Special Sessions

Should you be interested in organizing a Special Session at META 2023, please contact us at contact@metaconferences.org. Sessions of similar topics may be proposed, if needed we will schedule them at different slots over the conference period.

See example of sessions proposed at META 2022 here: META 2022 special sessions

SP1. "Bottom-up approaches, new fabrication routes and ENSEMBLE3"

Organizers: Dorota Pawlak (ITME, Poland) & Virginie Ponsinet (CNRS-Université de Bordeaux, France)

The session will cover all aspects of novel approaches to manufacturing of materials with special electromagnetic properties as metamaterials and plasmonic materials. The stress will be on bottom-up approach however the session aims to bring together also scientists applying novel ideas in top-down manufacturing methods. The session will include manufacturing, theory, characterization and application. The session aims to bring together material scientists, experts in electromagnetic theory and characterization as well as researchers presenting applications of the materials.


  1. Bottom-up fabrication routes for nanomaterials;
  2. New fabrication methods for nanophotonics;
  3. Self-assembled metamaterials;
  4. Disordered and non-periodic metamaterials and metasurfaces;
  5. Colloidal optical nanoresonators.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Joël Bellessa, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1, France
  2. Shangzhi Chen, Linkoping University, Sweden
  3. Joonie Choi, Samsung, Korea
  4. Gregory Doerk, Brookhaven National Lab, USA
  5. Mathis Plapp, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  6. Jongwook Kim, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  7. Andrzej Kudelski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  8. Maria Losurdo, CNR-ICMAT, Padova, Italy
  9. Valérie Marchi, ISC Rennes, France
  10. Agustin Mihi, ICMAB, Spain
  11. Antoine Moreau, Institut Pascal, France
  12. Yutaka Okazaki, Kyoto University, Japan
  13. Thomas Pertsch, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Gernany
  14. Lisa Poulikakos, UC San Diego, USA
  15. Manjot Singh, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  16. Gail Vinnacombe-Willson, CIC Biomagune, Spain
  17. Anastasiia Zaleska, King's College London, UK

SP2. "Microwaves and millimeter waves applications of metamaterials and metasurfaces for the real world"

Organizers: Shah Nawaz Burokur (LEME, Université Paris Nanterre, France) & Xavier Begaud (Telecom Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France)

This session is dedicated to the applications of metamaterials and metasurfaces in the microwave and millimeter wave domains. It will cover all topics related to the use of metamaterials and metasurfaces in radiating structures, absorbing screens or cloaking devices with a particular interest on practical implementations (from the proof of concept to the industrial design).


  1. Metasurfaces or metamaterial-based lenses and antennas;
  2. Programmable metasurfaces for applications to sensors;
  3. Metasurfaces for absorbing materials and screens;
  4. Metasurfaces for energy harvesting and/or wireless power transfer;
  5. Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces and Metamaterials;
  6. Cloaking and camouflaging devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. André Barka, ONERA, France
  2. Xavier Begaud, Telecom Paris, France
  3. Ismail Ahmed Bouha, IETR, Université de Rennes 1, France
  4. Marco di Renzo, L2S, CentraleSupelec, France
  5. Xumin Ding, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  6. David Gonzalez Ovejero, IETR, Université de Rennes 1, France
  7. Geoffroy Lerosey, Greenerwave, France
  8. Alexandros Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  9. Zhen Tan, LEME, Université Paris Nanterre, France
  10. Jianjia Yi, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
  11. Yueyi Yuan, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  12. Kuang Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  13. Junming Zhao, Nanjing University, China

SP3. "Metamaterials Meeting Industry"

Organizers: Tatjana Gric (VILNIUS TECH, Lithuania)Edik Rafailov (Aston University, UK)

Controlling light, electricity, and heat have made a tremendous impact on technological advancements throughout human history. Advances in electrical and electromagnetic technologies, wireless communications, lasers, and computers have all been made possible by challenging our understanding of how light and other energy forms naturally behave, and how it is possible to manipulate them.

This Special Session focuses on the design and fabrication of metamaterials and other functional materials. These are complex structures patterned in ways that perform a special function, such as transparently blocking a specific color of light, or invisibly heating a window in a car. These functions more generally include manipulating light, heat, and electromagnetic waves in unusual ways. The Special Session is devoted to discussing recent developments in the fields of artificial materials and their applications ranging from compositions, structures such as orientation, arrangement, geometry, size, shape, and smart properties including manipulation of electromagnetic waves by blocking, absorbing, enhancing, or bending waves.


  1. 3D printing
  2. Functional plasmonics
  3. Homogenization of anisotropic media
  4. Metasurfaces
  5. Propagation of surface plasmon polaritons
  6. Applications of metamaterials
  7. Metamaterial based devices

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Corentin Coulais, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Qiaoqiang Gan, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  3. Shulabh Gupta, Carleton University, Canada
  4. Magnus Jonsson, Linkoping University, Sweden
  5. Mikko Karttunen, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  6. Johannes Lischner, Imperial College London, UK
  7. Anatoliy Pinchuk, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA
  8. Jerome Plain, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  9. Steve Smith, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA
  10. Zhipei Sun, AALTO, Finland
  11. Kosmas Tsakmakidis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

SP4. "Bio-Inspired Nanophotonics"

Organizer: Debashis Chanda (College of Optics and Photonics - CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA),  Hyuck Choo (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Korea) & Radwanul Hasan Siddique (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology America, USA)

The proposed session will focus on emerging biological and bioinspired photonic materials, their interesting biological phenomena and new fundamental properties, complex formation and fabrication processes and emphasize advanced functionalities for versatile photonic applications & structural colors by bringing together leading scientists from diverse backgrounds and technical fields across academia and industry.


