27th November - 1st December

KOALA 2023

Conference on Optics, Atoms, and Laser Applications

The Australian National University - Canberra

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The Conference on Optics, Atoms, and Laser Applications (KOALA) is a student conference on all aspects of lasers, optics and atoms! It is an affordable, inclusive, and supportive conference. There is a focus on academic discourse, with further emphasis on networking for industry careers.
KOALA is a fully in-person conference, with accommodation provided.

Plenary Speakers

We are excited to present our confirmed plenary speakers so far! More speakers and information to be announced soon.

Prof. Federico Capasso

(joining us virtually) 

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Harvard University

Prof. Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

Director of Quantum Science Laboratory, School of Mathematics and Physics,
The University of Queensland 

Dr. Danuta Sampson

Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Incorporating Lions Eye Institute),
The University of Western Australia 

Dr. Jiawen Li

School of Electrical and
Mechanical Engineering,
The University of Adelaide

Dr. Rose Ahlefeldt

Research School of Physics,
The Australian National University

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KOALA is being hosted at the Australian National University for the first time! Located in the heart of Canberra, ACT - the Bush Capital of Australia - the conference will be held in the new state-of-the-art Research School of Physics building overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. To learn more, visit our About page.

Major Sponsors

We are grateful to all our sponsors for helping us run KOALA 2023. See the full list on our Sponsors page, and learn more about the organisations supporting our conference.

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