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Wits’ Forbes appointed as editor-in-chief of international journal

- Wits University

Forbes is the first South African to take over the reins of the 100-year-old publication published by the UK’s Institute of Physics.

Professor Andrew Forbes from the Wits School of Physics has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics

Professor Andrew ForbesThe Journal of Optics is the official journal of the European Optical Society and is published by the UK’s Institute of Physics (IoP). 

The Journal of Optics has been in circulation for more than 100 years and is a highly regarded publication in the optical community. Forbes takes on the role after having spent several years as an editorial board member and topical editor.  

“ To be Editor-in-Chief of a high-quality optics journal, one that has been in circulation for over a century, is a great honour,” says Forbes.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of setting the new strategy for the journal, leading the Editorial Board, and taking the journal forward to new heights. That the UK’s Institute of Physics would select someone from South Africa to lead the journal is a sign of the quality of people we have here at Wits,” says Forbes

Forbes is an active member of the international optics community, serving as an associate editor for Optics Express, AVS Quantum Science and PhotoniX.

Forbes is also the lead guest editor for a special issue on ‘Optics in Africa’.

This is a special issue to be published by the Optical Society of America (OSA) in their journals JOSA A and JOSA B.  Forbes will be assisted by Dr Rim Cherif (Tunisia), Dr Alain Dikande (Cameroon) and fellow Wits researcher Dr Angela Dudley.