V International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics


14 - 18 September 2020
Tbilisi, Georgia


General information

For the last several years the METANANO conference has acquired a strong reputation among the scientists and is attracting more and more participants every year from different scientific fields from fundamental research in Photonics and Plasmonics to business-oriented projects in RF technologies, Bionanotechnologies and Solar Energy.
METANANO 2020 is organized in a warm and welcoming city of Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia. Being located at the southern foothills of the Caucasus mountains, this city has 2500 years of marvelous history and is well known for its hospitality, deep traditions, as well as for a strong food culture.
The conference is organized by the Department of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University together with Georgian Technical University and supported by the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics.
Save the date and see you in Tbilisi! 


1st Call for papers

Proceedings publication

All submitted papers (3-4 pages in length) will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The reviewers are encouraged to give constructive comments and suggestions to the authors. The authors of accepted papers will receive the review comments and recommendations and will have a possibility to amend their papers based on the review comments and suggestions and upload the revised versions before June 15, 2020.
Note that for Invited, Keynote and Plenary speakers short abstracts (~250 words) are acceptable.


  • Quantum Photonics
  • Plasmonics and Nanophotonics
  • Photonic Crystals
  • Bionanophotonics
  • Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering
  • Metasurfaces and their applications
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Physics of Excitons
  • Nanoantennas and Nanocircuits
  • Solar Energy
  • THz Technologies
  • Imaging and Sensing
  • Acoustic and Elastic Metamaterials
  • Microwave and Optical Metamaterials
  • Emerging Applications
  • Medical Applications

General plenary session speakers

Mathias Fink
Langevin Institute, ESPCI Paris

Keynote speakers

Thomas Krauss
Andrey Varlamov
Institute of Superconductivity and Innovative Materials (CNR-SPIN) Rome
City University of Hong Kong
China, Hong Kong
Arno Rauschenbeutel
Satoshi Iwamoto
The University of Tokyo

Conference sessions

To enhance the impact of the METANANO conference series, researchers within the scope of the conference are invited to suggest Special Sessions. Proposals should be completed by using this template. Please submit your proposal by 16th December 2019 to Technical Programme Committee (TPC) Chair Dr. Mihail Petrov (m.petrov@metalab.ifmo.ru) and CC to Conference Secretary Ms. Anastasia Kaptsova (anastasia.kaptsova@metalab.ifmo.ru).

All proposals will be reviewed by TPC. The TPC will score and rank submitted proposals based on scientific quality, timeliness, and interest from the conference community. The session organizers will have an authority for accepting papers for their session which will not be subject to a regular review cycle. Proposers will be informed about the TPC decision two weeks after the proposal’s submission.

It is expected that there will be one to three slots of 110 minutes in duration. Each slot can accommodate three to six 15 (oral) – 20 (invited) – 30 (keynote) minute papers. Special Sessions will be scheduled at different slots over the conference period. We also expect that the Special Session organizers will keep the following guideline while planning the scientific program: suggesting 1(2) keynote speaker per 2 (3) slot session and 2-3 invited speakers per slot

Free-Electron-Driven Light-Matter Interaction

Cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) have become incredible characterization tools that provide an unprecedented combination of space, energy, and time resolutions for the characterization of nanophotonic materials. In parallel to that, recent advances in nanophotonics and electron microscopy have enabled the development of novel light-matter effects triggered by free electrons. In this Special Session, we will discuss these two developments in parallel, with a special emphasis on novel effects and characterization techniques such as quantum CL, electron wavefront shaping, ultrafast electron microscopy, and free-electron-driven light sources.

RF and Microwave Applications of Complex Electromagnetic Structures

Every year the research on metamaterials and complex electromagnetic structures offers new fascinating opportunities of handling electromagnetic fields. Metamaterials today are not just a concept, but a powerful tool of developing new antennas, RF systems, microwave devices, and components. At this stage, joint efforts of physicists and engineers worldwide are highly demanded for building a new metamaterial-inspired technology improving state of the art. Our session is a platform to share recent results and ideas on various applications of such structures in the RF. The scope of the session covers but not limited to the following topics, where metamaterials, metasurfaccomplex periodic structures are the operational principle:

  • Antennas and antenna arrays;
  • Radiofrequency identification;
  • Navigation systems;
  • Passive and active microwave devices and components;
  • Electromagnetic compatibility; 
  • Simulation and measurement techniques;
  • Millimeter-wave and sub-millimeter quasi-optical components.
Advanced Electromagnetic for MRI

Exploring the newly discovered and previously overlooked electromagnetic effects in the scope of magnetic resonance imaging applications has already provided a pathway for many novel scan techniques: better RF-coils, waveguide excitation, targeted teranostic agents, advanced shielding and more – all leading to higher diagnostic quality, safer examinations or reduced costs.

This session acts as an umbrella meeting for professionals both in electromagnetic research and MRI applications aiming to facilitate knowledge dissemination. This idea-rich environment is intended for further exchange of the MRI challenges and solutions as well as advances in EM theory and engineering that can potentially unlock new diagnostic possibilities.

