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Vol 28, Issue 3:
September 2014

In the latest issue of the AOS news, find out about the new AOS constitution, the optics and applications of spider silk and cleaning rubbish with lasers. All this and much more can be found in this edition of the AOS News!

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23rd Canberra International Physics Summer School "Frontiers in Physics"

1–5 December 2014, Australian National University, Canberra

The School will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to fundamental ideas and concepts in Quantum Many body systems, Quantum entanglement, Nanomaterials, Mathematical physics, Non-linear physics, and Fusion Plasma physics. These topics play key roles in the foundation of modern physics and are likely to govern the development of new technologies and applications. Keynote speakers include Nobel Prize winners Brian Schmidt and Steven Chu. Physics lab tours will also be organised.

Student travel & living scholarships are available, see here.

Australian IYL Activities Launched

The AOS is leading Australian initiatives for the International Year of Light in 2015. An Australian web site,, is now available and you can follow developments on Twitter (@LightYearAU). Stakeholder events are being held in Sydney (15 September), Canberra (16 September) and Brisbane (17 September). See for more information and RSVP details.

2014 OSA Optics and Photonics Congress

2014 OSA Optics and Photonics Congress
Light, Energy and the Environment

2-5 December 2014, Canberra

This comprehensive Congress examines the frontiers in the development of optical technologies for energy production, transport, and use. It is aimed at bringing together researchers, engineers, and managers across many disciplines. It is being held the week before the AIP Congress.

Abstract deadline: 3 September.

More information at

Call for abstracts: Australian Institute of Physics Congress (incorporating AOS Annual Meeting)

7-11 December 2014, Canberra

The 21st biennial Australian Institute of Physics Congress, The Art of Physics, will be held at the ANU in Canberra in the week of December 7-11 in 2014. The Congress also incorporates the annual meeting of the Australian Optical Society as well as meetings of the many technical groups and discipline areas associated with the AIP. The Call for Abstracts is now open and submissions close Friday 27 June 2014. More details at .

Petition to Keep it Clever

Universities Australia, the peak body for our university sector, is seeking your support to send the message that investing in universities is investing in our future.

If you agree that to avoid being left behind we need to keep being a leading nation in research and innovation, and to keep producing highly-skilled graduates, then sign the petition and share the message at

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