SPIE Student Chapter of the University of Trento in collaboration with 14 other European SPIE and OSA Student Chapters will host the 6th International Symposium on Optics and its Applications (OPTICS-2018) on February 17-20, 2018 in Trento, Italy.

The goal of this symposium is to bring together experienced and young scientists from various countries working in the field of optics, and to provide a perfect setting for their discussions of the most recent developments in that area.

The Symposium will provide a good opportunity for contacts and information exchange between experts and students.

14 invited speakers from 10 European Research Institutions will present their talks on different research topics. During the Symposium, a special section will be dedicated to the professional development lectures from the academy and industry points of view. Students will have a chance to present their research with oral presentations as well as posters.

6th International Symposium on Optics and its Applications (OPTICS-2018) is sponsored by the SPIE FOCUS grant.

For the registration click here

Abstract submission is due 22nd of January 2018. The submission form can be found in the Download Box. Send the abstract to optics2018@unitn.it

Authors will be notified by 25th of January 2018.

Conference technical topics:
  • Silicon photonics
  • Strong field optics
  • Optical properties of nanostructures
  • Quantum optics
  • Singular optics and its applications
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear & ultrafast optics
  • Photonics & fiber optics
  • Mathematical methods in optics
Accommodation grant

All co-organizer chapters will receive at least 1 accommodation grant for the chapter member who will present an oral presentation during the student talks and the chapter during the poster session. Grant covers 4 nights (17.02-21.02) at the hotel in Trento/Povo or the equivalent amount of money, if the participants will prefer to stay in other hotels. In addition to the grants for the chapter representatives, more accommodation grants are available. The applicants will be notified by the end of January.




Lorenzo Pavesi
NanoScience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento, Italy

Narine Gevorgyan
Department of General Physics and Quantum Nanostructures, Institute of Mathematics and High Technologies,
Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Armenia

Head of project:

Tatevik Chalyan
NanoScience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento, Italy


Tatsiana Egorova
NanoScience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento, Italy

Main Organizer:

University of Trento SPIE Student Chapter, Italy

Co-organizer Student Chapters:

Bordeaux Chapter, France
FEMTO-ST Chapter, France
Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics Chapter, Ukraine
Optics Students Karlsruhe (OSKar) Chapter, Germany
Russian-Armenian Univ. and National Academy of Sciences Chapter, Armenia
Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical Univ. Chapter, Russia
Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Chapter , Italy
Univ. do Porto Chapter, Portugal
Univ. of Latvia Chapter, Latvia
Univ. of Rome La Sapienza Chapter, Italy
Univ. of Southampton Chapter, UK
Vrije Univ. Brussel Chapter, Belgium
Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology OSA Student Chapter, Poland
Yerevan State Univ. Chapter, Armenia

Scientific Committee:
  • Gagik Buniatyan (LT-PYRKAL, Armenia)
  • Claudio Castellan (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Tatevik Chalyan (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Aram Papoyan (Institute for Physical Research of NAS, Armenia)
  • Sara Piccione (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Hayk Sarkisyan (Russian-Armenian University, Armenia; YSU, Armenia; SPBSTU, Russia)
  • Stefano Signorini (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Alessandro Trenti (University of Trento, Italy)

Invited Speakers

Artur Aleksanyan: Self-engineered approaches towards optical vortex coronagraphy
Laboratoire Photonique Numérique et Nanosciences (LP2N), Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine, Talence, France

David Andrews: Photons and Nanoscale Forces
University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

Michael Berry: Superoscillations (faster than Fourier) (p) revisited: vorticulture, noise, fractals
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

David Blaschke: Dynamical Schwinger effect in strong, time-dependent external fields
University of Wroclaw, Poland; JINR Dubna, Russia; MEPhI, Russia

Massimo Borghi: Integrated quantum photonics
Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

Iacopo Carusotto: Quantum fluids of light
INO-CNR BEC Center, Povo, Italy

Giorgio Colangelo: Simultaneous measurements of non commuting observables in atomic interferometry
ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Barcelona, Spain

