“Let’s meet halfway between Canada and Europe!”
What came across as more of a joke soon developed into a beautiful, unique project and a wonderful collaboration between Canadian and European scientists:

A thematic, jointly organised, week-long, residential conference in a unique, inspiring location:
Theme: Theranostic Horizons

The Concept

Our idea seemed simple but challenging: choose a “hot” topic in imaging science, bring together a limited group of international scientists from different disciplines and career stages to spend one week in a unique, beautiful and inspiring place to discuss science and open up new horizons – that’s it!

The Theme

Theranostics, the intersection between sensing, imaging, and therapy, is rapidly becoming the next frontier for precision and molecularly-targeted medicine. The emerging and current challenges in theranostics will require multi- and interdisciplinary solutions spanning chemistry, engineering, biochemistry, and physiology.

In this vein, we endeavour to provide a collaborative venue where scientists and clinicians not only from Canada and Europe, but from all around the world can share their expertise and forge new approaches to meet the challenges on the horizon for theranostics.

The Programme

Theranostic Horizons will kick off with introductory lectures by internationally renowned scientists, which will provide the basis and set the tone for the coming week. These lectures will be followed by an exciting, well-balanced mix of top-notch speakers presenting their original research, talks and poster presentations selected from your abstract submissions, group discussions, and excursions to the magic environment of West Iceland.

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Why Iceland?

Besides being half-way between Canada and Europe, Iceland – and Bifröst University in particular – as an idyllic intermediary, remote venue, this residential meeting has as its purpose to connect, to educate, and to stimulate new directions for collaborative, theranostic research.

Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts and dramatic landscapes. Widely known as “the land of fire and ice,” Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Bifröst University is located in West Iceland that is described as one of Iceland’s most geologically diverse regions. Its natural wonders are a nearly exhaustive sampling of all that Iceland offers, ranging from slumbering volcanoes and majestic waterfalls to various flora and wildlife.

We couldn’t resist this inspiring environment along with the academic setting of a University!

Key Numbers
  • Total area: 103,592 km² 
  • Coastline: 6.542,4 km
  • Lakes and rivers: 2.757 km² 
  • Glaciers: 11.922 km² 
  • Sandplains  4.000 km² 
  • Lava fields 11.000 km² 
  • Forests: 1,907 km² 
  • Largest lake: Þingvallavatn 82 km² 
  • Highest point: Hvannadalshnúkur 2,119 m
  • Population: 368.792 (2021)

Good to know already

  • Participation is limited to 70.
  • Priority is given to all who submit an (accepted) abstract, only very few seats are open to others.
  • All attendees are asked to stay for the entire duration of this Iceland adventure.
  • All are accommodated at Bifröst University where also lectures and meals will take place.
  • The registration fee includes accommodation with full board.

Invited Speakers

  • Angela Casini – Munich
  • Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen – Singapore
  • Cathy Cutler – New York
  • Paula Foster – London Ontario
  • Assaf A. Gilad – Michigan
  • Michael Lin – Stanford
  • Shwetal Mehta – Phoenix
  • Neil Vasdev – Toronto
  • Wolfgang Weber – Munich

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The Committee

  • Naomi Matsuura – Toronto
  • Michal Neeman – Rehovot
  • Vasilis Ntziachristos – Munich
  • John Ronald – London, ON
  • Adam Shuhendler – Ottawa
  • Bertrand Tavitian – Paris
  • Tim Witney – London, UK

in alphabetical order


  • 19 May | Deadline Abstract Submission
  • mid of June | Notification on Acceptance/Rejection
  • 1 June | Opening Registration
  • 21-26 August | Theranostic Horizons in Iceland
Bifröst University – West Iceland

An ESMI/WMISCan cooperation