Bringing together early career scientists, data artists and science editors

The Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp will take place near London (UK) from 25th-28th of July 2017, an unconventional gathering (there's a reason we called it a 'camp' and not a conference) in an exceptional  setting:  the Cumberland Lodge (a royal mansion built in 1647, in the middle of Windsor Park). 
The aim of the 'camp' is to bring together ~60 early-career scientists in the field of photonics, but also science writers and editors, in an unconventional format, mixing contributed and invited talks, seminars and debates, to present and discuss the latest research and future directions of the field in an open atmosphere, and help developing the community of complex nanophotonics.
Scientific topics will include, Bio-sensing and imaging in complex media, Nano-optics of complex media, Quantum-optics of complex systems and Complex photonic materials. The evening debates will focus on open access, big data visualization for science, science communication and social media tools for scientists.


In the past years the number of fields influenced by photonics and nanophotonics increased steadily. And the boundaries between what is considered to be nanophotonics and what is not became more and more fuzzy and difficult to define. Nowadays disciplines like biophotonics, plasmonics, bio-sensing, optical imaging,  quantum nanophotonics etc. are deeply interconnected with each other. And the tendency is to go in the direction of increasing the interdisciplinarity of research.

In this novel landscape a new generation of scientists is now emerging, carrying the necessity to rethink the traditional conference format, which are often showcases of career-long investigators. The Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp is meant to break with the conventional schemes to engage the creativity of early-stage scientists and create new scientific connections, fostering critical thinking.

A camp for young minds: The main target of this Science Camp are junior scientists, post-docs and PhD students. In order to give them space to discuss and present their own work and ideas, we decided for a strict <10 from PhD rule for both invited and submitted contributions.

The poster session: Poster session are too often the foster children of conferences, neglected and overlooked. We think that a poster session is a magnificent occasion to discuss that must be exploited. Everyone will be given the opportunity to present a short (~2 min.) pitch to attract people to his/her poster.

Evening debates: Every evening there will be a open debate on science-related topics like science communication, data visualization or open access and social media for science.

Plenary speakers: Having a conference aimed at young researchers does not mean to refuse any contact with the seniors. On the contrary, we believe that discussing with more experienced scientists can be extremely useful. Therefore we secured a small number of extremely high profile speakers to interact with the junior scientists.


The 2017 Science Camp confirmed speaker list is:


Juan Jose Saenz, DIPC San Sebastian
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Medical University of Innsbruck
Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow


Isabelle Staude, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Harish Bhaskaran, University of Oxford
Rachel Grange, ETH Zurich
Zubin Jacob, Purdue University
Kevin Vynck, Institut d'Optique Bordeaux
Ori Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yidong Chong, NTU Singapore
Bodo Wilts, University of Freiburg
Adam Eggebrecht, Washington University

Debates speakers

Anders Hoff,
Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham
John Hammersley,
Sybil Wong,


The Camp will be held at Cumberland Lodge, a beautiful 17th century country house in Windsor Great Park, close to London. The Lodge is now occupied by a education charitable foundation and holds a very diverse range of conferences, lectures and discussions. (more info)



By Plane

The closest airport is Heathrow, at just 20 minutes by car. Gatwick Airport is forty minutes by car.

By Train

The closest train station is Egham, that is well connected to both London Waterloo and Reading.

By Taxi

The approximate fares to Cumberland Lodge are about £9 from Egham Station, £25 from Heathrow, and £65 from Gatwick.

By Car

Cumberland Lodge has plenty of free parking. A detailed travel direction can be downloaded here.

Please note that for Crown Estate legal reasons, GPS SatNav Systems do not work within the Great Park. However, they do work for Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, TW20 0XU, which is just outside the Bishopsgate entrance to the Park, and SL4 2JA is for drivers coming from the Windsor and Ascot direction using the Ranger's Gate entrance.

Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is composed by:

Jacopo Bertolotti, University of Exeter, UK personal webpage

Otto Muskens, Southampton University, UK personal webpage

Sylvain Gigan, Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, LKB-ENS France personal webpage

Riccardo Sapienza, King’s College London, UK personal webpage



Science Camp 2017 is still under development.

We forecast we will offer a limited number of travel grants, as indicated in the registration form. For more information please send an email to

If you wanted to support the Science Camp, and help us making it free for students, please contact us at

The ScienceCamp 2015 has been made possible by the generous support of the following companies:
Fianium, a fiber laser company focused on the manufacture and development of ultrafast, high power laser systems covering a wavelength range from 240nm to 2500nm.
NTK Photonics, the leading supplier of high performance fiber lasers and photonic crystal fibers.
Photonic Solutions, the exclusive distributor for lasers, spectrometers, detectors and related systems and optoelectronics components to the photonics market. 
Andor, one of the leading scientific spectroscopy companies developing and manufacturing of high performance scientific digital cameras for academic, industrial and government applications.


If you want to contact us about the Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp, please send an email to

Science Camp Registration form

The registration deadline is 1st of March 2017!
Please fill the form below. Acceptance will be notified to you. Registration fees are kept at £400. This fee includes accommodation and meals at the location; some travel bursaries are available.

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