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Photon 2022

Proposals are invited from members who are interested in hosting the next Photon conference in 2022. Photon is the major Optics and Photonics conference organised by the Institute of Physics in the UK. Previous conferences have been held in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Southampton, Durham, Imperial and most recently Leeds; repeat bids would be considered.

The conference will be organised by the IOP Environmental, Optical, Quantum Electronics and Photonics, 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 2022, please submit a proposal by email to by 24 April 2020.

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

Key dates

Registration deadline:

30 August 2020

Paper submission deadline:

30 October 2020


The Rank Prize Funds is pleased to be sponsoring the registration of student presenters