General information

ITMO University invites you to take part in METANANO School for PhD, Master students, engineers, postdocs and researchers. This year the topic of the Summer School is Scattering Problems in Photonics
Fast internet, telecommunications, precise medical diagnostics, ultrasensitive sensors, and solar energy become possible largely due to the development of optical technology and photonics giving us a deep understanding of the interaction between light and matter. Among others scattering phenomena often play a key role in different physical processes. In the scopes of the Summer School, the world's best experts will give lectures grouped into a 5-day course on modern theoretical and experimental aspects of scattering in photonics. The course will start with the fundamentals and will cover the latest achievements as well. The practical classes will help you to get the skills necessary for conducting own scientific research in this new exciting area of physics.

The School is organized by the Department of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University. This year the School will be held within the scope of the XIX Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference"ELS-XIX".


We cordially invite you to take part as a lecturer in the forthcoming School events. Please contact School Chair to request more information.


  • School Chair
    Dr. Andrey Bogdanov

  • Program Committee
  • Yuri Kivshar, Australian National University
  • Andrey Fedyanin, Moscow State University
  • Alexandre Bouhelier, Université de Bourgogne
  • Alexander Khanikaev, The City University of New York
  • Sergei Tikhodeev, Prokhorov General Physics Institute of RAS
  • Pavel Ginzburg, Tel Aviv University

  • Organizing Committee
  • Dr. Alexey Shcherbakov
  • Yulia Kuznetsova

  • School Secretaries
  • Anna Dyma
  • Anastasia Kaptsova


Important Dates

  • 31 March, 2020 – Registration deadline

  • 22 April, 2020 – Decision on acceptance to the School and Travel Grant application

  • 30 April, 2020 Visa invitation letter request deadline

  • 6 - 10 July, 2020 – METANANO School

Registration and Travel grants

Selection of the School participants is made on the basis of applicant’s CV and motivation letter. All registered participants are encouraged to attend Poster Session competition. The best poster will be awarded. Travel grants will be offered for selected students after consideration of requests. Please fill in corresponding field during registration.

Registration fee

Student 280 EUR

The fee includes tuition, lecture materials, lunches and coffee-breaks, and social events. Participants are responsible for finding accommodation.
For students affiliated with CIS-countries' universities the fee is reduced to 7000 RUB. Please contact School Organizers for details.


All participants of the School will be offered to solve a number of problems given by lecturers. Students who will successfully solve all tasks and present their results will be awarded 3 ECTS.


The conference venue is ITMO University located at Lomonosova str. 9, St. Petersburg.


Please notify Anna Dyma and Anastasia Kaptsova as soon as possible if you need an official invitation in order to apply for Russian visa.

A foreign citizen traveling to Russia must have a valid passport (expiry date must be no sooner than 6 months after the date of departure from Russia) and a visa (for almost all foreign visitors, please see the details below).
The deadline for the visa support from the School organizers is April 30, 2020.

The visa application rules are different depending on the citizenship of the applicant:

Starting from October 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign states (please see the list of the countries) may be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region. With the e-visa you will be able to stay only in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region for 8 days (the eVisa will be valid for 30 days to use) if your arrive at Pulkovo airport or other checkpoints in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (please see the list here).
You can apply for the e-visa via this link.


For citizens of the following countries: Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Cuba, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Montenegro, Chile, South Korea no visa is needed.
Nevertheless, we kindly ask you to contact the Organizing Committee to receive a letter from the organizers confirming the purpose of your visit to Russia (you might be asked at the Russian customs).


Citizens of the countries not eligible for the e-visa has to submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued either by ITMO University (takes about 5-10 working days to process) or by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (takes about 25-30 working days to process).

Please, apply for a visa as soon as possible after receiving the invitation letter to ensure that the visa is issued timely and also check that you have a valid medical insurance.

NECESSARY DATA FOR VISA APPLICATION (Required during visa application at the local Russian embassy)

Name of the organization: ITMO University

Address: 49 Kronverksky pr., St.Petersburg, 197101, Russia

TIN: 7813045547