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IONS KOALA 2019 – Dunedin, New Zealand

The IONS Conference on Optics, Atoms, and Laser Applications (KOALA) is an annual conference held in Australia and New Zealand sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA). The 12th installment of IONS KOALA is being hosted by the Otago Optics Chapter, at the University of Otago. With the support of many organisations, KOALA brings together research students in physics from all around the world.

Student presentations are the main focus of KOALA with the majority of the conference dedicated to either student talks or poster presentations that cover a broad variety of topics within the field of optics, atoms, and laser applications in physics. Plenary talks will include presentations by experts in the fields, as well as dedicated sessions on professional development and outreach. There will be plenty of opportunities to network throughout KOALA with multiple social events and activities scheduled for the week.

KOALA 2019 is only possible with support from our sponsors.

Conference Information

IONS KOALA 2019 is the 12th in the line of KOALA conferences. See more about the history of KOALA.


The Conference will be held at the University of Otago. Accommodation is provided at Selwyn College.

Important Dates

01/06/19: Abstract submission open.
13/09/19: Registration deadline for international students requesting a travel grant and/or visa letter.
04/10/19: Registration deadline for other international students, and domestic (Aus/NZ) students.
01/12/19: Check-in at Selwyn College.
02/12/19 – 06/12/19: KOALA 2019!


Conference Topics

Previous KOALA conferences have showcased student research in areas such as astrophotonics, atomic physics, biomedical imaging, biophotonics, laser physics, metrology, molecular physics, nanofabrication, nonlinear optics, optics, photonics, quantum optics, spectroscopy, and solid-state physics. We welcome research from these topics and any other related field!

Presentation Styles

Student Talks: 12-minute talk plus 3 minutes Q&A.
Poster Presentation: Printed poster plus 1-slide rapid-fire poster preview.
For more information, please go to the Presentation page.

Registration Fees

$200 AUD: Standard fee
$170 AUD: Discounted fees for OSA and AOS members.
For information about membership, please see The Optical Society, or the Australian Optical Society.

The registration fee covers all food and accommodation.

Travel Grants and Scholarships

A limited number of domestic and international travel grants are available.

Plenary Speakers

Adam J. Fleisher


Arti Agrawal

University of Technology Sydney

Brian P. Anderson

University of Arizona

David Giltner


Teri W. Odom

Northwestern University


IONS KOALA 2019 Team

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KOALA 2019 is the work of the Otago Optics Chapter.