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In the past years the number of fields influenced by photonics and nanophotonics increased steadily. And the boundaries between what is considered to be nanophotonics and what is not became more and more fuzzy and difficult to define. Nowadays disciplines like biophotonics, plasmonics, bio-sensing, optical imaging, quantum nanophotonics etc. are deeply interconnected with each other. And the tendency is to go in the direction of increasing the interdisciplinarity of research.
In this novel landscape a new generation of scientists is now emerging, carrying the necessity to rethink the traditional conference format, which are often showcases of career-long investigators. The Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp is meant to break with the conventional schemes to engage the creativity of early-stage scientists and create new scientific connections, fostering critical thinking.

A camp for young minds: The main target of this Science Camp are junior scientists, post-docs and PhD students. In order to give them space to discuss and present their own work and ideas, we decided for a strict <10 from PhD rule for both invited and submitted contributions.

The poster session: Poster session are too often the foster children of conferences, neglected and overlooked. We think that a poster session is a magnificent occasion to discuss that must be exploited. Everyone will be given the opportunity to present a short (~2 min.) pitch to attract people to his/her poster.

Evening debates: Every evening there will be a open debate on science-related topics like science communication, data visualization or open access and social media for science.

Plenary speakers: Having a conference aimed at young researchers does not mean to refuse any contact with the seniors. On the contrary, we believe that discussing with more experienced scientists can be extremely useful. Therefore we secured a small number of extremely high profile speakers to interact with the junior scientists.