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BICOP Website Announcement

The UK and Ireland section’s Photonics Chapter is extremely proud and happy to announce the launch of the Christmas Lights conference website. Officially known as the IEEE British and Irish Conference for Optics and Photonics and nicknamed as above due to the festive time of the year, we are very happy to welcome you to an high impact conference involving some of the best papers in the domain of optics and photonics, and extensive interaction and networking opportunities with some highly influential members of the community.

Hope you enjoy the website, and we look forward to seeing you at the Royal Society London in December!

Find all the information HERE!

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Photonics Ireland 2018

We are extremely proud to announce our association with Photonics Ireland conference!

The biennial Photonics Ireland conference series is the premier event for photonics research in Ireland, running since 2007. The break with the traditional biennial format is to avoid clashing with ECOC2019, which will be held in Dublin in 2019. The Photonics Ireland 2018 conference is co-organised by Cork Institute of Technology and Maynooth University, with co-chairs:

Dr. William Whelan-Curtin (Liam O’Faolain) (Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis, CIT)
Dr. Bryan Hennelly (Biomedical Engineering Group, NUIM)

The three plenary speakers have been confirmed. They are:

Prof. Malte Gather (University of St Andrews UK)
Prof. Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow, UK)
Dr. Joost van Kerkhof (LioniX International, NL)

Subscribe to the Photonics Ireland mailing list: http://eepurl.com/c_QOrb
Follow us on Twitter: @PhotonicsIre18
Or you can contact the Organising Committee: info@photonicsireland2018.ie

We look forward to seeing you all in Cork in September at this phenomenal conference!


All the information above has been obtained from the Photonics Ireland website and is accurate as on 11th May 2018. For any changes or latest information, please visit the conference website.

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Venue for BICOP 2018!! (we are excited!!)

The Royal Society London


We are so excited and proud to announce the venue for the inaugural IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics – The Royal Society London!!  We are over the moon with joy as we associate BICOP 2018, nicknamed Christmas Lights, with this historic and phenomenal venue.

Find all the information and some phenomenal photographs at the venue here and conference specific information here!!!

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BICOP 2018 Announcement

Save the date – 12 -14th December 2018!!!

A dedicated conference for high quality, high impact and current research, along with extensive interaction with the Industry is a highly-sought event in any academic or research environment. The Photonics Chapter of the UK and Ireland Section have set out to do just that – British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics 2018!!!!

Announced by the IEEE last week (conference calendar) and to be held in London, this conference is set to create a remarkable platform for researchers and invited speakers to showcase the best of innovation in optics and photonics. Set in London at the most festive time of the year, we are calling it the Christmas Lights conference!

Catch all the updates, save all the important dates and register for BICOP 2018 right here!



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Chapter Announcement (UK&I PHO36)

IEEE UK and Ireland Section set up the Photonics Chapter (a sub-Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society)

The Photonics community of the UK and Ireland region stands on the verge of a very important geopolitical event. As the region prepares to leave the European Union after almost half a century, the need to promote technological advancement and cooperation between research, industry and academia is greater than ever before. The domain of photonics and optics is an emerging technology field with crucial advancements and milestones to achieve in the near and distant future.

Identifying this need, the IEEE UK and Ireland Section set out to establish a dedicated Photonics Chapter for the region. As a sub-Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society, the Chapter was established after careful consideration and is led by Dr Richard Pitwon. The committee members bring together a unique balance of experience and enthusiasm from academia, industry pioneers and entrepreneurs.

Together, we have set out to establish UK and Ireland’s dedicated Photonics community. To achieve our mission for the photonics community of the region, we are participating in multiple conferences, assisting with technical committees for meetings and conferences of the region and organising a unique annual conference to bring together academia and industry under one roof – IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, nicknamed the Christmas Lights Conference.

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