New QEP committee members announced

Following a recent call for nominations, we welcome new members to the QEP committee to serve a four year term.

Dr Gaby Slavtcheva (University of Bath) has been appointed as Honorary Secretary while Dr Susannah Heck (Kaiam Europe Ltd), who was previously an Ordinary Member, takes charge of the Treasurer role.

We have also five new Ordinary Members: Dr Darren M. Graham (The University of Manchester), Dr David Benton (Aston University), Dr Donald Govan (Oclaro Inc), Dr Esmaeil Namvar (University of Portsmouth) and Dr Martin Lavery (University of Glasgow).

No doubt all new members will make a great contribution to the group and we thank them for their service.


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Closing soon: QEP Doctoral Research Prize 2017 – nominate by 6 January 2017

QEP Group Doctoral Research Prize 2017

This annual group prize recognises students who have conducted doctoral research of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. The winning student receives an award of £250 and a certificate.

The prize is open to students who have successfully completed or are completing their PhD examination, to the stage of an examiners’ recommendation of at least a “pass with minor corrections”, during the 2016 calendar year.

Details of the prize can be accessed in the document and the nomination procedure can be found on the group website.

Nomination Deadline: 6 January 2017


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IOP Awards 2017 – open for nominations

The IOP Awards recognise and reward excellence in people and teams who have made outstanding and exceptional contributions to physics. The call for nominations for the 2017 Awards is now open until 31 January 2017.

Support the photonics community by nominating someone in your area who you feel is deserving of an award, whether they are working in academia, industry or business.

Visit the IOP Awards website to find out more details and how to nominate.

John Dudley recognised with the IOP Presidents Medal

At the Institute of Physics’ annual Awards Dinner on 29 November 2016, IOP president, Professor Roy Sambles said he had the privilege of awarding a President’s Medal once or twice during his term of office at his own discretion.

dudley2This year Sambles has chosen Professor John Dudley of the Institut FEMTO-ST, CNRS-Université de Franche-Comté. Dudley, he said, had stood out “not so much for the physics he did but for the phenomenal effort he put into promoting worldwide public awareness of the importance of physics by initiating and driving the International Year of Light, a global year of science outreach, reaching millions of people in more than 100 countries”. It is fitting recognistion for the work he did towards IYL2015.

[Image Credits: Ibn Al-Haytham and Institute of Physics]



Pendry and Sibbett recognised at IOP Awards dinner as new honorary fellows

Among the six honorary fellows named by the Institute of Physics (the highest honour that the Institute can bestow), and recognised at the recent annual awards dinner, were Sir Professor John Pendry (Imperial College London) for ‘his major contribution to physics through seminal research in surface science, photonics and metamaterials and through service to the Institute’, and Professor Wilson Sibbett (University of St Andrews) for ‘his pioneering research in optics and outstanding contributions to the physics community’.

Full details of the fellowships and other recipients are available.

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