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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.
Click here for more information.

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.
See cola2015.com for more information.

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
India

Abstract due date 15 November 2014.
See ww.icop2015.org for more information.

2015 AGM

To be held during the lunch break in the IPOS Symposium,
12:15pm Thursday 6 November
Lecture Theatre 101
New Law Building
University of Sydney

Maps at: http://sydney.edu.au/maps/

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, light2015.org.au, 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 light2015.org.au 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 www.osa.org/EnergyOPC

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 aip2014.org.au .

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 keepitclever.com.au

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.

OSA POEM 2014

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.

To find out more visit: poem.wnlo.cn

Public Lecture: Confocal microscopy: past, present and future

6:30pm Wednesday 4 December
Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Colin Sheppard, Italian Institute of Technology will speak about the dramatic impact Confocal microscopy has made a on biomedical imaging, in particular, but also in other areas such as industrial inspection and new developments such as focal modulation microscopy and image-scanning microscopy. More details here

AOS Networking Breakfast at ANZCOP

8 am – 8:45 am, Tuesday 10 December
Exhibition Area, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges

Meet other AOS members for an informal get-together over breakfast of pastries, fruit, tea and espresso coffee before the plenary session on Tuesday 10 December. Celebrating the society’s 30th anniversary, this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with students, industry, academics and members of the AOS Council to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the field, and how the AOS can assist the community.

All AOS Members welcome. Please RSVP by clicking here.

AOS AGM and Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

The AGM of the Australian Optical Society is called for 3.30pm Monday 4th November, 2013 in Lecture Theatre 4 the Chemistry Building, The University of Sydney. (Check the Campus map for directions). Nominations for positions on the AOS Council are also open – contact the Secretary, John Holdsworth for more information. Afternoon tea will be provided.

The AGM will be followed by the Peter Domachuk Memorial lecture at 5:00pm and a reception at 6:00pm in the nearby Eastern Avenue Complex, The University of Sydney. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register click here.

AOS-OSA Joint Membership now available

AOS Members are now able to establish or renew their AOS membership while joining OSA or renewing their OSA membership! Simply check the “Australian Optical Society” option on the form!

AOS Members also have the exclusive opportunity to receive a $15 OSA dues discount!*

Just enter the VIP discount code “AOS15” when joining or renewing online to receive the following pricing for OSA membership.

- Individual Membership $115 USD
- Student Membership $40 USD

Please visit the OSA website for additional information.

*This $15 discount applies to an individual, 1 year membership only.

Ben Eggleton to give 2013 Einstein Lecture

AOS Council Member and CUDOS Director, Professor Ben Eggleton will give the 2013 Einstein Lecture, part of the Ultimo Science Festival, on Tuesday 17 September at 6pm. More details and registration visit Ultimo Science festival

Science asks politicians – what’s your vision? (STA election survey)

Every Federal Election Science and Technology Australia surveys the major and minor parties on their vision for Science & Technology. The answers are in and ready to read as voters consider their options ahead of the 2013 Federal Poll. See the survey results online.

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.

MedTech’s Got Talent (Victoria)

MedTech’s Got Talent is a unique entrepreneurship challenge to support the young entrepreneurs (students, post-docs or recent graduates) in Victoria to develop and refine skills in pitching a business concept, developing a technology roadmap and launching commercialisation activities for their enabling medical technology innovations. Visit the website for more information.

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
Email: oecc-2014@wsm.com.au

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.

Streams
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.

Optical Design Course ANU: 30 July - 2 August

The Australian National University has announced its first professional training program in optical design using Zemax for scientists and engineers.

The course is led by Herbert Gross, editor and main author of the 6-volume series ‘Handbook of Optical Systems’ (Wiley-VCH).

For more information and to register for this exciting course, please visit the RSAA (ANU) website.

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.

AOS Prizes and Awards nomination deadline approaching

Australian Optical Society members are reminded that the deadline for applications for all AOS awards is 31 March. Please consider applying or nominating students or colleagues. The AOS offers the following awards:

- AOS W. H. (Beattie) Steel Medal
- AOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize
- AOS Postgraduate Student Prize
- AOS Technical Optics Award
- AOS/Warsash Science Communication Prize in Optics

All applications and nominations are to be forwarded to the AOS Secretary. Membership of the AOS is an eligibility requirement for all awards. For more information, view the ‘Prizes’ link.

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.

Presenters:
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

2012 AOS Prizes announced

Congratulation to Prof. Barry Luther-Davies on being awarded the WH (Beattie) Steel Prize and to Dr Nathan Langford who received the Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Award!

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
Speakers:
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.

For further information and to register visit: cudos.org.au or sydney.edu.au/ipos

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series.

