OSA Student Members Gather in Chennai for India’s IONS-Asia Conference on Optics


Brielle Day
The Optical Society

OSA Student Members Gather in Chennai for India’s IONS-Asia Conference on Optics

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2012–The International OSA Network of Students (IONSTM) will host the fourth IONS-Asia conference in Chennai, India Dec. 7-8. The conference, organized by the OSA Student Chapters of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and St. Joseph's College of Engineering, will feature technical sessions and programming for students in the field of optics and photonics. The Optical Society (OSA) sponsors the event.

IONS-Asia’s scientific program brings more than 20 speakers addressing a range of topics, from shaping light for biophotonics to recent advances in optical parametric oscillators. Plenary talks will be presented on the following topics:

  • Shaping Light for Biophotonics, Kishan Dolakia, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • From Newton to Marconi and Bell - The Harnessing of Waves for Communication, Harishankar Ramachandran, IIT  Madras, India
  • How Small Can One Make a Laser?, Jacob Khurgin, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Attendees will discuss the latest research trends in optical science through panel discussions, guest lectures, plenary talks, an optics exhibition, oral and poster presentations and more. More information on the program is available on the IONS website.

Since its inception in 2006 at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), 28 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 a way to connect and collaborate with the global optics and photonics community. 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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