  1. Structural color and their unique properties;
  2. Multifunctional biophotonic structures;
  3. Dynamic and adaptive biophotonic structures;
  4. Sustainable and green photonics and colors ;
  5. Scalable fabrication strategies: multiscale, self-assembly, additive;
  6. Characterization, imaging and spectroscopy of biological and bioinspired photonic materials;
  7. Bioinspired micro- and nanostructures for imaging and sensing applications;
  8. Applications of bioinspired materials in vision, mechanics, healthcare and energy.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pablo Cencillo, University of Central Florida, USA
  2. Doriz Gomez, CEFE/CNRS, France
  3. Hendrik Hoelscher, Karlsruhe institute of Technology, Germany
  4. Alexander Kildishev, Perdue University, USA
  5. Georg von Freymann, Fraunhofer ITWM, Germany

SP5. "Parity-Time and quasi-normal modes in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics"

Organizers: Anatole Lupu (C2N/Paris-Saclay University, France) & Henri Benisty (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France)

The use of new symmetry properties in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics has emerged in the recent years. They exploit unusual categories of modes and states that open yet unexplored avenues. Parity-Time symmetric structures are a key example of such a class of non-Hermitian systems of renewed interest in optics and photonics (gain/loss structures) for diverse flavours of broken symmetries. Quasi-normal modes help building sound pictures of non-hermitian systems and are also an increasingly considered topic. This special session will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the exploration and functionalization of systems exhibiting this class of special-symmetry-related features in the areas of photonics, plasmonics and acoustics.


  1. Non-Hermitian Photonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Acoustics;
  2. PT-symmetry related functionalities enabled by gain-loss engineering: theory, devices, applications;
  3. Singularities, broken symmetries, topological states in non-Hermitian systems;
  4. Studies of quasi normal modes in general Non-hermitian contexts.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Li Ge, CUNY, USA
  2. Eva-Maria Graefe, Imperial College London, UK
  3. Mercedeh Khajavikhan, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
  4. Justin Lane, Yale University, USA
  5. Jensen Li, HKUST, Hong Kong
  6. Bjorn Maes, University of Mons, Belgique
  7. Konstantinos Makris, University of Crete - FORTH, Greece
  8. Ziad Musslimani, Florida State University, USA
  9. Hamidreza Ramezani, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, USA
  10. Henning Schomerus, University of Lancaster, UK
  11. Kestutis Stalunias, CREA, Spain
  12. Giorgios Tsironis, University of Crete, Heraklion and FORTH, Greece
  13. Georgios Veronis, Louisiana Southern University, USA
  14. Jan Wiersig, Otto-von-Guericke Univeristät, Germany

SP6. "Machine learning for metamaterials and metasurfaces"

Organizer: Willie Padilla (Duke University, USA)

Recent application of machine learning and deep learning has enabled accelerated design of metamaterial and metasurfaces, thus overcoming significant challenges with conventional numerical methods. For many metamaterial and metasurface systems, conventional optimization approaches are limited and not able to efficiently solve for a desired scattering response. The issue of finding the geometry of a metamaterial or metasurface that will give a desired spectral response – the inverse problem – is also is of keen interest and, as of yet, an unsolved problem. Research on machine learning, deep learning for accelerated metamaterial discovery and optimization, inverse neural networks, and interpretable machine learning, will be covered in the present session.


  1. Machine learning and deep learning for nanoscale structured materials;
  2. Forward and inverse machine learning approaches;
  3. Supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning;
  4. Interpretable machine learning;
  5. Metamaterial and metasurface discovery and optimization with machine learning.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ali Adibi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  2. Luca Dal Negro, Boston University, USA
  3. Kebin Fan, Nanjing University, China
  4. Natalia Litchinitser, Duke University, USA
  5. Andrey Miroshnichenko, University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia
  6. Marco Rahm, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  7. Carsten Rockstuhl, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  8. Philippe Tassin, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  9. Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University, Japan
  10. Peter Wiecha, LAAS-CNRS, France
  11. Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA
  12. Hualiang Zhang, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, USA

SP7. "Metasurfaces for light control emission"

Organizers: Braulio García-Cámara (Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain) & Ángela Barreda Gómez (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany)

Metasurfaces have been analyzed in the last years as promising structures for controlling light emission at the subwavelength scale. The meta-atoms can provide enhanced excitation and emission (via Purcell effect) and spectral and directional control of the emitted light. In this special session we explore recent progress related to metasurfaces involving the integration of quantum emitters with metallic and dielectric meta-atoms. The session will cover latter advances in the design and fabrication of light-emitting metasurfaces. The session will include numerical design, fabrication, characterization and applications.


