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

Upcoming Events

Winterschool 2019

Come find Professor Andrew Forbes and our students at ColOpt this year in Herrsching, Munich, Germany. Professor Andrew Forbes will be giving a talk on manipulating structured light! Click here for more information.
04/03/2019 – 08/03/2019

SPIE Photonics West

Professor Andrew Forbes will deliver an Invited Talk on classical entanglement. Click here to find out more information about the conference as well as find the program.
02/02/2019 – 07/02/2019

ALC Student Workshop

We will be attending the 11th African Laser Centre Student Workshop. Click here to download an overview of the workshop
22/11/2018 – 24/11/2018

IONS Africa 2

Abstracts opening soon. We are excited to meet everyone!
7/10/2018 – 12/10/2018

SAIP Conference

We’ll be attending and presenting at the annual SAIP conferece in Bloemfontein this year. Come find us there. Click here for more information.
25/06/2018 – 29/06/2018

Happening Soon

The University of Stellenbosch optics student chapter is joining in on the celebration of the International Day of Light where Andrew will be giving a talk on the quirky nature of quantum light. We hope to see you there!

Hosted Events

The Wits Optics Student Chapter is planning to make waves for the International Day of Light with some great demonstrations and fun talks on structuring light for the future. We hope to chat to you there!

Past Hosted Events

Workshops in 2017

You are kindly invited to attend the International workshop on bridging the digital divide with sustainable photonics. The workshop will take place from 12 to 15 JuneĀ 2017 at the Ivory Tree Lodge situated within the Pilansberg Nature Reserve in South Africa. We are personally inviting 20 selected guests to this event.




The workshop will focus on framing the challenges facing universal access to digital technologies, and discuss the opportunities that exist to reshape the way telecommunications infrastructure are deployed. The meeting will offer you an opportunity to show case your recent achievements, interact with a broad range of inter-disciplinary researchers and support you to forge new collaborations with an aim of bridging the digital divide.

Your attendance at the event will be formalized in the publication of a white paper on the challenges, and enabling technologies in bridging the digital divide, which will be compiled as a reflection on the discussion that will be integrated into the event.

The workshop is being supported at part of the EPSRC Global Challenges Fund.


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Workshops in 2016