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Michael Bach

Medical Centre – University of Freiburg, Germany
Thursday, Opening lecture: Visual Phenomena & Optical Illusions
Friday, lecture: Visual acuity and contrast thresholds – Not trivial to measure

Michael Bach studied Physics, Computer Science and Psychology in Bochum and Freiburg, Germany. His PhD work at the University of Freiburg dealt with single- and multiunit neuron recordings in animal models. Over three decades he ran the Electrophysiology Clinic as Professor at the Eye Center, University of Freiburg and was President of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology in Vision (ISCEV) for 8 years. He is interested in all aspects of vision and has published 250+ peer-reviewed papers in various fields of human vision (h-index 49). He has authored a widely used computer-based vision test (“FrACT”) and also maintains a website on Visual Phenomena and Optical Illusions (, offering visual demonstrations and on-line experiments.



Stephanie Jainta 


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Technik, Institut für Optometrie, Olten, Switzerland

Saturday, lecture: Binocular coordination and binocular advantages in reading

Stephanie Jainta is currently a research fellow at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Technik, Institut für Optometrie in Switzerland. She started her career as a researcher at the University of Münster (Germany) where she got her PhD in Psychology. After her PhD she secured two independent research grants to spend one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the IRIS group – CRNS in Paris (France) and another year at the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton (UK). Later she worked as a research fellow at the IfADo – Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at Dortmund, Germany. Stephanie Jainta’s main research interests are suited in the field of eye movement control, focusing recently on binocular eye movements during reading. Humans typically read with two eyes but experience a stable and unitary percept of the text. In this context, the timely delivery of high quality visual information based on a fused binocular input is vital for effective reading. And since reading is an essential skill for successful function in today’s society, binocular fusion at the interface between the visual system and the written language comprehension system needs specific attention and research. Jainta’s research profile therefore combines interdisciplinary aspects – from physiology and optometry to psychology.