  1. Plasmonic metasurfaces;
  2. High refractive index dielectric metasurfaces;
  3. Integration of quantum emitters in metasurfaces;
  4. Excitation of q-BIC for enhancing light-matter interaction;
  5. Integration of 2D materials with metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Francisco Algorri, University of Cantabria, Spain
  2. Elise Bailly, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  3. Angela Barreda, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  4. Ayesheh Bashiri, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (FSU) Jena, Germany
  5. Fiona Beck, Australian National University, Australia
  6. Sara Elrafei, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  7. Anna, Fontcuberta, EPFL, Switzerland
  8. Andrea Fratalocchi, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  9. Femius Koenderink, AMOLF, Netherlands
  10. V. M. Levkovskaya, Kazan Federal University, Russia
  11. Olivier Martin, EPFL, Switzerland
  12. Dragomir Neshev, Australian National University, Australia
  13. Jorge Olmos Trigo, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain
  14. Valerio Pruneri, ICFO, Spain
  15. Jon Schuller, UC Santa Barbara, USA
  16. Ivan Sinev, EPFL, Switzerland
  17. Giancarlo Soavi, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  18. Angelos Xomalis, Swiss Federal Labs for Materials Science, Switzerland
  19. Mario Zapata-Herrera, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain
  20. Chengjun Zou, Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Science, China

SP8. "Quantum Light Emitters and Photonic Heterogeneous Integration"

Organizers: Han Htoon (CINT - LANL, USA) & Galan Moody (UCSB, USA)

This session will cover all aspects of quantum light emitters with a particular focus on their integration with photonic, plasmonic and meta-materials platforms toward realizing quantum computing, communications, transduction, and sensing functionalities. A wide variety of quantum emitters from quantum dots to newly discovered defects in high-band gap semiconductors and low dimensional materials will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on novel integration approaches capable of bridging material platforms and energy scales toward achieving coupling between different elementary excitations (e.g. spins, magnons, plasmons, and photons from microwave to visible).


  1. Discovery of new quantum emitters;
  2. Novel approaches on control of fundamental and quantum optical properties;
  3. Deterministic creation and integration of quantum emitters into photonic, plasmonic and meta-materials platforms;
  4. Quantum emitters for computing and communications;
  5. Quantum emitters for quantum transduction;
  6. Quantum emitters for quantum sensing.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alex Abulnaga, Princeton, USA
  2. Rudolf Bratschitsch, University of Munster, Germany
  3. Jonathan Finley, University of Munich, Germany
  4. Sven Hofling (Keynote Speaker), University of Würzburg, Germany
  5. Alex Hogele, University of Munich, Germany
  6. Alex Holleitner, Tech Univ Munich, Germany
  7. Jennifer Hollingsworth, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  8. Pankaj Jha, Syracuse University, USA
  9. Je-Hyung Kim, UNIST, Korea
  10. Klaus Jons, Paderborn University, Germany
  11. Yuichiro Kato, RIKEN, Japan
  12. Hubert Krenner, University of Munster, Germany
  13. Xeudan Ma, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  14. Prineha Narang, UCLA, USA
  15. Andrei Piryatinski, LANL, USA
  16. Marina Radulaski, UC Davis, USA
  17. Ronen Rapaport, Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem, Israel
  18. Ajit Srivastava, Emory University, USA
  19. Michael Titze, Sandia National Laboratory, USA
  20. Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester, USA

SP9. "Exotic Meta-media – Time-dependent, Nonlocal and Other Novel Responses"

Organizers: Jonathan Gratus (Lancaster University, UK), Rebecca Seviour (University of Huddersfield, UK), Paul Kinsler (Imperial College London, UK) & Martin McCall (Imperial College London, UK)

New conceptual advances in metamaterials have been energised in recent years as focus has shifted towards temporal control. This session will explore a range of radical new directions that become possible once the accepted tenets of conventional constitutive relations are supplanted. Our vision is to benefit the community by exposing new directions that challenge conventional thinking in electromagnetism and metamaterials.


  1. Time boundaries and electromagnetic time crystals;
  2. Beyond conventional electromagnetic responses;
  3. Spatio-temporal Interfaces and boundaries;
  4. Spatial dispersion with non-linearities and/or non-reciprocity;
  5. Spacetime metamaterials;
  6. Spatial dispersion with inhomogeneity/defects/boundaries;
  7. Homogenization with spatial dispersion;
  8. Controversies in electromagnetism: lessons from metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Sebastien Guenneau, Imperial College London, UK
  2. Fatima Goffi, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  3. Jonathan Gratus, Lancaster University and Cockcroft Institute, UK
  4. Tom Mackay, University of Edinburgh, UK
  5. Sergey Siaber, Lancaster University and Cockcroft Institute, UK
  6. Robert Thompson, Rhea Space Activity, USA
  7. Bing Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

SP10. "Light-matter interaction on a chip"

Organizer: Alina Karabchevsky (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Novel guided wave configurations utilizing artificial sub-wavelength structures made of plasmonic or all-dielectric metamaterials can pave the road to new devices with novel functionalities. These devices can be exploited to manipulate light on a chip in a well-controlled manner.


