Plenary & Keynote Talks

META 2022 will feature several Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures by world leading experts on nanophotonics and metamaterials providing insights into the latest trends and strategies actionable to deal with the practical challenges faced by the community.

More confirmed speakers will be announced soon...

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1:


Baumberg Jeremy J. Baumberg

University of Cambridge, UK


Jeremy J. Baumberg FRS, directs a UK Nano-Photonics Centre at the University of Cambridge and has extensive experience in developing optical materials structured on the nano-scale that can be assembled in large volume. He is also Director of the Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre, a key UK site for training PhD students in interdisciplinary Nano research. Strong experience with Hitachi, IBM, his own spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4, as well as strong industrial engagement give him a unique position to combine academic insight with industry application in a two-way flow. With over 20000 citations, he is a leading innovator in Nano. This has led to awards of the IoP Faraday gold Medal (2017), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2014), IoP Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005), the IoP Charles Vernon Boys Medal (2000) and the IoP Mott Lectureship (2005). He frequently talks on NanoScience to the media, and is a strategic advisor on NanoTechnology to the UK Research Councils. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics. His recent popular science book “The Secret Life of Science: How Science Really Works and Why it Matters” is just published by PUP, see

Plenary Lecture 2:


Boltasseva Alexandra Boltasseva

Purdue University, USA

Alexandra Boltasseva is a Professor at the School of Electrical&Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She received her PhD in electrical engineering at Technical University of Denmark, DTU in 2004. Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, optical materials, plasmonics and metamaterials. She is 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists Finalist and received the 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35), the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Fellow of SPIE. She served on MRS Board of Directors and is Editor-in-Chief for OSA’s Optical Materials Express.

Plenary Lecture 3: Plasmonic Lattices


Törmä Päivi Törmä

Aalto University, Finland

Päivi Törmä is a professor at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Finland. Her research ranges from theoretical quantum many-body physics to experiments in nanophotonics. Her theory work has revealed a new connection between quantum geometry and superconductivity that explains why flat bands can carry supercurrent. In her experiments, Törmä has worked on strong coupling of surface plasmon polariton modes and molecules, and her group has realized lasing and Bose-Einstein condensation phenomena in plasmonic nanoparticle arrays. Törmä has a PhD from the University of Helsinki. She obtained the EURYI award in 2005, the ERC Advanced Grant in 2013, and the Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland in 2017. She led the Nanoscience Centre of University of Jyväskylä 2002-2005 and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience 2014-2017 and was a guest professor at ETH Zürich in 2015. In 2021, Törmä was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea.

Plenary Lecture 4: Picophotonics


Zheludev Nikolay Zheludev

University of Southampton, UK and NTU, Singapore

Nikolay Zheludev’s research interest are in nanophotonics and metamaterials. He is the Director of the Centre for Photonic metamaterials and Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southampton University, UK. He is also co-Director of The Photonics Institute and directs the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technological University. His personal awards include the Thomas Young medal (IOP) for "global leadership and pioneering, seminal work in optical metamaterials and nanophotonics", the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship; Senior Research Professorship of the EPSRC; The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award & Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the European Physical Society (EPS), the Optical Society (OSA) and the Institute of Physics (London). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics (IOP) and an Advisory Board Member for Nanophotonics, ACS Photonics and Nature Publishing Group Scientific Reports. In 2007 created European Physical Society international meeting at the crossroads of nanophotonics and metamaterials, NANOMETA. He was among a small group of research community leaders who provided initial impetus to the International Year of Light, declared by United Nations for 2015.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1:


Capasso Federico Capasso

Harvard University, USA

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where he was Member of Technical Staff, Department Head and Vice President for Physical Research. He is visiting professor at NTU with both the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research has focused on nanoscale science and technology encompassing a broad range of topics. He pioneered band-structure engineering of semiconductor nanostructures and devices, invented and first demonstrated the quantum cascade laser and investigated QED forces including the first measurement of a repulsive Casimir force. His most recent contributions are new plasmonic devices and flat optics based on metasurfaces. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the King Faisal Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the SPIE Gold Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science, the IEEE Sarnoff Award in Electronics, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Optical Society Wood Prize, the Berthold Leibinger Future Prize, the Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics, the European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize.

Keynote Lecture 2:


Nieto-Vesperinas Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain

Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas is Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain. He studies light-matter interactions both in macroscopic and nano-scales. He predicted weak photon localization in rough surface scattering, and is a pioneer of optical forces at the nanoscale. His group was the first to discover the magnetoelectric properties of high index dielectric particles and their effect on anomalous directional scattering (Kerker phenomena) opening the door for the present intensive research on this subject. He obtained his PhD from the University of London and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, having served as editor or board member for some of its journals, as well as for journals of the IOP.

Keynote Lecture 3:


Pawlak Dorota Anna Pawlak

ENSEMBLE3 Centre of Excellence Poland

Dorota Anna Pawlak is a materials scientist. She received her PhD (1999) in chemistry and her habilitation (2011) in physicochemistry of solid state, both from the University of Warsaw. She worked for 2 years at the Institute of Materials Research, Sendai, Japan. She currently holds a professorship position at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME). She has created a group of young scientists aiming at developing novel materials and novel technologies to be used in such fields as metamaterials, plasmonics and energy systems. DAP coordinated the efforts of FP7 EU Collaborative project ENSEMBLE: ENgineered SElf-organised Multi-component structures with novel controllaBLe Electromagnetic functionalities. The project included 7 Partners from 6 EU countries. She is a laureate of highly competitive projects: TEAM project from the Foundation for Polish Science, and Maestro project from the National Science Centre in Poland. She is president-elect of the Polish Society of Crystal Growth.

Keynote Lecture 4:


Shalaev Vladimir M. Shalaev

Purdue University, USA

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Scientific Director for Nanophotonics at Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vladimir M. Shalaev has received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Rolf Landauer medal of the ETOPIM (Electrical, Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media) International Association, the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, OSA and SPIE Goodman Book Writing Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, MRS and OSA. Prof. Shalaev has authored three books, thirty invited book chapters and over 500 research publications.