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Cutting-edge research and industry meet at Photonics Europe

CARDIFF, UK - 23 April 2008 - The broad scope of topics across photonics technologies and the participation of industry drew strong attendance to SPIE Europe's Photonics Europe in Strasbourg, France, 7-10 April. Total attendance was 2,300, up from previous years' events. Growth was seen in the number of participants in technical presentations and programs as well as in organizations in the exhibition, which included 150 exhibiting companies.

"Photonics Europe is now the place for presenting foreground results in EU-funded projects and to meet with European Commission photonics staff," said Hugo Thienpont of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, one of the event's three General Chairs. "I was really pleased by the quality of technical content, and with the extremely well-attended Industry Perspectives sessions. It was a good opportunity to network."

Giancarlo C. Righini, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR, and Patrick Meyrueis, Université Louis Pasteur, also served as General Chairs for the event.

High interest was shown in all 18 technical conferences, with the largest audiences attending sessions in Photonics for Solar Energy Systems, Metamaterials, Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics, and Nanophotonics. Approximately 1100 papers were presented.

Meyrueis cited the European Photonics Clusters meeting and the Photonics Innovation Village as highlights of the event. "The Innovation Village displayed the talent invested by bright European scientists in bridging basic science and industry to produce for emerging markets, with energy and confidence in the future of Europe," Meyrueis said.

The Photonics Innovation Village was cosponsored by SPIE Europe and Rhenaphotonics Alsace under the patronage of the European Commission (EC). The European Photonics Clusters meeting was organized by Rhenaphotonics Alsace and the Photonics Unit of the EC's DG INFSO, in cooperation with SPIE Europe. See photos of the Photonics Innovation Village winners at http://spie.org/x24115.xml.

Among other special events were:

  • Industrial Perspectives talks by top-level executives
  • Hot Topics in Photonics, plenary presentations by leading scientists
  • Professional development sessions for student and early career professionals, organised in cooperation with SPIE's student chapter at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Reception for SPIE's Women in Optics community.

SPIE Past President Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde, announced the presentation of two awards:

  • To Adolf Lohmann of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Erlangen-Nürnberg, SPIE's 2008 A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of Lohmann's invention of the computer-generated hologram, which revolutionized the world of optical testing and design.
  • To Henri Rajbenbach, a Scientific Project Manager at the European Commission, the 2008 SPIE Europe Recognition Award, in honor of his service and dedication to the European photonics community.


Photonics Innovation Village award winners and jury: Back row, jury members Bernard Kress, Gustav Kalbe, Patrick Meyrueis, Paul Smigielski, Giancarlo Righini, Hugo Thienpont, and Kevin Harding. Front row, award winners (with plaques) René Reichle, Jean-Bernard Lecourt, Vincent Lauer, Thomas Geernaert, and Sara Van Overmeire.

Day-by-day coverage of meeting highlights is available at http://spie.org/x23831.xml.

About SPIE Europe
SPIE Europe, headquartered in Cardiff, UK, is a European-based extension of SPIE, an international educational not-for-profit organization advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. SPIE Europe annually presents several symposia comprising conferences, exhibitions, courses and workshops as well as other membership, educational and industry forums throughout Europe. These activities serve to catalyze collaboration among technical disciplines and promote the advancement of science, information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE is an international professional society founded in 1955. In addition to organizing and sponsoring technical conferences around the world, SPIE publishes journals, books and proceedings, with technical papers available for download via the SPIE Digital Library. For more information about SPIE Europe and SPIE, visit SPIE.org.