First Scientific School and Network Conference,

University of Bath, UK

Microresonator frequency combs: Fundamentals and Applications

 Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th April 2020

This event aims to expose  Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who have just joined the MICROCOMB Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, and external participants at any stage of their careers, to the field of microresonator frequency combs. A series of lectures by the consortium members and external experts from industry and academia will cover both background knowledge and state of the art in this growing research and innovation area.


The topics and key words for the event include - frequency combs, optical metrology, nonlinear photonics, microresonators, solitons, precision spectroscopy, astrophotonics, optical information processing, RF photonics, materials, fabrication.

Lectures and oral presentations will be organised in 45, 30 and 15 minute slots that will include 3 to 8 minutes for questions and discussions. Poster sessions, coffee breaks and organised meal events will provide further opportunities to consolidate and develop links within the consortium and with external community.

The Roman Baths in the city of Bath

Photo courtesy of IDPS Photography

Registration fee of £985 for the MICROCOMB ITN Early Stage Researchers covers organisational costs, accommodation (including an extra night at the hotel on Saturday 4th April for ESRs who will join us on the hiking trip in Cheddar Gorge and have their accommodation booked already), transport during the conference and meals.


The fee does not include travel costs.

Registration is currently suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak

We can accommodate only a limited number of talks from external participants. Please email

a title and an abstract of your talk to microcomb @ and we email you back our decision and registration link promptly. Registration fee for external participants from academia is £200.

Registration fee of £400 for external participants from industry covers organisational costs and meals and opportunity to exhibit their products (desks, poster stands provided as requested). Email your enquiries to microcomb @ 


Our Lecturers

Ingo Breunig (Freiburg, Germany), Frequency conversion in microcavities made of non-centrosymmetric crystals

Pascal Del'Haye (MPL, Germany), Stabilized THz Wave Generation with Soliton Microcombs

Alex Gaeta (Columbia, USA), Microresonator-Based Optical Frequency Combs

Michael Geiselmann (Ligentec, Switzerland)

Patrick Gill (National Physical Laboratory, UK), High accuracy frequency metrology with optical clocks and frequency combs

Ronald Holzwarth (Menlo Systems, Germany), Two decades of frequency combs Combs for Astronomy

Tobias Kippenberg (EPFL, Switzerland), Chipscale Soliton Microcombs

Christian Koos (Karlsruhe, Germany), Chip-scale frequency comb sources: Device concepts and applications in                                                                                              communications and distance metrology

Francois Leo (Brussels, Belgium), Dissipative structures and frequency comb generation in fibre resonators

Luigi Lugiato (Insubria, Italy), Spontaneous Kerr Solitons in Photonic-Crystal Resonators

Pascual Muñoz (Valencia, Spain), Silicon nitride photonics ecosystem: technologies, challenges and opportunities

Rudolf Neuhaus (Toptica, Germany), Laser technology for the Microcomb community

Scott Papp (NIST, USA), Spontaneous Kerr Solitons in Photonic-Crystal Resonators

Alessia Pasquazi (Sussex, UK), Microcombs Based on Laser Cavity Solitons

Nathalie Piqué (MPQ, Germany), Laser frequency combs and microcombs for molecular sensing

Rémi Rivière (Airbus Defence and Space, Germany), Microcombs for spaceborne optical spectroscopy

Paul Seidler (IBM, Switzerland), Integrated nanophotonics with gallium phosphide

Jonathan Silver (NPL, UK), Applications of Kerr interaction between counterpropagating light in a microresonator

Dmitry Skryabin (Bath, UK)

Victor Torres-Company (Chalmers, Sweden), Dark solitons in optical microresonators



Early Stage Researchers

Nicolás Amiune (Universität Freiburg), Generation of frequency combs by cascading second-order nonlinear processes

Ignacio Baldoni  (Menlo Systems)

Toby Bi (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Mikhail Churaev (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Zhiwei Fan (University of Bath)

Halvor Fergestad (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Alberto Nardi (IBM Research, Zurich)

Danila Puzyrev (University of Bath)

Vlad Pankratov (University of Bath)

Will Rowe (University of Bath)

Ma Ruyu (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Philipp Trocha (Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie), Laser technology for the Microcomb community

Krishna Twayana (Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB)

Ewoud Vissers (Universiteit Gent)

Louw Roel van der Zon (Universitat Politècnica de Valencia)



The detailed conference schedule will be published in due course. For flight booking purposes, the conference timings are as follows:

Monday 6th April - arrival at the venue 8.45am with talks start at 9.15am - event finishes at 6.30pm (dinner in town at 7pm)

Tuesday 7th April - arrival at the venue 8.45am with talks start at 9.15am - talks finish at 6pm, followed by dinner and poster session from 6pm onwards at the conference venue

Wednesday 8th April - arrival at the venue 9.00am with talks start at 9.30am - talks finish at 3.45pm - Departure


According to the governmental information the rules for travel are still the same for the EU nationals in the transition period until January 2021, when the rules will change.

The conference will take place at the University of Bath arts and conference centre:


The Edge
University of Bath
Claverton Down
United Kingdom


Contact for further information: Ms. Joanna Łucyszyn - Project Coordinator :



The MICROCOMB project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 812818.

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