The Australian Optical Society

Conferences past and present

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ICONN 2016

The aim of ICONN 2016 is to bring together Australian and International communities (students, scientists, engineers and stake holders from academia, government laboratories, industry and other organisations) working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. ICONN will cover nanostructure growth, synthesis, fabrication, characterization, device design, theory, modeling, testing, applications, commercialisation, and health and safety aspects of nanotechnology.

7 – 11 February 2016
National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

Abstract due date 20 September 2015.
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International Conference on Laser Ablation COLA 2015

Laser ablation encompasses a wide range of processes of laser interaction with matter, from delicate atomic motion in transient states to acceleration of particles to extreme energies. These processes present many challenging problems for scientists to study and understand. At the same time, laser ablation is of significant commercial importance in material processing, constituting today a multi-billion dollar industry. These topics, together with new emerging physics of laser interaction with matter and its applications for laser modification of material properties will be widely addressed at the 13th International Conference on Laser Ablation.

31 August – 4 September 2015
Cairns, Queensland

Abstract due date 14 February 2015.
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International Conference on Optics and Photonics, India

The AOS is pleased to be a technical co-sponsor of the XXXIX Conference of the Optical Society of India, the International Conference on Optics and Photonics

20-22 February 2015
University of Calcutta

Abstract due date 15 November 2014.
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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.

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.

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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 .


The submission deadline for the 7th OSA International Photonics and Opto-Electronics Meeting (POEM) in Wuhan, China is rapidly approaching (5th March). This conference is focussed on Optoelectronic Devices and Integration (OEDI) and Fiber-Based Technologies and Applications (FBTA).

The conference is located in Wuhan – China’s ‘Optical Valley’ (inspired by Silicon Valley) and is thus an excellent opportunity for Australian’s to interact with international delegates and also gain an appreciation for China’s vibrant photonics research and commercialisation communities.

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ANZCOP: Abstracts due 12 September

The Australian & New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (incorporating ACOLS and ACOFT) will be held in Fremantle from 8-11 December 2013. You are invited to submit a one-page abstract for selection as an oral or poster presentation. Presenting authors may also choose to submit a full paper based on the relevant material. For more details visit the ANZCOP Website.

OECC/ACOFT 2014 in Melbourne

Save the date for the OptoElectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) 2014 and the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT).

Dates: 6 – 10 July 2014

Venue:Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For more details follow the link

Back Science and Research for a Bright Future: Send a message to your local MP!

Science and Technology Australia have recently launched a campaign aimed at securing Australia’s long-term economic prosperity and a healthy society through support for science and research. Ask your local MP and other political leaders to support an all-party, non-partisan vision for science and all forms of research in Australia.

Follow the link for more information.

ANZ Conference on Optics & Photonics: Fremantle 8-11 December 2013

Incorporating the Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (ACOLS) and the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) is this year’s major local optics and photonics conference will be held in Fremantle from 8 – 11 December. The Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics will also be the annual meeting of the Australian Optical Society covering all aspects of optics.

1. Atom, quantum and nonlinear optics, and optical spectroscopy
2. Optical materials and devices, including lasers, meta-materials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics
3. Optical sensors and imaging, including microscopy
4. Optical communications and photonic systems

For more information available here.

OPTIC 2013 Optics & Photonics Taiwan, International Conference

Annual meeting of the Taiwan Photonics Society
National Central University, Zhongli (Chung-Li), Taiwan
5-7 December 2013

OPTIC is the annual meeting on optics/photonics in Taiwan, with an expected attendance of more than 1500 people from academia, government, and industry nationwide. The event includes 10 conferences covering a broad range of topics listed here.

The AOS is pleased to be a cooperating society and discounted registration is available for AOS members.

Save The Date: ANZ Conference on Optics & Photonics, 8-11 December 2013

This year’s major local optics and photonics conference will be held in Fremantle from 8 – 11 December. It will incorporate the Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (ACOLS), the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) and will also be the annual meeting of the Australian Optical Society.

Further details will be made available shortly, but all researchers working in the field are warmly encouraged to start making plans to attend the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics.

Discount registration for AOS members

AOS members who register to the Optics in Life Sciences Congress, hosted by the OSA, are entitled to a registration discount.

Optics in the Life Sciences: OSA Optics & Photonics Congress
14–18 April 2013 | Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, USA

Top researchers and rising stars gather at Optics in the Life Sciences to discuss the latest advances in molecular probe development, life science imaging, novel and more powerful optical instrumentation and its application to study fundamental biological processes and clinical investigations.

OSA Topical Meetings in Hawaii

AOS members are invited to attend and submit papers to the following OSA Topical Meetings. AOS members also receive a discount on the registration fee.

Optics in the Life Sciences Congress

Participating Topical Meetings include
o Optical Trapping Applications (OTA)
o Novel Techniques in Microscopy (NTM)
o Bio-Optics: Design and Application (BODA)
o Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery (OMP)

Date: 14 April – 18 April 2013
Location: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, USA

Digital Holography and 3-D Imaging (DH)

Date: 21 April – 25 April 2013
Location: The Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA

Connect YOUR Research with Industry

You are invited to a workshop to learn how to connect your research with industry. Learn from four industry leaders as they share their insights and experiences with you on issues such as how to identify market opportunities, spinoffs versus technology licensing, the importance of patenting, business plans and venture capital, mentoring, etc. A valuable opportunity not to be missed.

Dr Milton Change – Incubic Managment
Dr Simon Poole – Finisar Australia
Prof. John Harvey – Southern Photonics/ Uni. of Auckland
A/Prof Jim Patrick – Cochlear Pty Ltd

Date: Sunday, 9th of December 2012
Location: John Niland Scientia Building
Time: Registration start at 1:30pm, Workshop from 2 – 5pm

The workshop is included with AIP/ACOFT conference registration but spaces are limited so RSVP now

Integrated Photonics Workshop: Turning your ideas into Photonic Chips

AOS Members are invited to attend the Integrated Photonics Workshop. The details are as follows.

Date: Friday, 7th of December 2012
Morning venue: Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, (Building A28), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Afternoon venue: Computer Room, Carslaw Building, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney
Prof Wim Bogaerts (Ghent University and IMEC)
Dr Pieter Dumon (IMEC)
Prof Arnan Mitchell (RMIT University)
Dr Steve Madden (Australian National University)
Dr Thach Nguyen (RMIT University)
Mr David O’Connor (Bandwidth Foundry International Pty Ltd)

This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the silicon photonic capabilities of IMEC, Belgium, available to researchers through the ePIXfab program and the design tools used to access this capability. A range of photonics chip technologies available in Australia and the means to access these will also be presented. The workshop will conclude with a hands-on session guiding the attendees thorough the design of their own photonic chip. The aim of this workshop is to provide a clear pathway to access the photonic chip technologies available to researchers in Australia, so that more of our big ideas can be transformed into physical photonic chip devices.

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20th AIP Congress & 37th ACOFT

The 20th Australian Institute of Physics Congress will be co-located with the 37th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) and held at the University of New South Wales from 9-13 December 2012.

IQEC/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011

29 August – 1 September 2011, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Combines four major meetings:

19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress

December 6-10, 2010, Melbourne, Victoria Including the AOS Conference and the 35th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology

7th Asia Pacific Laser Symposium (APLS), APLS 2010

12th May -15th May 2010, Seogwipo KAL Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea.

APLS 2010 will cover various research areas related to lasers and their applications: