Invited speakers

Invited speakers​


Professor Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK

Topic: Nanophotonics

Prof. Jeremy J. Baumberg FRS, directs a UK Nano-Photonics Centre at the University of Cambridge and has extensive experience in developing optical materials structured on the nano-scale that can be assembled in large volume. He is also Director of the Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre, a key UK site for training PhD students in interdisciplinary Nano research. Strong experience with Hitachi, IBM, his own spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4, as well as strong industrial engagement give him a unique position to combine academic insight with industry application in a two-way flow.  With over 20000 citations, he is a leading innovator in Nano. This has led to awards of the IoP Faraday gold Medal (2017), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2014), IoP Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005), the IoP Charles Vernon Boys Medal (2000) and the IoP Mott Lectureship (2005). He frequently talks on NanoScience to the media, and is a strategic advisor on NanoTechnology to the UK Research Councils. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics. His recent popular science book “The Secret Life of Science: How Science Really Works and Why it Matters” is just published by PUP, see


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

Richard Bowman is a Prize Fellow and Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Bath, working on automated microscopy.  His current focus is on malaria, both studying the parasites in parallelised imaging experiments and developing more consistent, quantitative diagnosis methods.  This work is underpinned by small, inexpensive microscopes, which can be 3D printed from an open-source design shared by his research group.  The research group is part of the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials, in the Physics department at Bath, and includes work on miniaturised plastic instrumentation, software for experiment automation, and advanced microscopy using spatial light modulators to manipulate spatial modes of light.


Mark Dennis, University of Birmingham, UK

Topic: Quantum optics

Mark Dennis is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he leads the newly established Centre for Topological Physics and Engineering. He recently moved to Birmingham in February 2018 from the University of Bristol.  His main interests are in the mathematical foundations of structured light and singular optics, and in applied topology in physics.  His work in optics includes optical vortex and polarization singularity knots, superoscillation and superresolution, topological structure of wave chaos, the nature of optical momentum, skyrmions, and the knotting of proteins.


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

Dr. Firstenberg leads an experimental research group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He studies quantum nonlinear optics and Rydberg physics in cold and hot atomic ensembles; spin exchange, magnetometery, and quantum memories in thermal vapor; and cold atom interferometry.


Marian Florescu, University of Surrey, UK

Topic: Computational photonics

Dr Marian Florescu heads the Theory and Computation Group at the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey. His current activities are focused on the physics and applications of non-crystallographic photonic band gap materials, thermal radiation control in photonic materials and quantum optics in structured photonic reservoirs.


Nicolas Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Topic: Fibres and propagation physics

NICOLAS K. FONTAINE  is currently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Nokia Bell Labs. His research interests are space-division multiplexed communication systems, wavelength routing devices, and spatial mode manipulation. Nicolas has been active in the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) and the photonics community. He has served on the CLEO technical program committee (2014-2017), OFC technical program committee (2015-2018), program-chair and general co-chair of OSA NETWORKS (2016, 2017), chair of IEEE Summer Topical for Space-Division Multiplexing (2016), and chair-elect for the IEEE Summer Topicals (2017). He is currently the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal. In his free time he enjoys playing jazz piano.


Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of Glasgow, UK

Topic: Quantum optics

Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold is Head of the Optics Group at the University of Glasgow.  She is fascinated by structured light with phase and polarisation singularities, its quantum and classical properties, its interaction with atoms, and more recently its applications in microscopy and imaging.  Her experiments shape atom clouds with structured light and vice versa manipulate shaped light via coupling to atomic transitions.  Her work encompasses the angular uncertainty relation, rotary photon drag, Faraday rotation of free electrons, spatially varying EIT and the generation of achromatic vector vortex beams.  


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

Steve Groom received a BSc in Astronomy and Physics from University College London and an MSc in Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics from Imperial College.

Steve has 30 years’ experience in satellite and aircraft remote sensing with special interest in the near-real time, operational environmental monitoring, especially in the developing world.

Steve is PML Head of Science for Earth Observation Science, the largest science area at PML. Steve is Head of the NERC EO Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) Plymouth node, that undertakes EO data processing for UK environmental scientists, and head of NERC Aircraft Research Facility - Data Analysis Node to undertake processing of aircraft remote sensing data.

