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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
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Photonics West. It's time to get ready for 2020.
Each year more than 22,000 people attend the premier event for the photonics and laser communities. They come to hear cutting-edge research, find the latest products and services, and network with thousands of other like-minded individuals.


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Top 9 things to do at Photonics West 2020

Photonics West is a busy week and this year is shaping up to be the biggest and best year yet. The program is so full, it can be hard to decide what to do. Here are some of the top things to see and do while attending the 2020 event.

9. See Startup Challenge final pitches for health care and deep learning by 2020 semi-finalists
8. Hear Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig speak at the BiOS Plenary
7. Take a course from OCT co-inventor James Fujimoto
6. Catch some of the equity, diversity, and inclusion events
5. See the expanded program for the co-located, SPIE AR, VR, MR event
4. See which Photonics West exhibitors are announcing new products
3. Check out the new Entrepreneur Program and Venture Summit
2. Hear from the Prism Award winners at a panel discussion on Thursday
1. Hear from world-class speakers at plenary sessions and BiOS Hot Topics

Prism Award finalists announced

Finalists announced

Congratulations to the 2020 Prism Award finalists

"The finalists for the 2020 Prism Awards represent the most exciting innovations in today's thriving optics and photonics industry," said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford.

See the Finalists >
Read the Press Release >

Top speakers delivering the latest breakthroughs and inspiring stories

SPIE Photonics West always features top speakers delivering world-class presentations on important topics—from adaptive optics to optical coherence tomography. However, the hot topics and pleneary speakers are not the only presentations we are excited about in the 2020 program. Make sure to get these must-see speakers on your calendar early and be on the lookout for other interesting presentations as you browse the 2020 program. 

BiOS Plenary: Spying on the Secret Lives of Cells

Eric Betzig

Eric Betzig
Univ. of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(United States)
and 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Read the 2019 SPIE article From Cosmology to Biology to learn about adaptive optics, Eric Betzig's work, and how the lessons from macro were applied to the micro.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation: Gender, Race, and Power

Angela Saini

Angela Saini
(United Kingdom)

Read about race science in the 2019 SPIE article Angela Saini: Addressing Race Science to learn more about this important topic from a science journalist who holds a master's degrees in engineering and in science and security.

Entrepreneur Program Healthcare Keynote: Engineering the Future of Health

Bruce Tromberg

Bruce Tromberg
National Institutes of Health
(United States)

Read about Bruce Tromberg on the rise of biophotonics, merging multi-disciplinary approaches, and his new role at the NIH in the 2019 SPIE article At the Nexus of Contemporary Science.

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