The Optical Society Announces IONS KOALA 2017

17 November 2017


The Optical Society Announces IONS KOALA 2017

WASHINGTON —The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) will host the eighth and final IONs meeting of 2017, IONS KOALA. IONS KOALA will be held 26 November – 1 December in Brisbane, Australia. The OSA student chapters at the University of Queensland and Griffith University will co-host the event. The conference will focus on helping early career professionals discover different career opportunities in the optics and photonics field.

What: The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) KOALA 2017
When: 26 November – 1 December, 2017
Where: St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

The IONS experience allows students to network with peers from a variety of universities, while sharing their research perspectives and gaining technical knowledge. The conference is essential for students looking to incorporate the benefits of creating social networks with the practicality of working alongside professionals in the field.

The majority of the events and lectures during IONS KOALA 2017 will be held at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland. IONS KOALA 2017 will include a multitude of programming to keep attendees engaged and busy throughout the week including: keynote speakers, poster sessions, student talks, and a social day.

For more information, regarding IONS Conferences please visit or contact Questions concerning abstract submission guidelines, travel and housing arrangements and registrations should be directed to conference organizers.

About The Optical Society Foundation
The Optical Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. To date, The OSA Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. Donations to The Optical Society Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by the society. For more information, visit

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit:

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