Perovskite Photonics and Optoelectronics

Nanostructures and low-dimensional systems based on halide perovskites have recently emerged as promising materials not only for photovoltaics and optoelectronics, but for a number of advanced photonic applications. Recent studies of optical properties of halide perovskites suggest many opportunities for a design of nanophotonic devices due to the perovskites low-cost fabrication, relatively high values of the refractive index, existence of excitons at room temperatures, broadband bandgap tunability, high optical gain, and strong nonlinear response, as well as the simplicity of their integration with other types of optical and electronic architectures. This Special Section provides a platform for researchers to discuss the recent progress in fundamentals and applications of the nanostructured halide perovskites.

New phenomena and applications for wireless power transfer

Wireless Power Transfer is a technology finding its way into products. The fast development in the area is possible when academia and industry are strongly connected with each other. This session aims to provide a platform to stimulate intense communication among the researchers and engineers involved in WPT development.  New phenomena, as well as improved WPT system designs for a broad range of practical applications, will be covered in the session. The works devoted to wireless power transmission and harvesting through near- and far-fields will be accepted.

Advanced Systems for Applied Nanoscience

Session aims to bring together researchers from different fields of science (biology, chemistry, and material science) to share their results. It took the initiation to engage the world-class experts from the academic platform, to discuss the advancements in the field of Material and Life Science. The results of these fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations can find real applications in the field of, for example, catalysis, drug delivery, sensing, genetics and others. The Advanced systems for applied nanoscience session will cover a wide variety of topics relevant for physicists, biologists, chemists, and engineers. So, come and join the interdisciplinary section with leading professionals at METANANO 2020 Conference in Tbilisi.

All-Dielectric Metamaterials and Metasurfaces

All-dielectric nanophotonics is a rapidly developing area of research due to the possibility to control and manipulate light scattering by high-index semiconductor nanoparticles. Mature fabrication techniques, developed for silicon technologies, enable realization of ambitious proposals that continue promoting the field. It opens a vast room of opportunities for designing novel types of nanoscale elements and devices and paves a way to advanced technologies of light energy manipulation. In particular, progress in all-dielectric metasurfaces and nanoantennas, new types of excitations, such as magnetic and toroidal modes and associated anapole states, ultrahigh-Q resonant modes, etc. promise replacing conventional bulky optical elements with nanometer-scale structures with enhanced functionality. Therefore, this section is to bring together up-to-date research on this topic from all over the world.

Bound States in the Continuum in Photonics

Bound states in the continuum as nonradiating sources of energy have traditionally been studied in quantum mechanics and atomic physics while receiving a very little attention in the photonics community. This situation has changed recently due to a number of pioneering theoretical studies and remarkable experimental demonstrations of these exotic states of light in dielectric resonant photonic structures and metasurfaces, with the possibility to localize efficiently the electromagnetic fields of high intensities within small volumes of matter. These recent advances underpin novel concepts in nanophotonics, and provide a promising pathway to overcome the problem of losses usually associated with metals and plasmonic materials for the efficient control of the light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. This Special Section aims to provide a platform for researchers to discuss the current progress in this young yet prominent research field with applications in both linear and nonlinear optics including but not limited to design of novel dielectric structures with high-Q resonances, nonlinear wave mixing and enhanced harmonic generation, as well as advanced concepts for lasing and biosensing.

Special symposium


Photonic quantum technology is an exciting and emerging field that is predominantly based on the unique properties provided by quantum mechanics, superposition and entanglement. Compared to respective classical approaches, quantum technologies not only have the potential to considerably enhance computational power, communication security, but also can be applied in interdisciplinary research including bio-marking, sensing, thermometry, etc.

The Symposium provides a platform for discussion of recent progress in development, experimental realization, application of single-photon sources and creation of collaboration for scientists from all over the world. Also symposium covers theoretical and experimental research in the following and related topics such as:
- advances in nanofabrication and circuit integration
- diamond nanophotonics
- new materials and concepts for quantum photonics
- control of quantum emitters and lifetime engineering
- quantum nonlinear phenomena
- quantum nanophotonics for biology applications
- quantum photonic devices for simulations, sensing, and communication
- quantum communications, networks, and metrology
- novel quantum technologies


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Important dates

  • 16 March 2020 - Paper Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2020 - Paper Acceptance Results
  • 10 May 2020 - Grant Application Deadline
  • 1 June 2020 - Grant Application Results
  • 15 June 2020 - Revised Paper Submission Deadline
  • 14 - 18 September 2020 - METANANO Conference


VisaVisa is not required to enter Georgia for most of the countries (see the map above and check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia for more information).

Citizens of the countries not exempted from Georgian visa can apply for a short-term visa through e-Visa Portal without visiting Georgian Embassy or Consular Office, following three simple steps: applying, making online payment and printing out ready e-Visa.

Previous editions of METANANO

Metanano 2018
Metanano 2017

Registration to the conference

Please check the Important deadlines in order to be on time with your paper submission.


Type Early
(before June 15, 2020)
(from June 16, 2020)
Regular 600 USD 700 USD
Student 450 USD 550 USD