  1. Theory, simulation, and implementation of metamaterials integrated on a chip;
  2. Modeling and fabrication techniques, including multipole decomposition, transformation optics, laser writing, and others to explore the rogue waves phenomenon, photonic jet and hook;
  3. Emerging application such as, but not limited to, classical and quantum computing, on-chip nonlinear optics, optomechanical manipulation, spontaneous emission and resonance energy transfer, cloaking and sensing to list a few.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Shahaf Asban, University of South Florida, USA
  2. Stanislav Derevyanko, Ben-Gurion Univeristy, Israel
  3. Andrey Evlyukhin, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  4. Pavel Levkin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  5. Boris Lukyanchuk, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  6. Roberto Morandotti, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Canada
  7. Otto Muskens, University of Southampton, UK
  8. Periklis Petropoulos, University of Southampton, UK

SP11. "Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Bio-diagnostics, Environmental Monitoring and Food Safety"

Organizer: Lucia Petti & Massimo Rippa (Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems - ISASI, CNR, Italy)

The optical biosensors integrated with the new technologies in molecular biology, microfluidics, and nanomaterials have applications in agricultural production, food processing, clinical care, and environment for rapid, specific, sensitive, inexpensive, in-field, online, and/or real-time detection as well as monitoring of pesticides, antibiotics, pathogens, toxins, proteins, microbes, plants, animals, foods, soil, air, and water. The current trends and challenges for nanomaterials and nanobiosensing for the various applications are the focus of this session, including importance in areas of cancer diagnostics, detection of pathogenic organisms, food safety, environmental measurements, and clinical applications.


  1. Functionalized plasmonic nanostructures;
  2. Recent Developments for Plasmonics for Enhanced SERS Sensing;
  3. Promising aperiodic and quasi-crystal nanoMaterials for Biosensing;
  4. LSPR biosensing;
  5. Plasmonic metamaterials and metasurfaces;
  6. Diagnostic systems based on Metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pablo Albella, University of Cantabria, Spain
  2. Sven Burger, Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
  3. Antonio De Luca, Nanotec CNR, University of Calabria, Italy
  4. Jakub Dostalek, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  5. Emanuela Esposito, Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems - ISASI, Italy
  6. Monica Focsan, Universita' di Cluj, Romania
  7. Jiří Homola (Keynote Speaker), Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech, Czech Republic
  8. Michal Horak, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  9. Maria Grazia Donato, Istituto Processi Chimico-Fisici (CNR-IPCF), Italy
  10. Alexa Guglielmelli, University of Calabria, Italy
  11. Affair Shaid Karimullah, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  12. Radek Kolkowski, Aalto University, Finland
  13. Anders Kristensen, Technical University of Denmark, Italy
  14. Jean-Francois Masson, University of Montreal, Canada
  15. Sang Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA
  16. Giovanna Palermo, Nanotec, University of Calabria, Italy
  17. Ferruccio Pisanello, IIT, Italy
  18. Massimo Rippa, ISASI-CNR, Italy
  19. Giulia Rusciano, Universita' Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  20. Elena Sentre Arribas, Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología, IMN-CNM, Spain
  21. Ullrich Steiner, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland
  22. Young Min Song, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  23. Duncan Sutherland, iNANO Center, Aarhus University, Denmark
  24. Filiz Yesilkoy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
  25. Jun Zhou, Ningbo University, Department of Microelectronic Engineering, China

SP12. "Coherent control of absorption in structured materials"

Organizers: Simone Zanotto (Nanoscience Institute - CNR, Italy) & Simon Horsley (University of Exeter, UK)

In a wave system, the interplay between loss and interference leads to unique phenomena, famously including Coherent Perfect Absorption. In this session we will cover new results in this area, across a diverse range of classical and quantum wave platforms; optical, RF frequency, acoustic, elastodynamic and magnonic.


  1. Coherent absorption in new areas of wave physics;
  2. Coherent absorption in highly scattering systems;
  3. Coherent absorption in quantum optics;
  4. Coherent scattering and diffraction;
  5. Metamaterials and metasurfaces for coherent absorption.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Phillippe Del Hougne, University of Rennes, France
  2. Tsampikos Kottos, Wesleyan University, USA
  3. Inigo Liberal, University of Navarra, Spain
  4. Stefan Rotter, University of Vienna, Austria
  5. Janne Ruostekoski, Lancaster University, UK
  6. Douglas Stone, University of Yale, USA
  7. Sergei Tretyakov, Aalto University, Finland
  8. Anton Vetlugin, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  9. Hsin-Yu Wu, University of Exeter, UK
  10. Nikolay Zheludev, University of Southampton, UK

SP13. "Chiroptical phenomena"

Organizers: Alessandro Belardini (Sapienza University di Roma, Italy) & Ventsislav K. Valev (University of Bath, UK)

Chiroptical phenomena represent a very broad-spectrum research field involving a large number of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and life sciences. The applications range from chiroptical sensing of chiral molecules to optical manipulation of proteins with circular polarized light to chiral light generation in compact LEDs and lasers for optical information applications, to name just a few. Metasurfaces at the micro and nanoscale can control and enhance the light matter interaction. Enlarged optical chirality within electromagnetic hotspots can lead to enhanced chiroptical phenomena within confined nanoscale volumes, potentially increasing the sensing efficiency by orders of magnitude. Novel nonlinear chiroptical effects are also emerging as material characterization techniques and are leading to deeper understanding of the light matter interaction, beyond the first order approximation of linear regime optics. This session is open to both fundamental and applied aspects of chiroptical phenomena at all length scales.


