 May 2015

ICOB 2015, International Conference on Biophotonics

Florence, Italy

Antonio Pifferi, Professor at Politecnico di Milano, was one of the speakers at the 4th International Congress on Biophotonics (ICOB 2015). BabyLux has been the topic of an invited talk on translational activities from bench to clinics. From medical and biological end users to decision makers from industry, ICOB 2015 addressed different groups in biophotonics with custom-tailored sessions. ICOB 2015 took place within the “Florence Biophotonics Week” together with IEEE BioPhotonics 2015, 20 – 22 May 2015 (

See for details.

13 February 2015

ICFO Open Day

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Mediterranean Technology Park – Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

On Friday, February 13th ICFO opened its doors to offer a day full of activities designed to highlight many of light’s applications as well as its most fascinating properties. The Open Day event took place within the framework of the celebration of the International Year of Light. Members of the ICFO community offered activities and lab tours for schools and the general public to show the research that is being carried out at the institute and demonstrate the many ways that light affects our daily lives. BabyLux was one of them!

See for details.

3 February 2015

ICFO CLP Day: Wearable Technologies

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Mediterranean Technology Park – Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

The Corporate Liaison Program (CLP) Day is an annual meeting where ICFOnians, representatives of international platforms, multinational corporations, local business representatives and researchers of other institutions have the opportunity to interact with experts from around the world in a particular sector to review the latest advances in photonic technologies while focusing on the generation of joint research projects. The theme of each edition of the CLP Day changes in order to highlight topics of interest and relevance to ICFO’s corporate partners and collaborators. In 2015 the CLP Day focused on Wearable Technologies. Though not part of the event, the BabyLux mock-up has been shown to the participants during the lab tour presentation.

See for details.

15-17 December 2014

A networking occasion for BabyLux at OILTEBIA LABORATORY TRAINING PLATFORM

Politecnico di Milano – P.zza L. Da Vinci 32, Milan, Italy

Within the framework of the OILTEBIA Thematic Network a Laboratory Training Platform has been jointly organized in Milan by Politecnico di Milano – Dipartimento di Fisica – and Micro Photon Devices. The Laboratory Platform was an opportunity to train young researchers (e.g. PhD students, post-doc, …) on time domain diffuse optics and single photon counting detectors and electronics in the field of biomedical applications. Aiming at establishing networking activities with other EU funded projects, people from the BabyLux consortium attended the Platform.

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17 – 21 October 2014

BabyLux at EAPS 2014

CCIB – Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona – Plaça de Willy Brandt 11-14, Barcelona (Spain)

BabyLux was present at EAPS 2014, the 5th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies, an international meeting that brought together paediatric professionals from around the world. The event took place in Barcelona, from October 17 to October 21. The BabyLux stand was the No.32 in the exhibition area of the international congress.

EAPS aimed to engage the best professionals in an exchange of experiences and expertise in research and clinical care, where the participants gained access to the best scientific research programmes in the field. The Congress has been organised by the three societies European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP), European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) including the Nurses Section of ESPNIC.

See for details.

16 October 2014

BabyLux at “Light for Health 2014”

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Mediterranean Technology Park – Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

Barcelona, the home town of ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, hosted the fifth edition of the Light for Health event. The focus was set on “LIGHT & PEDIATRICS – PHOTONICS FOR NON-INVASIVE PEDIATRIC MONITORING”. L4H2014 was dedicated to understanding, discussing and sharing the possibilities and potential that light-based technologies offer to the pediatrics community, bringing together experts in pediatrics and biophotonics. The forum comprised lectures by renowned leaders in these fields, as well as clinical and technological round-table discussions.

The list of invited speakers included:
Daniel Licht, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Gorm Greisen, University of Copenhagen
Turgut Durduran, ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Núria Sebastián, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Martin Wolf, University Hospital Zurich
Alessandro Torricelli, Politecnico di Milano
Clare Elwell, University College London

See for more details.

10 – 12 October 2014

BabyLux at fNIRS2014 Conference

Université de Montréal, École Polytechnique – 2900 boul. Édouard-Montpetit, Montreal (Canada)

Politecnico di Milano attended the 3rd fNIRS2014 biennial conference in Canada next October. Again, another worldwide event where BabyLux was presented to a selected audience. The conference discussed the recent advances in technology and application.

Invited speakers:
Keynote Lecture: Clare Elwell, University College London
fNIRS Society President’s Lecture: Joe Culver, Washington University School of Medicine
Hardware Developments: Alessandro Torricelli, Politecnico di Milano
Multimodal Monitoring: Jens Steinbrink
Data Analysis: Ted Huppert, University of Pittsburgh
Neurodevelopment: Kevin Pelphrey, Yale University
Neurocognition (adults): Stéphane Perrey, Université Montpellier 1
Neonatal and pediatrics: Fabrice Wallois, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
Clinical: Dang Nguyen, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

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26th September 2014

BabyLux @ European Researchers’ Night

Meet Me Tonight – Giardini Idro Montanelli, Bastioni di Porta Venezia, Milan, Italy

A mega event that simultaneously takes place every year in several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond. Whether with family, friends or school, common people found themselves exploring science in engaging ways. MEETmeTONIGHT is Researchers’ Night in Lombardy, the annual event that aims to spread scientific culture and research among citizens of all ages through events and initiatives that are both amusing and challenging. 48 stands have been set up to entertain and involve the participants in experiments and demonstrations. BabyLux was one of them!

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26 – 30 April 2014

BabyLux at OSA Biomedical Optics | BIOMED Conference

Miami Hilton Downtown – Miami, Florida (USA)

The international Biomedical Optics meeting has brought together leading scientists, engineers, biologists, and physicians engaged in biological and medical research using optical methods. It offered an exceptional opportunity to learn the latest results in the field of biomedical optics and has provided the opportunity to discuss biomedical science and applications with the world leaders in this area.

HemoPhotonics took part in the conference as an exhibitor and gave voice to the BabyLux project. An important occasion to learn about the project oversea and worldwide. As a matter of fact, this meeting has been rewarded and appreciated over the years because of the high quality of research topics and presentations.

21 – 22 January 2014

BabyLux project | Kick-off meeting

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano – P.zza L. da Vinci 32, Milano

The BabyLux project started in January 2014 and lasts for 3 years. The kick-off meeting took place in Milan the 21st and 22nd January.  Through the monitoring of optical signals NIRS, the goal project is to reduce the risk of brain lesions from 25% to 20% which will eventually decrease the number of children with disabilities by more than  1,000 per year.

The project is partially funded financed by the European Commission  under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programm. The consortium of BabyLux come from 4 different European countries: Italy, Spain, Germany and Denmark. The 9 scientific and technical partners are: Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Milano, ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V, Hemophotonics SL, PicoQuant GmbH, Loop, Region Hovedstaden and Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico.