Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights: 2021 Virtual program


Following the highly successful ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Symposiums’ series jointly organized by Université de Bordeaux and Université Laval since 2008, the ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights 2021’ emerged as virtual solution to the current pandemic and the decision of the organizing committee to postpone the next ‘in-person’ symposium to the Fall of 2022 in Quebec City.

The ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights is three-folded:

  1. Firstly, it’s a contest where participants will make a short video capsule on one of the 4 identified themes in Neurophotonics (1 theme per week; see instructions below). Each video capsule of approx. 10 mins will present one advanced technique in Neurophotonics. See an example of such a video capsule (Prof. Daniel Côté explains a non-linear optics setup in his lab): click HERE
  2. Secondly, each week there will be two categories of presentations (one being more ‘technical’, and the second one being more ‘results’-oriented). Presenters and attendees will be invited to join in.
  3. And finally, following the first four short events/presentation blitz (1 per week), the ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights’ will culminate in a ‘round table’ event, (debate on some of the subjects presented during the first 4 weeks; with a Q&A session). An expert panel composed of experts in the field will be invited to the table, but everyone (PIs, grad students, post-docs, and research professionals/coordinators) will be invited to actively participate as well.


The ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights’ will take place on every Tuesday of November (Nov 2 – 30, 2021) at 11 am Quebec time (EST); with short presentation blitz (4×10 mins + questions) for 1 hour total. The last ‘round table’ event will take place on Nov. 30 from 11am – 1 pm Quebec time (EST).

The deadline to submit a video is October 15th, 2021



This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory

Register here


Grad students, post-docs, and research professionals/coordinators are all invited to participate in the contest and submit their short (10 mins) video capsules to the Frontiers in Neurophotonics selection committee prior to Oct. 15, 2021.


Presentations can be made individually, but presentations in small teams (with more than a single speaker presenting) are strongly encouraged. Video capsules recorded in MP4 format shall be deposited here prior to the deadline of Oct. 15 Please, use the following name format for your file: Theme name_your name_Lab XYZ (XYZ= name of PI): Ex: ‘Optogenetics_Methot_YDeKoninck’


The 4 identified themes of the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights 2021:

  • Theme 1: Superresolution approaches
  • Theme 2: Optogenetics and photomanipulation
  • Theme 3: Image analysis and computational approaches
  • Theme 4: In-vivo imaging*

*: All in-vivo experiments need to be conducted as per your Institution’s guidelines and ethical code of conduct. Images displaying whole animals under anesthesia/surgery are not acceptable and will invalidate your participation in this contest. If at all possible, it is suggested to replace those by animations (2-D or 3-D).

Awards: Thanks to our sponsors Bliq Photonics, Nikon Canada, Zeiss Canada, la Fondation CERVO, and the Neurophotonics Centre, the top presentation in each of the 4 themes will be awarded $750 CAD and its video will be promoted on the website