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CONTRAST Coherent Raman Workshop: 12-13 September 2022

Sept 2022 CONTRAST Coherent Raman Workshop:

This Coherent Raman Scattering (CRS) workshop in Exeter is focused on Biological and Biomedical applications of CRS microscopy. The overarching goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to facilitate exchange of knowledge between CONTRAST facility users, CRS instrument developers, and those wishing to learn more about the capabilities of CRS.

Coherent Raman Scattering microscopy is an emerging technique that exploits nonlinear optics to enhance weak molecular vibrational signals and enables real-time imaging of tissues with chemical contrast on the cellular scale. This workshop aims to foster a community of researchers to share recent insights into CRS microscopy, to promote knowledge sharing and to develop new collaborations.

The main focus of the workshop will be on biomedical and life science applications such as cancer diagnostics, the development of next generation therapeutics, and cell and tissue imaging. However, topics such as biomedical, food, and materials science will also be covered and are very welcome.

We are very grateful to the EPSRC for funding (EP/S009957/1) and also to Olympus, Princeton Instruments, Photonic Solutions, APE and Toptica for sponsoring this event.


Provisional Programme

Day 1: Monday 12th September LSI Seminar rooms A and B

More details on the programme to come soon...

  • Morning Registration and welcome 10:30
  • Lunch: sponsor exhibition
  • Afternoon: invited and submitted talks, flash talks for poster session
  • Evening: poster session, drinks and buffet dinner

Day 2: Tuesday 13th September LSI Seminar rooms A and B

  • Morning: invited and submitted talks
  • Lunch: sponsor exhibition and lab tours
  • Afternoon: invited and submitted talks
  • Finish: 16:30


Attendance to the workshop is free however spaces may be limited so please register as soon as possible to reserve your space.

If you would like to present either a poster or an oral presentation, please upload an abstract when you register. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, excluding title authors and references and should be in the form of a word document. Oral presentation slots will be 15 minutes (12minutes talk followed by 3minutes questions).

There will be a prize for the best student poster.

We welcome presentations based on Coherent Raman results and also presentations outlining a biological problem, which the authors are seeking a solution, and where potentially Coherent Raman and vibrational spectroscopy may be used in the future.

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If you wish to bring samples to try on our Coherent Raman systems, please let us know when registering.

If you have a questions regarding attending this workshop please email:

Travelling to Exeter

By Car

The M4/M5 links Exeter directly to London, the Midlands, South Wales and the North including Scotland. The average journey time from either London or the Midlands is 3 hours. Download our detailed directions to Streatham Campus by car.

By Rail

Exeter has two railway stations - Exeter St David's (main station) and Central. Exeter St David's Station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Streatham Campus and taxis are available. The average journey time from London Paddington is 2 hours 30 minutes to Exeter. See Streatham Campus map for the walking route.

Use National Rail Enquiries to plan your route. For passenger information telephone 08457 484950.

By Air

Exeter Airport (EXT)

Direct flights operate into Exeter from Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Geneva and airports in the United Kingdom including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and St Marys.

For further information, visit the Exeter Airport website.

Bristol Airport (BRS)

Bristol airport is a convenient alternative airport and often offers a greater number of flights to most European destinations.
Most budget airlines operate from this airport and there are good connections to Exeter.
Connections from Bristol Airport to Exeter:
Shuttle Bus: Airport Flyer Express link to Bristol Temple Meads train station (departs every 10 mins, duration 20 mins).
Train: Bristol Temple meads to Exeter (departs approx. every 30 mins, 1 hour duration).

For further information, visit the Bristol Airport website.

Traveling to Exeter from London Heathrow

From Heathrow terminals follow signs to the "Heathrow Express". This is a fast rail link between Heathrow airport to London Paddington (a main line train station in London) it only stops at other Heathrow terminals and takes 22 mins to get from Heathrow (Terminal 5) to Paddington. There are several other public transport routes signposted from Heathrow (buses, subway and other train stations) if you are unsure ask the airport staff to direct you to the "Heathrow Express to Paddington".

Once you are at Paddington you should catch the direct train to Exeter. Trains (as in most countries) will be posted on the departure board by the name of their final destination station, which in this case will be "Penzance". There are other routes to Exeter but you don't want to use them, they are slow and stop at lots of small towns.

The platform number for the Penzance train will not be announced on the departure board until 10-15 mins before it is due to depart. If you're cutting it fine and you have a smart phone you can check the departure board online  and head straight to the right platform.

You can buy tickets at the airport, or if you're short of time you can buy them on the train. You should be able to get on the Heathrow Express and buy a ticket all the way to Exeter. Alternatively, you can buy tickets in advance online using the national rail website.


There are a range of hotels around Exeter which are either a short walk or taxi ride from the university campus.

Here are a few suggestions of hotels close to the university and Exeter train stations

Premier Inn St Davids station 

Premier Inn Central Exeter

Jurys Inn Exeter

Rougemont Hotel Exeter

CONTRAST workshop sponsors

We are very grateful to the EPSRC for funding (EP/S009957/1) and also to Photonic Solutions, APE, Olympus, Princeton Instruments and Toptica for sponsoring this event.