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Andrew Forbes

Presently a Distinguished Professor within the School of Physics at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) Andrew has won several awards for his research, including the NSTF award for his contributions to photonics in South Africa (2015), the Georg Forster prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2020), the SAIP Gold Medal (2020), the Sang Soo Lee award from Optica and the Korean Optical Society (2022) and the TWAS prize for Physics (2024).

Alexander Gaeta

David M. Rickey Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science in 2015 in Columbia. He has published more than 300 journal articles in quantum and nonlinear photonics. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Optica from 2014-2020 and Chair of the Optica Publications Council in 2022. He co-founded Xscape Photonics, Inc. in 2022 and is currently serving as the CEO. He was awarded the 2019 Charles H. Townes Medal from Optica.

Michal Lipson

She serves as the Optica president in 2023. Now she is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. In 2009 she co-founded the company PicoLuz, which develops and commercializes silicon nanophotonics technologies. In 2019, she co-founded Voyant Photonics, which develops lidar technology based on silicon photonics.Lipson was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow for contributions to enabling GHz silicon active devices.

ANNA Chiara De Luca

Senior Researcher at IEOS, National Research Council in Naples (Italy). She works on the development of Raman/SERS imaging tools for applications in biomedicine. She received several awards including the special “Young Scientist Award” from the CNR (2016) and from the Italian Society of Physics, SIF (2022) for her studies in Biomedical Imaging. Since 2020, she is vice-coordinator of the advanced light microscopy node of Euro-bioimaging ERIC Infrastructure in Italy.

Carlos Hernáandez-Garciía

Associate Professor at Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) and principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant ATTOSTRUCTURA on “Structured attosecond pulses for ultrafast nanoscience”, Carlos’ interests focus in the ability to generate structured laser pulses for their application in attosecond science. Recipient of the EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prize in 2019 for fundamental aspects and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize In Atomic, Molecular And Optical Physics 2021.

Kaoru Minoshima

She is a Professor and vice-President of the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Tokyo, Japan. She works on optical frequency combs, ultrafast optics and optical metrology. She has chaired various CLEO sub-committees and is currently a LASE Symposium Chair of Photonics West. She is ICO vice-President since 2021, member of the Science Council of Japan, director of Laser Society of Japan (LSJ), and a Fellow of Optica, the Japan Society of Applied Physics, and LSJ.

Malik Maaza

Prof. M. Maaza is the current incumbent of the UNESCO UNISA-ITLABS-NRF Africa Chair in Nanosciences. He is a fellow of the African Academy of Science, the European Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Science of India, the Islamic Academy of Sciences & the Royal Society of Chemistry-London. He has the African Union Nkwame Nkrumah award for Excellence in Science & Technology & the Galileo-Galilei award by the International Commission for Optics (ICO).

Sonja Franke-ArnoLD

Prof Sonja Franke-Arnold holds the Chair of Quantum Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics with over 25 years’ of experience in atom and quantum optics. She is fascinated by the nature of light, especially its topological structures and its interaction with atoms. Her team has developed this work towards several applications in funded collaborations with optical and bio-medical companies.

Zouheir Sekkat

Zouheir Sekkat is Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of Mohammed V University and the director of the Optics and Photonics Centre of the Moroccan Foundation MAScIR of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic at Benguerir. He pioneered interfacing smart materials with optics and received several prizes, including the Elsevier prize for the most cited paper of Morocco, and the prize of the Moroccan ministry of research.


Yangtze River Scholarship Chair Professor in the College of Optical Science and Engineering of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. His research fields are: Thin film optics and coatings techniques, Projection display, 3D display, Optical imaging and instrumentation. Currently, he is the Director of State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation. He is the author and co-author of more than 200 journal papers and 80 patents. He is fellow of Optica, SPIE and COS.

 invited SPEAKERS

Prof John Howell
Chapman University, USA
«Super RADAR»

Prof Humberto Michinel
Universidade de Vigo, Spain
«Vortex Crystals in Self-Trapped Optical Beams»

Dr Oliver Jermaine Myers
Clemson University, USA
«Functionalizing Bistable/Multi-stable CFRP Laminate Structures»

Prof Roberta Ramponi
Politecnico di Milano & CNR, Italy
«Laser and Ion Beam Writing for Quantum Photonic Devices in Diamond»

Prof Tjaart Krüger
Univ. of Pretoria,South Africa
«Real-time feedback-driven single-particle tracking»

Dr Christine Steenkamp
Stellenbosch Univ., South Africa
«Trapping ytterbium isotopes for unsharp quantum measurements»

Prof Pieter Neethling
Stellenbosch Univ., South Africa

«Time-domain ptychography: Principles and application»

Dr Patience Mthunzi-Kufa
CSIR, South Africa
«Biophotonics and artificial intelligence for improved Diagnostics: Applications in Health, Pharmaceutical’s and Agriculture»

Prof Nathalie Westbrook
Universite Paris-Saclay, Paris
«Biomechanics using optical tweezers»

Prof Jürgen Czarske
TU Dresden, Germany
«Tomography of cancer cells using lensless fiber endoscopy and physics-informed deep neural networks»

Prof Heidi Abrahamse
Univ. Johannesburg, South Africa
«Effective multicomponent drug synthesis for Photodynamic therapy in cancer treatment»

Prof Costantino De Angelis
Università di Brescia,Italy
«Reconfigurable nonlinear photonic metasurfaces»

Prof Bo Gu
BOS Photonics
Artificial Intelligence in Photonics«

Prof Sivakumar Venkataraman
Univ. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
«Characterization of the atmospheric aerosol optical properties using Laser and Optics, especially in South Africa»

Prof Yidong Huang
Tsinghua University, China
Future Perception Technology based on Nano-Optoelectronics«

Prof Xuejun Zhang
Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Manufacturing and Application of Freeform Optical Systems for Space Telescopes«