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SPIE Micro+Nano conference in Sydney exceeds expectations

Attendees from 19 countries at inaugural event held in new Sydney Nanoscience Hub

17 December 2015

St John's College banquet hall, University of Sydney Nanoscience Hub clean rooms, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney (US) is home to both long-standing tradition and the newest science. At left and below, a didgeridoo player prepares to perform for conference attendees in the banquet hall in St John's College, the second oldest university college in Australia. At right (from left), symposium chair Benjamin Eggleton of the US pauses during a tour with SPIE President-Elect Robert Lieberman, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs, and plenary speaker Gordon Wallace of the University of Wollongong outside clean rooms in the new Sydney Nanoscience Hub. (See more photos below.)

 

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and SYDNEY, Australia -- With high-profile speakers and more presentations and attendees than its past run, this year's SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications, exceeded expectations, organizers said. The first event to be held at the recently commissioned Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney, the symposium ran 6-9 December and was organised by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

"It was an amazing meeting, exceeding our expectations, and was enjoyable, stimulating, and inspiring," said symposium chair Benjamin Eggleton, ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS), and professor of Physics at the University of Sydney. Program was coordinated by symposium cochair Stefano Palomba, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney.

More than 200 attendees heard nearly 240 presentations, including plenary talks by Michal Lipson (Columbia University) on silicon photonics, Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University) on biocompatible devices, Gordon Wallace (University of Wollongong) on the future of 3D printing, and Peter Tuthill (The University of Sydney) on discovering planets using photonics chips.

"We celebrated the International Year of Light (IYL 2015) with a public lecture presented by Professor Lipson on the future of nanophotonics, and during the conference dinner we enjoyed entertainment from a fantastic didgeridoo player," Eggleton said.

didgeridoo player, University of Sydney
Banquet guests were treated to a
performance on the didgeridoo, a
traditional instrument of Australia.

The IYL 2015 lecture was part of a series sponsored this year by CUDOS to describe how scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of light have changed and improved lives.

Attendees also toured the state-of-the-art Sydney Nanoscience Hub, part of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST), including the clean rooms and laboratories. The institute opened in August.

The biennial conference covered nano- and microscale materials and technologies that are enabling new applications in photonics, energy, security, information, and medicine, and drew attendees from 19 countries.

Accepted conference proceedings papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved, and will be available in print volumes.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. In 2015, SPIE provided more than $5.2 million in support of education and outreach programs. SPIE is a Founding Partner of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

Michal Lipson and Martin De Sterke of Columbia University David Sampson of the University of Western Australia and SPIE President-Elect Robert Lieberman
Plenary speaker Michal Lipson and International Year of Light speaker Martin
De Sterke of Columbia University

Program committee member David Sampson, University of Western Australia, and SPIE President-Elect Robert Lieberman

SPIE University of Sydney Student Chaper with SPIE President-Elect Robert Lieberman

SPIE University of Sydney Student Chaper members hosted a visit from SPIE President-Elect Robert Lieberman and CEO Eugene Arthurs.

 

poster session at SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015 poster session at SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015
poster session at SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015

poster session at SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015

A lively poster session offered opportunity for networking and for one-on-one talks with authors.

 

St John's College, University of Sydney Sydney Nanoscience Hub, University of Sydney

The old and the new at the University of Sydney: the university's main entrance, at left, and the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

 


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