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Gold Sponsors

The Optical Society (OSA)





Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development.

Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.


SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In 2017, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

NSW Government Department of Industry

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer provides independent advice on how to address policy problems that involve engineering and/or science. This is done by conducting independent reviews on complex issues using best available research, evidence and expert advice. The Office also provides funding support for high-quality, high-impact research, as well as for scientific conferences taking place in NSW, for students attending international competitions, and for various science engagement and outreach activities.

OptoFab – Australian National Fabrication Facility





OptoFab is one of 8 nationwide nodes that form the ANFF providing researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities across Australia. OptoFab offers specialist facilities and dedicated staff that are on hand to provide services & technical support to users in microprocessing, microfabrication and characterisation of fibre, planar and bulk materials which include glass, metals, ceramics, silicon, polymers and crystals.

Macquarie University Photonics Research Centre

Macquarie University Photonics Research Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research in the general area of lasers and photonics, with particular focus on the following seven frontiers of optical science: photonic sources and laser applications, natural and engineered optical materials, photonics for life and health sciences, photonics for the environment, astrophotonics, and quantum photonics fundamental. The centre aims to elevate the international standing of scientific and technological research that has been well established at Macquarie University for many years.

Silver Sponsors

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally. The School of Physics at the University of Sydney conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies.

Macquarie University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Researchers and students at the MQ Department of Physics and Astronomy have access to outstanding specialist photonics, quantum and optics labs, laser processing and optical characterisation facilities, and our on-campus observatory. We collaborate closely with local, national and international observatories, research organisations, and companies, and we include nodes for three ARC Centres of Excellence.

Photon Factory

The Photon Factory is an award-winning research facility with a mission to achieve the extraordinary using state-of-the-art laser photonic technology. They are a group of scientists and engineers who use light to explore and improve our world. The Photon Factory strives to understand fundamental questions of science while also applying their knowledge to solve real-world problems. Their success comes from their desire to challenge the status quo and innovate along every step.

The Australian Optical Society

The Australian Optical Society is a non-profit organisation for the advancement of optics in Australia. Formed in 1983, the Society embraces anyone contributing to or interested in optics in the widest sense.

Sydney NanoScience Hub

The Sydney Nanoscience Hub is purpose-built to explore the nature of matter, design new technologies and engineer them in some of the best cleanroom and nanofabrication facilities in the world. The building, labs and fabrication facilities are designed to enable the precise measurements needed to access exotic phenomena on the nanoscale.

Bronze Sponsors



Located in central Hamburg, Schäfter+Kirchhoff’s headquarter is home to 35 employees. From there they manufacture high quality products that are delivered to customers all around the world. The company was founded over 60 years ago. Starting with classical lens design and customized optical solutions the focus shifted gradually towards the now offered three product lines: polarization-maintaining fiber optics, laser lines and line scan cameras. A special focus is set on a correct and advantageous combination of precision and optical components (optomechanics), which is the basis for high quality, stability and durability.
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One example of successful optomechanics, e.g. in the field of fiber optics, is the laser beam coupler 60SMS, which is used to couple into polarization-maintaining fibers. This demanding task requires very high precision and quality in order to reach long-term stability and high coupling efficiencies. The SK010PA polarization analyzer is the optimum tool for aligning to the polarization-axis of the fibers in a very precise and fast way. Further fiber optics components are available for the wavelength range 360-2100nm. Another field using successful optomechanics is Machine Vision that uses two product lines, laser line or spot generators as well as line scan cameras. Ruggedized solutions for industrial purposes are only possible by using high-quality optics, mechanics and electronics, e.g. for complete line scan camera based scanner systems. The Corrosion Inspector, as an example, is an automated and objective analysis tool for corrosion phenomena that offers a fast and precise evaluation according to international standards. The line scan cameras used (monochrome or color) are also supplied as OEM components for worldwide use. They are offered with different Interfaces including USB3.0 or GigE.  The motor of the company is its extensive know-how and its highly qualified and strongly committed employees. To have sales, research and development as well as manufacturing so close knit together ensures a quick and efficient response to customer needs. Since October 2016 the company is owned by the Gregor Federau foundation which is dedicated to child and youth welfare.

Schäfter+Kirchhoff GmbH
Kieler Str. 212
22525 Hamburg






Coherent Scientific

Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS)

ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies

ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T)

APL Photonics