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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
27 January - 1 February 2018
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Important Information for SPIE Photonics West Chairs and Committee Members

The responsibilities of being Conference Chair, Program Committee member, or Session Chair are crucial to the success of SPIE events, and it is you, our incredible volunteers, who are the true engine of the Society. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of SPIE, THANK YOU for volunteering your time and dedication—we truly could not do this without you.  

If you have any questions or concerns at any point along the way, please don't hesitate to contact your Conference Program Coordinator.

Conference Timeline and Deadlines

13 March 2017

Call for papers due from Chairs 

3 April 2017

Call for papers opens online at http://spie.org/pw

17 July 2017

Abstracts due (authors submit abstracts via http://spie.org/pw)

31 July 2017

Chairs propose Short Courses for Education Program

14 August 2017

Advance Program due from Chairs

20 September 2017

Advance Program + Hotel and Travel Online at http://spie.org/pw

25 September 2017

Author notifications sent by SPIE (contact author of each submission will be notified of acceptance via email)

20 November 2017

Student Grant Application Deadline

27 November 2017

Final Program due from Chairs

4 December 2017

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE115, OE131-OE135

3 January 2018

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all LASE conferences

3 January 2018

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all OPTO conferences

5 January 2018

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all BiOS conferences 

5 January 2017

Chairs complete Manuscript Reviews and submit Introduction to Proceedings for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE115, OE131-OE135

27 January - 1 February 2018

Conference held at The Moscone, San Francisco, California USA

2 weeks after meeting

Chairs complete Manuscript Reviews and submit Introduction to Proceedings


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Important Dates

Abstracts Due
17 July 2017

Author Notification
25 September 2017

Manuscripts Due
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