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8th SLEIGHT Science Event: the present and future of photonic technologies for health and space

From July 4, 2022 to July 8, 2022

SSE#8 Poster Session - UJM
SSE#8 Poster Session - UJM

The Manutech-SLEIGHT Graduate School organised its 8th SLEIGHT Science Event, from July 4th to 8th, bringing together over 150 participants around the theme of Photonics for Health.

The Manutech-SLEIGHT Graduate School organised its 8th SLEIGHT Science Event, from July 4th to 8th, bringing together over 150 participants around the theme of Photonics for Health. This summer edition allowed students, young scientists, academic and private researchers of the Graduate school’s consortium to discover the state of research in photonics research and applications in the health sector. The objective of this week was to foster interactions between graduate students and researchers and to bring together researchers from different disciplines.


A high-level scientific programme oriented towards the Health sector

The aim of the SLEIGHT Science Event is to strengthen the links between education and research activities among its members and in their scientific communities worldwide.
In the last decade, biophotonics research has created new solutions for clinical diagnosis and therapies and paved the way to new discoveries in fundamental research. From laser eye surgery to CT scans, photonics can be credited for medical advances that impact millions of lives. The current applications of photonics to healthcare are therefore very broad.
Photonics has also quickly integrated the space domain, allowing not only to design the future high bandwidth free space optical communications but also revolutionizing the Space and New Space applications by offering a variety of image sensors and optical sensors.
10 guest speakers* of this 8th edition gave high-level lectures while allowing students to discover new disciplines. They addressed the design of medical imaging devices for the detection of tumours and cancer, clearing technologies to improve imaging of human tissues, deep learning approaches for cell tracking, laser-based biofabrication of tissues, design of biosensors, machines available to diagnose skin cancer, and new techniques to treat corneal blindness.
 

A special day dedicated to Photonics for space

In the context of space exploration, the question of the astronauts’ health is vital. 4 speakers talked to the audience about the bone loss issue, how we can measure it, how can machine learning can better medical imaging and solutions that may be implemented to counteract the phenomenon. They also broached the subject of radiation, to which astronauts are exposed during solar flares, and their effects on the human body, paving the way for the 5 next guests.
They approached the issue of radiations in space, how we can measure them and how do we build systems and objects that can be the most immune to them. Sylvain Girard, Florence Clément and Nicolas Balcon gave us news on LUMINA, the small fibre-based system sent on the International Space Station in 2021 after Thomas Pesquet, the French ESA astronaut, to measure radiations during solar flares. Philippe Adell, from the NASA Jet Propulsion lab and Valérian Lalucaa (CNES), talked about the spacecrafts and image sensors in space.
 

3 companies welcomed to present their work with photonics technologies in the health sector and the industry

Nathalie Cohet, from Novéka, the local cluster specialised in the heatlth sector, and Florent Bouvier, from Minalogic, the regional cluster dedicated to micro and nanotech, invited 4 guests. Sedao, from the Hubert Curien Lab, and Yoan Di Maio, from the Manutech-USD technological platform, presented their work with laser engineering of surface and their collaboration with laboratories and companies of the Saint-Etienne Lyon site. Florent Thibault, from Qiova, explained how his company developed of a high precission laser for industry. Emmanuel Beaubau presented how Keranova, a scale-up specialised in the eye surgery field, developed tools for the treatment of corneal blindness and other eye pathologies.
 

5 students awarded for their outstanding presentations

Sylvain FOURNIER, PhD student at MatéIS lab and Anthony NAKHOUL, PhD student at Hubert Curien lab were awarded, in joint place, the best PhD presentation prize for their presentation during the Junior Scientists session. Olfa BEN MOUSSA and Steve PAPA, both PhD students respectively from the BiiO lab and the SAINBIOSE lab, were awarded the Best Poster prize for their presentation during the Poster session. Thibaud LETENO, first year Machine Learning and Data Mining - MLDM - master student, was awarded the Best Picth prize for his presentation during the Pitch Session.
 

Workshops of the 3 Manutech-SLEIGHT’s scientific axes rich in projects

At each edition, the researchers of the projects supported by the Graduate School present the progress of their research. This July edition featured the 4 PhD students and young doctors working on projects funded by the Graduate School. These workshops are also an opportunity to discover the state of research in other partner laboratories and to invite speakers outside the Manutech-SLEIGHT consortium. We had in particular the pleasure to welcome George GORDON from the Faculty of Engineering at the University in Notthingham (UK).

The SSE#8 programme committee would like to thank all speakers, participants and organizers. See you at Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne next winter from January 9th to 13th for the 9th SLEIGHT Science Event dedicated to all SLEIGHT’s topics.

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    Philippe Adell (NASA/JPL) © UJM
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    Olfa Ben Moussa, PhD student at the BiiO lab © UJM
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    Carlo Bevilacqua (EMBL) © UJM
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    Elisa Cinotti (University of Siena) © UJM
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    Norbert Danz (IOF) © UJM
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    Nicolas Foray (Laboratoire "Radiations : Défense, Santé, Environnement", Centre Léon Bérard) © UJM
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    Charles Handschin (ART-BioPrint) © UJM
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    Sedao (LabHC), Emmanuel Baubeau (Keranova), Florent Bouvier (Minalogic), Yoan Di Maio (Manutech-USD), Florent Thibault (Qiova) and Nathalie COhet (Novéka) © UJM
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    Emilie Laffont, PhD student, LabHC © UJM
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    Lucie Sancey (Institute for Advanced Biosciences) © UJM
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    Laurence Vico (SAINBIOSE lab) and Jean-Luc Morel (INCIA) © UJM
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    Sugawara Ko (Institut de génomique fonctionnelle de Lyon) © UJM
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    SSE#8 Poster Session © UJM
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