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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
23 - 28 January 2021
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Important Information for SPIE Photonics West Chairs and Committee Members

SPIE Chairs and Committees

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

16 March 2020

Call for papers due from Chairs 

28 March 2020

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

June 2020

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

15 July 2020

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

10 August 2020

Chairs propose Short Courses for Education Program

10 August 2020

Advance Program due from Chairs

16 September 2020

Advance Program Online at http://spie.org/pw

21 September 2020

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

23 November 2020

Final Program due from Chairs

9 December 2020

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE506, OE801-OE803

5 January 2021 

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all BiOS, LASE, and OPTO conferences (except OE506, OE801-OE803)

8 January 2021

Chairs complete Manuscript Reviews and submit Introduction to Proceedings for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE506, OE801-OE803 

23-28 January 2021

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
15 July 2020

Author Notification
21 September 2020

Manuscripts Due
5 January 2021

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