International Commission for Optics call for officer nominations: deadline 28 February 2017

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) is an umbrella body whose objective is to contribute to the progress and diffusion of knowledge in the field of optics, particularly through the organisation of scientific meetings. Through an annual subscription, the IOP is a member of ICO and acts as a liaison point between it and our members based in the UK and Ireland.

The ICO is currently in the process of seeking nominations for candidates to sit on its governing body, the ICO Bureau, which will be reconstituted at the ICO-24, Triennial Congress in Tokyo, 22-27 September 2017. The officers to be elected are president, secretary, associate secretary, treasurer and eight elected vice-presidents (two of whom must represent industry).

The ICO is requesting the IOP to submit nominations by 28 February 2017. Sitting on the ICO Bureau will allow IOP members based in the UK and Ireland to help influence the activities of the ICO to enlarge the presence of optics and photonics internationally, through activities that will support science and technology, education, the promotion of young researchers and entrepreneurship.

If you are an IOP member, and being nominated for one or more of the officer posts is something you would be interested in, please send Linsey Clark (International Officer, Institute of Physics) a short CV and/or biographical statement, which she will be able to submit to the ICO.


Attend the QEP Annual General Meeting on 7 September 2016

We notify our group members that the Annual General Meeting of the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group will be held at 17:30 on Wednesday 7 September 2016 in the Roger Stevens Building in lecture hall LT17 (Level 7) at the University of Leeds, during Photon16 conference. See details on the venue.

Please note that participation in the conference is not required to attend the AGM.

The agenda of the AGM will include a short introduction to the group’s activities, how group funding is allocated, a brief on the group’s annual Doctoral Research Prize, and information on the group’s roadmapping by IOP. It will be an opportunity for enthusiastic members to express interest in joining the group committee and to learn more about the group.

We hope that you are able to attend and look forward to welcoming you in Leeds.


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Leaving the EU – second call for evidence

Regarding the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of leaving the EU on science, IOP are now looking to respond to their second call for evidence which focuses squarely on the risks and opportunities for doing so.

IOP have indicated that it would be extremely helpful if you are able to provide any input into their response to this second call. A pro-forma for response may be downloaded to help frame the response along the lines the Committee has requested.

In addition, if you have any additional evidence that you think would be helpful, IOP are still seeking evidence of more immediate effects of the Brexit vote on researchers, academics and industry to report to the House of Lords.

Please send any input and evidence to Daniel Lee – by 15 August. Thank you in advance.


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