Invitation to a magnificent week of world-class science

The Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Optical Society, with the support of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN), warmly welcome you to the 23rd AIP Congress and the Australian Optical Society Conference that will be held jointly with the 43rd Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) and with the 2018 Conference on Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials and Devices (COMMAD). Seamlessly integrated to form one of Australia’s foremost science forums, the meeting will take place in beautiful Perth on the leafy campus of the University of Western Australia, during 9-13 December 2018.

To Australia’s industries, we welcome your presence at the congress and look forward to your suggestions as to how to make the Congress most relevant to you! To Australia’s science teachers, we want to include you as part of the Congress and look forward to your involvement. To all university academics, government and industry scientists, to all science students and to our international colleagues, please help us make this a big success by submitting your best work to this conference.

The conference strongly supports the principles of equity and diversity and encourages contributions from all. The Congress organisers will strive to achieve gender balance and are committed to equal representation of male and female speakers in plenary and invited talks.

On behalf of the Australian physics, science and technology community, welcome to Perth!

Gerd Schröder-Turk (Chair of Organising Committee)
Jodie Bradby (Vice-President Australian Institute of Physics)
Simon Fleming (President Australian Optical Society)

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Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Prof Julia Yeomans FRS (Oxford University)
– Active Matter

Nobel Laureate Prof Rainer Weiss (MIT, USA)
– Gravitational Waves Detection

Prof Michael Wiescher (University of Notre Dame, USA), NUPP Keynote

Prof Chandralekha Singh (University of Pittsburgh, USA), PEG Keynote
– How to strengthen physics by making it inclusive

Prof Monika Ritsch-Marte (Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria)
– Synthetic holography to shape up optical imaging and trapping

Prof Jianwei Pan (University of Science and Technology of China)
– Quantum Foundation, Quantum Optics, Quantum Information

Prof Willie Padilla (Duke University, USA)
– Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics

Prof Teri Odom (Northwestern University, USA)
– Programmable and Reconfigurable Nanoparticle Optics

Prof Thomas Krauss (University of York, UK)
– Photonic Crystals and Nanostructures – Phoenix of Photonics?

Prof Garth Illingworth (UC Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory)
– Galaxies at Cosmic Dawn: Exploring the First Billion Years with the Hubble Space Telescope

Maureen Frank (emberin) DE-GAP Keynote

Prof Philippa Browning (University of Manchester, UK) Sponsored by ANSTO
– Plasma Physics of Solar and Fusion Plasmas



Countdown to the 2018 Conference