Steve has managed over 40 commissioned research projects as principal investigator funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK Space Agency, the European Commission (EC), Copernicus, and European Space Agency (ESA)amongst others. Steve is currently a  PML PI on H2020 PORTWIMS (twinning with Portugal 2018-21); H2020 Danubius-PP (2016-2019);  PML lead on ESA EO for Sustainable Development  (2018-2021) and co-I in the ESA Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (2010-2019), co-I in Copernicus Global Land water quality service (2017-2019), and Copernicus Climate Change Service (2018-2021). Steve was previously coordinator of the EC-FP7 Europe-Africa Marine EO Network (2010-13) and is responsible for ChloroGIN-Africa and maintaining data transmissions via the web and EUMETCast to all African coast and island states.

Finally, Steve has co-authored 63 peer-reviewed papers with an h index of 29.


Professor Coskun Kocabas, University of Manchester, UK

Topic: Advances in THz technology

Prof. Coskun Kocabas received his PhD in Physics (2007) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Between 2007 and 2009, he worked at Harvard University as postdoctoral researcher, in Department of Chemistry. Later, Coskun worked as assistant and associate professor at Bilkent University, Department of Physics. In 2017 he was appointed to the University of Manchester as a Professor of 2D Device Materials. His main research interest includes optoelectronic applications of graphene and other 2D materials.  Coskun Kocabas has substantial experience on optoelectronic application of nanomaterials. He published 75 papers (including Nature Nano., PNAS and Nano Letters) which received >4800 citations with h-index of 30. He has held many research awards including ERC Consolidator Grant, Marie Curie Fellowship and Young Investigator Award.  His recent research has focused on active control of light-matter interaction using 2D materials which enables a new class of optical devices covering the whole spectrum from visible to microwave frequencies.


Mario Krenn, University of Vienna, Austria

Topic: Quantum optics

Mario Krenn is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Vienna. There, he received his PhD in 2017, in the group of Anton Zeilinger. Mario’s work concerns quantum optics with complex entangled quantum states, such as high-dimensionally multi-partite Entanglement. His main research interests are computer algorithms which can inspire new ideas and techniques in science (in particular, in the quantum optical environment). He is excited about the potential of computer-inspired and computer-augmented science.


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 Cosmo Lupo is a research associate at the University of York.
After graduating at the University Federico II (Napoli) , he has carried out researches in quantum information theory at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (Garching), the Slovak Academy of Science (Bratislava), the University of Camerino (Italy), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His theoretical researches in quantum optics, and quantum information and communication are characterized by a strong connection with experiments. He is one of the inventors of the "quantum enigma machine" for optical secure quantum communication and of the "quantum reading" protocol for sensing and information retrieval in digital optical memory.


Dr Jonathan Matthews, University of Bristol, UK

Topic: Optical and quantum metrology

Jonathan Matthews leads a group researching photonic quantum enhanced measurement and sensing. He is an EPSRC early career fellow in quantum technologies and is a co-investigator on the Quantum Imaging HUB QUANTIC. He was awarded his PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Jeremy O’Brien in integrated quantum photonics and he previously held a Leverhulme Trust early career fellowship (awarded 2012). He is now a Senior Lecturer of physics in the University of Bristol, UK.


Dr Aline Mayer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Topic: Ultrafast and attosecond optics

Dr. Aline Mayer received her MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2013. From 2014 to 2018, she carried out her PhD work in the Ultrafast Laser Physics (ULP) group of Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller at the Institute for Quantum Electronics at ETH Zurich. Her research was focused on the exploration of novel nonlinear optical devices to generate compact frequency combs from ultrafast solid-state lasers with gigahertz pulse repetition rates.
Since April 2018, she is a Postdoctoral scientist at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Mid-IR Spectroscopy and Semiconductor Optics at the University of Vienna in Austria, led by Dr. Oliver Heckl. She is currently working on the development of high-power frequency comb systems for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy in the mid-infrared spectral region.


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

Following a successful career in industry, Geoff Nash moved to Exeter in 2011, where he has established a new experimental capability and research group. His research interests include acoustic metamaterials, mid-infrared optoelectronics and plasmonics, and he is the PI of the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership “TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator”. He is also Director of the flagship Natural Sciences degree programme and greatly enjoys, and benefits from, the interaction with the students.


Professor Anna Peacock, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Nonlinear photonics

Anna Peacock is a Professor of Photonics within the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton.  She heads the Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics group, where the focus of the research is on the design and development of novel semiconductor waveguides. Her research interests include nonlinear fibre optics, silicon photonics, novel photonic materials, tapered waveguides and optical resonators. She is a fellow of The Optical Society (FOSA) and the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and currently holds an EPSRC research fellowship.


