As part of the International Year of Light celebrations, the AiPT hosted a two-day Aston Year of Light workshop on the 6th and 7th of October 2015. The workshop was an initiative of the PhD students coordinated by the AiPT team.
The workshop brought together researchers from diverse walks of optics and photonics, paving the way for collaborative thought and the conceptualisation of disruptive applications.It was attended by leading researchers in the field of photonics from EU, Australia and the USA. The speakers were prominent figures from the field of photonics - Prof. Manijeh Razeghi (North Western University, USA), Prof. Boris N. Chichkov(Laser Zentrum, Germany), Prof. Yuri Kivshar (Australian National University), Prof. Alexander Szameit (Institute of Applied Physics, Jena, Germany), Prof.Richard Penty (University of Cambridge,UK), Prof. Paul French (Imperial College, UK), Prof. Ian Walmsley (University of Oxford, UK), Mr. Andrew Lowe (Hexagon Metrology, UK) and Prof. Sir David Payne (University of Southampton, UK).
The talks were equally diverse, ranging from quantum optics, biophotonics, and nanophotonics, to optical communications and metrology. Apart from the talks, the sixty attendees interacted one-to-one with the invited speakers and visiting academics during the poster sessions. The best poster award went to Mr. Nikita Tarasov from AiPT, with the second and third prizes going to Mr. Marco Lamperti of Insubria University, Italy, and Mr. Guoqing Wang of the University of Kent. The workshop was well received by all delegates
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