About ICL

International Conference on Luminescence (ICL) is a long-standing conference being held every three years.

In past decade, it has been held in Lyon (France, 2008), Ann Arbor (USA, 2011), Wrocalw (Poland, 2014), and Joao Pessoa (Brazil, 2017).

The conference is for scientist worldwide insterested in luminescence research to share their latest findings on luminescence phenomena. materials, techniques, devices and applications.

Conference Topics
1. New luminescent materials and new methods
2. Nanocrystals, quantum dots and nano-structured materials
3. Spectroscopy of inorganic phosphors
4. Spectroscopy of macromolecules, biomolecules and single molecules
5. Luminescent materials for imaging and theranostics
6. Persistent luminescence and photo-stimulated luminescence
7. Excited state dynamics and ultrafast processes
8. Coherent, nonlinear and high-resolution spectroscopy, four-wave mixing
9. Theoretical modeling and computational methods for luminescence phenomena
10. Field-induced luminescence in organic and inorganic media, OLEDs and FEDs
11. Dynamics of photovoltaic and photocatalysis materials
12. Applications of luminescence (white LED, lasers, displays, sensors, etc.)
Conference Venue

The conference will be held at South Lake Hotel (3798 Nanhu Rd., Changchun, China). In the conference building, there is a big lecture hall (for more than 550 seats) as well as three small halls.

It will be possible to plan four parallel sessions of lectures at the same time.

Important Dates
Date Event
April 1st, 2021 In-Person and Online Registration Opens
June 10th, 2021 Abstract Submission Deadline
June 15th, 2021 Early Registration Deadline
July 1st−12th, 2021 Presentation video upload (for online)
ICL Prize

The ICL Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded during ICL conferences.

Traditionally, the Prize is awarded to single individuals for the studies of the luminescence properties of materials and their applications acknowledge by the International luninescence community.

The winner presents the talk at the closing session of the conference and receives a plaque citing his contribution to luminescence studies along with cash award (2000 USD). The Prize is sponsored by the Journal of Luminescence published by Elsevier.

Guidelines for nominators:

Please sumbit a singlepage summary that describes the accomplishments of the candidate and why these accomplishments merit the ICL 2020 award. This summary will be used by the Prize Committee in making their selection. It would also be helpful if the candidate's vita could be supplied so that the Prize Committee is aware of the publications, patents, honors, awards and other information that you believe would be significant in making the selection. If a vita is not available, please provide as much information as you have.

Please send the nominations to Alexander Kaplyanskii (ICL Prize Committee chairman) before June 15th, 2021.

email: a.kaplyanskii@mail.ioffe.ru

Previous recipients
Prof. M. Shionoya (Tokyo) 1984
Dr. R.M. Macfarlane (IBM) 1987
Dr. A.A. Kaplyanskii (Ioffe) 1990
Dr. M.J. Weber (LLNL) 1993
Prof. D.S. McClure (Princeton) 1996
Prof. E.I. Rashba (Landau) 1999
Prof. G. Blasse (Utrecht) 2002
Prof. W.M. Yen (UGA) 2005
Dr. F. Auzel (CNRS) 2008
Prof. G. Boulon (Lyon) 2011
Prof. V.M. Agranovich (Troitsk) 2014
Prof. H.U. Guedel (Bern) 2017
Venue ICL'23

Venue ICL’23: Call for proposals


The International Program Committee (IPC) of the International Conference on Luminescence welcomes proposals for organizing the ICL meeting in 2023, following the upcoming meeting in Changchun, China, in July 2021. Information on the elements required for a conference proposal and the conference venue are provided below. The ICL is a leading international conference on luminescence spectroscopy, covering state-of-the-art luminescence phenomena in a wide variety of materials, including inorganic, organic, hybrids, bulk, nano and micro structured, insulators, semiconductors, crystalline and amorphous materials. In the past conferences have been held in Budapest (Hungary, 1966), Delaware (USA, 1968), Saint Petersburg (Russia, 1972), Tokyo (Japan, 1975), Paris (France, 1978), Berlin (Germany, 1981), Madison (USA, 1984), Beijing (China, 1987), Lisbon (Portugal, 1990), Storrs (USA, 1993), Prague (Czech Republic, 1996), Osaka (Japan, 1999), Budapest (Hungary, 2002), Beijing (China, 2005), Lyon (France, 2008), Ann Arbor (USA, 2011), Wroclaw (Poland, 2014) and João Pessoa (Brazil,2017). The ICL alternates between different continents but there is no strict rotation schedule. For the ICL in 2023 we welcome and encourage bids from anywhere in the world! All proposals will be seriously considered and the International Program Committee will make a selection by weighing the various aspects indicated below. We hope to receive many proposals for venues to continue the series of successful ICL-meetings in the next decade.

