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SPIE Professional April 2013

Photonics in Europe’s Future

SPIE sponsors several events in Europe this spring for photonics researchers and industry representatives.

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics logo SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics in Prague, 15-18 April, will include a two-day exhibition and the added attraction of presentations on the future ELI Beamlines Facility, to be built in Prague.

Talks on nanoplasmonic antennas, silicon photonics, and the U.S. National Ignition Facility (NIF) will be part of the plenary session Monday, 15 April. Speakers are:

  • Roel Baets, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Mikael Kaell, the Bionanophotonics Research Division at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • Ed Moses, NIF (USA)

The U.S. National Science Foundation has organized a workshop for 18 April on "US-Czech Frontiers in Photonics." The event will bring together leading American, Czech, and European academic minds in photonics R&D to explore the next frontiers.

Speakers will present the current state of the art in photonics, identify emerging areas and corresponding research needs, and establish new international collaborations. A poster session will be offered by a select international group of graduate students.

Workshop topics will include non-linear optics, EUV - soft x-rays, microstructured and specialty fibers, optical sensors, optical manipulators, metamaterials, and THz and mid IR photonics.


SPIE Microtechnologies, 24-26 April in Grenoble, France, will feature plenary talks on each day of the event. Speakers are Carol Featherston of Cardiff University (UK), Santiago Marco of University of Barcelona (Spain), and Markus Winkler from Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (Germany).

Papers will be presented in six conferences:

  • Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS
  • VLSI Circuits and Systems
  • Bio-MEMS and Medical Microdevices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Integrated Photonics: Materials, Devices, and Applications

SPIE is a sponsor or co-sponsor of two other meetings that will be held as part of the World of Photonics Congress in Munich and supports Photonics21, the European technology platform.

SPIE Optical Metrology, 13-16 May, will feature Wim M.J. Coene of ASML Research (Netherlands) as the plenary speaker discussing challenges in optical metrology for photolithography.

An SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop is also scheduled for 12 May. Students interested in attending the workshop should RSVP to students@spie.org.

The SPIE/OSA European Conferences on Biomedical Optics will be held 12-16 May.

Held in conjunction with the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society, presentations will cover advanced microscopy, therapeutic laser applications, laser-tissue interactions, diffuse optical imaging, clinical and biomedical spectroscopy, molecular imaging, optical coherence tomography, opto-acoustic methods, and other biophotonics techniques.

Awards for best student paper and best poster presentation will be made during the week.

Photonics21 annual meeting 29-30 April

logo for Photonics 21The Photonics21 annual meeting, 29-30 April in Brussels, will provide the latest information on Horizon 2020, Europe’s €80 billion research and innovation program for the period 2014-20. Photonics21 President Michael Mertin and Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, are scheduled to give keynote talks.

Other highlights include presentation of the Student Innovation Award; discussion of the Photonics Public Private Partnership being developed; and publication of the photonics strategic roadmap.

Information: ow.ly/iLeHt/

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201304.19

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