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 11th instalment of IONS KOALA is being co-hosted by the OSA student chapters at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. 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 of quantum optics, biophotonics, astrophotonics, and atomic physics, 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 2018 is possible through the generous support of many partners. For more information about our sponsors, please go to the 2018 Sponsors page.
Conference proceedings at the Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and on-campus accommodation at Robert Menzies College.
01/08/18: Abstract submission open.
31/08/18: Early abstract deadline for international candidates who request a visa letter or a travel grant.
07/09/18: Successful early abstract notification.
30/09/18: Final abstract deadline EXTENDED.
08/10/18: Successful abstract notification.
03/12/18: Check-in for KOALA 2018.
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!
Student Talks: 12-minute talk plus 3 minutes Q&A.
Poster Presentation: A1 portrait poster plus 1-slide rapid-fire poster preview.
For more information, please go to the Presentation page.
$200 AUD: Standard fee
$170 AUD: Discounted fees for OSA and AOS members.
For information about membership, please visit The Optical Society webpage or the Australian Optical Society webpage. The registration fee covers all food and accommodation.
A limited number of domestic and international travel grants will be available. We encourage all attendees to apply!
More information about our speakers can be found here.