ONNA: Optical Nanofibre Applications

 Optical Nanofibre Applications: From Quantum to Bio Technologies

ONNA2019       3 - 6 June 2019       Okinawa, Japan

Thank you for your participation to ONNA2019!


Notes before you arrive: 

  • It is rainy season currently on Okinawa.  This means high humidity, warm sticky days, and some rain.  Bring an umbrella, and light, cotton clothing.   
  • For swimming, bring reef shoes/rash vest.   
  • Japanese yen are not easy to get anywhere near the conference site.  Bring your own from your home country or get some in a larger airport (e.g. Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei).   
  • The conference centre has no shops nearby - make sure you bring anything you may need with you, e.g. suncream, water bottle/coffee mug to avoid excessive plastic waste, sunhat, socket adaptors for laptops, earplugs if you are sharing a room, etc. 

**WARNING: We have been made aware of a telephone scam where credit card details are being asked of speakers/participants.  Please do not give your details to anyone claiming to represent our workshop over the phone or via email if it is not a confirmed email address.  If you have any suspicions about such activity, please contact us immediately.***

Following from the success of ONNA2013, 2015 & 2017, the ONNA2019 workshop will be held at OIST Graduate University (http://www.oist.jp) from 3-6 June 2019.  The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts and early stage researchers from diverse communities who use optical micro and nanofibres for their research needs, whether it be for quantum, sensing, or other applications. The number of participants is strictly limited and will be based on application.  

All selected participants will get support for twin-share accommodation, meals and local transport.   All participants are expected to give a poster or oral contribution.   Decision on the list of participants, the nature of the presentation (oral or poster) and the level of funding for each participant will be made in March 2019.  

We can offer a limited amount of financial support to cover some of the cost for the air ticket to participants without sufficient means to otherwise attend if from disadvantaged countries.  If you wish to apply for partial air ticket cover, please select this on the application.   We cannot guarantee this support at this point.    Priority will be given to participants who cover their own airfares. 


Photo from ONNA2017

Important Dates:

  • Begin Accepting Applications: 10 October 2018
  • Early Application Selection: 31 January 2019   We encourage applying before this date as priority will be given to these applicants. 
  • Late Application Deadline: 28 February 2019 or until all places filled if earlier.   We will only accept applications after 31 January if we still have capacity and have not finalised our list of selected participants.   (Closed)
  • Notification of Application Results: From mid-February 2019
  • Participants arrive in Okinawa: 2 June 2019
  • Participants depart Okinawa: 7 June 2019

Location: OIST Seaside House, Onna, Okinawa, Japan

Organisers: Síle Nic Chormaic CHAIR (OIST Graduate University, Japan), Lan Yang (Washington University in St. Louis, USA), Michael (Misha) Sumetsky (Aston University, UK), and Takao Aoki (Waseda University, Japan). Workshop hosted by the Light-Matter Interactions Unit


We will handle the logistics and cover the cost of twin-share accommodation at Seaside House and meals for all workshop participants. We will also help with arranging visas where necessary.  We envision that we will be able to offer some financial support towards the airfare for a few participants who have very limited other means of support.    If you wish to apply for support, please indicate this on the application form.     If you want a single room, this can be arranged in a local hotel at your own cost and we will provide some guidance on suitable places. 

*OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide. In order to assist principal child carers in participating at this workshop we can provide additional support (such as flights for the child(ren) and child care) where necessary.   Information available on request. 


Poster sessions sponsors