CARDIFF, Wales, UK -- Leading photonics researchers and industry developers will present up-to-the-minute research and technology innovations at SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels 12-16 April 2010. The event will be held at The Square Conference Centre, and is the fourth in a series that began in 2004.
"Participants will have the opportunity to gain support for new ideas, learn about new developments in photonics that will enable future design successes, and network with peers and future R&D team members," said Francis Berghmans, Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Berghmans, Ronan Burgess, Scientific Officer in the European Commission's Photonics Unit, Jürgen Popp, Coordinator of the Photonics4Life Network of Excellence, and and Peter Hartmann, Schott AG, are Symposium Chairs.
Photonics Europe will include a technical scientific programme of conferences and hot-topic plenary sessions, a showcase for innovation, student and entrepreneurship events, courses and workshops, and an exhibition featuring an expected 150 companies showing the latest photonics components, tools, and systems. SPIE anticipates overall attendance of around 2,500.
Abstracts will be accepted 15 June through 28 September, for papers in:
- Micro/nano technologies: metamaterials, photonic crystal fibres and devices, MEMS, MOEMS, nanometrology
- Optics and photonics: sensors, silicon photonics, organic photonics
- Laser technology: semiconductors, solid state, fibre lasers, amplifiers
- Applications: solar, biophotonics, automotive, image processing, multimedia.
More information is available online at photonicseurope.org.
The Photonics Innovation Village will again be presented, jointly organised in 2010 by VUB's Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) and School of Business Engineering and by SPIE Europe, under the patronage of the European Commission. "We are excited to see Photonics Europe becoming the highlight of the European photonics calendar and the forum where European projects can share their achievements with the broader community," Burgess said.
"Photonics Europe aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial development," said Hugo Thienpont of VUB, one of three Symposium Chairs in 2008. "Our goal is to create a forum par excellence where researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and industrial leaders can network, interact and join forces to work towards a better society for all, based on the technology of light."
SPIE Europe, headquartered in Cardiff, UK, is a European-based extension of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, which was founded in 1955 as an educational not-for-profit professional society advancing light-based technologies. SPIE Europe annually presents several events with conferences, exhibitions, courses and workshops as well as other membership, educational and industry forums. These activities catalyse collaboration among technical disciplines and promote the advancement of science, information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent and career and professional growth. In 2008, the Society provided $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants and other education programmes around the world. For more information about SPIE Europe and SPIE, visit SPIE.org.
Photo caption: At left, Vincent Lauer of Lauer Technologies, winner of the 2008 Photonics Innovation Village Best Technology Award, demonstrates his project for SPIE Past President Brian Culshaw. The innovation competition will be repeated at SPIE Photonics Europe 2010.
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