  1. Chiral metamaterials and metasurfaces;
  2. Materials for chiroptical sensing;
  3. Novel theoretical concepts in chiroptical phenomena;
  4. Chiral light states;
  5. Nanophotonics platforms for circularly polarized emitters;
  6. Chiral metamaterials for photochemistry and photocatalysis;
  7. Plasmonic and dielectric near field enhancements of optical chirality;
  8. Nonlinear chiroptical phenomena at the nanoscale.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Andrea Bonvicini, University of Namur, Belgium
  2. Maxim Gorkunov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  3. Peter Petrov, Imperial College London, UK
  4. Cesare Soci, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

SP14. "Resonant Optics – Fundamentals and Applications"

Organizers: Philippe Lalanne (Institut d'Optique d'Aquitaine - CNRS, France), Sven Burger (Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany) & Frank Vollmer (University of Exeter, UK)

The field of resonant optics is characterized by a rapid improvement of experimental technologies, theoretical concepts and numerical tools and a booming of potential applications, such as linear and nonlinear metasurfaces, quantum nanophotonics, enhanced molecular sensing, flat optics, and slow light. This session includes, but is not limited to the following topics:


  1. Resonances in metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics;
  2. Nano- and microresonators and their applications;
  3. Numerical and theoretical concepts;
  4. Design optimization for resonators.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Felix Binkowski, Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
  2. Javier Garcia de Abajo, ICFO, Spain
  3. Xuewen Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  4. Yannick De Wilde, Institut Langevin, France
  5. Angela Demetriadou, University of Birmingham, UK
  6. Yeshaiahu Shaya Fainman, University of California San Diego, USA
  7. Carlo Gigli, EPFL, Switzerland
  8. Massimo Gurioli, LENS, Italy
  9. Bert Hecht, Universität Würzburg, Germany
  10. Tobias Heindel, TUB, Germany
  11. Katja Höflich, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  12. Chia Wei Hsu, USC, USA
  13. Tobias J. Kippenberg (Keynote Speaker), EPFL, Switzerland
  14. Stefanie Kroker, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  15. Julius Kullig, Universität Magdeburg, Germany
  16. Giuseppe Leo, University of Paris, France
  17. Mikhail Limonov, ITMO University, Russia
  18. José Llorens, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Madrid, Spain
  19. Egor Muljarov, Cardiff University, UK
  20. Andre Nicolet, Aix-Marseille University, France
  21. Jens Niegemann, Ansys, Canada
  22. Gregor Posnjak, LMU, Germany
  23. Shubo Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  24. Thomas Weiss, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
  25. Maximilian Weissflog, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
  26. Tong Wu, Institut d'Optique, France
  27. Yi Yang, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  28. Simone Zanotto, Nanoscience Institute Pisa, Italy
  29. Jorn Zimmerling, Michigan University, USA
  30. Lin Zschiedrich, JCMwave, Germany

SP15. "Metamaterials and Metasurfaces for Medical and Healthcare Applications"

Organizers: Panagiotis Kosmas (Meta Materials Europe, Greece) & Marc Dubois (Multiwave Imaging, France)

The application of metamaterials (MMs) and metasurfaces (MTSs) to improve healthcare is gaining traction within the electromagnetic (EM) and acoustics engineering community. Various technological developments in this area aim to overcome some of the pertinent technical challenges in medical sensing, imaging, and therapy such as improving the coupling of EM signals into the body, enhancing the signal to noise ratio, or sampling signals efficiently in spatio-temporally constrained scenarios. The aim of this session is to present exciting developments and emerging applications in this field, both from academia and industry. Topics include but are not limited to:


  1. MMs and MTSs for MRI;
  2. MM-enhanced medical sensing and imaging in RF, optics, and acoustics;
  3. MM-enhanced therapy applications;
  4. MTSs in healthcare applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Redha Abdeddaim, Institut Fresnel & David Bendahan CRMBM, France
  2. Akram Alomainy, Queen Mary Univ of London, UK
  3. Julien de Rosny, Institut Langevin, France
  4. Stefan Enoch, Institut Fresnel, France
  5. matthias Guenther, Fraunhoffer Mevis, Germany
  6. Paul Lecocq, Metacrystal, Switzerland
  7. Chengzhi Shi, Georgia Tech, USA

SP16. "New Trends in Topological Matematerials"

Organizer: Xiao Hu (International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics WPI-MANA, National Institute for Materials Science - NIMS,  Japan)

Transforming the concept of band topology fostered in electron systems to electromagnetic waves as initiated by Haldane and Raghu opened a completely new direction for harnessing propagation of light. Metamaterial is a field where people have been engaging in fine tuning subwavelength structures towards new features which are not available in conventional materials. These two approaches are affine in nature and their meet certainly brings about wonderful opportunities in creating novel functions and innovative devices in the full spectrum of metamaterial, in including optic, acoustic and other wave systems. The present special session is dedicated to discussions on new notions, state-of-the-art techniques, challenges and possible new directions in this growing field. Possible topics are listed in what follows inclusively. See you in Paris!


