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Call for papers - ANZCOP21

A new ANZCOP is coming in November 2021!

Breaking news: Registration and submission of papers is now open.

After missing our annual meeting in 2020, ANZOS is delighted to announce that the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) is back for 2021 running as ANZCOP21 in mixed online/in-person mode on November 18-19, 2021.

About the meeting

Purpose of the meeting

ANZCOP 2021 is a special event of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics presented on behalf of ANZOS - the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. ANZCOP21 will focus on ECRs and postgraduate researchers, enabling opportunities for networking, collaboration, and ideas exchange in a hybrid setting -  both online and in-person.

Mode of delivery

We are planning a major meeting on the exciting MeetAnyway online platform with physical hubs in most major cities across Australia and New Zealand. The online platform will allow all participants to interact with community members from across Australia and New Zealand. In-person physical hubs will provide a true conference experience with evening social events.

Scope of the conference

The conference is open to submissions from all areas of contemporary photonics and optics including 

  • lasers and novel light sources
  • nonlinear optics
  • fibre optics, communication systems and microwave photonics
  • optical materials
  • nanophotonics
  • optoacoustics
  • integrated photonics and optical nano- and micro-fabrication
  • metamaterials, metasurfaces and other engineered optical materials
  • optical spectroscopy
  • biophotonics and biomedical photonics
  • laser processing
  • astronomical instrumentation
  • quantum optics
  • modelling and theoretical photonics


The meeting will run from the mid-afternoon of Thursday November 18 (Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST) through to the evening of Friday November 19.

  • Thursday afternoon: plenary session, ANZOS prize announcements and online networking session
  • Thursday evening: hub-based social events
  • Friday daytime: contributed and invited talks in four sessions and a lunchtime poster session
  • Friday evening: online networking session and hub-based social events

Events at each hub will be coordinated by Hub Champions (we are still looking for volunteers in some cities, see below).

Plenary and invited speakers

Plenary address - Prof. Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

We are delighted that the Thursday afternoon plenary address will be delivered by the eminent optical physicist Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO FFP of the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. Prof. Rubinsztein-Dunlop is renowned for her many contributions to spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, laser trapping and micromanipulation, quantum chaos and quantum optics. A 2021 SPIE Luminary, she has an accomplished record of service in physics and optics, including as ANZOS Councillor, member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, as Chair of the SPIE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

Invited speakers

The day two sessions will feature invited presentations from the following four exciting speakers.

 Dr Daria Smirnova 
 Australian National University
 Dr Daria Smirnova Dr Miro Erkintalo
 University of Auckland
Dr Miro Erkintalo 
 Dr Andreas Boes
 RMIT University 
 Dr Andreas Boes Dr Jiawen Li
 University of Adelaide
 Dr Jiawen Li


Registration for ANZCOP21 is free for all participants working in optics and photonics within Australia and New Zealand, or for Australian or New Zealand permanent residents working in optics overseas. We also encourage all participants to join as active participants of ANZOS at our membership page. (First year membership is free for all students). 

To manage IT planning, formal registration is required to participate in ANZCOP21. Registration for the meeting is now open on the registration place.

Please send an email with the subject "Subscribe" to if you would like to be added to an email list providing updates on registration and submission links.

Submission of abstracts

ANZCOP21 will consist of a mix of invited (30 mins) and contributed (20 mins) talks and posters. Contributed papers must use this standard 1-page Word template. Submissions are limited to one page with approximately 500 words of main text and at most one figure.

While submissions are welcome from all eligible participants, ANZCOP21 has an explicit agenda to promote the work of early career and postgraduate students and we expect that the majority of oral presentations will be drawn from these groups.

Paper submissions maybe be made through the registration page and will close at 11.59 pm Sunday 15 August 2021. 

Outcomes will be provided by email in mid-September.

EDI policy and Code of Conduct

ANZCOP21 is governed by the ANZOS Code of Conduct under the ANZOS Policy on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The technical committee is required to produce a program of talks and posters consistent with EDI principles.

All registrants, staff and volunteers are required to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times both in person and online, and not to engage in any form of harassment. All participants are expected to familiarise themselves with the Code of Conduct before the meeting commences.

Carer support

ANZCOP21 intends to provide support for childcare to allow registrants to engage in both daytime and evening events. This will be in the form of a fixed rate carer allowance.  Further details to follow closer to the conference date.

Persons of contact

The conference organisers will nominate persons of contact for the overall meeting and at each hub who can be approached with any concerns about inappropriate behaviour. These will be listed here closer to the conference date.

Conference Committee

Dr Shahna Haneef
University of Auckland

  Dr Rocio Camacho
Australian National University
Dr Haoran Ren
Macquarie University 

Dr Rohan Glover
University of Adelaide
Amy Van der Hel
University of Queensland

Farhan Azeem
University of Otago

Prof. Igor Aharonovich

University of Technology, Sydney


A/Prof. Frederique Vanholsbeeck
University of Auckland 

Prof. Michael Steel
Macquarie University

Hub champions

IT oversight and social activities at each city node will be overseen by Hub Champions.  We are looking for organisers across all major cities in Australian and New Zealand. Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting ANZCOP21 in one of these roles.

Acknowledgement of First Nations

ANZCOP21 is taking place on the traditional lands of many First Nations peoples across Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
The organisers of ANZCOP21 acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of all the lands on which the conference will take place.

Australia - Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the ancestors past, present and emerging and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the conference. 
In particular, we acknowledge the following peoples on whose land our gatherings at city hubs will take place :

  • Ngunnawal and Ngambri people - Australian National University, Canberra
  • Gadigal and Guring-gai people of the Eora nation- University of Technology, Sydney; University of Sydney
  • Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation - RMIT University, Melbourne:
  • Wallumedegal people of the Darug nation - Macquarie University, Sydney

Aotearoa - New Zealand

  • Ngā Kaitiaki o tēnei whenua e noho nei mātou, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland 

  • University of Otago: 

Conference sponsorship

The MeetAnyway platform provides an online sponsorship and meeting hub suitable for corporate and university sponsors. ANZCOP21 invites corporate sponsors, Centres of Excellence and other interested research centres to support the conference through a flat rate $500 sponsorship. Please contact the organisers at if you would like to learn more.

All sponsorship proceeds will be directed to supporting social events in hubs and providing parent/carer support for registrants with babysitter or carer support to attend events. Interested parties should contact Prof. Igor Aharonovich.

Conference Contact

For all queries regarding ANZCOP21 please write to
To receive updates regarding the opening of registration and abstract submissions, please send an email with the subject "Subscribe" to

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