OSA Student Members Gather for Australia’s IONS-KOALA Conference on Optics


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Student Members Gather for Australia’s IONS-KOALA Conference on Optics


WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2012–The International OSA Network of Students (IONSTM) will host the fourth Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications (KOALA) in Brisbane, Australia Dec. 2-7. The conference, organized by the Griffith University OSA Student chapter, will feature technical professional development programming for students in the field of optics and photonics. The Optical Society is a co-sponsor of the event.
IONS-KOALA’s scientific program will include a plenary session with accomplished speakers from the international optics community, poster sessions, and contributed talks that cover topics ranging from atom optics to coherent X-rays. Conference attendees can also attend workshops, tour the Griffith University laboratories, and attend social events including a visit to the Gold Coast region in Queensland and dinner on Brisbane’s South Bank. More information on the program is available on the IONS website.
IONS-KOALA brings together emerging student leaders in varying optics research fields to facilitate discussion and provide networking opportunities. Students can learn about research outside of their field and gain experience communicating their research to peers who may not be familiar with their area of focus.
Since its inception in 2006 at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), 26 IONS conferences have been held  all over the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. The meetings are independently managed by OSA Student Chapters and are designed to give young scientists from around the world a way to connect and collaborate on optics and photonics. OSA supports IONS events through guest lecturer funding, travel grants, administrative and marketing support, and event funding.  More information is available on the IONS website.

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