Call for proposals for 2020

Proposals are invited from members who are interested in hosting the next Photon conference in 2020. Previous conferences have been held in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Southampton, Durham, Imperial and most recently Leeds; repeat bids would be considered.

Photon 2018 is the major Optics and Photonics conference organised by the Institute of Physics in the UK and this year will be the ninth in the biennial series that started in 2002.

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 access on Sunday for setup. 

If you are interested in hosting Photon 2020, please submit a proposal by email to by 27 April 2018.

Venue requirements

  • 1 x tiered lecture theatre (minimum capacity 450)
  • 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 800 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 450)
  • Local sponsorship opportunities
  • Representative for local chair

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

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