Mher Ghulinyan: Integrated resonators optics
Functional Materials and Photonics Structures, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, Italy

Fernando Ramiro Manzano: Forward and backward photonic routes though integrated devices
Centro de Tecnologías Físicas, Instituto de Tecnología Química (CSIC-UPV), Valencia, Spain

Lorenzo Pavesi: Classical and Quantum integrated Silicon Photonics
NanoScience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento, Povo, Italy

Mauro F. Pereira: GHz-THz-Mid Infrared Devices: From Fundamental Theory and Simulations to Real World Applications
Department of Condensed Matter Theory, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Alessandro Tredicucci: How to control light with light: perfect absorption and transparency through interference
Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Professional development Lectures by

Mattia Mancinelli: The line between Academy and Industry
Research Programs, SM Optics s.r.l., Vimercate, Italy

Maurizio Sbetti: Careers for physicists in photonics-enabled industrial companies: a personal experience
ADIGE S.P.A., BLM GROUP, Levico Terme, Italy

Location of OPTICS-2018

Sala "Luigi Stringa" and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) are located in Povo, via Sommarive, 18 - about three kilometers away from the city of Trento, in a mountainside of Marzola.

Google maps: https://goo.gl/UPsC8a

Location of Social Dinner

MUSE ,Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza 3, is very close to the Trento city center, just 10 minutes away from Piazza del Duomo. To reach the Museum from the historical center, we suggest you use the pedestrian subway connecting via Madruzzo to MUSE.

Note for GPS users

MUSE is located in the new district "Le Albere". It is possible that some GPS systems are not up to date and do not recognize the address. In this case, please insert the address "Via Roberto da Sanseverino", which is very close to your destination.

How to reach

From Trento to FBK

BY BUS: Lines 5, 5/ & 13 (you could take the bus in front of the main rail station). If you buy the tickets previously to enter into the bus (i.e. vending machine in front of the main railway station, tobacco and stamp shops, etc.) it costs 1.20 EUR, otherwise you can get it inside the bus from driver and it will cost 2 EUR. Do not forget to validate it inside the bus.

From BUS 5 you can get off in the stop Povo “Facolta Scienze“.
From BUS 5/ get off in the stop Povo “Polo Scientifico”.
From BUS 13 get off in the stop Povo “Centro Civico” or Povo “Piazza Manci”.

BY TRAIN: Povo-Mesiano station. Afterwards you have to walk about 15 minutes or from the nearby bus stop “Stazione FS” take bus 5.

From Italy to Trento or Povo

By TRAIN: To Trento main rail station or Povo-Mesiano Station.
By CAR: Highway (autostrada) A22 Brennero (towards north) Modena (towards sud)

From abroad

By AIRPLANE: Nearest international aeroport: Verona. Other Airports: Bergamo (direct Flixbus to Trento available), Bologna (direct train to Trento available), Venice, Milan.

Useful Links

Trentino Trasporti https://goo.gl/zcvW4H
Trenitalia http://www.trenitalia.com/
Flixbus https://www.flixbus.it/
MUSE http://www.muse.it/en/Pages/default.aspx

Symposium History

OPTICS-2017, 3-7 July 2017, Wroclaw, Poland

OPTICS-2016, 25-28 July 2016, Yerevan-Ashtarak, Armenia

OPTICS-2015, 1-5 October 2015, Yerevan-Ashtarak, Armenia

OPTICS-2014, 1-5 September 2014, Yerevan-Ashtarak, Armenia

OPTICS-2011, 5-9 September 2011, Yerevan-Ashtarak, Armenia


Template for abstract (DOC | 17.7 KB)

Invoice-data-form Optics 2018 for IT public institutions (DOC | 0.1 MB)

Programme (PDF | 216 KB)

Participant list (PDF | 397 KB)

Book of abstracts (PDF | 1.58 MB)


Tatevik Chalyan: tatevik.chalyan@unitn.it
Tatsiana Egorova: tatsiana.egorova@unitn.it