During OPTO 2020 participants will have an opportunity to listen to plenary lectures delivered by following notable speakers:

Prof. Ghanshyam Singh
Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Prof. Ghanshyam Singh, a recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer award from IEEE Photonics Society for term 2017-18, received B. Tech. degree from NIT Silchar, M. Tech. and PhD degrees in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur. In early 1999, he joined the academic staff of MNIT Jaipur, where he is a Professor with the Department of EC Engineering. He worked as visiting research scholar/visiting professor in for various periods at the Department of Physics, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (March 2009), University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland (January – June 2010) under the CIMO Fellowship and the Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus, Japan (October 2013). Dr. Singh has extensive teaching, research and sponsored R&D experience and reported over 125 research papers/review articles in peer reviewed International journals/conferences.

Invited Talk: Technologies for Integrated Photonics: Achievements, limitations and applications.

Dr Gabrielle Thomas
M Squared Lasers

Gabrielle Thomas is the Innovation Ambassador for M Squared Lasers, coordinating the company’s expansion in Germany and finding opportunities for new applications of lasers. Since her PhD in Laser Physics from Imperial College London, she has worked in academia and industry, in both start-ups and medium-sized companies, building on her experience of developing novel laser sources and their applications. In 2016 she was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists and in 2019 as OSA Ambassador.

Invited Talk: Careers in Optics and photonics

Dr Carlos Loper-Mariscal
Underwater Photonics

Invited Talk: Leadership skills for life

Abstract: Often referred to as soft skills, and rarely taught formally in an academic setting, leadership skills are a survival tool for professional life. Several different opinions exist on what exactly makes a leader. However, there is a commonly agreed set of core qualities which are indispensable in a good leader. Identifying and cultivating these skills is often recognized as a major advantage by successful science professionals.