Plenary Speakers

Plenary speakers


Professor Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA


Professor Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, UK


Dr Rachel Oliver, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Rachel Oliver is a Reader in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Galllium Nitride.  Her research interests focus on the characterization and exploitation of nanoscale structures in GaN-based materials with the aim of both improving the performance of current GaN-based optoelectronic devices and also developing and implementing novel device concepts. Rachel is also passionate about communication of science to the general public and about increasing participation of women in the physical sciences.


Professor Sir David Payne, University of Southampton, UK

Prof Sir David Payne is a Professor of Photonics and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and the Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton.  

Over the last forty years, he has made numerous key contributions in optical fibre communications and laser technology. His work in fibre fabrication in the 1970s resulted in most of the special fibres used today, including the revolutionary erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) and kilowatt-class fibre lasers for manufacturing and defence.

As an entrepreneur, he co-founded York Technologies, (now PK Technology Inc.), Fibercore, SENSA (now part of Schlumberger) and SPI Lasers plc (now part of the Trumpf Gruppe).


Professor Vahid Sandoghdar, Max Planck Society, Germany


Professor Frank Vollmer, University of Exeter, UK

Key dates

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

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