ETOP (Education and Training in Optics & Photonics) is a biennial conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels. The teaching of optics and photonics, critical fields at the core of today's world-wide technological infrastructure, must continually be upgraded and renewed in order to meet the growing demands of research, science and industry.
It is the goal of this international conference to bring together leading optics and photonics educators from all levels and orientations to discuss, demonstrate and learn about new developments and approaches to teaching in these fields. Through presentations, panel discussions, workshops and exhibits, it is the intent of this conference to inform professors, students, teachers and professional trainers on how to teach optics and photonics for the future.
ETOP addresses topics at the pre-college, technician and two-year, four-year and graduate-equivalent levels. Typical session topics include:
• training and laboratory materials for demonstrations
• training and continuing education in collaboration with industry
• education in geometrical optics, quantum optics technologies
for integrated diffractive optics
• software for teaching
• computer assisted learning
• curriculum development laboratories for optics and photonics education
• education and training for inter- and multidisciplinary applications
Proceedings of ETOP All past proceedings of ETOP conferences are available as PDFs online. For free PDFs of the papers presented at previous ETOP conferences click on Proceedings of ETOP
The 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, ETOP 2013 is being jointly organized by Portugal and Tunisia Territorial Committees of ICO and will be held at Faculty of Science of the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal on July 23 to 26, 2013. For more information on ETOP 2013 go to: http://www.optica.pt/etop2013/
Apply to Host a Future ETOP Conference The ETOP conference takes place every two years and it is the aim of the sponsors to make this critical information equally available to both developed and developing countries. In order to ensure world-wide participation, the sponsors (ICO, LEOS, SPIE and OSA) welcome and encourage their chapters, affiliated bureaus, sections and other interested organizations to apply to host future ETOP conferences. To download an ETOP Application Form click on Application to Host ETOP