Call for Papers

Call for Abstract Submissions 

We are pleased to announce the opening of abstract submission for the eleventh Single Photon Workshop (SPW2024) to be held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland 18-22 November 2024.

The Single Photon Workshop is the major biennial meeting of the international research community and has shaped developments in this field for more than two decades. The SPW2024 programme encompasses fundamental science and metrology of single-photon sources and detectors, state-of-the-art advances in deployable single-photon devices, and high impact applications in science and industry. Our scientific programme will feature plenaries and invited talks from top international experts and runs in parallel with a major photonics industry exhibition.

Call for Papers are now open!

Abstract Submission Opens6th May 2024
Abstract submission Deadline
28th June 2024
Abstract Outcomes 30th August 2024
Programme Available Online 

Call for Papers topics

  • Single- and entangled photon sources (quantum dot emitters, molecule-based emitters, defect emitters in diamond and 2D materials, spontaneous parametric down conversion, four-wave mixing).
  • Single-photon detectors (single-photon avalanche diodes, superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors, superconducting transition edge sensors, frequency up conversion, emerging detector concepts)
  • Standards & metrology for single-photon sources and detectors & photonic quantum technologies
  • Applications in science & industry, including Quantum communications including key distribution, particularly satellite-to-ground quantum links, deep space optical communications, quantum photonics, photon counting for fundamental science, single-photon LIDAR, single-photon spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging, and other life sciences applications.

Submission process 

The call for papers submission process for Single Photon Workshop 2024 will be through an online submission portal, which will be available Monday 6th May. Presenting authors are requested to create an account and submit an abstract for review according to the submission guidelines and template. Please keep the email and password used to create the account for future. Should you require any assistance or have a query about online submission, contact


  • The Presenting Author must submit the abstract and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract.
  • You do not need to register for the conference in order to submit the abstract.
  • All abstracts must be received by the submission deadline to be included in the review - 28th June 2024
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.

Submission details required

The online abstract submission is a simple step-by-step process and will ask you to input the following details:

  • Title of the abstract 
  • Presentation type – Oral or Poster, Poster only
  • Theme - chosen from the theme list above
  • Presenting Author - Name, affiliation, and job title of presenting author (this person must be listed as the first author)
  • Co-Authors - Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s)
Additional information

  • Poster talk – If you would NOT like to be considered for a poster talk indicate in portal
  • Confirmation abstract not previously presented
  • Conflict of Interest - Please list any conflicts of interest related to your abstract below. If there are none, please type 'no conflicts to declare'
  • Data consent agreement
  • Alternative contact for abstract
  • Publication of abstract agreement

Submission Guidelines 

Failure to adhere to the detailed format for call for papers preparation will result in the rejection of the abstract. 

It is ESSENTIAL that you read through the guidelines below before you submit. Abstracts which do not adhere to the guidelines will not be reviewed. Abstracts must be templated using the SPW2024 template. The abstract should be submitted as a one-page pdf and diagrams and references can be included.  

Abstract font - Times New Roman 

  • Title - font size: 14pt
  • Authors - font size: 9pt
  • Affiliation - font size: 8pt, italicized
  • Main body - font size: 10pt
  • References - font size: 10pt

Download the template below to create the abstract and then save as a PDF file to upload to the system. Only PDF files will be accepted for upload. Diagrams and tables may be included in the one-page abstract, as well as references. Abstracts will not be edited and will added to the conference website. Ensure that all grammar and spelling is correct. 

How to submit your abstract

The Presenting Author will be the contact person for the abstract and must submit the abstract. Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an Account. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account as you will require them to log into the SPW 2024 abstract submission system. Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the Presenting Author.

If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking on the View/Edit Abstracts page.


Terms & Conditions of Submission

  • Once submitted abstract content cannot be amended.
  • The abstract must not have been presented at another conference.
  • If accepted the presenting author must register to attend the conference and will be liable for the applicable full conference delegate fee.
  • Last date for submission is 28th June 2024.
  • Ideally the submitter should be the presenting author.  If this is not possible the replacement presenter must be a named author on the original submission.
  • As the number of oral and poster presentation slots are limited, the judging panel may suggest an abstract is accepted in the alternative presentation format.
  • If chosen to present a poster or oral paper at conference, the author will be required to make their presentation available for publishing on the Single Photon Workshop website.
  • The presenting author (as indicated on the submission) will be notified of the decision of the judging panel on or near the 30th of August . 
  • Poster presenters will be asked to provide a PDF of their posters in advance of conference
  • The submitter is responsible for obtaining consent to publish the names of authors/co-authors 

Please remember: If accepted for either a poster or oral presentation, the presenting author must register for full conference attendance.  Amendments cannot be made to the content of your abstract after submission.

Should you require any assistance or have a query about online submission, contact