Newton Researcher Links Workshops

2018 Bio-photonics For Medical Technologies

Under the researcher links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and the Royal Society will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Malacca, Malaysia from 23-25th July 2018.

The workshop is aimed to educate and train PhD students, young researchers in the field of Bio-photonics. This workshop would focus to combine the photonics and its applications in bio-technology. Both these sectors have been identified by the EU Horizon 2020 programme as the two key enabling technologies (out of only 6), which are expected to reshape our world in the 21st century. This workshop provides an outstanding scientific program including lectures from renowned world experts in these fields. This workshop will foster an international atmosphere for the participants to exchange scientific ideas and technological advances and also seek career guidance within the field of photonics and biomedical optics.

The workshop covers the following topics:

      • Laser and light interaction on cells and tissues
      • Laser and light microscopy
      • Confocal and Multi photon imaging
      • Optical methods of diagnosis of cells, tissues and body fluids for cancer and blood diseases
      • Optical coherence tomography for tissue imaging
      • Advances in photo dynamic diagnosis and therapy of cancer
      • Raman Spectroscopy and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
      • Laser micro manipulation of cells
      • Laser and light interaction on cells and tissues
      • Surface plasmon resonance and optical fibre biosensing and imaging
      • IP protection, spin-off, and entrepreneurship

This workshop is limited to 80 early career researchers (ECRs) from Malaysia and UK. Only 40 ECRs (20 from Malaysia and 20 from UK) will be selected to receive our sponsorship.

Participants will be expected to deliver a short presentation on their research area and its relationship to the workshop theme, and to take part in group-discussions over each of the three days of the workshop.

Important Dates

Application dateline: 30th April 2018
Extended dateline: 13rd May 2018
Registration Dateline (including abstract): 29th May 2018
Full paper submission dateline (including powerpoint poster)/: 10th June 2018


Time Program Speaker
8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Ceremony
9:20 Photonics – Introduction to Bio-photonics from its emergence to becoming key enabling technology: Design and optimisation of Bio-photonic Devices Professor B M Azizur Rahman
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Fundamentals of Optical sensors Professor Kenneth Grattan
11:30 Bio-photonics –fundamentals and opportunities Prof Ajoy K Kar
12:00 Photonics research in Malaysia Professor Datuk Harith Ahmad
12:30 Silicon Photonics – the opportunity Professor Richard de la Rue
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Lab on a chip – developments and applications Professor Ajoy K Kar
14:30 Biosensors: basic technologies-

FBG and LPG sensors
by Professor Kenneth Grattan

Microfibres and micro-knot resonator based sensors
by Professor Sulaiman Wadi Harun

Silicon slot and ring resonators as Biosensors
by Professor B M Azizur Rahman

Plasmonic and evanescent sensors
by Prof. Richard de la Rue

15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Biosensors and applications in healthcare instrumentations Professor B M Azizur Rahman
20:00 Dinner and cultural show
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Time Program Speaker
9:00 Poster session presentation
9:45 Poster session presentation
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Overview of research base and funding opportunities in Malaysia Professor Datuk Harith Ahmad / Professor Sulaiman Wadi Harun
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Industry-academic career Professor Richard De La Rue
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Funding opportunities in UK and Internationalisation Professor B M Azizur Rahman /
Prof. Richard de la Rue

Time Program Speaker
9:00 Research methods, IP protection and spin-offs Professor Kenneth Grattan /
Prof Ajoy K Kar
9:45 Networking of young participants
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Round Table discussions Professor Sulaiman Wadi Harun
11:45 Closing Ceremony
12:30 Lunch
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The workshop will be held in Hatten Hotel Malacca, Malaysia organized by University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia in collaboration with City, University of London (CUL), UK. In Malaysia, UM has become the leading research centre in photonics and one of the five National Centres of Research Excellence in Malaysia. The Photonics Research Centre of CUL has received the first Royal Society Athena Runners-up award (2016) for its research diversity work.


The workshop will be mentored by the following estemeed photonics researchers:

Professor B M Azizur Rahman

City, University of London, United Kingdom

Expertise in development of rigorous numerical approaches and design and optimisation of photonic devices and integrated optic biosensors.

Professor Kenneth Grattan

City, University of London, United Kingdom

Measurement and Instrumentation, fibre optic sensors for physical measurement, fibre optic sensors for high temperature measurement and applications of optical sensing techniques in industrial situations.

Professor Sulaiman Wadi Harun

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Engineering Sciences (Photonics and Fibre-Optic Devices)

Professor Ulung Harith Ahmad

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Fibre Optics and Waveguides (Fiber Optic Technology) and quantum Electronics and Lasers (Laser Technology).


The workshop program will feature selected expert invited speakers:

Professor Ajoy Kumar Kar

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences Research Pools
Heriot Watt University, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)

Professor Ajoy Kar has over 30 years of experience in studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials and their applications. His current projects involve amplifiers for telecommunications, ultrafast all-optical switching in novel optical fibres, ultrafast optical nonlinearities in semiconductors, ultrafast laser inscription (ULI) of photonic devices that should result in novel optoelectronic devices and generation of white light continuum from visible to mid-infrared part of the spectrum.Recently he is applying the principles of nonlinear optics to develop novel microfluidic devices for biophotonics applications.

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Professor Richard De La Rue

Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering
University of Glasgow

Some of his recent research has been concerned with photonic crystal and photonic wire structures, waveguide micro-cavities, silicon photonics and metamaterials. This work has evolved to include research on compact lasers, photonic-crystal LEDs and the applications of photonic crystal structures and metamaterial surfaces to bio-medical and organic sensing.

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The participants will be sought from engineers, scientists and can also be medical researchers interested in bio-photonics, as well as small and large photonics companies, biomedical instrumentation sector, that offered (and scouted for) various relevant technologies. Priorities would be young researchers in photonics who would like its exploitation in bio-sensing and medical instrument development or medical instrumentation engineers who would like to know how enabling photonics can do enhance the diagnostic equipment. 80% of the place would be reserved for young researchers who have awarded their PhDs within last 5 years. For industrial researchers who do not hold a PhD but has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for established research activity, they can also be considered eligible.

All the participants would be from UK or in Malaysia.

Workshop Fees

For the 40 selected applicants will be sponsored for all expenses which are cost of travel, accommodation, workshop fees and meals during the workshop. Meanwhile, other applicants who are interested to attend the esteemed workshop are required to pay the fees as below:

  • Postgraduate Students : 900 MYR
  • Working Researchers : 1100 MYR
  • Accompany Person (without publication fees) : 700 MYR


All accepted papers will be published in IOP Conference which is an open-access proceedings journal. Conference papers are published online as a single volume and indexed in ISI Web of Science (Conference Proceedings Citation Index), Scopus, Ei Compendex. -all articles will receive a permanent DOI number.

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