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Bringing together early career scientists, data artists and science editors

The Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp will take place near London (UK) from 11th-14th of August 2019, 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.


Here below the programme of the 2017 edition.


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, Imperial College London, UK personal webpage


Science Camp Programme

Tuesday 25 July

15:00 Arrival at the Cumberland Lodge
15:30-15:40 Opening
15:40-16:40 Keynote talk: Miles J. Padgett
16:50-17:30 Contributed talks: Yonatan Sivan & Andre Brandstötter
17:30-18:30 Invited talks: Harish Bhaskaran & Rachel Grange
18:30-20:30 Dinner
20:30-21:30 Evening debate with John Hammersley & Sybil Wong

Wednesday 26 July

9:30-10:50 Contributed talks: Wen Xiong & Rebecca French & Roarke Horstmeyer & Ilya Starshynov
10:50-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Invited talks: Ori Katz & Adam T. Eggebrecht
12:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 Keynote talk: Monika Ritsch-Marte
16:00-16:30 Poster pitch
16:30-18:30 Poster session
18:30-20:30 Dinner
20:30-21:30 Evening debate with Philip Moriarty

Thursday 27 July

9:30-10:30 Contributed talks: Alberto G. Curto & Pablo Albella & Jose M. Escalante
10:30-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Invited talks: Zubin Jacob & Isabelle Staude
12:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 Keynote talk: Juan Jose Saenz
16:00-17:00 Contributed talks: Giorgio Volpe & Romolo Savo & Randhir Kumar
17:00-17:30 Coffee break
17:30-18:30 Invited talks: Kevin Vynk & Yidong Chong
18:30-20:30 Dinner
20:30-21:30 Anders Hoff + Self organized sessions

Friday 28 July

9:30-10:30 Contributed talks: Martin Lopez Garcia & David Phillips & Villads Egede Johansen
10:30-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:00 Contributed talks: Aitzol Garcia-Etxarri & Georgios Gkantzounis
12:00-12:30 Invited talk: Bodo Wilts
12:30-13:00 Closing remarks + poster award
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 Departure


The ScienceCamp 2017 has been supported by:
Boston Micromachines, a leading provider of advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) - based mirror products for use in commercial adaptive optics systems
Delmic, a company based in Delft, the Netherlands that produces correlative light and electron microscopy solutions



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