Key dates

  • Rank bursary application deadline:
    29 April 2016

  • Early registration deadline:
    1 July 2016

  • Registration deadline:
    26 August 2016

Call for proposals for Photon18

Proposals are invited from members who are interested in hosting the next Photon conference in 2018. Previous conferences have been held in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Southampton, Durham and most recently Imperial; repeat bids would be considered.

The conference will be organised by the IOP Optical, Quantum Electronics and Photonics, Computational Physics, Instrument Science and Technology and Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control groups.

Preferred dates for the conference are early September however, late August would also be considered. Please include dates and a break-down of all costs in your proposal. The conference is typically held from Monday to Thursday with set up on the Sunday.

If you are interested in hosting Photon18, please submit a proposal by email to by 25 March 2016.

Venue requirements

  • 1 x tiered lecture theatre (minimum capacity 400)
  • 3 x lecture theatre (cap. between 100 - 200)
  • 1 x lecture theatre (cap. 50 - 100)
  • Data projector, screen and laptop in each theatre
  • Minimum area of 1000 square metres for the exhibition, refreshments, lunch and posters
  • 250 x en-suite bedrooms (with provisions to increase numbers if necessary)
  • Venue for gala dinner (capacity 400)
  • Local sponsorship opportunities
  • Representative for local chair

You can find information on the Photon series at If you have any questions, please email