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December 5, 2022
3pm – 5pm (CET)



  • Christophe Dorrer

Christophe Dorrer graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (France) with an engineering degree in 1995 and a PhD in 1999. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Optics (University of Rochester, USA) before joining Bell Laboratories (Lucent Technologies, USA) as a Member of Technical Staff. In 2005, he joined the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (University of Rochester, USA), where he is now a Distinguished Scientist working on novel laser technologies and diagnostics to support the development and operation of high-energy and high-intensity laser systems. He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Aktiwave LLC, a start-up developing applications of femtosecond lasers. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society. He was an associate editor for Optics Express (2009-2015) and Optica (2016-2021) before becoming a deputy editor for Optica in 2022.

  • Nathalie Picqué

    Nathalie Picqué is a research group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany). She was previously a tenured scientist with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at Orsay (France). She received her doctoral degree in Physics from Université Paris-Saclay (France) in 1998. Her research interests are in the areas of optics and molecular physics, more particularly interferometry, precision spectroscopy and laser technology. Her research focuses on exploring new concepts that involve laser frequency combs and on applying these to metrology, molecular spectroscopy, holography and chip-scale sensing.

Nathalie Picqué has served on the Editorial Board of several peer-reviewed scientific journals and since 2020 she is a Deputy Editor of Optica (Optica Publishing Group).

A 2019 Optica fellow, Nathalie Picqué has received several awards, including the 2007 Bronze Medal of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the 2013 Coblentz award in Molecular Spectroscopy, the 2021 Gentner-Kastler Prize in Physics, a 2021 European Research Council Advanced Grant, the 2022 Helmholtz Prize in Metrology and the 2022 Falling Walls Breakthrough Prize in Physical Sciences.

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SMART-MAT workshop

November 23, 2022
3pm – 6pm (CET)


15:00 Introduction to the workshop

15:15 Dr. Ilka Kriegel Novel processes towards the direct storage of solar energy   Read more

16:00 Dr. Cecilia Mattevi  A platform of 3D printed energy storage devices for wearable electronics  Read more

16:45 Prof. Deji Akinwande Novel Applications of 2D Materials from Electronics to Health  Read more

17:30 Round table

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PERSEPHONe & SMART-X winter school

January 08-13, 2023
Bormio, Italy

April 06-09, 2022
Trieste, Italy


Riva del Mandracchio, 4
34124 Trieste

Invited Speakers:

  • Simone DiMitri (Elettra) Introduction to short wavelength coherent light sources: present and outlook (Open the presentation here)
  • Gianluca Stefanucci, NEGF methods for realtime simulations of interacting electrons and bosons
  • Andrea Caviglia (TU Delft), Coherent spin-wave transport in an antiferromagnet (Open the presentation here)
  • Anna Bergamaschi (PSI), Position sensitive detectors for the soft X-ray and EUV energy range: overview and new developments (Open the presentation here)
  • Nirit Dudovich (Weintzman institute of Science), Attosecond Interferometry
  • Scott Cushing (Caltech), Translating excited state X-ray measurements into physical phenomenaCaviglia Smart x 2022

Early stage researchers have presented their work

It has been organized a tour to the caves which was followed by a social dinner at the Malcanton restaurant

The third day was dedicated to the Supervisory Board meeting and ESRs activities (FAME Lab, SMART-X Optica chapter), which continued on Saturday morning.

You can find more pictures of the event here

SMART-X Symposium Agenda

Online symposium about career paths in ultrafast science organized by the SMART-X Optica Student Chapter

January 27-28, 2022

Speakers: Dr. Bongiorno, Dr. Nicoletti, Dr. Negro, Dr. Marino, Prof. Cerullo, Prof. Lanzani.

The 1st SMART-X Chapter Symposium (1SCS) was planned as the first event by the SMART-X Chapter (Optica Student Chapter) and CNR-IFN, incorporating the SMART-X ITN Career Development Workshop. It took place at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy but due to the Covid-19 restrictions, especially in regards to traveling, it was performed in a hybrid way, with both online and in-person attendance options available.

The 1st SMART-X Chapter Symposium was held in January 2022, lasting two days, and was dedicated to the SMART-X ITN Career Development Workshop (Day 1), and Academic Career in Ultrafast Science (Day 2). It included six talks from invited speakers, three round table discussions, and a quiz session.

Apart from the six talks given by the world-recognized experts in their fields, there have been three Round table discussion sessions, which were much appreciated by the participants. Both scientific and motivational questions have been raised and analyzed.

During the symposium, every ESR, either in person or virtually, gave a talk on their activity and participated in ESR round table discussion. The ones who have participated in person, have visited the CNR-IFN laboratories.

Last but not the least, it was a great opportunity for the ESRs to finally meet each other.