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Your staff profile is made up of information taken from systems including Pure and Subscribe.  This page explains how to update each section of your profile.

Professor Michalis Zervas

Professor of Optical Communications

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Address: B60, West Highfield Campus, 104-118 Burgess Road, SO17 1TW (View in Google Maps)

How to update your personal details

Profile photo 
Upload your profile photo in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Your profile photo in Pure is not linked to your public staff profile. Choose a clear, recent headshot where you are easily recognisable. Your image should be at least 340 by 395 pixels. 

To change your name or prefix title contact Ask HR (opens in new tab)  If you want to update an academic title you'll need to provide evidence e.g. a PhD certificate. The way your name is displayed is automatic and cannot be changed. You can also update your post-nominal letters in Subscribe (opens in a new tab).

Job title 
Raise a request through ServiceNow (opens in a new tab) to change your job title (40 characters maximum) unless you're on the ERE career pathway. If you're on the ERE path you can not change your main job title, but you can request other minor updates through Ask HR (opens in new tab). If you have more than one post only your main job title will display here, but you can add further posts or roles in other sections of your profile.

Research interests (for researchers only) 
Add up to 5 research interests. The first 3 will appear in your staff profile next to your name. The full list will appear on your research page. Keep these brief and focus on the keywords people may use when searching for your work. Use a different line for each one.

In Pure (opens in a new tab), select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading 'Curriculum and research description', select 'Add profile information'. In the dropdown menu, select 'Research interests: use separate lines'.

Contact details 
Add or update your email address, telephone number and postal address in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Use your University email address for your primary email. 

You can link to your Google Scholar, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts through Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’.  In the 'Links' section, use the 'Add link' button. 

Create or connect your ORCID ID in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’ and then 'Create or Connect your ORCID ID'.

Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only) 
Choose to show whether you’re currently accepting PhD applicants or not in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. In the 'Portal details' section, select 'Yes' or 'No' to indicate your choice. 


Michalis N. Zervas graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Thessaloniki, Greece and received his PhD degree in Fibre Optics from University College London.  He joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton in 1991 as a Research Fellow, promoted to Research Lecturer in 1995 and Professor in Optical Communications in 1999.  In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Advanced Fibre Laser Technologies for Future Manufacturing.  His research activities include advanced optical fibre amplifier configurations, high power fibre lasers, fibre DFB lasers, Bragg grating theory and devices, surface-plasmon effects and devices, optical microresonators, and non-linear fibre optics.  He is a co-founder of Southampton Photonics Inc., a University of Southampton spin-off, now SPI Lasers Ltd, manufacturing high power fibre lasers, where he served as Chief Scientist from 2003 to 2016. He has authored/coauthored over 340 technical publications, about 40 patents/patent applications (of which 20 are granted) and has served on various conference program committees. He was the General Program Chair of the 1999 Optical Amplifiers Meeting (OSA) in Japan and General Chair of Specialty Optical Fibers (SOF) – OSA Advanced Photonics Congress in 2018. He has given a number of invited talks, tutorials and short courses in fiber amplifiers, fibre lasers and fiber Bragg gratings at major international conferences. He was a guest editor of the journal "Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics", special issue on Advanced Fibres and Waveguides. In 1996 he shared the prestigious Metrology award from the Confederation of British Industry for his work on grating measuring systems for characterizing reflection and dispersion performance of fiber Bragg gratings.   In 2006 he was finalist for the Royal Society of Engineering McRobert Award for the development of high power industrial fibre lasers.  He is Associate Editor of Optics Express and an Optical Society of America Fellow since 2015.

How to update your 'about' section

You can update this in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading and then ‘Curriculum and research description’, select ‘Add profile information’. In the dropdown menu, select - ‘About’.

Write about yourself in the third person. Aim for 100 to 150 words covering the main points about who you are and what you currently do. Clear, simple language is best. You can include specialist or technical terms.

You’ll be able to add details about your research, publications, career and academic history to other sections of your staff profile.

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