Scope & Background

  • Scope of LIP conferences
  • LIP2020: flyer and posters
  • Previous LIP, OPC & OPS conferences and publications
The 13th international conference series on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP) - Optical Particle Characterization follow-up ! is organized by the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IF-PAS) on August 22-28th, 2020, Warsaw, Poland. The conference is focused on interactions between laser beams and particles, from theory to practice (download the flyer), encompassing in particular the following fundamental topics :
- particle characterization methods (interferometric, holographic, polarimetric, spectral, static, dynamic,...),
- near-field, far-field and time-resolved scattering,
- plasmonics and other resonances,
- complex shaped particles and aggregates,
- multiple scattering and random media (dense,turbulent,...)
- mechanical effects of light (particle manipulation, force measurement, optical tweezer,...)
- laser beams description (contributions acoustical and quantum beams are also welcomed).
and application domains:
- two-and multiphase-flow characterization ( combustion, spray, bubbly flow...),
- aerosol science and atmospheric environment (nucleation, transport, characterization...),
- plasma and soft matter physics (nanocristallite, Coulomb crystal, colloids, aggregation, ,...),
- biomedical optical engineering (cell manipulation and properties, microrheology, ...),
- remote sensing (lidar, communication,...)

Download the flyer (A4) and posters (A4 & A2) of the conference LIP2020:

flyer poster A2 poster A2
This conference series has been continually providing forums for promoting the interchange of new ideas on the development of advanced theories and models, as well as the latest experimental developments. Since nearly three decades this series, whose topics are continuously evolving, provides a source of state-of-the-art in light and shaped beam interactions with particle and particle systems. The present edition follows the former Optical Particle Sizing (OPS) and Optical Particle Characterization (OPC) conferences held in Rouen 1987; Tempe, AZ, 1990; Yokohama, 1993; Nürnberg, 1995; Minneapolis, MN,1998; Brighton, 2001; Kyoto, 2004; Graz, 2007 as well as the reformulated LIP conference, held in Rouen in 2012; Marseille, 2014; Xi'an 西安市, 2016 and College Station (TX) in 2018.
LIP2012 LIP2014 LIP2016 LIP2018
Over the years, selected papers from this conference series were published in books and special issues of highly ranked journals (Applied Optics, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer), e.g.
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Committees, sponsors & partners

  • Scientific Committee
  • Advisory committee
  • Conveners & local committee
  • Partners & Sponsors

Keynote lectures

Coming soon !


  • Scientific
  • Technical
Not available until April 1st, 2020!
Not available until April 1st, 2020!

Instructions to Authors

  • Presentations
  • Procedure & deadlines
  • Submit an abstract
  • Special issue papers: JQRST
Three formats are scheduled for oral presentations:
  • Keynote lectures (invited talks of 40 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions),
  • Regular presentations (20 minutes of presentation plus 5 minutes for questions)
  • Posters (special session with a best poster award)
For both oral and poster presentations, authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of at least 1000 words and with a maximum of three pages, including supporting figures and references as appropriate. As there is necessarily a limited number of oral presentations, the scientific committee will make the final decision on the presentation format on the basis of two independent reviews plus the authors wish. At least one of the authors is required to register for the conference and the same person may only present a maximum of two oral presentations (no limit on the posters). All selected contributions will be published in the proceedings of the conference (with ISBN and color figures).
It is mandatory to use this MS-Word template (download) to prepare the extended abstract as there will be no real typesetting process. Fill also this MS-Excel sheet (download) to depict the abstract contains, the preferred presentation format and session, the authors affiliations,... All these data will be used for the review process as well to build the conference program and the list of participants. When ready, send these two files by email to the conference secretary:
  • Abstract submission opens .......................November 1st, 2019
  • Abstract submission ends..........................March 1st, 2020
  • Notification of abstract acceptance..........April 1st, 2020
Simply send by email your extended abstract (MS-Word file plus a pdf) and the related  information (Excel file) to the conference secretariat (

Publication: special issue of JQRST (SI:LIP2020)

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Following the highly successful LIP practice [2012, 2014, 2016], we will be soliciting papers for the LIP-2020 Topical Issue of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) and hope that you will want your state-of-the-art research to become part of yet another benchmark collection of papers on light and shaped beam interactions with particles and particle systems. This Topical Issue will consist only of full-size papers documenting research either reported at the conference or pertaining to the main topics of LIP-2020. Extended abstracts of conference presentations will not be considered. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two independent referees to ensure that all accepted manuscripts satisfy the highest standards of scientific quality adopted for JQSRT. Again, this will be a topical issue of JQSRT rather than a conference proceedings volume. For the moment, the guest editors for this LIP special issue of the JQSRT are G. Gouesbet, F. Onofri, D. Jakubczyk and M. Kolwas. To expedite the communication of your research results to the scientific community, each paper will be officially published (including year, volume, and page numbers) as soon as it has been accepted, typeset, and proof-read. In other words, the authors of accepted manuscripts will see their papers officially published without having to wait for the rest of the manuscripts to get accepted. This accelerated publication protocol is a recent improvement in the JQSRT production process. The paper submission deadline is expected to be December 15, 2020.


