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New optics and photonics society in Portugal announces conference

02 July 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- A new photonics meeting will be presented next spring in Portugal, organized by the recently established Portuguese Optics and Photonics Society (SPOF) with the support of SPIE and other international societies.

The International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics (AOP 2011) will be held at the Univ. of Minho in Braga, Portugal, 3-7 May. SPIE Immediate Past President María Yzuel (Univ. Autónoma de Barcelona), Board of Directors member Hugo Thienpont (Vrije Univ. Brussel), and CEO Eugene Arthurs are among those serving on the event's International Steering Committee.

"We are looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from around the world to our modern 20-centuries old town of Braga, to share recent advances and future perspectives in all fields of optics and photonics," said AOP 2011 Chair and SPOF President Manuel Filipe Costa (Univ. do Minho). An important goal for SPOF is to establish new mutually beneficial cooperative relationships "in this wide field of utmost importance to the development of our world." he said.

Yzuel congratulated SPOF on its formation and conference, calling the new society "a great initiative that will gather and strengthen the Portuguese community in optics and photonics, and will help them to link with other international societies.

"As SPIE 2010 Immediate Past President, I congratulate Prof. Costa and all my colleagues in Portugal, and I wish for a great future for optics and photonics in Portugal." Yzuel said. "SPOF can help to improve communication between the researchers at the Portuguese universities and research laboratories with industry."

Yzuel is a member of Photonics21 and participates in Work Group 7, concentrated on encouraging Education and Research. Photonics21, founded 2005, is a voluntary association of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Europe.

In addition to SPIE and SPOF, the conference is endorsed by the International Commission for Optics (ICO), European Optical Society (EOS), Sociedad Española de Óptica (SEDOPTICA), Reunión Iberoamerican de Óptica (RIAO), Academia Mexicana de Óptica, Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS), and HCSI.

Learn more about SPOF at www.spidof.pt. Find the call for papers for AOP 2011 at www.spidof.pt/aop2011. Conference proceedings will be published in the SPIE Digital Library and available after the meeting in print and digital collections.

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