In Summary

Photonics, the study of light, is ingrained in our everyday life. The technology has provided the infrastructure for the internet and with the growth of green technology – new fields of photonics, such as nanophotonics, are impacting on the development of renewable energy. 

To further explore new findings and research trends in this area, Swinburne University of Technology and China’s Peking University will jointly hold the third International Green Photonics Symposium at Swinburne City Campus on Monday 13, January 2014. 

Pioneer researchers in nanophotonics, Swinburne University Director of the Centre for Micro-Photonics and Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Capacity, Professor Min Gu and Professor Qihuang Gong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Deputy Head, School of Physics, Peking University, have come together to hold the Symposium. 

Supported by the Australia-China Science and Research Fund in 2012, Professor Gu initiated high-level collaborations with China’s top universities and institutes through the first and second Green Photonics Symposiums. These events were a great success and highly regarded by academicians and government from both nations, opening the door to continue the endeavour. 

Professor Gu said the event aims to harness photonics related research and applications undertaken by the Australian and Chinese scientific communities and develop bilateral science and technology collaboration. 

“The third Green Photonics Symposium is an opportunity to network with professionals and discuss cutting-edge technologies, new findings and research trends. These trends include the newly emerging biophotonic, clean energy and information technologies. 

“In order to promote further high-level research networks, we are hoping to develop further collaboration between Australia and China, and to establish a versatile platform for green photonics research,” Professor Gu said. 

Swinburne University Vice- Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson will give the opening address for the Symposium, which will also focus on topics relating to nanophotonic solar cell, photonic data storage (faster computer processes, bandwidth), graphene photonics and nanophotonics. 

President of Australian Optical Society, Professor Ann Robert, will deliver a keynote speech. Influential researchers from leading universities and institutions in China and Australia, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University, will present new research in their respective fields to develop further collaborations.  

The event is sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology and the Consul (Education), People’s Republic of China. 

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