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.

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. Ismail Ahmed Bouha, IETR, Université de Rennes 1, France
  3. Marco di Renzo, L2S, CentraleSupelec, France
  4. David Gonzalez Ovejero, IETR, Université de Rennes 1, France
  5. Geoffroy Lerosey, Greenerwave, France
  6. Alexandros Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  7. Jianjia Yi, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
  8. Yueyi Yuan, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  9. Kuang Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  10. 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. Mikko Karttunen, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  2. Johannes Lischner, Imperial College London, UK
  3. Anatoliy Pinchuk, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA
  4. Steve Smith, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA
  5. Zhipei Sun, AALTO, Finland

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)

Structural color is produced through combinations of reflection, scattering and interference which eliminates color bleaching of pigmentation based absorptive color generation mechanisms. Plasmonic as well as dielectric metasurfaces/nanostructures offer the unique ability to control the propagation of light via phase/amplitude modifications on nanostructured surfaces, producing vivid structural color. Flexible, thin-film structural color holds great promise for next generation displays and prints.


  1. Transmissive/reflective structural color;
  2. High contrast color;
  3. Angle independent color generation;
  4. Active and passive tunability;
  5. Bio-inspired color;
  6. Integrated devices.

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.

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. Marco Rahm, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  4. Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University, Japan
  5. Peter Wiecha, LAAS-CNRS, France
  6. Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA
  7. 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.

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. Wei-bo Gao, NTU, Singapore
  4. Alex Hogele, University of Munich, Germany
  5. Alex Holleitner, Tech Univ Munich, Germany
  6. Je-Hyung Kim, UNIST, Korea
  7. Klaus Jons, Paderborn University, Germany
  8. Hubert Krenner, University of Munster, Germany
  9. Marina Radulaski, UC Davis, USA
  10. Ronen Rapaport, Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem, Israel

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. Tom Mackay, University of Edinburgh, UK
  4. Robert Thompson, Booz Allen Hamilton, USA

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. Pavel Levkin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  4. Boris Lukyanchuk, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  5. Roberto Morandotti, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Canada
  6. Otto Muskens, University of Southampton, UK
  7. 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. Jeremi J. Baumberg (Keynote Speaker), University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Jakub Dostalek, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  3. Emanuela Esposito, Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems - ISASI, Italy
  4. Monica Focsan, Universita' di Cluj, Romania
  5. Jiri Homola, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech, Czech Republic
  6. Michal Horak, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  7. Sven Burger, ZIB - Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
  8. Gianluca Gagliardi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO)-CNR, Italy
  9. Radek Kolkowski, Aalto University, Finland
  10. Anders Kristensen, Technical University of Denmark, Italy
  11. Jean-Francois Masson, University of Montreal, Canada
  12. Young Min Song, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  13. Sang Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA
  14. Giovanna Palermo, Nanotec, University of Calabria, Italy
  15. Ferruccio Pisanello, IIT, Italy
  16. Giulia Rusciano, Universita' Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  17. Elena Sentre Arribas, Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología, IMN-CNM, Spain
  18. Ullrich Steiner, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland
  19. Duncan Sutherland, iNANO Center, Aarhus University, Denmark
  20. 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. 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.

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. Angela Demetriadou, University of Birmingham, UK
  3. Yeshaiahu Shaya Fainman, UCSD, USA
  4. Massimo Gurioli, LENS, Italy
  5. Bert Hecht, Universität Würzburg, Germany
  6. Tobias Heindel, TUB, Germany
  7. Katja Höflich, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  8. Tobias J. Kippenberg (Keynote Speaker), EPFL, Switzerland
  9. Stefanie Kroker, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  10. Julius Kullig, OVGU, Germany
  11. Giuseppe Leo, University of Paris, France
  12. Tim Liedl, LMU, Germany
  13. Jose Llorens, CSIC, Spain
  14. Andre Nicolet, Aix-Marseille University, France
  15. Jens Niegemann, Lumerical, Canada
  16. Frank Setzpfand, FSU, Germany
  17. Shubo Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  18. Thomas Weiss, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
  19. Maximilian Weissflog, FSU Jena, Germany
  20. Tong Wu, Institut d'Optique, France
  21. Yi Yang, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  22. Jorn Zimmerling, Michigan University, USA

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. 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.

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.

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.