Conference venues

OIST Main campus (Day 1)

OIST’s main campus is situated on top of a hill surrounded by sub-tropical forests. The institute currently counts three fully operational laboratories and several support buildings, employing around 1000 people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds.

A shuttle bus will take our participants to the main campus on the first day of the conference in order for them to attend both plenary sessions (i.e. Steven Chu and Jean-Luc Doumont’s talks). The talks will be followed by a tour of the relevant labs of OIST.

Seaside House (Day 2 & 3)

Our participants will be lodged at the OIST Seaside House for the whole duration of the conference. There are 22 twin guest rooms located on the second and third floors of Seaside House. Each participant will be paired with a person of the same gender in one of the rooms, unless specified otherwise (specific demands will be considered upon request). All guest rooms are equipped with a shower and restroom, an air conditioning unit, and a room phone-line.




The venue is located only 3 km from the Main Campus and overlooks the East China Sea in Onna Village with a spectacular view of coral reefs and islands. Talks of the second and third day, along with the poster session, will be held there. If the weather allows it, our participants will have the chance to enjoy their lunches outdoor, in one of the green and a relaxing areas surrounding the Seaside House facility. In the common area the following amenities are also available: soft-drink, snack and beer vending machines / washer/dryer-equipped laundries(Free) / Public telephone (used with pre-paid cards or credit cards).


The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary experiment that attempts to remove unnecessary burdens within academia so that scientists can focus exclusively on their research.

OIST is driven by a mission to conduct internationally outstanding education and research in science and technology, contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawa, and promote the advancement of science and technology in Japan and throughout the world. To this end, OIST has removed departments and instead conducts research in autonomous units that have the power to work across any fields they please. To provide quality education, OIST offers a fully-funded 5-year PhD program with low student-to-faculty ratios.

OIST is truly international, with over 60% of its faculty and 80% of its students from outside Japan. To promote further worldwide collaboration, OIST conducts research in English. In addition, OIST is located on the beautiful island of Okinawa, Japan in the village of Onna-son and has been designed with breathtaking views of the East China Sea. All-in-all, OIST is a pretty swell place to be!

Important dates

  • Abstract/Travel grant submission opens – 1st May 2017
  • Abstract/Travel grant submission ends – 30th June 2017
  • Abstract/Travel grant submission extension – 14th July 2017
  • Conference registration opens – 1st August 2017
  • Conference registration closes – 30th September 2017
  • Start of the conference – 25th October 2017

OSA Okinawa Student Chapter

Our OSA student chapter was started in Cork, Ireland, and moved to Okinawa along with the chapter advisor and the then-student president. We have been at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) for the past four years. During this time our chapter has been especially active in outreach events by teaching at local schools, giving talks, and taking part in local large science promotional events. In the last year alone we have participated in outreach extending to approximately 7,500 people. This year we continue our outreach endeavors and take on the challenging task of hosting an IONS conference.

IONS conferences are student run events which present excellent opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to meet with their peers, discuss science, and form social networks early in their career. Annually, between six and eight of these conferences in optics and physics are distributed globally. This year we would be happy to host you on our small island of Okinawa where, for the first time in its history, our university, OIST, is hosting such an event through the OSA student chapter. Have a look around our site, check us out on facebook and if it seems of interest to you apply. We look forward to hearing from you.