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

Prof. Armando Rastelli heads the Semiconductor Physics division of the Institute of Semiconductor and Solid-State Physics at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria since 2012. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2003 and he was research assistant at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and Marie-Curie-Fellow at the Technical University of Tampere, Finland. From 2003 to 2007 he was first PostDoc and then group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Stuttgart, Germany, and, till 2012 at the Leibniz Institute of Dresden, Germany. Throughout his career he has been developing new methods to obtain, study, and control epitaxial quantum dots. The main current focus is on the optimization of GaAs quantum dots as quantum light sources and their post-growth tuning via microstructured piezoelectric actuators. The combination of these two technologies has recently led to tunable sources of entangled-photon pairs with near unity fidelity and the modification of the quantum-dot optical-selection-rules for applications in integrated quantum photonics. He is coauthor of more than 220 peer-reviewed papers with more than 8000 citations and has given 90 invited talks on his research acvities.


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 Jayanta K. Sahu leads the Fibre Fabrication Group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK. His research interest lies in the area of optical fibre technology, in particular, optical materials, fibre lasers and amplifiers, and manufacturing of speciality optical fibres for telecommunications, fibre lasers and sensors. At ORC, Professor Sahu has been involved in various pioneering research projects including the development of kW-class fibre lasers, suppression of nonlinearity in high power fibre lasers and amplifiers, and next generation of telecomm fibres and amplifiers.


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 David Sampson is the Vice-Provost, Research & Innovation, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom and head of the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia. Previously, David was Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis at UWA.

David has nearly thirty years’ research experience in photonics, optics, and microscopy, and applications in communications and biomedicine. He is an authority in optical coherence tomography, with several main interests. These include the microscope-in-a-needle, which targets surgical and biopsy guidance, for which he was awarded the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award, and several other prizes. Another main interest is optical elastography, the micro-scale imaging of mechanical properties of tissue, mainly directed towards breast cancer tumour margin detection. Both these areas are undergoing commercialisation through spin-off companies. Another main interest is in developing optical coherence tomography angiography and lymphangiography as novel tools to assess health conditions.

David is heavily involved in the global optics & photonics community, serving as Director of the SPIE – The International Society for Optics & Photonics (2017-2019), and is a fellow of the optics societies, SPIE and OSA, and the electrical engineering society, IEEE. He serves on various society committees and editorial boards, and regularly organises and chairs conferences, such as the forthcoming Optics Within Life Sciences.


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 Raffaele Santagati is a Senior research associate at quantum engineering and technology Labs (QETLabs) at the University of Bristol.

Raffaele completed his PhD in Physics in 2016 at the Centre for Quantum Photonics of the  University of Bristol, where he worked on the development of silicon quantum photonic devices for quantum information processing, under the supervision of Jeremy O’Brien and Mark Thompson.  He continued working in Bristol's QETLAbs, on quantum simulation with integrated photonics, demonstrating a new approach for the implementation of variational quantum eigensolvers (VQE) and in particular to target excited states.

More recently Raffaele’s work focused on the use of machine learning and quantum simulation for the characterisation of quantum systems and technologies.


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

Christy completed his Master's degree at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He is entering his second year of his PhD at the University of Glasgow with the Extreme Light group. The PhD focuses on using metasurfaces for quantum imaging experiments making use of entanglement.


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

Stewart Williams obtained his PhD in laser physics at London University. The main part of the research involved designing and building several novel lasers. Following his academic training Stewart spent five years at Edinburgh Instruments, a small company producing lasers and laser systems.  Here he developed accessories for CO2 waveguide lasers and produced industrial and medical laser systems. In 1987 Stewart moved to the Advanced Technology Centre of BAE Systems where he ran a group whose main area of research was laser processing of aerospace materials. This research included welding, cutting, drilling, micromachining and surface treatment of a wide range of materials such as aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre reinforced composites. Other keys areas of research were residual stress control in welding and direct write of functional materials.

In 2006 Stewart moved to Cranfield University to take a chair in Welding Science and Engineering and to become Director of the Welding Engineering Research Centre (WERC). Current research interests are large scale additive manufacturing, laser and laser-arc hybrid welding, weld metal engineering, residual stress control/management and composite to metal joining.


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

Shuang Zhang is the Director of the Metamaterials Research Center and physics faculty at the University of Birmingham. His research group has been active in metamaterials and topological photonics research. He has authored 1 book chapter and over 140 refereed publications in journals including  Science, Nature journals and Physical Review Letters, with total ISI citations over 11000.

Key dates

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

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