On behalf of the IPC,

Andries Meijerink, Chairman



1.   Required elements for an ICL Conference proposal

1.  Information about your proposed venue: capacity, rooms, multimedia facilities/support, reliable wireless internet access for all conference attendees, etc.

2.  Information about logistics, accommodations, transportation in and around your proposed location.

3.  A tentative plan on the structure of the conference, the agenda and preferred dates for organizing the ICL in the summer of 2023. Possibilities for coordinating the ICL’23 with satellite meetings in related/overlapping fields to be organized just before or after the ICL meeting may also be addressed. 

4.  Information on the researchers involved in the organization:

•   Key people who will organize, promote and staff the conference. 

•   The team's history with and connection to the international luminescence community.

•   Previous event organizing experience.

•   Available administrative support.

•   Potential support in logistics/organization from students.

5.  Estimated cost per person for the conference. Affordability is an important aspect for the ICL meeting. A good target is US$/Euro 400-500/person and reduced rates for PhD students.

6.  Possibilities for support (funding) by local organizations and companies to reduce the conference cost for participants and to support travel grants for selected attendees. 

7.  Information on local attractions, culture, weather conditions and other aspects that affect the attractiveness of the venue.  


2.   ICL conference requirements

1.  Timing: the ICL’23 will be held in the summer of 2023. 

2.  Venue must be able to accommodate 400-600 people.

3.  Venue must have a plenary room capable of accommodating all attendees and smaller rooms to allow for ~3-4 parallel sessions.

4.  Reliable wireless access capable of accommodating all conference attendees simultaneously.

5.  Audio-visual support 

6.  The venue should be located at a place with swift public transportation from/to an international airport. Easy and affordable transportation between airport, conference venue and accommodations/food is required. Conference attendees should not have to rent cars/ hire taxis to get around.

7.  Snacks, coffee/tea during breaks, conference dinner, etc.


3.   Schedule The schedule for the selection process is:

•   July 15th, 2021: Deadline for proposals.

•   July/August 2021: Review and evaluation of proposals by the IPC members of the ICL. Possibility for discussion between IPC members and for inquiries with venue proposers on aspects that are not clear.  

•   September 2021: Voting on the venue by the IPC members.


4.   How to submit a proposal

If you are considering to organize the ICL’23, please inform the IPC of the ICL by sending an e-mail to the chairman of the IPC. We like to hear from you early in the process so that we can offer advice and answer any questions you may have. Also, it helps us anticipate the number of proposals that needs to be considered. So please inform us as soon as possible if you consider submitting a proposal. Please submit your final proposal before July 15 2021 via email in PDF format to a.meijerink@uu.nl


5.   Decision Process

The International Program Committee of the International Conference on Luminescence decides on the venue by voting. All IPC members will weigh the various criteria and select the venue that in their opinion meets the criteria for organizing the ICL the best. For selection of a venue, a majority of votes is required. If, in a first round, there is no venue with an absolute majority, the two venues with most votes enter a second round. 


6.   Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the chairman of the IPC: a.meijerink@uu.nl. Unless asked not to do so, the chairman will forward all inquiries to all IPC board members to keep them informed on the response from the luminescence community concerning the venue for the ICL’23 and to give them the opportunity to assist in answering questions. 

