Sculpted Light in the Brain

June 20-21, 2019 | London, UK

Presented by Thorlabs and Bruker

Registration deadline extended to June 7th!


Sculpted Light in the Brain is a recurring conference (founded in 2017) aimed at fostering collaborations between neuroscientists, computer scientists, optics researchers, and other scientists who share the common interest of using and developing novel technologies to observe and control neural activity in the awake, behaving brain. “Sculpted Light” refers to a broad class of methods where light is shaped to probe neural function.

This meeting aims to promote future collaboration opportunities by gathering established scientists and the next generation of researchers from these fields to discuss future technologies that will enable real time optical communication with the living brain.



9:00 amWelcome
9:15 amMichael Hausser
9:45 amTommaso Fellin
10:15 amDarcy Peterka
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:15 amElizabeth Hillman
11:45 amElizabeth Carroll
12:15 pmManish Kumar
12:30 pmSponsored Talk
12:45 pmLunch
13:45 pmSara Abrahamsson
14:15 pmAlipasha Vaziri
14:45 pmGrace Kuo
15:00 pmCoffee Break
15:30 pmChris Xu
16:00 pmHillel Adesnik
16:30 pmKayvon Daie
16:45 pmPoster Session


9:00 amWelcome
9:15 amRafael Yuste
9:45 amEmily Gibson
10:15 amMonika Ritsch-Marte
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:15 amBernardo Sabatini
11:45 amShy Shoham
12:15 pmAndrea Giovannucci
12:30 pmSponsored Talk
12:45 pmLunch
13:45 pmChris Harvey
14:15 pmRosa Cossart
14:45 pmMonica Gonzales
15:00 pmLinlin Fan
15:15 pmCoffee Break
15:30 pmValentina Emiliani
16:00 pmKarl Deisseroth
16:30 pmClosing Remarks


Alipasha Vaziri

Rockefeller University

Chris Xu

Cornell University

Elizabeth Hillman

Columbia University

Christopher Harvey

Harvard Medical School

Darcy Peterka

Columbia University

Shy Shoham

New York University

Rosa Cossart


Sara Abrahamsson

UC Santa Cruz

Bernardo Sabatini

Harvard University

Hillel Adesnik

UC Berkeley

Michael Hausser

University College London

Rafael Yuste

Columbia University

Emily Gibson

University of Colorado, Denver

Elizabeth Caroll

TU Delft

Valentina Emiliani

Institut de la Vision

Monika Ritsch-Marte

Medical University of Innsbruck

Karl Deisseroth

Stanford University

Tommaso Fellin

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia



Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy
Northwestern University

Alan Mardinly
University of California, Berkeley

Ian Antón Oldenburg
University of California, Berkeley

Adam Packer
Oxford University

Eirini Papagiakoumou
Université Paris Descartes

Nicolas Pégard
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SLB 2019

A two-day conference at The Royal Society in London on June 20-21, 2019. Please read our code of conduct.

This event is not organized or endorsed by the Royal Society.


Sculpted Light in the Brain 2019 is put on by SLBA,  a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit corporation. If you’re interested in sponsoring this or future Sculpted Light Meetings, contact us at

View our past conference: SLB 2017