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2022 Southern California (SoCal), ICORS 2024 Rome

These have been extraordinarily difficult times for organizing conferences. ICORS XXVII (Rome) conference suffered a first postponement from 2020 to 2021, and the organizers, driven by the ongoing pandemic emergency, were now about to announce a second postponement to 2022, upon agreement with the International Steering Committee. Unfortunately, in the midst of restructuring ICORS XXVIII conference for the consequent shift, the Southern California team encountered liability problems due to irrevocable Hotels agreements which would have caused unacceptable financial burden.

These unforeseen byproducts of the pandemic forced the two teams to move the 2022 ICORS back to Long Beach (August 14-19) and postpone the Rome edition to 2024 accordingly. This has been a very difficult decision, especially as the arrangements for the Rome conference were well advanced in many respects. The nature of such arrangements, however, allows preserving most of the work and investments done for the Rome edition, transferring them to Long Beach without major losses.

The two organizing teams will work closely together: the current Rome Scientific Program will be shifted (and expanded with an additional call for abstracts, as originally planned) to SoCal, under the responsibility of the Rome team which will act as Program Chairs/Committee, while the SoCal team will act as the General Chairs and take care of the conference logistics. All the early registrations finalized for ICORS XXVII to date, will be valid for the SoCal 2022 edition with similar benefits (nothing to be done from your side), or can be withdrawn by 30 April 2021 receiving a full refund (sending the request to secretariat@icors2020.com). From now on please refer to https://www.mrs.org/icors for all the ICORS XXVII-related information.

We anticipate that in 2024 the roles will be switched, with the Rome team acting as General/Local Chairs and with the SoCal organizers chairing the scientific program for the Rome Conference.


There is a deep link between Rome and the Raman effect, dating back to 1926, when Enrico Fermi took over the chair of theoretical physics at the University of Rome, boosting the famous “via Panisperna group”. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman got his Nobel Prize in 1930, for the effect that he first observed in liquids in 1928. The new discovery was highly inspirational for Franco Rasetti, the last survivor of the Panisperna group, who was the first to demonstrate Raman effect in gases (F. Rasetti, ‘‘Raman Effect in Gases,’’ Nature 123 (1929), 205). His observations provided the first experimental evidence that the model for the atomic nucleus constituted by protons and electrons is inadequate.

Beside the strictly scientific motivations, Rome offers an ideal surrounding for its uncountable mainstream attractions and lesser-known gems.

For this reason we’re glad to inform you that the XXVII International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy will be held in Rome, at the “Sapienza” University, which holds the legacy of Enrico Fermi work.

We look forward to meeting you in Italy in 2024!

Tullio Scopigno, Chair Giulio Cerullo, Co-Chair
  • Non-linear and time resolved
  • Sers, Ters and plasmonics
  • Material science
  • Fundamentals and theory
  • Biology and biomedicine
  • Novel Techniques, analytics and applications

ICORS 2024 Conference is organized in 6 macro-areas, and will cover the following list of topics:
Ultrafast processes, coherent scattering, biomedical imaging, pharmaceuticals, disease characterization, low dimensional materials, extreme conditions, cultural heritage, forensic science, metrology, environmental and remote sensing, surface and resonance enhancements, gas phase spectroscopy, planetary and astronomical physical chemistry, energy harvesting and transport, optoelectronics, industrial applications and novel instrumentation, multi-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy.

ICORS 2024 will be guided by principles of social and environmental sustainability, respect the criteria of inclusiveness and gender equality and participate in the “Food for Good” project against the food waste in events

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