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  • 28 Aug 2018 11:47 AM | Simon Fleming

    AOS is delighted to advise that Dr Frédérique Vanholsbeeck from the University of Auckland has been awarded OSA Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition based on her profound influence on the practices of her university and more generally in New Zealand science, and through her work on the AOS Council. She been a vocal promotor of gender parity in selecting invited conference speakers, based on her belief that this is central to giving these conferences, and scientific fields they represent, a positive image to junior female students. Thanks to her involvement and drive, ACOFT 2016 was seen as a shining example amongst the meetings of OSA’s Photonics and Fiber Technology congress in Sydney. Amongst other things, as AOS Councillor she promoted a policy that AOS only sponsors events that have appropriate gender and diversity policies, and she has argued to ensure that each AOS prize has at least one female applicant.

  • 25 Aug 2018 11:57 AM | Simon Fleming

    Help us demonstrate the beauty of optics and photonics

    Please submit photographs that capture some aspects of optics and photonics, and are aesthetically pleasing. They can, for instance, be of your research, of optical phenomena, of optical devices.

    We want your assistance in generating photographs that we can use to promote Australian and New Zealand optics and photonics in print and online.

    We will publish the best photograph on the front cover of AOS News, and whoever submits this will get a year’s membership free.

    To enter, you need to send to

    1)     The photograph (see required specifications below)

    2)     Your name and organisation

    3)     A brief (one or two sentence) description of the photo

    4)     A covering email, that states “I ____full_name____ took this photograph and own the copyright. I hereby provide a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to the Australian Optical Society to reproduce this photograph in print, online or other format.”

    The photos will be judged by a panel including three AOS Councillors, the Editor of the AOS News and the AOS Webmaster.

    The Small Print The competition will continue on a quarterly basis with judging for each issue of AOS News. AOS reserves the right to carry forward good entries from one quarter to the next, and in any particular quarter to award multiple winners or to award no winner. The competition will initially run until end of 2019. AOS may extend this date or terminate earlier, advising by email, through AOS News, or other reasonable communication. 

    Photo Specifications JPG, PNG or TIF, at least 300 dpi, 3600x2400 pixels (otherwise ask first.) 

    Queries to

  • 09 Aug 2018 8:49 PM | Simon Fleming

    The 2018 AOS W. H. (Beattie) Steel Medal is awarded to Prof Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop for her contributions to diverse fields of optics, including laser physics, linear and nonlinear high-resolution spectroscopy, laser micromanipulation, atom cooling and trapping and nano-optics. She is one of the originators of laser-enhanced ionisation spectroscopy and is a pioneer of laser micromanipulation and transfer of angular momentum of light and all optical drive micromechanics. Halina initiated the experimental programs in laser micromanipulation and atom optics at the University of Queensland. She has served the Australian and New Zealand optical community as President of the Australian Optical Society and as a member of the Council for many years, as well as serving on many conference committees. She has been a mentor and role model for many, as the first woman Professor of Physics in Australia.

  • 26 Jul 2018 8:47 PM | Simon Fleming

    The Eureka Prize finalists include at least two AOS members, one an AOS Councillor. Good luck Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Mohsen Rahmani (and any other members I failed to spot).

  • 11 Jun 2018 4:35 PM | Simon Fleming

    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 | Simon Fleming

    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 | Simon Fleming

    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 | Simon Fleming

    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 | Simon Fleming

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

    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 | Simon Fleming

    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

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