IONS KOALA is an annual conference held in Australia and New Zealand sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA). IONS KOALA 2018 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 undergraduate, honours, masters and PhD students studying and research in physics from all around the world.
KOALA encompasses a broad variety of topics within the field of optics, atoms, and laser applications in physics. Previous students have presented their research in fields such as atomic, molecular and optical physics, quantum optics, spectroscopy, micro and nanofabrication, biophotonics, biomedical imaging, metrology, nonlinear optics and laser physics. Most attendees have never been to a conference before and are at the very beginning of their research career. KOALA is a great way to learn about different research fields in physics, as well as valuable presenting, networking, and communication skills in a friendly environment. By presenting your research to your peers, you will gain a fresh perspective on physics research and science communication.