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1st North American Summer School on Photonic Materials 

16 - 21 June, 2019, Université Laval (Quebec, Canada)


The 1st North American Summer School on Photonic Materials (NASSPM) supported by the International Commission on Glass (ICG), welcomes graduate students and young scientists from all over the world to take part in this unique training opportunity. The School will be held June 16 – 21, 2019, immediately following the 2019 ICG Congress in Boston MA.

The Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Canada’s premier university training center in the field of optics and photonics, is proud to host this first edition.  The setting of the school is the Pavilion of Optics and Photonics located on Université Laval’s main campus in Quebec City, Canada. With state-of-the-art research facilities and world-renowned expertise, COPL invites Summer School participants to experience a training environment of unmatched excellence. The opportunity provided to further their specialization in photonics promises to be an enriching one. In addition, students will be fascinated and inspired by the Old-World charms of Quebec City’s historical district, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985, located only a short drive away from the campus.

The NASSPM is the first global and interdisciplinary school on Photonic Materials that combines both theoretical and experimental learning as well as academia and industry viewpoints.  A high-level teaching and intense training on key topics blending photonics and material science will be provided by means of tutorial talks by renowned experts in their fields and a variety of hands-on, practical experiments on the fabrication, characterization and applications of photonic materials. 

The NASSPM is designed for graduate students from chemistry, material science and physics as well as for young scientists who have recently started research in the field of photonic materials. The Summer School will take place in English. Admission is limited to 50 participants and applications are accepted until February 1, 2019.


This 1st North American Summer School on Photonic Materials made possible thanks to the initiative and involvement of the members of its Organizing Committee:

Pr. Himanshu Jain, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Pr. Kathleen Richardson, University of Central Florida, FL, USA 
Pr. Younes Messaddeq, Laval University, Canada – Local Organization
Dr. Alicia Duran, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, Madrid, Spain – Adviser and Sponsor as President of the International Commission on Glass 

Professor Younès Messaddeq of COPL will chair the 1st North American Summer School on Photonic Materials’ Local Organizing Committee.



Important Dates

Registration opens
March 20, 2019

Registration deadline
May 13, 2019

June 16-21, 2019