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SPIE consolidates events to enhance attendee experience

Bellingham, Washington, USA - 2 October 2007- SPIE will consolidate conferences from the Society's Optics East meeting with other SPIE-sponsored events starting in 2008, to enhance connections among researchers and the exhibit community in those fields.

"For the past few years we have received many comments from attendees regarding the vast amount of choices they have for where to present their research, and requests to reduce the competition within SPIE events," said Janice Walker, Senior Director, Events and Global Services. This decision to consolidate conferences addresses both concerns, and strengthens existing technical programs. Optics East symposium chairs concurred, characterizing the decision as a sound strategic realignment.

Staff and conference leadership are in the process of repositioning Optics East programs with the SPIE Photonics West event, BiOS Symposium and Defense and Security Symposium. Connections already exist among these events, evidenced by cross-over participation by presenters and exhibitors. SPIE also is looking at how to reorient activities it sponsors in the Northeast.

Walker expressed appreciation for the work of volunteer chairs, committee members and exhibitors whose dedication to building the Optics East program and exhibition has resulted in an event and publications that are highly valued by attendees, the research community, and industry.

"Many noteworthy, cutting-edge publications have entered the world literature via the SPIE Digital Library as a result of presentations at SPIE Optics East over the years," Walker said. "SPIE is looking forward to enriching the on-site experience for attendees by concentrating these topics at a smaller number of events."

The decision was endorsed at the recent SPIE Optics and Photonics meeting in San Diego by the Society's Symposia Committee, Corporate Exhibitor Committee, and Board of Directors.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Serving the interests of its more than 188,000 active constituents representing 138 different countries, SPIE acts as a catalyst for collaboration among technical disciplines for information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. As the organizer and sponsor of approximately 26 major conferences and education programs annually in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, SPIE provides publishing, speaking, and learning opportunities on emerging technologies. For more information, visit SPIE.org