The vibrating and multidisciplinary community of scientists gathered around the challenge will meet at the Anomalous Diffusion Workshop.

dates and venue

The workshop will be held at ICFO premises in Castelldefels (Barcelona). The tentative dates are June 2-4, 2021 but we might be forced to change them due to the traveling restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The final dates are December 1-3, 2021.

If circumstances won’t allow its celebration in total safety, the workshop will be held online or in a hybrid format.

Important dates:
  • abstract submission: May 10, 2021 November 8, 2021
  • abstract notification of acceptance: May 16, 2021 November 14, 2021
  • workshop: June 2-4, 2021 December 1-3, 2021

Stay tuned! 

Travel information


The tentative program of the workshop will be available soon and will include oral presentations by the top-ranking participants of the challenge and by 8 invited speakers.

Confirmed invited speakers
  • Saga Helgadóttir –, Sweden
  • Maria F. Garcia-Parajo – ICFO, Spain
  • Jean-Baptiste Masson – Institut Pasteur, France
  • Diego Krapf – University of Colorado, USA
  • Hélène Kabbech – Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
  • Zihan Huang – Hunan University, China
Challenge awardees
  • Stefano Bo – Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany
  • Giorgio Volpe – University College London, UK
  • Oscar Garibo – Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Tom Bland – The Francis Crick Institute, UK

abstract submission and poster guidelines

Abstracts must be compiled in LateX according to the guideline provided in this template. Both the LateX and pdf file must be submitted by May 10, 2021 November 8, 2021 via email.
Abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee, which will select the best 12 for oral communications. Two poster sessions allowing a total of 40 posters will be organized.
Invited speakers should also submit an abstract.

Poster should be size A0 and in vertical format (84.1 cm wide × 118.9 cm tall). Poster boards do not fit horizontal posters.


code of conduct

Workshop attendees are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards, according to the OSA Anti-harassment Policy and Code of Conduct:

OSA is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to the free and robust exchange of scientific ideas. This environment requires that all participants be treated with equal consideration and respect. While OSA encourages vigorous debate of ideas, personal attacks create an environment in which people feel threatened or intimidated. This is not productive and does not advance the cause of science. All participants in OSA and OSA-managed events and activities are therefore expected to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully. 
It is the policy of The Optical Society that all forms of bullying, discrimination, and harassment, sexual or otherwise, are prohibited in any OSA or OSA-managed events or activities. This policy applies to every individual at the event, whether attendee, speaker, exhibitor, award recipient, staff, contractor or other. It is also a violation of this policy to retaliate against an individual for reporting bullying, discrimination or harassment or to intentionally file a false report of bullying, discrimination, or harassment.
Bullying, discrimination, and harassment of any sort by someone in a position of power, prestige or authority is particularly harmful since those of lower status or rank may be hesitant to express their objections or discomfort out of fear of retaliation.