Chair and committee information for Optical Systems Design

A guide to successful chair and committee participation
Chairs and committee members at SPIE Optical Systems Design

Thank you for your leadership

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.

Below you'll find specific information for each of these roles. If you have any questions or concerns at any point along the way, please don't hesitate to contact your conference program coordinator.

Conference timelines and deadlines


Registration Closed
Abstracts submission deadline 28 April 2021
Author notification 23 June 2021
Submission system opens for presentations and manuscripts* 23 July 2021 
Manuscripts due date 25 August 2021 
Oral presentation videos due  25 August 2021 
Poster PDF and preview videos due 25 August 2021 

*Authors must register prior to uploading

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Program committee member responsibilities


  • Give technical input to the conference chairs as needed
  • Assist conference chairs in publicizing the conference and soliciting abstracts
  • Suggest speakers to be invited
  • Participate in the presentation abstract and manuscript review process (as assigned by the conference chairs)
  • Introduce/organize specific conference sessions
  • Serve as session chair as requested by conference chairs

Program committee members who are essentially inactive will be rotated off after two or three successive occasions exhibiting negligible involvement, in the interests of efficiency and to make space for new committee members.