Travel Grants

The IEEE Photonics Society provides travel grant opportunities to encourage early career participation at the 2024 Opto-Electronics and Communications Conference (OECC2024). Students pursuing degrees in photonics and optics fields of interest and in early career, up to 15 years post their first degree, are encouraged to apply! Grantees chosen will receive $2,500 USD to help cover travel, lodging expenses, and registration. Each application requires individual responses. Applicants from underrepresented countries will be given priority. An applicant should be:

  • A current student or early career, i.e. graduate, post-doc, young professional, etc., up to 15 years post their first degree.
  • An IEEE Photonics Society Member.
  • Sponsored by an advisor, professor, mentor or direct supervisor.
  • Volunteer experience and/or service in the photonics community is encouraged.
  • Must be presenting a paper in OECC2024 (either as a poster or oral).

Application Deadline: 31st May 2024

The IEEE Photonics Society is committed to providing equal opportunity to all scientists and engineers, inclusive of ethnicity, race, nationality, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, and/or personal identity. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Message from the Chairs

Melbourne is thrilled to be hosting the 29th Opto-Electronics and Communications Conference 2024 (OECC2024) during June 30-July 4, 2024, at the world-famous Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. This is an amazing opportunity to visit one of the most liveable cities Melbourne after a successful hosting back in 2014. OECC 2024 will be an exciting 5-day celebration of research advancements, innovative solutions, and technological breakthroughs. OECC2024 will present plenaries from eminent experts, invited speakers, contributed presentations, special symposia and exhibition to demonstrate breakthroughs and innovations poised to transform the future of opto-electronics and optical communications industry and sectors that rely on this industry. This year we are even more excited to announce the introduction of a new track, the “Quantum Sensing, Communications and Computing” track recognising the recent attention on these emerging technologies, and we look forward to extending the warm OECC2024 experience to a new group of attendees.

We are extending our cordial invitation to our regular attendees of OECC and equally all new attendees from around the world. As an event of global visibility and reach, OECC2024 is an unmissable opportunity for you to re-engage with the community and strengthen existing relationships whilst creating and building new ones. We welcome you to be an invaluable part of OECC2024 both as community members but also as presenters, exhibitors and attendees, an important source of dialog and impact for our industry and sectors.

We are working hard to bring you a rewarding technical program and an excellent venue for showcasing leading research and innovations, while promoting professional networking. Many exciting social programs are in planning, so stay tuned!

We will continuously update the information with further details on paper submission to be released shortly. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact the conference secretariat should you need more information on the conference or its exhibition.

Once again, we look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne!

We look forward to collaborating with you,
Prof Christina Lim, Prof Elaine Wong and Prof Gangxiang Shen
Co-Chairs OECC 2024

Co-Chair Christina Lim

Prof Christina Lim

Co-Chair Elaine Wong

Prof Elaine Wong

Co-Chair GangXiang Shen

Prof Gangiang Shen


  • Track 1
    Optical Active Devices and Modules
  • Track 2
    Optical Fibres, Cables and Fibre Devices
  • Track 3
    Optical Passive Devices and Modules
  • Track 4
    Transmission Systems and Subsystems
  • Track 5
    Core/Access/Data Center Networks
  • Track 6
    Quantum Sensing, Communications and Computing

Why should you attend OECC 2024?

  • 5-day celebration of research advancements, innovative solutions, and technological breakthroughs
  • Plenaries from eminent experts, invited speakers, contributed presentations, special symposia and exhibition
  • Visiting one of the most liveable cities -- Melbourne
  • Re-engage with the community
  • Rewarding technical program
  • Promoting professional networking
  • Important dialogs for industry and sectors.

Key Dates

  • Early bird registration closes

    16 April 2024

  • OECC 2024 Conference dates

    30 June - 4 July 2024

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