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SPIE and Japan Society of Applied Physics renew cooperative agreement

29 November 2011


Above, SPIE President Katarina Svanberg and JSAP President Yasuhiro Shiraki (seated in front) are joined by other leaders from their two societies and from the Optical Society of Japan for the signing of a cooperative agreement. In the back row, from left, are OSJ Board Member Makoto Naruse (NICT), SPIE Member Sune Svanberg (Lund University), SPIE Board Member and OSJ Past President Toyohiko Yatagai (Utsunomiya University), OSJ President and past SPIE Board Member Mitsuo Takeda (University of Electro-Communications), Andrew Brown (SPIE), JSAP Board Member Satoshi Kawata (Osaka University), and OSJ Vice-President Jun Tanida (Osaka University).


OSAKA, Japan, and BELLILNGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE and the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) have renewed an agreement to collaborate in technical conferences, publications, and other information exchange, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the two societies' presidents this week in Osaka.

"SPIE is honored to continue our close relationships and fruitful collaboration with the Japan Society of Applied Physics and its members through this agreement," said SPIE President Katarina Svanberg (Lund University Hospital). "The memorandum we have signed is a continuation of a long-standing partnership between our two societies that has helped advance optics and photonics in important ways."

Yasuhiro Shiraki, President of the JSAP and professor at Tokyo City University, and Svanberg met for the signing during the Optics and Photonics Japan 2011 conference sponsored by the Optical Society of Japan (OSJ) at Osaka University. OSJ is a member society of JSAP.

The MOU recognizes the strong interest in mutual cooperation between JSAP and SPIE to serve members of the international optical science and engineering community.

Among those present at the signing were Optical Society of Japan President and past SPIE Board member Mitsuo Takeda, SPIE Board member Toyohiko Yatagai, and other leaders from the OSJ.

During a special session at the OSJ conference, Svanberg, gave a talk on "Diagnostics and treatment of tumors using laser techniques" and provided an overview of SPIE. Svanberg and other featured speakers were honored at an evening reception.

Svanberg's visit in Japan also included a talk at a meeting of the SPIE Student Chapter at Osaka University and participation in the Handai Photonics Day 2011 hosted by SPIE Fellow Satoshi Kawata at the Photonics Center at the university.


SPIE President Katarina Svanberg at the entrance to Optics and Photonics Japan 2011 in Osaka.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010.


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