The PLASMONICA group aims at bringing together a community that is naturally spread over many different disciplines such as physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology, with the goal of fostering new discussions and collaborations in the field of Plasmonics and Nano-Optics.

It follows the very successfull organization of the first three national workshops on plasmonics that took place in Milano in 2013, Roma in 2014, and Padova in 2015, each one hosting more than 100 participants.

The group is now officially a 'working group' inside the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF). The objective of the group is to develop and consolidate a common substrate of the different disciplines interested in plasmonics and nano-optics, coordinate the organization of events (workshops, schools, and so on), facilitate personnel exchange and scientific collaborations, with a special emphasis on applications.

The Workshop

The workshop PLASMONICA is organized every year and is dedicated to young researchers, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows working in all fields of Plasmonics, with the aim of creating a community of people of any nationality, working in Italy and abroad, that hold Plasmonics as their major field of research.

Upcoming Edition


Politecnico di Torino

July 7-8, 2022
Politecnico di Torino, Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino

Past Editions

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
Via Gino Capponi 9, lecture hall 8

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


Politecnico di Torino

July 4-7, 2022
Politecnico di Torino, Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino

Past Editions

2018: Cetraro

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

2016: Cortona


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

Virtual Seminars

To keep our enthusiastic community alive during the COVID-19 emergency, we organized a series of virtual seminars. These events were oriented to PhD students and early stage researchers and involved renowned speakers in the field.

Past events

Contact us

For further info on the Plasmonica Group activities please e-mail to:


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You can also contact the Coordination Board of Plasmonica:

Andrea Baldi
Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Eindhoven

Stefania D’Agostino
IIT - Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN)

Carlo Forestiere
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Università Federico II di Napoli

Maria Caterina Giordano
Dept. of Physics, Università di Genova

Michele Ortolani
Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome

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

Alessandro Belardini
Dept. SBAI, "Sapienza" University of Rome

Paolo Biagioni
Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano

Past Coordination Board of Plasmonica:

  • Leonetta Baldassarre, Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Alessandro Belardini, Dept. SBAI, "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Michele Celebrano, Dept. of Physics, Politecnico di Milano
  • Francesca Intonti, Dept. of Physics, "LENS, University of Florence
  • Riccardo Sapienza, Dept. of Physics, Dept. of Physics, Imperial College London