Details of this talk are as follows.
Date: Thursday, 26th of July 2012
Time: 12:00-13:00 pm (refreshments provided)
Venue: LT1, School of Physics, (Building A28), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Speaker: Randal Leeb-du Toit (Sydnovate)
Title: Spinouts, Startups and Sydnovate

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to: www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

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.

www.aip2012.org.au/

IPOS Symposium on "Low Frequency Photonics: Bridging the gap”

The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) of the University of Sydney invites all AOS Members to attend its 4th Annual Symposium. The details for this year are:

Topic: “Low Frequency Photonics: Bridging the gap”
Dates: Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November 2012
Venue: Webster Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, The University of Sydney
Cost: Attendance is free, but registration is essential.

This Symposium will bring together researchers from around the world and Australia in the field of photonics, optics and associated fields, with a focus on the optical physics and technology, applications and future directions in the mid-infrared, terahertz waves and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. A key goal of the symposium is to seek ways to “bridge the gap” between near infrared photonics and the optics at these longer wavelength regions where so many existing and future applications depend.

The meeting will include the AOS AGM with the AGM date to be finalised upon availability of the Council members.

The Symposium website can be found here: sydney.edu.au/ipos/news_events/events/symposium2012.shtml.

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series.

Details of this talk are as follows.
Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Time: 12:00-13:00 pm (refreshments provided)
Venue: LT1, School of Physics, (Building A28), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Speaker: Ian Maxwell (BT imaging)
Title: University spin-outs: Why bother?

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to: www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

ZEMAX Course

AOS Corporate Member, Wavelab Scientific are offering a course in “Advanced Optical design Using ZEMAX+Illumination” at University of Sydney, 16-20 July 2012.

For further information download the course info brochure

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series.

Details of this talk are as follows.
Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Time: 12:00-13:00 pm (refreshments provided)
Venue: LT1, School of Physics, Sydney University
Speaker: Stuart Anderson (Sydney Capital Partners)
Title: Opportunities for early stage business raising capital in turbulent capital markets

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to: www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series.

Details of the fourth talk are as follows.
Date: Thursday, 1 December 2011
Time: 9:30-13:00 pm (refreshments provided)
Venue: Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building (No. 3), Trinity College, University of Melbourne
Speaker: John Dyson, Starfish Ventures
Title: The role of venture capitalist in entrepreneurship

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to: www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

IPOS Symposium on "Energy and the Environment: Photonics Solutions for the 21st Century"

The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) of the University of Sydney invites all AOS Members to attend its 3rd Annual Symposium. The details for this year are:

Topic: “Energy and the Environment: Photonics Solutions for the 21st Century”
Dates: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December, 2011
Venue: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, The University of Sydney
Cost: Attendance is free, but registration is essential.

Please register at sydney.edu.au/science/ipos_symposium_rsvp_2011.php

The Symposium will focus on the role of optics and photonics in clean energy generation, energy conservation and monitoring and environmental sensing. Topics will include energy generation through photovoltaics and photothermal technologies, energy consumption of the internet, energy conservation through more efficient photonics-based technology and monitoring, end environmental sensing.

For more details about the Symposium, including a list of invited speakers, please see the Symposium website sydney.edu.au/ipos/news_events/events/symposium2011.shtml

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series. Details of the third talk are as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (pizza and soft drinks provided)
Venue: LT 1, School of Physics (Building A28), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Speaker: Dr John Haywood (Smart Digital Optics)
Title: Smart Digital Optics, a successful start-up.

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested. There will be free pizza and soft drinks.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to: www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

Regional Workshop on Ultracold Atoms

28 – 30 November 2011, ANU Field Station, Kioloa, NSW South Coast

Organised by ACQAO

Webpage: www.acqao.org

CUDOS Entrepreneurship Seminar

AOS Members are invited to the CUDOS entrepreneurship seminar series. Details of the second talk are as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (refreshments provided)
Venue: LT 1, School of Physics (Building A28), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Speaker: Dr. Karl Rodrigues (CSIRO)
Title: Path to Impact. Taking ideas to market. Processes, success and failures – stories from the front line of R&D, commercialisation and funding early start-ups.

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested.

For further information and additional dates and speakers as well as videos of previous talks go to:
www.cudos.org.au/education/seminarseries.shtml

AOS membership renewal for 2012 is open

Australian or New Zealand students signing up for the first time are free for 2012 (an address at a university must be provided).
Other fees are listed on the Membership pages.

IQEC/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011

29 August – 1 September 2011, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre http://www.iqec-cleopr2011.com/.

Combines four major meetings:

19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress

December 6-10, 2010, Melbourne, Victoria
http://www.aip2010.org.au 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. www.apls2010.org

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