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Photonics West authors, exhibitors gear up for 2010 SPIE event in San Francisco

Prism Awards and Advancing the Laser celebration among highlights

08 May 2009

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The invitation to submit abstracts for next year's SPIE Photonics West symposium has gone out and exhibition space is booking fast, as the international photonics community prepares for the January 2010 event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Next year will be the inaugural year in San Francisco for Photonics West, after 15 years in San Jose and having grown to exceed available conference and exhibition space. Nearly 18,000 people attended the 2009 symposium, and the number is expected to increase in 2010.

Photonics West includes North America's largest exhibition covering light-driven technologies and is the preferred event in the photonics industry for product launches. More than 80% of the new larger exhibition space is already sold, with more companies signed up than in past years and larger space booked on average.

The meeting is also the site of top international photonics conferences. Abstracts are being accepted through 13 July for four symposia:

  • Biomedical Optics
  • Lasers and Applications
  • MOEMS-MEMS/Micro- and Nanofabrication
  • Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, and Applications.
See the event website for more information: spie.org/photonics-west.xml.

The 2009 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, cosponsored by SPIE and Laurin Publishing, will be awarded at Photonics West. The awards were introduced in 2008 to recognize the best in innovative technology in optics and photonics. A panel of independent expert judges will select the winners. Applications are being accepted through 22 September, in categories including:

  • Analytical, Test and Measurement
  • Detectors, Sensing and Imaging
  • Optics
  • Lasers
  • Other Light Sources
  • Photonics Systems
  • Photonics Processes
  • Sustainable/Green Technology
  • Life Sciences

More information is available online at photonicsprismaward.com.

Photonics West 2010 also will host celebrations, displays, and featured speakers marking the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of a working laser and recognizing the importance of laser technology. The events in San Francisco will be part of SPIE's "Advancing the Laser" tribute ongoing through the May 2010 anniversary date. Laser Focus World magazine also is a sponsor with SPIE of several laser tribute events and activities.

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 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. In 2008, the Society provided more than $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.


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