Programme

This year’s conference will follow a similar format to the ones held the last few years, consisting of:

  • Plenary sessions given by internationally renowned speakers
  • Student tutorials
  • Student talks
  • Poster sessions, and
  • An Industry and Innovation evening.

We will also hold a social day on the Wednesday which will allow us to get to know each other through a bit of fun!

As introduced last year in Melbourne, we are planning to include “poster preview” talks in the programme, in which attendees are given the opportunity to advertise their poster ahead of Monday evening’s session. This will involve rapid-fire 90 second talks, with questions to be held off until they can be discussed in front of the posters.

This year we will also be introducing a new night event with a panel of postdocs so we can learn more about the transition up the academic career ladder. There will also be a greater focus on Professional Development, including a Networking 101 workshop by Professionals Australia and an introduction to educational outreach by Jessica DeGroote Nelson, developer of OSA’s Optics Suitcase educational outreach tool.

Draft Programme

Note: the table below is intended to give an idea of how the conference will be structured this year. This is not final, and subject to changes.

 

Industry and Innovation Evening

The EQuS Industry and Innovation Evening serves as a platform for networking between conference attendees and representatives from the Australasian optics community, and is an opportunity for attendees to find out more about the exciting world of optics and photonics industry and innovation. The proceedings will include an inspiring keynote speech by Anna Phan, research …

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KOALA 10th Anniversary Conference Dinner

This year’s conference dinner will be held at Navala Churrascaria, located on the river at Eagle Street Pier. The evening will feature Churrasco, the famous Brazilian BBQ, and drinks as we celebrate the KOALA’s 10th anniversary. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.   You will be responsible for your own transport to and from dinner from …

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Social Day

In order to promote the networking opportunity during IONS KOALA, one day during the week is dedicated to allowing attendees to relax, socialise and enjoy the host city. This year will feature the a tour of Queensland’s beautiful North Stradbroke Island – the world’s second largest sand island. We will take the barge across to …

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