Welcome to the Symposium

Celebrating Solitons – Nonlinear Science with Light

The symposium was a lively and very constructive meeting. Many thanks to all attendees and all invited speakers.

A one day symposium “Celebrating Solitons – Nonlinear Science with Light” will be held in Besancon, France on Tuesday 10 November 2015.  The symposium will celebrate the fact that it is 50 years since the word “soliton” was introduced into the scientific literature by Zabusky and Kruskal, and the international recognition that the field of optical science has achieved with the designation by the United Nations of 2015 as the International Year of Light. 

We have assembled a fantastic programme of speakers who will consider the many ways soliton dynamics do (and sometimes do not) play an essential role in nonlinear optics, with talks on solitons in optical fibres, rogue waves and more.  The symposium will be held in the spirit of a lively and constructive debate with interruptions and questions encouraged!   

Our keynote speakers are:


Attendees are encouraged to arrive Monday 9 November 2015 or Tuesday 10 from 8:30 am.

There is no registration fee, but advanced registration for the symposium is required. Space is limited to 100 people. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

Please register by 25 October 2015 by filling the registration page.

The organizers : John Dudley and Thibaut Sylvestre