The Australian Optical Society 


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  • 11 Jun 2018 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2018 honours list. She is a recipient of the Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to laser physics and nano-optics as a researcher, mentor and academic, to the promotion of educational programs, and to women in science. Halina has been an AOS Councillor since 1994 and was AOS President 1998-2000. link to Details

  • 03 May 2018 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    STEM leaders forge path to stronger Australian science and technology

    Presidents, CEOs and other leaders of Australia’s most prominent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) organisations gathered in Canberra today (1 May) to highlight the important role that science and technology will play in Australia’s future.

    They released the following statement:

    Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election.

    Science and technology will shape our future, but without adequate support and high profile, Australian science, innovation and discovery will fall by the wayside.

    There are four areas of focus we call on decision-makers and candidates to address when Australians are called to vote at the next election:

    • A whole-of-government plan for science and technology
    • A strategy to equip the future Australian workforce with STEM skills
    • Strong investment in both basic and applied research
    • Creating policy informed by the best available evidence

    Specific issues to be addressed include:

    • A thorough and thoughtful response to the R&D Tax Incentive review, that achieves a system that boosts public-private collaboration and accentuates Australia’s scientific and technological strengths
    • A clear and long-term plan to support Australia’s research infrastructure, informed by the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap
    • A bold and ambitious national target for scientific and technological research investment, which puts Australia in a position to lead the world in STEM.
    • Action to remove barriers (such as caps and limits) that stand in the way of Australians participating and excelling in STEM education

    A government that uses science to inform and underpin its decisions will lead Australia to a brighter future.

    A government that directly invests in discovery-led, basic research will unlock the solutions of the future.

    A government that fosters and rewards innovation and entrepreneurship will secure Australia’s economic success.

    A government that leads from the front, inspiring the private sector to invest in science and technology, will help Australia achieve a stable and prosperous future.

    We, the nation’s science and technology leaders, will work hard to ensure that the health, wealth and wellbeing of all Australians are secured for many generations to come.

    Working in the solutions sector, the thousands of STEM professionals in Australia will work to tackle the great challenges facing the world, and solve them with science.

    In striving towards this bold vision, we ask for the support of Australians, Australian governments and candidates in future federal elections.

    The Science & Technology Australia membership supports this statement, including the following organisations:


  • 13 Dec 2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    The AOS congratulates the following students for excellent papers and presentations at the very successful, AOS cosponsored, ANZCOP conference last week in Queenstown, NZ. These papers resulted in the award of the following prizes.

    James Spollard, Australian National University PhD student, won the SPIE prize. This prize is a consequence of our MoU with SPIE and includes $1500 towards attending an SPIE conference. The photo shows Jim Oschmann, Vice-President of SPIE awarding the prize.

    Sara Lau, University of Queensland PhD student, won the OSA prize for best oral presentation. This cash prize is a consequence of our MoU with the OSA. The photo shows Ursula Gibson, Vice-President of OSA awarding the prize.

    Calida Tang, University of Sydney senior undergraduate student, won the Wanda Henry prize. This cash prize is awarded each year at ACOFT (one of the constituent events of ANZCOP). The photo shows Simon Fleming, President of AOS awarding the prize.

    The Dodd-Walls Centre, ANZCOP cosponsor, also provided several student poster prizes.

  • 09 Nov 2017 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    AOS and SPIE have renewed our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for another three years. The agreement was signed on 28th October by Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Glenn Boreman. The purpose is to promote optics and photonics research and education and serve members of the international optical science and engineering community. The terms of the MoU include information exchange, joint promotion of events and activities, leadership exchange visits, and an SPIE student prize at our annual conference.


  • 10 Oct 2017 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    The AOS is delighted to announce the winners of several of the AOS Prizes for this year.
     

    The 
    AOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize has been awarded to Dr Sergey Kruk from ANU.
     

    Both the 
    AOS Postgraduate Student Prize and the AOS/Warsash Science Communication Prize in Optics  have been awarded to Ms Litty Thekkekara from RMIT University
     

    Well done Sergey and Litty!

     

    Look out for articles in forthcoming issues of AOS News from the winners. Note that Sergey will give an Invited Talk at ANZCOP in Queenstown in December on his prize-winning work. The 2016 winner, Andrea Blanco Redondo, will also give her Geoff Opat talk at ANZCOP.

     

    The AOS Prize Committee is still deliberating regarding the Beattie Steele Prize and a further announcement should be forthcoming.

  • 11 Aug 2017 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our new Fellows of The Optical Society, who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Well-deserved honour!

    • Prof John Canning (USyd)
    • Dr Adrian Carter (Nufern)
    • Prof Deb Kane (Macquarie)
    • Prof Malin Premaratne (Monash)
    • Prof Ann Roberts (UMelb)
    • Prof Howard Wiseman (Griffith)

    The official announcement of the full list can be find here

  • 11 Aug 2017 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to A/Prof Igor Aharonovich (UTS) and Dr Mohsen Rahmani (ANU) for winning The Young Scientist Award of the Year 2017 for the Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics (C17), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)!

    Igor was awarded for the Applied Aspects and Mohsen for the Fundamental Aspects, respectively. Find more from the Official Announcement.

  • 06 Dec 2016 9:20 PM | Anonymous

    At the Annual General Meeting of the AOS on 5th December 2016 two Councillors retired, and two new Councillors were elected.

    We say goodbye to Anne Roberts, who was the last Past President, and Maryanne Large, and thank them for the very valuable contributions to the AOS.

    We welcome Daniel Gomez, from RMIT, and Frederique Vanholsbeeck, from Auckland.

    Stephen Collins moves to Past President, Simon Fleming to President, and John Harvey was elected to Vice President.

    For more detail see Council.

  • 14 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    At an e-meeting in October 2016 the Council has discussed and agreed upon a Policy on Equity and Diversity, which begins by noting “The Australian Optical Society (AOS) is committed to the principles of equity and diversity. These principles are integral to our desire to promote excellence and fairness, and to encourage interest in optics across the community.” and stating “conferences and events associated with the AOS must also be run according to these principles.”. Similar policies have been adopted by other professional societies. Further details can be found at Equity and Diversity Policy

  • 19 Jun 2016 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we notify you of John Love’s passing today at 6:45am on 19 June 2016. He was surrounded by loving friends in Canberra hospital on his last day.

    Born in England 2nd October 1942, John Love was a Life Member of the Australian Optical Society and winner of the prestigious Beattie Steel medal. His career in optics and photonics began when he arrived in Australia in 1973. Over the following forty plus years he made a major impact on the field. He is widely known for the definitive textbook, Optical Waveguide Theory, with 5500 citations and translated into Russian and Chinese. John was an enthusiastic champion of many important research and educational initiatives in Australia, including being a stalwart of the ACOFT conference, the world’s second longest running photonics conference. He also leaves a much more direct and personal impact on the very many students and young academics he mentored, who will remember him with love and respect, especially for how generous he was with his time and knowledge.

    Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, although anticipated to be in approx. a week’s time. For notification of details please contact either Susan (susan.dart@bigpond.com) or Lin (lin.thorncraft@bigpond.com).

    (Photo by kind permission of the Australian National University)

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