Jun 15 – 17, 2021
Europe/Berlin timezone

4th Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin Scattering

We are pleased to announce that the 4th international Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin scattering: Fundamentals, Applications and Technology (WOMBAT) will be held at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (Germany).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person workshop has been postponed to 14th - 17th of June 2022.

A virtual workshop was held from 15th to 17th of June 2021 with about 200 participants. We thank all invited speakers, contributed hot topics speakers and poster presenters for presenting their exciting results!

Now we plan ahead for the in-person workshop in 2022 and hope that researchers from all over the world will be able to attend!

Group picture

The WOMBAT series of workshops aims to gather the international research community working on interactions between light, sound and mechanical vibrations and to bridge the gap between the fields of Brillouin scattering and (cavity) opto-mechanics research. At the same time, we strive to represent the full spectrum of research from fundamental science to applications.

Like the previous workshops (Sydney 2015, Besançon 2017, Tel Aviv 2019), the 4th WOMBAT will bring together leading scientists from across the globe. In particular, we intend to provide a platform for early career researchers and introductory-level education for students via a series of tutorial lectures delivered by renowned experts in the field.

Postponing the workshop to 2022 gives us the opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Brillouin scattering in 1922!

This website will be updated regularly as invited speakers confirm their attendance for 2022 and workshop preparations are finalized. Please find the time line for the in-person event below. We invite you to be part of our active, growing and lively research community and to enjoy a stimulating meeting!

We hope to meet you in Erlangen!

Birgit Stiller,
Christian Wolff,
Florian Marquardt,
Philip Russell,
Jochen Guck


Authors time line for the in-person workshop 2022
Abstract submission closes: 28th February 2022
Author notification: 15th April 2022
Program available online: 15th April 2022
Early bird registration: 1st May 2022



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