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Annual Symposium - Queenstown

Luminescence for schools, Atomic Lego public lecture, and 9th Annual DWC symposium held in Queenstown. Read more


9th Annual DWC Symposium 2016

The 9th Annual Dodd-Walls Centre Symposium was held at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July 2016.
The annual symposium is the one time each year that all DWC students and members get together to share ideas, collaborate and hatch plans. This year it was held in June at Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel with stunning views of mountains and lake to inspire visions for the next two years. The five day event included outreach activities for the local community, guest lectures from world-renowned speakers, discussions about the strategy, diversity and culture of the organisation, a student symposium, planning meetings for educational outreach, industry activities and science along with plenty of opportunities for socialising, sharing ideas and collaboration. This hub of activity is the glue for the organisation, allowing a small country like New Zealand to reach a critical mass and contribute at top level to international science.
The Programme can be found here.
The Book of Abstracts can be found here.


8th Annual DWC Symposium and CoRE Opening

The Dodd-Walls Centre held its annual symposium on the 16-17th February 2015 at St Margaret's College in Dunedin.

This year marks the beginning of the DWC as a Centre of Research Excellence, which was celebrated with an opening on Monday morning, and a dinner at Larnach Castle.

We welcomed all of the new DWC members as well as those involved in the DWC for the past 8 years.

We also enjoyed meeting the new members of our Governance board, and members of the Science and Industry Advisory Boards.

Highlights included a Plenary Lecture by Professor Allister Ferguson (University of Strathclyde) and a talk by Dr Simon Poole (Finisar Australia Pty Ltd) on industry and entrpreneurship.

Professor Allister Ferguson, University of Strathclyde Dr Simon Poole, Finisar, Australia Pty Ltd
Dodd-Walls Centre - Science Advisory Board Member Dodd-Walls Centre - Industry Advisory Board Member









2013 Dodd-Walls Symposium, November 11-13, St Margaret's College

Book of abstracts (includes programme) can be found here




This event took place at St Margarets College, University of Otago, from the 6th till the 8th of December 2011

Dodd Walls Centre Symposium Programme


5th Annual Dodd-Walls Symposium

This event took place at Weir House, Victoria University, Wellington from the 9th February - 11th February 2011

 Dodd Walls Centre Symposium Programme


4th Annual Dodd-Walls Symposium

This event took place at Weir House, Victoria University, Wellington from the 31st January - 3rd February 2010.


 Dodd Walls Centre Symposium Programme


3RD Annual Dodd-Walls Symposium

This event took place in Queenstown from the 9th December to the 11th December







 Dodd Walls Centre Symposium Programme


2nd Annual Dodd-Walls Symposium:


11th and 12th February 2008, St Margaret's College, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand

This year's symposium will cover the fields of ultra-cold atomic physics, quantum and atom optics, photonics, quantum information processing, biophotonics and related fields. The primary aim is to bring together the constituent parties of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Quantum Technologies and representatives from the other major Australasian groups in these areas, but there will, in addition, be representation from overseas.

The symposium carries on a tradition begun 30 years ago. In the early seventies, New Zealand began to develop an expertise in Laser Physics and Quantum Optics which by the end of last century had become of significant international standing. The “New Zealand Symposia on Laser Physics”, organised by John Harvey and the late Dan Walls developed within this tradition, and took place in 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1989 and 1994. These Symposia were attended by physicists from all parts of the world, and participants always enjoyed the high standard of papers presented and the informal and relaxed atmosphere of a meeting held in the pleasant climate of a New Zealand summer.

The Dodd-Walls Centre, itself formed from scientists who have inherited the tradition, and some of whom who have been involved in the symposia and the research effort from the very beginning, began a revival with a December 2006 meeting in Auckland University. The 2008 meeting—the eighth such New Zealand Symposium--will carry on the tradition.

Invited Speakers:

Professor Allister Ferguson, University of Strathclyde, (Scotland)
Professor Ben Eggleton, Director, Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) (Australia)
Professor Robert Clark, Director, Centre for Quantum Computer Technology (Australia)
Professor Hans Bachor, Research Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Research Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics (ACQAO)
Dr Andrew Doherty, University of Queensland (Australia) 


Inaugural Dodd-Walls Symposium:


The first official event of the Dodd-Walls Centre was a symposium held December 9-10, 2006 in Auckland. The symposium attracted participants mainly from New Zealand and Australia and featured Dr Charles Clark (NIST, USA) as the keynote speaker. The programme for this event can be found here.