Invited speakers

Invited speakers​


Professor Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK

Topic: Nanophotonics


Paola Borri, Cardiff University, UK

Topic: Biophotonics

Prof Paola Borri holds a Chair in Biophotonics at Cardiff University, School of Biosciences.

She did her undergraduate in Physics at the University of Florence (Italy) and then received the "Laurea" (MSc equivalent) and Ph.D degrees in Physics in 1993 and 1997 respectively. From 1997 to 1999 she was Assistant Research Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. From 1999 to 2004 she worked as Senior Scientist and EU Marie Curie Fellow (2001-2003) at the Physics Department of Dortmund University in Germany where she received the Habilitation degree in Physics (Venia Legendi) in 2003. Main research outputs during this time included the development of advanced nonlinear laser micro-spectroscopy techniques to study the ultrafast coherent dynamics of nanostructures. From September 2004 she moved to Cardiff University as Senior Lecturer to open a new area of research in biophotonics at the interface between life and physical sciences. On August 1st 2007 she was promoted to Reader and on August 1st 2011 to a Personal Chair. In November 2006 Prof Borri received the Marie Curie Excellence Award from the European Commission. In Oct 2010 she was awarded a 5-year EPSRC Leadership fellowship. Since 2015 she is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and Royal Society Wolfson Research merit award holder.


Richard Bowman, University of Bath, UK

Topic: Biophotonics


Mark Dennis, University of Birmingham, UK

Topic: Quantum optics


Katjana Ehrlich, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Topic: Medical applications of light

In 2015, Katjana completed her Diploma in Physics at the University of Potsdam in collaboration with InnoFSPEC and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). Her thesis was on characterising photonic lanterns, bespoke optical fibres, for applications in astronomy. She is now near completion of her PhD at Heriot-Watt University within the EPSRC funded Interdisciplinary research collaboration Proteus ( Proteus aim is to develop a bedside platform to detect and diagnose lung diseases fast and accurate for patient in critical care units, by combining bespoke optical fibres, advanced detector technology, and novel smartprobes.

Katjana’s PhD project focuses on enabling fibre-based sensing of physiological parameters such as pH in the distal end of the lung through time-resolved single-photon spectroscopy. She exploits the most advanced integrated silicon CMOS single photon detector arrays, and applying such quantum technologies to practical applications for healthcare. This highly interdisciplinary approach involves working directly with clinical, chemical and biological expertise to develop time resolved spectroscopy applications.

Optical sensing as an addition to endoscopic imaging offers additional information to clinicians and could potentially enable more accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment. For this, Katjana has developed several time resolved fibre spectroscopic techniques, such as Fluorescence and Raman, in proof-of-concept applications and early stage ex vivo models.


Professor Andrew Ellis, Aston University, UK

Topic: Photonic systems and optical communications


Dr Selina Farwell

Topic: Photonic integrated circuits


Ofer Firstenberg, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Topic: Quantum information


Marian Florescu, University of Surrey, UK

Topic: Computational photonics


Nicolas Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Topic: Fibres and propagation physics


Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of Glasgow, UK

Topic: Quantum optics


Prof John Girkin, Durham University, UK

Topic: Biophotonics

Prof John Girkin is the Director of the multidisciplinary Biophysical Sciences Institute in the department of Physics at Durham University, UK. The focus of his research is in the development of optical instrumentation to advance research and understanding in the life sciences ranging from dental imaging through to optical microscopy and the use of adaptive optics for improved imaging at depth in vivo. A key focus is the development of the correct instrumentation and methods to observe biological processes with minimal perturbation to the sample.


Steve Groom, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Topic: Optical environmental sensing


Professor Coskun Kocabas, University of Manchester, UK

Topic: Advances in THz technology


Mario Krenn, University of Vienna, Austria

Topic: Quantum optics


Zhiyu Liao, University of Nottingham, UK

Topic: Biophotonics

Zhiyu Liao is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Nottingham. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Copenhagen, where he worked on fluorescence spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. In 2015 Zhiyu joined the biophotonics group at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham. Zhiyu’s main research interests are developing fluorescence and Raman-based spectroscopy and imaging techniques for biomedical applications, e.g. cancer diagnosis.


Cosmo Lupo, University of York, UK

Topic: Quantum communication


Dr Jonathan Matthews, University of Bristol, UK

Topic: Optical and quantum metrology


Dr Aline Mayer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Topic: Ultrafast and attosecond optics


Professor Alfred Meixner, University of Tübingen, Germany
(presented by Dr. Anke Horneber, University of Tübingen, Germany)

Topic: Novel and super-resolution microscopy


Professor Geoff R. Nash, University of Exeter, UK

Topic: Metamaterials and plasmonics


Professor Anna Peacock, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Nonlinear photonics


Dr Igor Pikovski, Harvard – Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

Topic: Optomechanics

Igor Pikovski is a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Vienna, where he worked on quantum optics and quantum foundations in the group of Časlav Brukner. In 2014 Igor received the ITAMP postdoctoral fellowship and in 2016 he became a Branco Weiss Fellow. Igor’s main research interests are quantum optics, optomechanics and gravitational effects in low-energy quantum theory that can be accessed in experiments.


