8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference

Professor Shanlin Fu participated in the 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS) in Lyon, France. The three-day meeting was structured in four main topics: Forensic Intelligence, Forensic humanity, Forensic response against terrorism, and Forensic challenges. Professor Fu’s talk was on Novel Approaches to Investigating metabolism of synthetic cannabinoids.

24th International Symposium ANZFSS

Rhiannon Alder presented her work at the Forensic Science without Borders ANZFSS 24th International Symposium. The Symposium provided participants with an invaluable opportunity to share knowledge, develop ideas and network with colleagues from around the globe. Rhiannon’s presentation was titled Devleopment of a Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrate for Illicit Drug Detection.

5th International Conference on Physics of Optical Materials and Devices

The 5th International Conference on Physics of Optical Materials and Devices was held in Igalo, Montenegro with Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin being the co-chair of Session 4 on Day 1 for discussion on temporal luminescence studies and bio-imaging materials. Alongside giving his own Plenary talk on Advances in highly doped upconversion nanoparticle and emerging applications.

Making a Difference 2018

Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, UTS, Minomic International Ltd and the IDEAL Hub feature in the 2017 – 18 edition of Making a Difference – Outcomes of ARC Supported Research. In its second year, the publication gives a snapshot of the ARC supported research and collaboration outcomes being carried out across Australia.

IEEE 2018 

Professor Igor Aharonovitch will be participating in the IEEE International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics is an annual conference that draws in leading researchers, who are harnessing light, or photons, and control its propagation phenomena via interaction with produced structures at the micro and nano scale. This leads to diverse applications in technology fields such as imaging, communication, sensing, and instrumentation, as well as the sciences such as biology and medicine, chemistry and fundamental physics. The conference is designed for researchers to report on the latest findings on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics and stimulate scientific exchange among researchers and engineers from industry and academia. Professor Aharonovitch delivered the keynote address on Quantum Emitters in Flatland.

Pint of Science 2018

Nanotechnology is a buzzword in a healthcare due to potential to reinvent traditional perception of disease diagnosis and treatment. Olga Shimoni highlights the importance of nanoscience in a future of public health, especially in a diagnostics area at the Pint of Science Festival, powered by CSIRO

CYTO 2018 

The 33rd Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry was held in Prague, Czech Republic between 28 April and 2 May. Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin delivered the keynote Robert Hooke Lecture on the topic of Luminescent Dots for Multiplexing Cytomertry and Super-Resoution Imaging.


Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin joined the 4th International Workshop on Persistent and Photostimulable Phosphors 4PPP at Park Plaza Beijing Science Park. Aimed at making a combined effort to unravel the nature of persistent and photostimulable luminescent materials, the workshop covered subjects like the synthesis and development of materials with different wavebands, defect and structural characterization, dynamic energy transfer processes, simulation and models for processes such as the trapping and releasing of charge carriers and applications of materials in biomedical imaging, cancer treatment, luminescent nanomaterials and so on. It fully presented the latest and forefront development, and even in a broader sense, the field of luminescent materials. Participants further discussed the new system design, synthesis, characterisation, performance test and applications of luminescent materials, expecting to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking to solve basic scientific problems.


Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin participated in the 2nd UPCON Spring School on Properties, Design and Applications of Upconversion Nanomaterials, held from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2018 in Valencia, Spain. Its focus was on surface modification and characterization of Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and it was a unique opportunity for graduate students to get first-hand training on the surface modification and characterization of up-converting nanoparticles. Professor Jin gave an address focussed on overcoming concentration quenching to build brighter upconversion nanocrystals.

ARC Launch

The official launch of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Integrated Device for End-User Analysis at Low Levels Research Hub (IDEAL Research Hub) opened by the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP.

Pictured above from left to right: Professor Emily Hilder, Deputy Director ARC IDEAL Research Hub; Professor Attila Brungs, UTS Vice-Chancellor; the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science; Professor Sue Thomas, ARC Chief Executive Officer; Mr Roger Hunt, Alcolizer; Dr Brad Walsh, Minomic; Professor Dayong Jin, Director ARC IDEAL Research Hub