Upcoming Events

We enjoy hosting and going to events to meet and talk about science.

ICOAM 2019

Professor Andrew Forbes will deliver an Invited Talk. Click here to find out more information about the conference as well as find the program.

17/06/2019 – 21/06/2019

OSA FiO 2019

Come find Professor Andrew Forbes and our students at OSA FiO in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Click here for more information.

15/09/2019 – 19/09/2019

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019

Join us at SPIE Optics + Photonics as we present and discuss emerging applications for optics and photonics.

11/08/2019 – 15/08/2019

ICOL 2019

We will be attending the International Conference on Optics & Electro-Optics in India. Click here to find out more.

19/10/2019 – 22/10/2019

Quantum Africa 5

We will be attending the 5th Quantum Africa conference in Stellenbosch. Click here to find out more about the conference.

02/09/2019 – 06/09/2019

Abstract deadline: 15/06/2019

SPIE Photonics West 2020

Call for papers

Join us at SPIE PHOTONICS WEST LASE as we explore advancements in laser design, including controlling the shape of the laser beam, improving the cavity performance, and extending the laser operating range. More information about the conference and abstract submission guidelines can be found here.

1/02/2020 – 6/02/2020

Abstract deadline: 24/07/2019

SPIE Photonics West 2020

Call for papers

Are you working on novel ways to manipulate matter with optical fields, either to organize, rotate, bind, channel or sort microscale or nanoscale objects? Consider submitting your abstract to SPIE PHOTONICS WEST OPTO. The abstract deadline is 24/07/2019. Click here to find out more about the submission process.

1/02/2020 – 6/02/2020

Abstract deadline: 24/07/2019


Past Events

Structured Light and Angular Momentum Workshop 2019

ALC Student Workshop 2018

ICQOQI 2019

IONS Africa 2 2018

Winterschool 2019

SAIP Conference 2018

SPIE Photonics West 2019


Hosted Events

International Day of Light 2019 

The Wits Optics Student Chapter celebrated the International Day of Light with some great demonstrations and fun talks on structuring light for the future.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the guest speakers Dr Valeria Rodriguez-Fajardo (a Post-doctoral research fellow of the University of the Witwatersrand – WITS) and Dr Wayne Koen (an  experienced senior scientist of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – CSIR), whom gave talks to bring about awareness of Optics and Photonics research in South Africa and stimulate young and curious minds in pursuing a career in such fields.