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Optics website is under new ownership

29 April 2010

CARDIFF, Wales, UK -- 23 April 2010 -- SPIE Europe, Cardiff, UK, has assumed ownership of the website OPTICS.org, in a transition from ownership by IOP Publishing of Bristol, UK.

"We are very pleased to take the lead in continuing this robust resource for the international optics community," said Eugene Arthurs, Executive Director of SPIE. "OPTICS.org is well respected and aligned very closely with our objective to support the European community in advancing photonics, which has been identified as a 'Key Enabling Technology' by the European Commission largely through the efforts of Photonics21."

"The deal is a win-win for OPTICS.org readers and advertisers, as well as for SPIE and ourselves," said Michael Bray, Finance Director at IOP Publishing. "With a new publisher, OPTICS.org will continue to provide a must-read information service for optics and photonics professionals."

OPTICS.org was originally founded by SPIE in 1996. IOP Publishing came on as a partner in 1998 and took over full ownership in 2000.

The OPTICS.org website carries a full gamut of continually updated research and industry news and analysis for the optics and photonics community.

SPIE Events Europe Ltd., a UK-registered company, provides exhibition opportunities for organisations interested in participating in internationally recognised conferences and education programmes organised and managed by SPIE Europe Ltd., a not-for-profit UK-registered company, on emerging technologies in optics and photonics. In addition, SPIE Europe Ltd. serves SPIE constituents throughout Europe as an advocate and liaison to political and industry associations within the European optics and photonics community. SPIE is the international optics and photonics society founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology. http://spie.org

IOP Publishing is a leading international scientific publisher with offices in Europe, North America and Asia. The company publishes a range of journals, community websites and magazines, including Physics World, the membership title of the Institute of Physics. IOP Publishing has a portfolio of more than 60 journals which reflect the growth and interdisciplinary nature of scientific research and application, from topics as varied as astronomy, mathematics, the biosciences and, of course, physics. A world leader in the development of electronic publishing, IOP Publishing is constantly developing innovative online resources to meet the emerging needs of research scientists and STM librarians. http://publishing.iop.org

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