  • Important dates
  • Registration fees
  • Register

  • Early registration opens............................January 1st, 2020
  • Late registration after...............................May 1st, 2020

There are 3 categories for the registration fees (in Euros, all taxes included) depending on whether it is an early or /  late registration. For the moment the fees are expected to be in the ranges:
  • Student (Master, Ph.D).......: 200-400 (/250-450)
  • Academic & industry.............: 350/600 (/400-650)
  • Accompanying person(1).....: 70-100.

Regular registration fees include: the Conference attendance, book and electronic copy of the conference abstracts, lunches and coffee breaks mentioneed on the program, LIP 2020 excursion and social dinner. (1) Gala dinner and excursion

Not available until January 1st, 2020!


  • Conference venue
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • About the city and the region

The conference venue is the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences. It is located in the south part of Warsaw in Mokotów district, within 15 minutes by car or bus from "Chopin Airport” – the main airport of Warsaw. Institute is also about 20 – 25 min by tram or bus from the city centre and about 15 min walking distance from the metro line 1 providing convenient connection across Warsaw. Destination stop: “Instytut Fizyki”or Galeria Mokotów” “. Within 5 min walk from the Institute there is also a large shopping mall called “Galeria Mokotów” where several restaurants are located. In the nearest area of the Institute a few hotels can be found.
From the International Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)
Every 30 min from 6h00 to 23h00 a local train departs to Warsaw central station 'Warszawa Centralna'. It takes about 25 minutes and costs about 1 €. There are also several public busses available. Convenient connection to the city centre (Centrum) is provided by bus no. 175 (departure every 20 min). Single ticket costs about 1 €. At the airport you will also find many taxis and car rental companies to bring you to Warsaw centre.
To reach the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, you can take taxi (cost about 5-7 €) or indirect bus connection (one change needed). For example bus no. 175 with change to the bus no. 317 at the stop “Komitetu Obrony Robotników” or with change to the bus no. 189 at the stop “Sasanki”. The destination bus stop is “Instytut Fizyki”.

Currency (May 2018)
Polish currency is zloty (Polish: złoty).
Currency acronym is PLN.
Average exchange rate: 1 PLN = 0.23 euro // 1 euro = 4.3 PLN

The Organizing Committee will select a variety of accommodation around the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences and provide necessary information in the future. We recommend to book hotel in the proximity to the institute (see map). However, number of hotels can be also found in the city centre. Convenient transport to the Institute is provided by tram, busses and metro (line no. 1, station: Wilanowska).
Google map (link)
Hotels arround
About the city Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital and largest city of Poland with population about 1.77 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million, which makes Warsaw the 8th most-populated capital city in the European Union. Warsaw is a global city, a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical Old Town was inscribed at the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Old Town

  • Presidential Palace
  • Grand Theatre
  • Wilanów Palace
  • Chopin Statue in Łazienki Park
  • Mermaid, Sigismund & Copernicus monuments
  • Świętokrzyski Bridge

Getting around in Warsaw
You can use buses, trams and subway (recommended) from the public transport company called "ZTM". From the company website ( you can download several maps for subway and trams. However, to find connection it is more convenient to use website. Dedicated mobile application (JakDojade) for Android and iOS is also available. Tickets for public transport can be purchased by application or using ticket machines inside all buses. To reach Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, choose destination stop: “Instytut Fizyki”.


  • Secretariat of the Conference
  • Images & photos credits
  • Last update
Dr Mariusz WOZNIAK
Institute of Physics
Al. Lotnikow 32/46
02-668 Warsaw, Poland
tel.: (+48) 22 116-32-77
mobile: (+48) 693-087-455
  Dr Anastasiya DERKACHOVA
Institute of Physics
Al. Lotnikow 32/46
02-668 Warsaw, Poland
tel.: (+48) 22 116-32-??
mobile: (+48) 693-087-??
Emails for the conference:
Thanks to Daniel Jakubczyk, Onofrio Marago, Loïc Méès, Fabrice Lamadie, Fabrice Onofri, Bernard Pouligny, Kuan Fang Ren & Mariusz Wozniak.