  1. Band topology in metamaterials;
  2. Semiconductor topological photonics;
  3. Topological photonic crystal laser;
  4. Hybrid topological metamaterial;
  5. Topological metasurface and far-field correspondence;
  6. Higher-order topology and non-Hermitian.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tomohiro Amemiya, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  2. Alberto Amo, Univeristy of Lille, France
  3. Miguel Bandres, University of Central Florida, USA
  4. Hong Chen, Tongji University, China
  5. Yanfeng Chen, Nanjing University, China
  6. Yidong Chong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  7. Vincenzo Giannini, Imperial College London, UK
  8. Zhihong Hang, Suzhou University, China
  9. Xiao Hu, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  10. Sebastian Huber, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  11. Alexander Khanikaev, City College of New York, USA
  12. Kyoko Kitamura, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
  13. Sebastian Klembt, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  14. Xiaojun Liu, Nanjing University, China
  15. Ling Lu, Institute of Physics - Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  16. Florian Marquardt, University Erlangen, Germany
  17. Xiang Ni, Central South University, China
  18. Yoichi Nii, Tohoku University, Japan
  19. Masaya Notomi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  20. Tomoki Ozawa, Tohoku University, Japan
  21. Ganapathi S Subramania, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  22. Mikael Rechtsman, Pennsylvania State Univ., USA
  23. Wange Song, Nanjing University, China
  24. Binghai Yan, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  25. Baile Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  26. Weixuan Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  27. Xiangdong Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

SP17. "Generation and applications of textured photonics fields"

Organizer: Jamal Berakdar (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Feasibility of texturing the orbital and the polarization landscape of propagating and local electromagnetic fields in a wide frequency regimes and under various settings enabled addressing a number of fundamental aspects of the light-mater interaction and the quantum nature of the light itself and paved the way for a number of important applications. The aim of this session is to review the current status of the fields and discuss promising future directions.


  1. Matter driven by ultrafast polarization a phase textured laser beams;
  2. High-field physics in structured fields;
  3. Local textured fields including skyrmionics fields;
  4. Quantum information with textured fields;
  5. Generation techniques and applications of structured fields.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Andrei Afanasev, George Washington University, USA
  2. Michael Almeida De Oliveira, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  3. Mohamed Babiker, York University, UK
  4. Robert Fickler, Tampere University, Finland
  5. Andrew Forbes, WITS University, South Africa
  6. Hrvoje Petek, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  7. Olga Smirnova, TU Berlin, MBI Berlin, Germany

SP18. "Thermal plasmonics and metamaterials for sustainable society"

Organizers: Junichi Takahara (Osaka University, Japan) & Kotaro Kajikawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

Recent progress of nanophotonics enables efficient mutual conversion between light (photon) and heat (phonon). This session focuses on advanced studies on thermal phenomena for plasmonics and metamaterial/metasurface for sustainable society.


  1. Thermal plasmonics;
  2. Metamaterial-based perfect absorbers and emitters;
  3. Thermal radiation control in near/far field;
  4. Radiative cooling devices/systems;
  5. Advanced heat transfer devices;
  6. Photothermal effects;
  7. Thermophotovoltaic systems.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Manfred Eich, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  2. Tetsuo Kan, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
  3. Yoshiaki Kanamori, Tohoku University, Japan
  4. Sachiko Matsushita, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  5. Sang Soon Oh, Cardiff University, UK
  6. Toshiiro Okamoto, Tokushima University, Japan
  7. Atsushi Ono, Shizuoka University, Japan

SP19. "New frontiers in opto-magnetism and magneto-optics"

Organizers: Nicolò Maccaferri (Umeå University, Sweden), Thierry Grosjean (CNRS - FEMTO-ST Institute, France) & Francesco Pineider (University of Pisa, Italy)

The ability to manipulate light on different time and size scales has opened the door to control magnetic phenomena in an unprecedented way. In this special session we will explore recent advances in opto-magnetism and magneto-optics. We will target the latest developments on both modelling and experimental characterization of meso- and nano-scale systems using either ultrashort light pulses and/or structured light to drive magnetic phenomena in nonmagnetic and magnetic materials. We will also focus on latest advances in magnetoplasmonics, orbital magnetism and light-driven spinorbitronics.


  1. Opto-magnetism and plasmon-driven magnetic effects;
  2. Magneto-optics at the nanoscale;
  3. Inverse Faraday Effect and opto-magnetic light-matter interactions;
  4. Ultrafast nanoscale magnetic phenomena;
  5. Probing and manipulating magnetism with orbital angular momentum of light;
  6. Orbital magnetism;
  7. Light-driven spinorbitronics;
  8. Magnetoplasmonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Dmytro Afanasiev, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  2. Dima Cheskis, Ariel University, Israel
  3. Alexandre Dmitriev, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  4. Alessio Gabbani, University of Pisa, Italy
  5. Jon Gorchon, Institut Jean Lamour - CNRS, France
  6. Paul-Antoine Hervieux, University of Strasbourg, France
  7. Eva Prinz, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  8. Thierry Ruchon, CEA Paris-Saclay, France
  9. Paolo Vavassori, CIC nanoGUNE, Spain

SP20. "Classical and Quantum Phononics"

Organizer: Khaled Mnaymneh (NRC, Canada)

Controlling phonons will be inevitable for next-level fieldable sensing and information processing technologies. This session will explore devices, schemes, structures and materials aimed at that purpose. Application fields will range from cosmology to quantum sensing and foundations.


