It is our great pleasure to announce PLASMONICA 2017, the fifth edition of the workshop on plasmonics and its applications, to be held in Lecce, Italy, on July 5-7, 2017. Plasmonica is an annual conference aimed at bringing together a thriving community of people that hold Plasmonics as their major field of research. In particular, the conference aims at attracting the interest of young researchers, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows from Italy and abroad in order to promote discussions and collaborations on challenging problems arising in the community. The conference will cover both fundamental aspects and applications, featuring several internationally renowned invited speakers, as well as oral and poster contributions. PLASMONICA 2017 is promoted by CNR-IMM, CNR-Nanotec, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, and it is supported by SIOF, Provincia di Lecce and Università del Salento.



  • Active plasmonics
  • Nonlinear plasmonics
  • Quantum plasmonics
  • Spectroscopy and nano-imaging
  • Plasmonic nanoantennas
  • Plasmonic functional materials and devices
  • Unconventional materials for plasmonics
  • Plasmon-exciton polaritons


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    Invited speakers



      Prof. Javier Aizpurua

      San Sebastián, Spain

      Dr. Antonio García-Martín

      Madrid, Spain

      Prof. Jaime Gómez Rivas

      Eindhoven University of Technology
      Eindhoven, Nederlands

      Dr. Laura Na Liu

      Heidelberg University
      Heidelberg, Germany

      Prof. Stefan Maier

      Imperial College London
      London, UK

      Prof. Niek van Hulst

      Barcelona, Spain



    At the end of the conference a prize consisting in 500 euros will be offered to the Best Oral and Best Poster chosen among young scientists (students and early stage postdocs) attending PLASMONICA 2017. These awards will be offered by Rotary Club Lecce Sud.


    Lecce is a historic city in southern Italy, one of the most important cities of Apulia. Because of the rich baroque architectural monuments found in the city, it is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". Lecce lies down at the heel of Italy's boot between the Adriatic and Ionian Sea in the "Salento" area. The region offers kilometers of coastal landscape, blue sea-fringed bays, dunes and white sand beaches; it holds a rich and succulent gastronomic tradition and offers a lively and dynamic cultural scenario. The conference will be held at Convitto Palmieri, a prestigious historic building in the heart of Lecce.


    The closest airports to Lecce are Brindisi (45 km) and Bari (164 km) airports.
    From Brindisi airport to Lecce

    By Bus: The cheapest way to get to Lecce is using the bus. Price is €6.50 (a fee of €1.50 will be applied if you buy the ticket directly on the bus) and it stops at Lecce City Terminal. Check out timetables here.

    Shuttle service: Airshuttle provides a pool taxi service (about €20). The ride has to be booked at least one day in advance. Click here for more info.

    Taxi: Taxi service is available at the airport for about €80.


    From Bari airport to Lecce

    A shuttle train service is provided from the airport to the Bari central train station (price is €5). Current timetable is available here. From there you can reach Lecce by train (it takes about 1:30 hours, and there are 33 trains per day). Bari-Lecce train connections can be searched here.

    By train
    Lecce central train station is within walking distance to the city center. Train connections can be searched here.
    By car
    From Rome, take A1 highway, towards Naples, and then A16 or A14, direction Bari. From Milan, take A14 highway, towards Bari. Once in Bari, take the road SS16 towards Brindisi-Lecce.


    July is a highly touristic season in Lecce therefore we recommend you to make your registration and hotel reservation as soon as possible. There are several possibilities for accommodation, here below we have listed some of the closest hotels to the venue.

    Grand Hotel   [ 350 m ]
    Viale Oronzo Quarta, 28 - 73100 Lecce
    Tel. +39 0832 309405
    Suite Hotel Santa Chiara   [ 450 m ]
    Via degli Ammirati, 24 - 73100 Lecce
    Tel. +39 0832 304998
    Risorgimento Resort  [ 500 m ]
    Via Augusto Imperatore, 19 - 73100 Lecce
    Tel.: +39 0832 246311
    Le Club Boutique  [ 550 m ]
    Via Regina Isabella, 2 - 73100 Lecce
    Tel.: +39 0832 246044
    Hotel Patria Palace   [ 800 m ]
    Piazzetta Riccardi - 73100 Lecce
    Tel. +39 0832 245111

    Moreover there are a lot of Bed and Breakfast in Lecce. Some nearby the venue are: Idomeneo63, Palazzo Personè, Casa Li Santi, La Corte, Casa Q, Nonna Jole.
    We invite you to check online at or for more options.


    The conference fee includes access to all the conference sessions (oral, posters, round tables), coffee breaks and the social dinner that will take place on Thursday night, July 6, 2017. The registratiion fee also includes one-year subscription to SIOF (SIOF members may benefit of discounts at OSA and EOS conferences). Prices are reported below.

       Registration type
    Before June 10, 2017
    After June 10, 2017
       Student (undergraduates or Ph.D. students)
            Already a SIOF member
      € 50,00 EUR
      € 80,00 EUR
            Non memeber
      € 60,00 EUR
      € 90,00 EUR

        Senior (group leaders, senior researhcers, postdocs, etc.)
            Already a SIOF member
      € 100,00 EUR
      € 130,00 EUR
            Non memeber
      € 130,00 EUR
      € 160,00 EUR

    *PLASMONICA 2017 will support a limited number of students and young researchers by offering free participation to the congress. This initiative is intended to help those researchers that have limited funds or are temporarily unaffiliated. Interested individuals should send a detailed letter of motivation to

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