Our Mission

Plasmonica was kickstarted in 2013 by a collective of young Italian physicists to provide a forum for researchers in nano-plasmonics – back then still a pioneering endeavor within the Italian landscape. After a decade, this community has thrived and vastly expanded its reach also internationally; its scope has correspondingly broadened to cover many active areas of nanophotonics, including nanoresonators, meta-optics, thermo- and magneto-plasmonics, ultrafast and nonlinear processes, chiral properties, and biological sensing.

Since 2015 Plasmonica is affiliated to the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF) as the Plasmonics and Nano-Optics Working Group. Nonetheless, its core mission remains the same: gathering the nanophotonics community in Italy – which is naturally spread over different disciplines such as physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology – as well as facilitating scientific collaborations, personnel exchange, dissemination events (seminars and workshops), and outreach initiatives. Another distinctive feature of this group is its pledge to cater to early-stage researchers, by encouraging their scientific maturation and providing a platform to showcase their research.

These values shape the two principal activities of the group, namely the organization of a yearly workshop and a residential school every two years. These in-person events are conducted in English, to foster the engagement with the wider international community.

The Workshop

Plasmonica organizes every year a Workshop on Plasmonics and Nano-Optics, every time in a different location throughout Italy. It aims at bringing together the Italian nanophotonics community as well as expanding our collaboration network to foreign researchers (mostly Europeans). We make specific effort to provide a platform for showcasing their research to to young scientists, spanning from PhD students to early-stage group leaders.

The topics of the workshop typically include:

  • Nanoantennas and metasurfaces
  • Nonlinear and ultrafast nanophotonics
  • Thermo- and magneto-plasmonics
  • Quantum plasmonics
  • Surface-enhanced spectroscopies and biosensing
  • Strong coupling in nanoscale systems
  • Semiconductor and THz plasmonics
  • Novel optical nanomaterials


2023: Milano - more info soon

Politecnico di Milano

July 5-7, 2023


2022: Torino

Politecnico di Torino

July 7-8, 2022
Politecnico di Torino

2019: Napoli

University of Naples "Federico II"

June 19-21, 2019
Complesso dei SS. Marcellino e Festo

2018: Firenze

University of Florence

July 4 - 6, 2018
Palazzina de' Servi

2017: Lecce

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
CNR - Nanotec and IMM

September 14 - 16, 2017
Convitto Palmieri

2016: Genova

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

September 14 - 16, 2016
Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Architettura

2015: Padova

University of Padova

July 1 - 3, 2015
Archivio Antico, Palazzo Bo

2014: Roma

University of Rome "La Sapienza"

June 30 - July 2, 2014
Dipartimento di Fisica

2013: Milano

Politecnico di Milano

July 1 - 3, 2013
Auditorium Pascoli

The School

Besides the Workshop, The PLASMONICA group organizes also a 'School of Plasmonics and Nano-Optics' to bring together early-career scientists in the field of photonics, interested in the study of light at the nanoscale to present and discuss the latest research and future directions of the field in an open atmosphere, and help developing the community of plasmonics and nano-optics.

Upcoming Edition

2024 - More info soon

Past Editions

2022: Torino

July 4-7, 2022
Politecnico di Torino

2018: Cetraro

June 15 - 18, 2018
Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetraro (Cosenza)

2016: Cortona

July 10 - 14, 2016
"Palazzone", Cortona (Arezzo)

Contact us

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You can also contact the Steering Committee of Plasmonica:

Antonino Foti
CNR-Institute for Chemical Physical Processes (IPCF), Messina

Nicolò Maccaferri
Dept. of Physics, Umeå University, Sweden

Chiara Novara
Dept. of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino

Emilija Petronijevic
Dept. Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, "Sapienza" University of Rome

Attilio Zilli
Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano

Finally, you can also contact the Working Group representatives in the SIOF Presidential Council:

Alessandro Belardini
Dept. Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, "Sapienza" University of Rome

Paolo Biagioni
Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano

Past Members of the Steering Committee:

  • Andrea Baldi, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Eindhoven
  • Leonetta Baldassarre, Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Alessandro Belardini, Dept. Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Paolo Biagioni, Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano
  • Michele Celebrano, Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano
  • Stefania D’Agostino, IIT - Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies
  • Carlo Forestiere, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Università Federico II di Napoli
  • Maria Caterina Giordano, Dept. of Physics, Università di Genova
  • Francesca Intonti, Dept. of Physics, "LENS, University of Florence
  • Michele Ortolani, Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Riccardo Sapienza, Dept. of Physics, Dept. of Physics, Imperial College London