OSA Student Members Gather in Poland for IONS-14 Conference on Optics


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Student Members Gather in Poland for IONS-14 Conference on Optics

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013–The International OSA Network of Students (IONS™) will host the IONS-14 Conference at Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Torun, Poland July 3-6. The conference, organized by the NCU OSA Student Chapter, will feature technical sessions and programming for graduate students in the field of optics and photonics. The Optical Society (OSA) sponsors the event.

The IONS-14 program includes invited speaker presentations from OSA Board Member Susana Marcos, professor of research at Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Spain, and David Sampson, Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.  Two workshops will take place, including one led by Michalina Gora of Harvard University’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine on Translational Research: From Idea to the Device, and one on The Myth of Talent and the Reality of Being an Expert by Daniela Hekiert of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland.

IONS Conferences allow students from across all disciplines of optics to present their research to fellow young scientists via student-driven discussion in a learning format. Technical talks and poster sessions at IONS-14 will cover topics including optical metrology, quantum optics, photonic materials, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and more. Additionally, an official Khet 2.0 tournament will take place, sponsored by the creators of the popular logic game using lasers. 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), 31 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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