Armando Rastelli, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

Topic: Quantum dots, nanocrystals, and low dimensional materials


Professor Hugues de Riedmatten, ICFO, Barcelona

Topic: Quantum coherent control


Dr Francisco Rodríguez-Fortuño, King's College London, UK

Topic: Metamaterials and plasmonics

Francisco J. Rodríguez-Fortuño is a Lecturer at the Department of Physics, King's College London. His research focuses on plasmonic devices, optical forces, optical nanoantennas, metamaterials and novel electromagnetic phenomena. Francisco is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports and was awarded the European Research Council Starting Grant 714151 PSINFONI as principal investigator.


Professor Jayanta Kumar Sahu, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Waveguide and fibre optic devices and sensors


Professor Shin Saito, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Waveguide and fibre optic devices and sensors

Shinichi Saito completed his PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics and was a research associate at Waseda University. In 2000, he joined Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, and developed CMOS front-end process and device technologies, including high-k gate dielectrics, quantum confinements, and strain engineering. He won the SSDM paper awards for the mobility reduction mechanism in CMOS FETs with high-k dielectrics in 2003 and for stimulated light-emissions from Si fin light-emitting diodes in 2011. In 2012, he moved to the University of Southampton, UK, taking up a professorship. He is currently working for nano-electronics, Si photonics, single electron transistors/pumps, and Quantum Technologies.


Professor David Sampson, University of Surrey, UK

Topic: Medical applications of light


Professor Jas Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Topic: Mid-IR photonics 

Dr. Sanghera is Branch Head of Optical Materials and Devices at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he manages and technically guides about 30 scientists in all aspects of optical materials. The range of optical materials includes optical fibers, thin films, bulk monoliths, glasses, crystals, glass-ceramics, and polycrystalline ceramics. These are being developed for a wide range of DoD applications.

He has received numerous awards including the 1998 Young Scientist Award for Specialty Glass Fiber Optics from the International Society of Non-Oxide Glasses, the 2009 Sigma Xi Award for Applied Science, several DoD Technology Transfer Awards, the Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC) National and Mid-Atlantic Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the Optical Society of America’s prestigious David Richardson Medal as well as the Navy’s Arthur E. Bisson Prize. In 2012 and 2013, he was elected to OSA Fellow and SPIE Fellow, respectively. In 2015, he was awarded the navy’s prestigious E. O. Hulburt Award. He has transitioned several technologies to industry, published over 340 papers, edited a book on "IR Fiber Optics", presented more than 200 technical talks, and has 91 patents award. In addition, he is on the organizing committee for several conferences and workshops.


Raffaele Santagati, University of Bristol, UK

Topic: Quantum information


Dr Luca Sapienza, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Quantum dots, nanocrystals, and low dimensional materials

Dr Luca Sapienza is a Lecturer in Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and leader of the Solid-State Quantum Optics group.

His research activities are focused on the fundamental understanding of quantum optics phenomena with solid-state emitters in nano-fabricated quantum photonic devices. Besides fundamental research, he also works towards the enhancement of the light-matter interaction on a chip for energy harvesting, sensing and quantum information technology applications.

His research work in the nano-photonics area has covered topics including mid-infrared quantum cascade structures, intersubband polaritons, plasmonics, disordered photonics, nano-imaging, nano-fabrication, single-photon and quantum photonic devices.

Luca is the recipient of an Ing. Aldo Gini Prize of Excellence, he is the Honorary Secretary of the Semiconductor Group of the Institute of Physics, co-chair of the Non-linear Optics Technical Group of the Optical Society of America, a Member of the American Physical Society, of the Optical Society of America and of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Christy Simpson, University of Glasgow, UK

Topic: Quantum optics


Steve Simpson, Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, v. v. i., Czech Republic

Topic: Trapping and manipulation


Professor Stewart Williams, Cranfield University, UK

Topic: Strong light-matter interactions and laser processing


Mike Somekh, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Topic: Novel and super-resolution microscopy


Dr Laura Young, University of Oxford, UK

Topic: Active and adaptive optics

Dr Laura Young is a Career Development Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Her research lies at the interface between the fields of optical microscopy and vision, studying the impact of optical aberrations on visual performance and retinal imaging. In collaboration with Durham University she has developed an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope for imaging the human retina in vivo with cellular resolution. This instrument is providing insights into the mechanisms underlying normal visual perception and into the time-course of inherited retinal disease.



Professor Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, UK

Topic: Nanophotonics

Professor Anatoly V. Zayats is the head of the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group at the Department of Physics, King’s College London, where he also leads Nano-optics and Near-field Spectroscopy Laboratory ( His current research interests are in the areas of nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, scanning probe microscopy, nonlinear and ultrafast optics and spectroscopy, and optical properties of surfaces, thin films, semiconductors and low-dimensional structures. He is the holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, SPIE and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Professor Shuang Zhang, University of Birmingham, UK

Topic: Topological photonics

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (extended):
    6 April 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    6 July 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    27 August 2018

Call for proposals Photon 2020