Special Symposium
Commemoration of Professor George Blasse (1934-2020)

On December 30th 2020 Prof. George Blasse unexpectedly passed away at the age of 86. In the field of luminescence spectroscopy George Blasse was an authority. He made many important contributions that have shaped the field and continue to impact the future of luminescence research. He combined groundbreaking fundamental discoveries with societal relevance. George Blasse had a deep and also intuitive understanding of luminescence phenomena and often relied on clever chemical variations in host composition and structure to obtain insight in the underlying physics. Towards the end of his career George Blasse wrote the classic book ‘Luminescent Materials’ together with his partner Christa Grabmaier. In this symposium we will remember George Blasse as a teacher, mentor and colleague and share the scientific impact of his work and personal memories.

Organizer: Andries Meijerink (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)


Alok Srivastava GE Research, USA
Cees Ronda Philips Research, The Netherlands
Pieter Dorenbos TU Delft, The Netherlands
Martin Nikl Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Jun Lin Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Philippe Boutinaud GE REcole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, France
Andries Meijerink Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Video: Remembering George Blasse

Here is a video provided by professor Andries Meijerink for remembering professor George Blasse.

This video records a Lecture presented in 2014 in a special colloquium at the occasion of 100 years Research at Philips. In the Lecture, professor George Blasse talks about his research in the 1960s at Philips and also tells the interesting story of the discovery of YAG:Ce.c

The presentation is in Dutch, but professor Andries Meijerink has translated it and Stephan Zevenhuizen added the translation as subtitles.

Commemoration of Professor Sergey P. Feofilov (1958-2020)

At the beginning of December 2020 Prof. Sergey P. Feofilov (Ioffe Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation) has passed away. He was a leading and pioneering scientist in the field of luminescence of transition metal and lanthanide ions, especially when embedded in nanocrystals. He was also Editor of the Journal of Luminescence from May 2013 to May 2020, and member of the International Advisory Committee of ICL2020. The Organizers of this Conference have found it important to dedicate a Special Symposium to the commemoration of his great figure from both a scientific and a personal point of view.

Organizer: Marco Bettinelli (University of Verona, Italy)


Andries Meijerink Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Xiao-Jun Wang Georgia Southern University, USA
Andrey V. Naumov Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian
Martin Nikl Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Hairong Zheng Shanxi Normal University, China
Marco Bettinelli University of Verona, Italy
Young Presenter Award

The winners of the ICL2020 Young Presenter Award are listed below:

Young Presenter Award
Chuanjiang Qin
Erving Ximendes
Jonas J. Joos
Chenguang Wang
Zhen Song
Jur de Wit
Meng Zhou
Luiz Fernanodo dos Santos
Fernando Maturi
Pengpeng Dai

Each Young Presenter Award presentation will be awarded with EUR 100. Congratulations!

Criteria for the Young Presenter Award presentation are:

   Quality of the research, where important aspects are novelty, creativity, correctness of science.

   Quality of the presentation and how the results were explained, the structure of the presentation (clear introduction, comprehensible for everyone, well-explained, good conclusions, reference to earlier work), ability to correctly answer questions.

   Layout of the slides, clarity of the figures, style of presentation.

Selection process: The host (session chairman) of each session recommended one or two candidates to the committee. After discussing, the committee determined the candidate list.

The committee consists of Prof. Yichun Liu, Prof. Xintong Zhang, Prof. Feng Liu, Prof. Xiaojun Wang, and Prof. Andries Meijerink.

Best Poster Award

The winners of the ICL2020 Best Poster Award are listed below:

Best Poster Award
Sofia Zanella
Matgorzata Sójka
Israel F. Costa
Zengchao Yu
Kamila Maciejewska
Karolina Elzbieciak-Piecka
Jialong Zhao
Huan Chen
Karolina Trejgis
Kirill N. Boldyrev

Each Best Poster Award presentation will be awarded with EUR 100. Congratulations!

Criteria for the Best Poster Award presentation are:

   Quality of the research, where important aspects are novelty, creativity, correctness of science.

   Quality of the defense and explanation of the poster.

   Layout of the poster, clarity of the figures, clear goal in the beginning and conclusions in the end.

The committee determined the candidate list.

The committee consists of Prof. Yichun Liu, Prof. Xintong Zhang, Prof. Feng Liu, Prof. Xiaojun Wang, and Prof. Andries Meijerink.