Optics Within Life Sciences 2018
owls 2018 - optics within life sciences conference

15th Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences
25 - 28 November 2018 // Rottnest Island, WA


Continuing the success of the recent previous meetings held in 2016-India, 2014-China, 2012-Italy, 2010-Canada, 2008-Singapore, 2006-Taiwan, and 2004-Australia, the 15th conference will come to Perth, Western Australia, running over three full days on beautiful Rottnest Island, a car-free beach sanctuary a short ferry ride from Perth.

OWLS is the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences, which is an International Society Member of ICO, the International Commission for Optics (

OWLS has always represented the intersection of optics and the life sciences. It remains more relevant today than at its inception in 1990. Topics such as single-cell analysis, imaging and flow cytometry, superresolution optical microscopy and optics in mechanobiology are driving the field as never before.

OWLS will run a Gordon-style single-stream conference with break-out sessions and an emphasis on the participation of junior researchers, and poster-led discussions. Talks will vary from Plenary lectures at the peak of the field to tutorial talks to educate biologists in optics and optical scientists in biology. Each day there will be time set aside for outdoor activities to deepen connections and re-energise for more sessions. And there will also be opportunities to consider entrepreneurship in optics in the life sciences.

The conference will be held on Perth's iconic island holiday destination of Rottnest, providing a concentrated informal delegate experience, as well as an ideal setting for informal interactions around cycling Rottnest's car-free roads, and enjoying its striking white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. OWLS 2018 will be one to remember - we invite you to be a part of it and look forward to welcoming you to Perth, Western Australia. Remember to bring your bathers!

David Sampson,
On behalf of the OWLS 2018 Committee

Important Dates

Abstracts Open Now Open
Abstracts Close 29 August 2018
Notifications to Authors 14 September 2018
Registration Open Now Open
Presenters Registration Due   30 September 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes   30 September 2018

Invited Speakers