1 - 5 August 2021

Health and Safety for SPIE Optics + Photonics

Preparing for the event in San Diego this summer. This information is monitored and updated frequently. Last update: 5.11.21

Together, we can ensure a safe and successful Optics + Photonics

SPIE Optics + Photonics will safely bring the community together this August. We invite you to join your peers in San Diego and reconnect with your science and engineering community.

Read how we plan to gather safely.

SPIE Optics + Photonics will safely bring the community together this August

SPIE and our event partners aim to provide the safest event possible for all attendees. Together, we can ensure everyone’s safety and comfort as we reconnect in a reopened world. All event participants are expected to understand and follow the simple safe-event requirements.

We know that travelling and attending a conference under the current conditions will be a different experience for everyone. SPIE will do our part to ensure your health and safety while attending the conference. Please remember to take care of yourself and take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.


What is SPIE and its partners doing to keep you safe?

We are following local mandates and government guidance in place in San Diego:

  • Requiring mask or face coverings as required by the State of California
  • Implementing sanitation measures throughout the event
    • Including frequent cleaning/disinfecting
  • Providing a low-touch registration check-in process with protective plexiglass at stations
  • Rearranging the exhibition floor plan to allow additional space between booths
  • Implementing room capacity rules and alternative options to view presentations when rooms reach 60% seating capacity
  • All SPIE staff on site will be fully vaccinated
  • Masks and hand sanitizers provided free upon request.

Keep everyone safe!

  • Wear your mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Respect social distancing
  • Do not attend if not feeling well

Partner information and useful links

The San Diego Convention Center was one of the first convention centers to achieve the "Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation."

GBAC STAR is the gold standard for facility cleaning, which ensures the meeting venue has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Learn what each of these entities is doing to keep you safe: