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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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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

UWA Researcher wins SPIE Startup Challenge

SPIE hosted its the 4th Annual Startup Challenge for photonics technology at Photonics West February 2014. Eight Finalists pitched for the grand prize, with University of Western Australia’s Robert McLaughlin taking first prize with – Microscope-in-a-needle: World’s smallest surgical guidance probe. The technology is a miniature OCT probe that fits inside a needle. It can be used to assist surgeons to find the edge of a cancer tumors during removal, reducing the rate of patients requiring repeat surgery.

Second prize was awarded to Nicholas Durr at MIT and PlenOptika for his device to determine eyeglass prescriptions economically to improve eye care in developing countries. Third prize went to Amos Danielli at MagBiosense for a heart biosensor.

The pitches can be viewed online here on the SPIE website.

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