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    SPIE response to COVID-19

    While everyone's situation is different, COVID-19 remains challenging for all of us in the international optics and photonics community. Unfortunately, it is clear that we cannot safely meet in person in early 2021 as planned.

    Therefore, SPIE is transitioning all our meetings through March 2021 to our online format. These include Photonics West, BiOS, AR/VR/MR, Medical Imaging, Advanced Lithography, and Smart Structures/NDE. We will shift these to SPIE Digital Forums: virtual and interactive platforms with live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking, product demonstrations, and connections with exhibitors.

    As we look ahead with optimism and plan for in-person meetings later in 2021, we recognize that conditions are uncertain. The safety of our attendees and staff comes first, and we will not hold an in-person event until conditions related to the pandemic improve sufficiently.

    Until then, we will continue to transform conferences into Digital Forums so you can continue to hear about the latest optics and photonics breakthroughs, share your research, collaborate with your colleagues, discover new products and innovations, and make important personal connections in a convenient online space.

    We continually monitor health and travel guidance and adjust our plans. Please see our event homepages for the current status of individual events.

    We have also launched SPIE.Online and are hosting free webinar sessions that cover technologies and applications, public policy, career advancement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. With new online events weekly, we aim to provide valuable content for everyone's schedule and interests. As a benefit to SPIE Members, several dozen archived presentations are available to learn from and become inspired at your convenience.

    We have heard from many of you-and agree wholeheartedly-that online events are not perfect substitutes for real-world SPIE events. Yet, we will continue to refine these offerings and look for ways to closer emulate the connections, dialog, and progress made possible when bringing smart and curious people together.

    The SPIE family extends best wishes to you, your colleagues, and your families. After this health crisis passes, we look forward to gathering our community together again for productive and enjoyable events where you and other scientists, engineers, students, researchers, and businesspeople will work collaboratively to create a brighter future.