  1. Large Matter-Phonon interactions;
  2. Membrane Structures and Materials;
  3. Fundamental Studies in Quantum;
  4. Quantum Backaction.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alexey Belyanin, Texas A&M University, USA
  2. Gabriele Grosso, City University of New York, USA
  3. Wayne Hiebert, National Research Council Canada, Canada
  4. Mathieu Juan, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  5. Kazuyuki Kuroyama, The University of Tokyo - RIKEN, Japan
  6. Kazutaka Nakamura, Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  7. Carlos Ramos, Université Paris Saclay, France

SP21. "An emergent frontier of Photonics: Optical Thermodynamics of Nonlinear Systems"

Organizers: Konstantinos Makris (University of Crete, and IESL-FORTH, Greece), Ziad Musslimani (Florida State University - Tallahassee, USA) & Mercedeh Khajavikhan (University of Southern California - Los Angeles, USA)

This special session will focus on recent developments in the emerging area of statistical thermodynamics of complex nonlinear multimode optical systems, namely “Optical Thermodynamics”. The session will feature talks that span a host of topics, ranging from mathematical methodologies describing thermalization processes and phase transition phenomena to computational aspects of generic nonlinear waves dynamics. Recent theoretical and experimental results demonstrating thermodynamic behaviors in multimode nonlinear photonic systems will be also presented.


  1. Thermalization of nonlinear optical multimode systems;
  2. Applications to high power multimode optical fibers;
  3. Novel experimental advances;
  4. Thermalizaton of topological and disordered lattices;
  5. Fluctuation Theory and out of equilibrium dynamics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Serge Aubry, Laboratoire Leon Brillouin - CEA Saclay, France
  2. Nikolaos Efremidis, University of Crete, Greece
  3. Gabriel Lando, Institute for Basic Science, Korea
  4. Antonio Picozzi, CNRS-Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France
  5. Georgios Pyrialakos, University of Southern California, USA
  6. Savvas Sardelis, Florida State University, USA

SP22. "Recent Advances in Non-Hermitian Photonics: Topological, Disordered and Quantum systems"

Organizers: Konstantinos Makris (University of Crete, and IESL-FORTH, Greece) & Li Ge (City University of New York, USA)

Exceptional points, non-orthogonal eigenmodes, PT-symmetric ystems and many other general notions and concepts of non-Hermitian physics have attracted a lot of attention lately. Such an interest was initially driven by PT-symmetric optics and non-Hermitian photonics and now has led to an amazingly high number of ground-breaking experiments with novel applications. From single mode PT-lasers, ultrasensitive microcavity sensors, optical isolators, unidirectional invisibility to broadband wireless power transfer, PT-metamaterials, topological lasers and quantum non-Hermitian systems, this new research field proves that the synergy of gain and loss distributions can be a different way for unprecedented control over light propagation and emission. This session will focus on the most recent theoretical and experimental advances at the frontier of the physics of non-Hermitian complex systems and their potential applications.


  1. Non-Hermitian photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials;
  2. Non-Hermitian topological photonics and lasers;
  3. Non-Hermitian quantum systems;
  4. Wave propagation in disordered non-Hermitian complex media;
  5. Exceptional points in optical and photonic systems and applications;
  6. Interplay between nonlinearity, non-Hermiticity and topology;
  7. Novel fabrication methods for non-Hermitian photonic structures;
  8. New experiments in non-Hermitian Photonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ivan Amelio, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Alexander Baumgärtner, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Henri Benisty, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France
  4. Matteo Brunelli, University of Basel, Switzerland
  5. Sathyanarayanan Chandramouli, Florida State University, USA
  6. Zhigang Chen, Nankai University, China
  7. Johan Christensen, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  8. Tammoy Das, Indian Institute of Science, India
  9. Demetrios Christodoulides (Keynote Speaker), University of Central Florida, USA
  10. Justin Cole, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, USA
  11. Max Ehrhardt, Rostock University, Germany
  12. Joshua Feinberg, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  13. Louis Garbe, TU-Wien, Austria
  14. Ananya Ghatak, Cardiff University, UK
  15. Ivor Kresic, TU-Wien, Austria
  16. Ryusuke Hamazaki, RIKEN-CPR, Japan
  17. Yong-Chun Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  18. Cuicui Lu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China/span>
  19. Anatole Lupu, C2N/Paris-Saclay University, France
  20. Sushil Mujumdar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
  21. Hadisheh Narari, University of Southern California, USA
  22. Andrey Novitsky, Belarusian State University, Belarus
  23. Arijeet Pal, University College London (UCL), UK
  24. Lorenzo Pavesi, University of Trento, Italy
  25. Masatoshi Sato, Kyoto University, Japan
  26. Avadh Saxena, Los Alamos National Lab, USA
  27. Marco Schiro, Collège de France and IPhT/CEA Saclay, France
  28. Julian Schmitt, Univeristy of Bonn, Germany
  29. Patrick Sebbah, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  30. Ohad Segal, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  31. Ryuichi Shindou, Peking University, China
  32. Georgios Siviloglou, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China
  33. Micheline Soley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  34. Andrea Steinfurth, Rostock University, Germany
  35. Jonas Veenstra, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  36. Chen Wang, Tianjin University, China
  37. Qiang Wang, Nanjing University, China
  38. Zhong Wang, Tsinghua University, China
  39. Clara Wanjura, Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
  40. Stephan Wong, Sandia Labs, USA
  41. Zhe Zhang, EPFL, Switzerland

SP23. "Metasurfaces for Nonlinear and Ultrafast Nanophotonics"

Organizers: Giulio Nicola Felice Cerullo & Giuseppe Della Valle (Politecnico di Milano, Itlay)

Nonlinear and ultrafast photonics are at the very heart of modern optics. With the recent advent of optical metasurfaces, this topic has received a new twist, with the prospect of providing key enabling technologies for the next generation of photonic devices, encompassing new capabilities in an unprecedented ultra-compact footprint. The session covers key issues in the field, from the foundations of nonlinear generation of light and related quantum-optical processes at the nanoscale, to the all-optical control of light via nonlinear effects boosted by photonic resonances in metastructures, to the ultrafast reconfiguration of optical functionalities in nonlinear metasurfaces.


