Category Archives: Events

Expect the Unexpected – online EPIC event on 24 June

Mark your calendars – an EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) 24 hours begins on Wednesday 24 June at 1pm with our very own Industry Team Leader, Professor John Harvey, as he kicks off the event as the opening speaker.  He will be followed by Simon Poole, the Chair of our Industry Advisory Board.

Themed “Expect the Unexpected”, the event features 72 photonics industry leaders from 35 countries who will give a short presentation and have time for Q & A – your chance to hear some of the best minds in the photonics field talking about their successes and challenges without leaving your sofa!

Details of the event can be located here:

Jose Pozo, who Dodd-Walls hosted in 2019, has stepped up to the massive challenge of fueling himself with coffee for 24 hours to moderate this conference…

This is a free event and will be streamed on YouTube.  Join Jose, our members and hundreds of others from around the globe – it’s going to be EPIC!

Lab In A Box will be at Polyfest 2020!

Look out for Lab In A Box at Polyfest 2020! The Dodd-Walls Centre has teamed up with Otago Museum to take the shipping container come science lab for a four day show from the 18th to 21st of March at the Manukau Sports Bowl for Polyfest.

This is an exciting opportunity to let experiments burst out of the universities and engage with the Māori and Pacific communities in Tamaki Herenga Waka.

Be on the lookout for lasers, volcanoes and some colourful characters.


The Otago University OSA Student Chapter is hosting the 3rd annual Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications – IONS-KOALA 2010. KOALA will take place from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December.

KOALA is geared primarily towards PhD students from New Zealand and Australia working in an optics-related field. Topics include:

Nonlinear optics

Ultracold atoms

Quantum optics



KOALA Website

Australian and New Zealand School in Ultracold Physics (ANZSUP)

21–25 January 2019 – Dunedin, New Zealand

The Australian and New Zealand School in Ultracold Physics (ANZSUP) is a one-week graduate summer school for students at Master level and beginning PhD students. When creating temperatures in the lab that are colder than outer space, the behaviour of matter is dominated by the laws of quantum mechanics. The ANZSUP summer school is aimed at providing graduate students with the relevant background in experiments and theory in the field of ultra-cold physics. This year’s school covered the following topics:

– Laser trapping and cooling of ultra-cold atoms

– Atom optics

– Magnetism in quantum gases

– Phase space methods and stochastic differential equations

– Quantum physics and general relativity

– Lecturers from Australasia and further afield will provide mini-courses on a given topic. In addition to lectures, we plan hands-on activities including a programming workshop in the computer language Julia.


List of confirmed lecturers:


School Venue

The Ultracold Atomic Physics School will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand at the University of Otago hosted by the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

The lectures will be held in the Physics Department, Level 3, Science III Building, 730 Cumberland Street, Dunedin. 



Accommodation for the 2019 ANZSUP Summer School has been booked at the Caroline Freeman Residential College for the cost of $70 per night including breakfast.  The College is a 5 minute walk from the University of Otago Campus.

Caroline Freeman College, 911 Cumberland Street, North Dunedin



The fees for attending this year’s ANZUP are $300 (New Zealand dollars). A limited number of scholarship are available (see below). The fee includes lunches and supports the costs of running the school.



23 November 2018: Application deadline for scholarships
14 December 2018: Registration deadline
20 January 2019: Travel day for arriving in Dunedin.
21 January 2019: Lectures will start in the morning.
25 January 2019: Lectures will finish at noon.


Scientific Coordinators


About Us

Read about the history of ANSUP and access the web pages of previous editions of the summer school at