Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT)

05 - 08 September 2016
SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia

Resources: Committee Chairs

The Technical Program Chairs are integral to the success of the meeting. As a volunteer you dedicate countless hours raising funds to support the event, securing invited speakers, reaching out to colleagues to encourage submissions, reviewing papers, and scheduling sessions.

On behalf of OSA, its Board, and its entire staff, we extend enormous gratitude to the Chairs of the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) Technical Program Committee.

Call for Papers Opens
Abstract and Summary Submissions Due Invalid date time. (Convert Time)
Peer Review 5 May - 17 May 2016
Program Committee Decisions
Authors Notified of Committee Decisions Week of 6 June 2016
Online Program Planner Available
Eligible Students: Apply for a Student Travel Grant 12 May 2016
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submissions Due 16 August 2016, 12:00 EDT (Convert Time)
Postdeadline Paper Notifications Sent
Hotel Reservation By 15 August 2016
Register for the Meeting By 8 August 2016
Postdeadline Authors Notified of Committee Decisions
Prepare to Present at the Meeting
Present at the Meeting 5 September - 8 September 2016

How to be Effective

  • Volunteer to Preside
  • Contribute to Welcome remarks for Opening Ceremonies
  • Volunteer to blog
  • Promote meeting
  • Involve committee members in the selection of invited speakers
  • Apply for grants and request corporate contributions at least 9 months before your meeting.
  • Contact your collocated meeting chairs to discuss joint sessions.
  • Use SharePoint to distribute documents to your committee members. 
  • Presiding over the Technical Program Committee
  • Support and adhere to meeting deadlines
  • Promote the meeting to solicit and encourage contributed papers
  • Selecting and confirming Committee Members
  • Selecting and confirming Invited Speakers
  • Selecting and confirming a  Local Organizing Committee to assist in extra activities at meeting such as laboratory tours, additional networking events, etc. , if necessary
  • Providing complete contact information of committee members and invited speakers to OSA
  • Preparing the technical scope and topics for meeting
  • Encourage committee members to complete their reviews by deadline.
  • Encourage committee to select and confirm Presiders for all technical sessions.
  • Soliciting funds from granting agencies and corporate contributions for meeting support and travel support for selected participants.  
  • Reviewing and determining acceptance for postdeadline papers
  • Attend the meeting and participate at on-site meeting and wrap-up committee meeting.


All documents listed below are located in the Reference Center, under Policy and Procedures on Sharepoint.

  • Chairs’ Manual
  • Fundraising Grant Information
  • Exhibit and Sponsorship Information
  • Peer Review Instructions
  • Scheduling Instructions


Michael Withford, Macquarie University, Australia

Program Chair

Stuart Jackson, Macquarie University, Australia


Adrian Carter, Nufern, Australia
Simon Gross, Macquarie University, Australia
Alexander Hemming, Defence Science Technology Group, Australia
Steven Hinckley, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Brendan Kennedy, The University of Western Australia, Australia
David Lancaster, University of South Australia,
Sergio Leon-Saval, University of Sydney, Australia
Stephen Madden, ,
Ampalavanapilla Nirmalathas, University of Melbourne, Australia
Frederique Vanholsbeeck, University of Auckland, New Zealand