General Information



Over the years the field of metamaterials has evolved from engineering artificial media with exotic properties such as negative and zero refractive indices, chirality, optical magnetism, epsilon-near-zero features and other characteristics (the first generation) to the development of tunable, switchable and reconfigurable metamaterials and metasurfaces (the second generation). This field has now entered into its third generation, as it is rapidly expanding into the domain of quantum technologies, artificial intelligence and topological photonics. This Symposium organized by the European Physical Society will aim to be a discussion forum exploring this evolving research direction.

It will also be an occasion to celebrate the 65th birthdays of Prof. Nader Engheta  and Prof. Nikolay Zheludev, two metamaterial pioneers whose vision and scientific achievements seminally inspired the first generation, advanced the second generation, and continue to lead the path for the third generation of metamaterial science and technology.

Key Dates of the Symposium:

Arrival and Welcome Reception: Monday 1 August 2022

Symposium: From Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 August 2022

Symposium Dinner: Thursday evening 4 August 2022

Conference excursion to Aeolian Islands: Friday 5 August 2022 (all day, at additional cost)

Conference Co-chairs:

Andrea Alù, CUNY, USA
Kevin MacDonald, University of Southampton, UK
Cesare Soci, NTU, Singapore
Giuseppe Strangi, Case Western Reserve University, USA


The symposium will take place in Cetraro, province of Cosenza, Calabria region, Italy. Further information: Venue / Accommodation.

Registration hours and location – tbc later

Conference language:
English will be the official language of the conference.

Passport and visa requirements:
Foreign visitors entering in Italy must be in possession of a valid ID or passport. EU nationals, in general, do not require a visa, however most other non-italian participants do. Delegates from countries requiring visas should apply to the Italian consular offices or diplomatic missions in their home countries.

Those who need a visa must satisfy the visa requirements of their local Italian Embassy/Consulate including

  • Invitation Letter VISA
  • a confirmed travel booking, including flight, train and/or bus bookings, hotel reservation and health insurance 
  • a confirmed order for their online registration as well as any special local requirements. 

Contributors requesting a letter of invitation should pre-fill the Invitation Letter and return it to the European Physical Society (to ) to be duly signed and returned to the recipients.

Important: The invitation letter will only be sent to contributors who have submitted a contribution. The reference of the paper will be asked.