EOS funding available to organize an industry targeted event

LIGHTtalks consist of an array of live presenters from the scientific, entrepreneurial and industry communities speaking about different aspects of photonics. The aim of these talks is to promote the importance of photonic technologies to the public, especially students, potential entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and industry.

The European Optical Society (EOS) has indicated that there is funding available up to 3400 euros for LIGHTtalk Power of Photonics Event organisers.

The EOS are looking for organisers in the following countries:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine.

The event can be held until April 2016. Please see the poster and briefing document for further details.


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Young scientists enjoy Aston Year of Light workshop

As part of a series of events at Aston University to mark the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) hosted the Aston Year of Light workshop on the 6th and 7th of October 2015.

The workshop was organized by PhD students of the AIPT, led by Mr. Srikanth Sugavanam, and ably supported by in-house staff members Ms. Alisa Nemova and Ms. Tania Kilina. The aim of the conference was to bring together young scientists and researchers from diverse fields of optics and photonics, paving the way for collaborative thought leading to the conceptualization of novel applications. Research leaders in photonics from the UK spoke on subjects ranging from fluorescence lifetime imaging (Prof. Paul French, Imperial College) and building large quantum states out of light (Prof. Ian Walmsley, Oxford University), to photonic integration (Prof. Richard Penty, Cambridge University) and interferometric systems for metrological applications (Andy Lowe, Hexagon Metrology). The students and researchers present also had the opportunity to hear from internationally renowned speakers on long-wavelength semiconductor laser development (Prof. Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University), 3D nano-engineering and laser printing (Prof. Boris Chickkov, University of Hannover), topological photonics (Prof. Alexander Szameit, Friedrich Schiller University) and recent advances in optical metamaterials (Prof. Yuri Kivshar, Australian National University).

To encourage discussions between established researchers and students a poster/mixer session took place at the end of the first day, helped along by an excellent buffet dinner. Prizes for the best posters were awarded to Mr. Nikita Tarasov (AIPT, Aston University), Mr. Marco Lamperti (University of Insubria), and Mr. Guoqing Wang (University of Kent). The workshop closed with an inspiring talk from Prof. Sir David Payne of Southampton University entitled “Lighting up the world” which reviewed the great success of optical fibres in the fields of telecommunications, sensing, biophotonics, and high-power laser-enabled manufacturing, while also exploring future scientific possibilities and engineering applications, and in the process emphasising how buoyant and relevant these topics remain today.


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Call for new committee members

Are you interested in joining the QEP committee?

The Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP) Group is now seeking new committee members and would like to invite nominations for the following positions:
1 x Ordinary Member
1 x Honorary Secretary & Treasurer

The committee normally meets about three times a year. Its work primarily includes oversight of Quantum Electronics and Photonics in the UK, considering various applications for support, production of a newsletter, and distributing the annual Group Doctoral Research Prize.

To be eligible for an officer post you must be a corporate member of the Institute (MInstP or FInstP) and a member of the QEP Group. You will also need a proposer and seconder, who should also be corporate members of the Institute and members of the group.

Nominations should be made on the attached form (stating clearly if you are applying for the Ordinary Member or Honorary Secretary & Treasurer post) and submitted before 23 December 2015.

Once the nominations have been received an election will be held if necessary.


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Doctoral Research Prize 2016: nominate now

Nominations are invited for the QEP Group Doctoral Research Prize 2016

This annual 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 2015 calendar year.

Details of the prize and the nomination procedure can be found on the QEP prize web page.

Closing Date: Monday 4 January 2016

In addition to the group prize, details about the annual awards of the IOP can be found on the IOP website.


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Research Student Conference Fund

Are you a student member of the QEP group and attending an upcoming conference in our field?

The Institute of Physics provides financial support to research students to attend international meetings and major national meetings. Students may apply for up to £300 during the course of their PhD.

To check on eligibility and how to apply, visit the RSCF page.

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