  1. Nonlinear generation of light at the nanoscale;
  2. Spontaneous parametric down conversion from photonic nanostructures;
  3. Photonic metastructures for the all-optical modulation of light;
  4. Ultrafast reconfiguration of optical metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alessandro Alabastri, Rice University, USA
  2. Ivan Buchvarov, Sofia University, Bulgaria
  3. Michele Celebrano, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  4. Costantino de Angelis, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
  5. Fei Ding, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  6. Christoph Lienau, Universitat Oldenburg, Germany
  7. Jinyong Ma, Australian National University, Australia
  8. Patrick O'Keeffe, Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR, Italy
  9. Rupert Oulton, Imperial College, UK
  10. Mihail Petrov, ITMO University, Russian Federation
  11. Marco Piccardo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  12. Eva Arianna Aurelia Pogna, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN) - CNR, Italy
  13. Mohsen Rahmani, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  14. Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa, Canada
  15. Davide Rocco, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
  16. Anton Rudenko, The University of Arizona, USA
  17. Tomas Santiago-Cruz, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
  18. Frank Setzpfandt, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

SP24. "Advanced Computational Electromagnetics for the Analysis and Design of Nanophotonic Devices"

Organizers: Maha Ben Rhouma (Gustave Eiffel University - ESYCOM Lab, France) & Kofi Edee (Clermont Auvergne University - Institut Pascal, France)

This session aims to bring together experts in computational electromagnetics to discuss the latest advancements and challenges in simulating nanophotonics, specifically in plasmonics and metamaterials. The focus will be on new, specific and efficient approaches that can be used instead of traditional methods like FDTD and FEM. The session is also open to all modeling approaches in nanophotonics and other spectral ranges. It is of interest to both theoreticians/numericians working on specific methods and experimentalists/designers interested in applying them to nanophotonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Karim Achouri, EPFL, Switzerland
  2. Kevin Austry, University of Montpellier, France
  3. Robert Bennett, University of Glasgow, UK
  4. Fatima Zahra Bouanis, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, France
  5. Wei Cai, Southern Methodist University, USA
  6. Antonio Calà Lesina, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  7. Christin David, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
  8. Roeland J Dilz, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  9. Francesco Ferranti, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  10. Tian Gu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  11. Brahim Guizal, University of Montpellier, France
  12. Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati, Durham University, UK
  13. Youssef Jeyar, University of Montpellier, France
  14. Nicolas Large, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  15. Ya Yan Lu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  16. Riccardo Messina, Laboratoire Charles Fabry - Institut d’Optique, France
  17. Owen Miller, Yale University, USA
  18. Hai Son Nguyen, Univ. Lyon & Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
  19. Marco Ornigotti, Tampere University, Finland
  20. Charles Roques-Carmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  21. Hamidreza Siampour, University of Cambridge, UK
  22. Sebastian A Schulz, University of St Andrews, UK
  23. Ergun Simsek, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
  24. Konstantinos Termentzidis, CETHIL Laboratory - INSA of Lyon, France
  25. Odysseas Tsilipakos, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
  26. Douglas Werner, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  27. Yuzhe Xiao, University of North Texas, USA

SP25. "DNA nanotechnologies for photonics and sensing"

Organizers: Guillermo Acuna (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) & Denis Garoli (Italian Institute of Technology, Itlay)

This special session will focus on research that exploits the versatility and programmability of DNA to organize optically active elements such as nanoparticles, quantum dots and fluorescent molecules. Particular emphasis will be given to light-matter studies for nanophotonics and sensing.


  1. Self-assembled optical antennas;
  2. Plasmonics and Nanophotonics;
  3. Enhanced Spectroscopies (Fluorescence, SERS);
  4. Sensing and diagnostics;
  5. Plasmonic chirality;
  6. High-index dielectric nanoparticles.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ali Douaki, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  2. Seungwoo Lee, Korea University, Korea
  3. Nako Nakatsuka, ETH, Switzerland

SP26. "Superconducting Josephson classical and quantum metamaterials"

Organizers: Sergey Saveliev (Loughborough University, UK) & Kaveh Delfanazari (University of Glasgow, UK)

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight recent developments and advances in the theory, design, modelling, fabrication, measurement, and application of superconducting and quantum metamaterials, meta-circuits, and meta-devices operating in an environment influenced by the magnetic field, DC, RFs, microwaves, millimetre-waves, terahertz, and optics that address multiple aspects of challenges in fundamental science and applications.


  1. Cavity Josephson plasmonics;
  2. Plasmonic superconducting meta devices and meta circuits;
  3. Superconducting quantum/Josephson metamaterials;
  4. Low-loss superconducting– semiconducting/graphene/insulator hybrid metamaterials;
  5. Superconducting hyperbolic metamaterials;
  6. Waveguide/cavity/circuit quantum electrodynamics;
  7. Nonlinear THz optics;
  8. Quantum and classical AI and computing.