Prominent Plenary Speakers at the World of Photonics Congress

Plenary World of Photonics Congress 2019 Opening

Listening to the universe with gravitational waves

Karsten Danzmann

Prof. Karsten Danzmann is director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and head of the division Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy. He is Director of the Institute of Gravitation Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Prof. Danzmann is one of the most important scientists in the study of gravitational waves: His groundbreaking work has enabled the direct detection of gravitational waves, thus ushering in a new era of astrophysical research. For his merits he was honoured with the Edison Volta Prize of the European Physical Society and the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG) in 2018.

Karsten Danzmann has already been presented with the Fritz Behrens Foundation Science Prize 2016, the Lower Saxony Science Award 2016, the Körber European Science Prize 2017, and the Otto Hahn Prize 2017. As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration he was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Gruber Cosmology Prize, and the Princess of Asturias Award.

CLEO®/Europe 2019 Plenary Speaker

Silicon Photonics

Michal Lipson

Prof. Michal Lipson, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University, is one of the main pioneers in the field of silicon photonics. Among many of her discoveries she has demonstrated the first silicon photonics GHz modulator for transmitting electronic signals over large distances with low power. Today silicon photonics is being commercialized extensively.

Lipson’s research focuses on areas where nanophotonics has a big impact, both fundamentally and technologically. Her main areas of research include novel photonic materials and fabrication, silicon photonics and non-reciprocity, nano-magnetism and thermal control, nanophotonics for neuroscience, optomechanics, nonlinear and quantum optics, and sensing and optofluidics.

Professor Lipson's honors and awards include the MacArthur Fellow, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and the NSF Early Career Award. She been named the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Photonics Award for her outstanding achievements in photonics.

EQEC 2019 Plenary Speaker


Anton Zeilinger Foto von Joseph Krpelan

Prof. Anton Zeilinger is a Research Group Leader at Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – Vienna (IQOQI Vienna), Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Vienna and President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Anton Zeilinger’s achievements have been most succinctly described in his citation for the inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK): “For his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly–evolving field of quantum information.”

A visionary quantum physicist and a pioneer of quantum information science and technology, Anton Zeilinger, has helped to shape a future of quantum technologies that is just now taking form. He has performed many groundbreaking experiments in quantum mechanics, from important fundamental tests all the way to innovative applications. Most of his research concerns the fundamental aspects and applications of quantum entanglement.

Among his many awards and prizes are the German Order Pour le Mérite, the Order of Merit of Austria, the Wolf Prize (Israel), the Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics and the King Faisal Prize.

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