From 16-19 April, SPIE Photonics Europe, Europe's largest conference featuring the latest research in optics and photonics will take place in Brussels' city center conference facility, The Square.
Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union, plays an important role in the funding of research and development activities throughout the EU with associated economic benefits realized through new product development, manufacturing and jobs.
Its location enables SPIE Photonics Europe to serve as a platform for new information updates on the European Commission's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) and for an outlook on Horizon 2020, the successor to FP7.
The busy exhibition in 2010.
SPIE Photonics Europe consists of 18 technical conferences and an exhibit featuring some of the largest companies supplying equipment to the robust R&D community. Highlights of the event include the daily "hot topic" plenary sessions. This year, featured speakers include:
• Demetri Psaltis (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) - Optofluidics for Solar Energy
• John M. Dudley (Université de Franche-Comté) Breakthroughs in Nonlinear Optics
• Kyriacos Kalli (Cyprus University of Technology) Specialty Fiber Sensors
• Andreas Tünnermann (Fraunhofer-IOF ) Fiber Lasers: Advances and Applications
In addition to the technical program, SPIE Photonics Europe presents the Innovation Village, introducing creative products developed by universities and research centers. The event also includes the European Village: a display on European initiatives, Networks of Excellence, Integrated Projects and other EC projects that showcase their consortia as well as their newest breakthroughs.
The leadership of SPIE Photonics Europe 2012 has selected many of the toughest issues facing optical and photonics technologies today as the basis for their programs. These current research issues will drive the development of new products for years to come. With representation from different disciplines, technologies, and perspectives from across Europe and around the world, it's an important meeting place for the world of photonics.
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