Since the first local experiments with lasers in 1966, laser research has become the trademark of Szeged physics. More than 40 years in the forefront of laser physics, especially in the area of high-energy and ultrashort-pulse lasers, qualify Szeged for having been chosen as the site of a massive EU investment called Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI). Of the four prospective pillars, the Szeged facility ELI-ALPS (Attosecond Light Pulse Source) will be dedicated to ultra-high energies and ultra-short pulses, and apart from breaking new ground in the study of very fast atomic and molecular processes, it is also expected to bring about improvements in medicine and life sciences. Potential applications include phase-contrast X-ray imaging, small-angle X-ray scattering, mid-infrared spectroscopy of biomolecules, laser dentistry, laser angioplasty, endoscopic submucosal dissection and laser lithotripsy.
To discuss and disseminate the implications of these developments, we hereby invite you to the summer school entitled Lasers in Medicine and Life Sciences 2014, taking place between 14 and 25 July, 2014. Distinguished European researchers have accepted our invitation to deliver keynote talks on existing and future applications such as, , , , , , , and .Prominent representatives of the management board of ELI-ALPS will report on the current status of the project. We also offer seminars in the fundamentals of optics and laser physics, and you will have the chance to gain hands-on experience with lasers in research laboratories and clinical facilities. You can choose from an assortment of extracurricular activities to dive into the Szeged atmosphere, make bonds and forge a new generation of experts who will be able to live up to the potential offered by lasers in medicine.