The Australian Optical Society 

This award recognises innovations and technical advances in the field of Optics. In particular, the award seeks to recognise strong efforts in translational optical research towards industrial applications and commercialisation by an individual or small team.

In assessing nominations, the committee will view favourably cases that demonstrate examples of achievement other than traditional academic measures of papers and citations, though these may be included where relevant. Examples might include patents, prototype development, or innovative solutions to challenging technical problems in research translation or commercialisation. Nominations of non-academic technical staff and industrial employees is strongly encouraged.

The work for which the award is made must have been carried out principally in Australia or New Zealand.

The winner will receive a prize consisting of $300 cash, one year's free membership of AOS, and an invitation to attend the AOS conference and make an oral presentation of their work.


The prize was known as the Technical Optics Award from 1995 to 2016. In 2017 it was renamed the John Love Award.

Previous winners of the Prize have been:

  • 2019 Dr Sergio Leon-Saval - University of Sydney
  • 2018 Prof. Robert Scholten - University of Melbourne and MOGLabs
  • 2016 Dr Nicolas Riesen - Modular Photonics, Macquarie University & University of Adelaide
  • 2010 Dr Katie Green - CSIRO
  • 2004 Dr Yabai He - Macquarie University
  • 2000 Alex Boiko
  • 1997 Chris Freund - CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics.
  • 1995 Ron Bulla - CSIRO Applied Physics

Nominations are now invited from (or on behalf of) suitable candidates and should include:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Case for the award in innovations and technical advances in the field of Optics

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