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International Workshop

Electrons, Photons and Plasmons 2020

Cancelled due to Covid-19,please refer to EPP-2021


Fabrizio Carbone (EPFL, Switzerland)
Alexey Kuzmenko (Uni. Geneva, Switzerland)


Ms. Leonor Camporeale
Phone: +41-21-693 61 97
(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning)

Invited speakers

Peter Abbamonte (Uni. Illinois, USA)
Dimitri Basov (Columbia Uni., USA)
Regina Ciancio (CNR, Italy)
Andrey Chuvilin (nanoGUNE, Spain)
Michael Fogler* (UCSD, USA)
Javier Garcia de Abajo (ICFO/ICREA, Spain)
Rainer Hillenbrand (nanoGUNE, Spain)
Fritz Keilmann (LMU, Germany)
Mattheu Kociak (Uni. Paris-Sud, France)
Frank Koppens (ICFO, Spain)
Dirk van der Marel (Uni. Geneva, Switzerland)
Francesco Mauri (Uni. Rome, Italy)
Alex McLeod (Columbia Uni., USA)
Matteo Mitrano (Uni. Illinois, USA)
Marco Polini (IIT, Italy)
Claus Ropers* (Uni. Gottingen, Germany)
Angel Rubio* (Max-Planck Inst., Germany)
Tetiana Slipchenko (CSIC, Spain)
Thomas Taubner (RWTH, Germany)
Giovanni Vanacore (EPFL, Switzerland)
Yixi Zhou (Uni. Geneva, Switzerland)

*to be confirmed

Supported by

Scope and objectives

Electron-energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) are powerful and rapidly developing techniques to study various spatially and temporally textured excitations in solids and molecules, such as plasmons. While they ultimately yield similar information on such modes using respectively electrons and photons as probing particles, the mechanism through which these techniques do so can be radically different. The goal of this workshop is to bring together EELS and SNOM experts in order to exchange on the recent progress in these methods and to discuss their possible symbiosis. The topics will cover fundamental research, instrumentation, modelling and applications. We expect 60-70 participants, including renown scientists and younger researchers. Female participants are especially welcome.


The workshop will start on Wednesday, June 3rd at 9am and will finish on Friday, June 5th at 4pm. There will be oral sessions, poster sessions and discussion sessions. There will be about 15-20 invited and 5-10 contributed talks, 30 minutes each (25 + 5 of discussion). The workshop language is English.

Detailed program will be available in April 2020

Application and abstract submission

In order to apply for the workshop the potential participants are requested to send us a filled application form, a CV and/or a separate abstract file in the pdf format. All documents should be sent to the address before March 1, 2020. The notifications of acceptance will be sent before March 15, 2020.

Accepted participants will be requested to register before April 1. We are pleased to announce that there will be no registration fee.


March 1, 2020: application and abstract submission
March 15, 2020: notification of acceptance
April 1, 2020: registration
June 3, 2020: the workshop starts


Nyon is an ancient town in the canton Vaud of Switzerland with approximately 20,000 inhabitants, located on the coast of the Lake Geneva, close to the middle point between Geneva and Lausanne. The town is conveniently connected by train and motorways to the neighborhood in Switzerland and France and especially to the Geneva international airport. By boat one can reach most of the towns on the lake.

From the Geneva airport there is a regular and direct train connection to Nyon (approx. 25 minutes, 15 Swiss francs). The taxi fee is around 80 Swiss francs.


All sessions will be held in the conference room of the restaurant O’LES TERRASES DU LAC (address: 13 rue de Rive, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland) located on the promenade of the Lake Geneva, near the Nyon pier, with a nice view on the Northern Alps and Mont-Blanc. Coffee breaks and lunch will be served in the interior or on the terrace of the same restaurant, depending on the weather conditions.