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Photonics for remote sensing, security, and defence draw researchers to SPIE meetings in Berlin

10 September 2009

CARDIFF, Wales, UK -- Presentations on remote sensing for the environment, space, and other applications and photonics technology for security and defence drew approximately 760 international researchers to two SPIE events in Berlin last week.

The co-located SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security and Defence congresses included technical sessions and a two-day exhibition and were held at the Berliner Congress Centre 31 August through 3 September.

The events were highlighted by well-attended plenary talks by top policy makers and leading researchers, including:
· "Joint research for tomorrow's security and defence" by MinRat Rainer Krug, German Federal Ministry of Defence
· "Optronics research in Germany" by Maurus Tacke, Director, FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition
· "R&D capacities in the German Earth Observation Program" by Thomas Reiter, German Aerospace Centre
· "Earth science applications from space: an update on the decadal survey" by Richard Anthes, President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

"I was very impressed by the very high quality of the presented papers and the enthusiastic debate of the current security and defence issues," said SPIE Security and Defence Symposium Chair David Titterton, UK Defence, Science and Technology Lab.

"This year's symposium matched the strength of its successful predecessors," said SPIE Remote Sensing Symposium Chair Steven Neeck of NASA. "It was a particular delight to hold the symposium for the first time in Germany. A special treat this year was the lab tour and demo of gigahertz and terahertz technology at the nearby Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute."

Titterton also praised the Berliner Congress Centre as an ideal venue for the symposia, and said he is looking forward to next year's meeting of the co-located events in Toulouse in September.

Reinhard Ebert of the FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition was Symposium Co-Chair for SPIE Security and Defence. OPTHER and EMRSDTC (Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre) were Cooperating Organisations.

Karin Stein of FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition was Symposium Co-Chair of SPIE Remote Sensing. Cooperating Organisations were EOS (European Optical Society), EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies), DGPF, and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.

The 2008 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize was awarded to Milan Maksimovic, Manfred Hammer, and E. W. C. (Brenny) van Groesen of the Univ. of Twente, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, for their paper titled "Coupled optical defect microcavities in one-dimensional photonic bandgap structures and quasi-normal modes" published in the November 2008 issue of Optical Engineering. Titterton was presented as a new Fellow of SPIE at the event.

The co-located events were the latest of several technical congresses presented by SPIE in Europe this year.

SPIE Optical Metrology

Prof. Dr. h.c. Lothar Späth received the SPIE Visionary Award at the SPIE Optical Metrology congress in Munich in June. SPIE President María Yzuel presented the award in recognition of Späth's "visionary guidance of Jenoptik AG and the Jena optics community to its recognition as a world leader in its industry."

The congress was co-located with World of Photonics 2009, with SPIE as one of eight partners providing technical conferences for the biennial event which includes the Laser World of Photonics exhibition.

Technical highlights included a plenary talk on adaptive optics by Christopher Dainty, head of the Applied Optics Group of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Members of the EU-Directorate Information Society and Media Ostoja-Ostaszweski presented the first Photonics21 Student Innovation Award to Yannick Chassagneux, a PhD student at Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale of the Université Paris Sud. The award is endowed with EU 5,000 from industry, and will next be presented at SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels in April 2010.

The European Optical Society and German Scientific Laser Society (WLT) were Cooperating Organisations in SPIE Optical Metrology, and Chairs were Wolfgang Osten, Universität Stuttgart; Malgorzata Kujawinska, Politechnika Warszawska; and Pietro Ferraro, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata.

SPIE Microtechnologies for the New Millennium

The SPIE Microtechnologies for the New Millennium congress in Dresden in May was supported by GMM, the Society of Microelectronics, Micro and Precision Engineering and the magazine mst|news as Cooperating Organisations.

Dirk Hilbert, Mayor of Economic Affairs for the City of Dresden, welcomed attendees to the congress, and Thomas Becker, EADS Deutschland, was Symposium Chair. Sessions included technical presentations on nanotechnology, bioengineered and bioinspired systems, VLSI circuits and systems, smart sensors and actuators, and other topics.

SPIE Optics and Optoelectronics

Presentations on new applications for EUV, VUV, and x-ray technologies, a photonics hot topics session, and workshops including progress reports from major European laser facilities highlighted SPIE Optics and Optoelectronics in Prague in April. The workshops covered transnational projects such as HiPER, ELI, XFEL, and CESLAB. General Chairs of the meeting were Pavel Tomanek, Brno Univ. of Technology; Alan Michette, King's College London; and Bahaa Saleh, Boston Univ.

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