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Optics Symposia in Armenia

October 2016 Number 109

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Optics Symposia in Armenia

Four International Symposia on Optics held since 2011.

2011: Gagik Buniatyan (LT-Pyrkal, Armenia), Narine Gevorgyan (RAU, Armenia), Maria L Calvo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), Brian Culshaw (University of Strathclyde, UK), Aram Papoyan (IPR of NAS).

The 4th International Symposium “Optics and its Applications” (Optics-2016) took place in Yerevan and Ashtarak, Armenia, from 25–28 July 2016. The Symposium was organized by the Russian-Armenian University (RAU), the Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences (IPR of NAS), the Greek- Armenian industrial company LT-Pyrkal, the Faculty of Physics of Yerevan State University (YSU), and the University of Wroclaw. Furthermore, the Armenian SPIE Student chapter, as well as different OSA and SPIE student chapters were involved in the organization of OPTICS-2016.

The Symposium was dedicated to these three anniversaries: 100 years Optical Society (OSA), 10 years of the Armenian SPIE Student Chapter, and 5 years of the Armenian Territorial Committee of ICO. 

 2014: William Rhodes (FAU, USA), Joseph Niemela (ICTP, Trieste), Stefano Bellucci (Frascati National Laboratory INFN, Italy), Armen Nersessian (YSU, Armenia), Narine Gevorgyan (RAU, Armenia), David Blaschke (University of Wroclaw, Poland).

OPTICS-2016 hosted 116 scientists and students from 18 countries namely: Armenia, Bela- rus, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and the US.

The Symposium was supported by SPIE under the Federation of Optics College and University Students (FOCUS) conference grant, as well as by the OSA, the International Commission for Optics (ICO), the State Committee of Science of the Republic of Armenia, the RAU, the Greek-Armenian industrial company LT-Pyrkal, the IPR of NAS, and the University of Wroclaw.

This series of symposia on “Optics and its Applications” was founded by the member of the Armenian SPIE student chapter, Narine Gevorgyan, and could be realized with the support of Gagik Buniatyan (LT-Pyrkal), Aram Papoyan (IPR of NAS) and Hayk Sarkisyan (RAU). The first symposium took place in 2011, and it was the first scientific event organized in Armenia since this country became a member of the ICO. The 2nd symposium on Optics and its Applications was organized by ICTP (smr2633) in 2014 and was the first official scientific event that was organized by ICTP in Armenia. The 3rd Symposium took place in 2015 under the SPIE FOCUS grant and was devoted to the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.

2016: Eugene Arthurs (SPIE, USA), Fedor Mitschke (University of Rostock, Germany), Gerd Häusler (Erlangen-Nurnberg University, Germany).

The objective of this series of Symposia is to bring together experienced and young scientists working in various areas of optics, to share their ideas and achievements, present their works and to discuss the most recent developments in their areas. These scientific events provided opportunities for researchers from industrial companies, academic and research institutions to exchange information and to launch collaborations.

The program of the symposia as well as sci- entific presentations also included career-development lectures, presentations of institutions (CERN, ICTP, JINR, KAUST, Université de Bourgogne, University of Wroclaw) and societies (ICO, OSA, SPIE). During the last two symposia presentations of the OSA and the SPIE, student chapters’ activities were also organized. Each day of the symposium took place in a different scientific organization, including the industrial company. This gave the participants the opportunity in a short time to see the main scientific centres of Armenia and to visit their laboratories.

2015: Astghik Chalyan (RAU, Armenia), Tatevik Chalyan (University of Trento, Italy), Sune Svanberg (Lund University, Sweden), Katarina Svanberg (Lund University, Sweden), Angela Guzman (CREOL, USA).

In the closing ceremonies of the symposia, awards were presented for best student oral presentations (only students were awarded). In 2011, the award for the best oral presentation of experimental work was given to Paytsar Mantashyan (Armenia) and the one for best oral presentation of theoretical work to David Dzsotjan (Hungary). In 2014, first place for best oral presentation was given to Yousef Pourvais (Iran), the second place was shared between Naira Grigoryan from Germany and Irina Dolganova (Fokina) from Russia. In 2015, the first place was shared between Tatevik Chalyan (Italy) and Lukas Nadvornik (Czech Republic); and three certificates were given for second place to Mariam Gevorgyan (Armenia and France), Gleb Katyba (Russia) and Hrach Toneyan (Armenia). This years first place for the best oral presentation was awarded to Mateusz Szatkowski (Poland), second place went to Astghik Torosyan (Russia), and third place to Matiss Lacis (Latvia).

The meetings in the “Optics” series are a success story. This conference series has become a brand and attracts leading persons in the field to the developing region where contact with young academics and students is very important for the future survival of the academic tradition. An important characteristic of these meetings is that the organization is to a major part in the hands of young scientists and students from the SPIE and OSA chapters. They learn to take over responsibilities in the early stage of their scientific life and make contacts that are important for developing their scientific career.

The four symposia were attended by 500 scientists and students representing 41 countries from all continents. Such a broad international community confirmed the important mission of science to be a uniting force between different countries, religions, and nations.

The next symposium will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, from 3–7 July 2017.

David Blaschke,
University of Wroclaw, Poland.