As part of the ongoing MULTIPLY Research and Training activites, the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, “Complexity in Nonlinear Photonics”, was held in the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy, September 25-29, 2017.
The school was organized by the MULTIPLY partners, University of Brescia, Italy, Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and the MULTIPLY co-ordinator, Aston University, UK.
The school brought together experts in emerging photonic technologies and fundamental physics to share with young researchers their knowledge and interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and designing complex photonic systems. The talk was attended by more than 60 delegates, including academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. The areas covered by the school included: complexity of optical communication systems, in particular topics such as the nonlinear Fourier transform and transmission over multimode fibres, complexity in quantum systems emulated in photonics (including optical computing), PT-symmetric systems, complexity of emerging novel materials and components like meta-surfaces and micro-resonators. Speakers included the likes of Gian Luca Oppo, Stefan Trillo, Alexander Gaeta, Tobias Kippenberg, Hui Cao, Andrey Sukhorukov, and more.
As part of the proceedings, MULTIPLY organized a half-day session at the workshop with presentations focussing on continual professional development in academia. Prof. Ljupco Hadzsieiski and Dr. Ekaterina Golovchenko’s talks focussed on the spirit of photonic entrepreneurship and industry innovation practice. Mr. Paul Knobbs from Aston University gave an overview of the EU funding landscape, while Dr. Rachel Won, Editor of Nature Photonics, gave a talk on how to publish with the premier high-impact journal in Photonics.
The talks presented at the workshop were appreciated by academics and students alike. Here is what our MULTIPLY Fellows had to say of their experience.
Dr. Tobias Hansson
I found the Lake Como School on “Complexity in Nonlinear Photonics” to be an excellent opportunity for gaining new perspectives and broadening my knowledge in the field of nonlinear photonics. The school was hosted in an amazing location, and featured a top quality program with lectures, presented by leading researchers and scientists, that covered a wide range of topics that are at the forefront of research. The school also provided a great opportunity to interact and network with participants coming from all over the world. I would highly recommend future editions to other young researchers that are active in the field.
Dr. Katarzyna Krupa
It was a really great event. I am glad that I could be there again and participate in this like always amazing Summer School held in a charming place of Como Lake. All the scientific talks were very interesting and allowed me to learn many new things about the complex nonlinear optical systems. I am happy that I could see again my colleagues, and meet new people. Small workshops indeed facilitate discussions and help establishing new potential collaborations. The complementary talks about entrepreneurship, publishing and proposal writing were also useful and informative. Thanks a lot to the organizers, speakers and all participants! Hope to see you next time in 2 years!
Dr. Giuseppe Marino
Como school delivered cutting-edge scientific lectures in a place of extraordinary nature and historical interest at the heart of Como lake. The different topics covered nonlinear optics at different footprints as micro-resonators and micro-structural optical fibers, but also nano-resonators opening up opportunities for quantum sources. Exciting case study of photonic entrepreneurship also showed the high impact of nonlinear optics in daily life. Finally, I found the school a great opportunity for informal scientific talks in the lively atmosphere of the Italian villa.