Technical Events Celebrate IYL

Many meetings in 2015 will celebrate the International Year of Light.

01 January 2015
Rich Donnelly

In addition to the high-profile symposia that SPIE is best known for, such as Photonics West, many smaller meetings also play a key role in fostering technical communities and advancing progress in their fields. These events might be as small as 150 people, but some of them are the one “go-to” meeting for many of their attendees each year.

One such meeting is the Laser Damage Symposium — held each September in Boulder, Colorado, and formerly known as “Boulder Damage” – which held its 46th annual event in 2014. But each year, some new events are created in response to a growing technology or a new audience, and in 2015, the International Year of Light, there is a bumper crop.

It’s worth remembering that SPIE itself began as a small gathering of engineers who got together in the Los Angeles area to share their ideas and discoveries. Meeting at a restaurant or at someone’s home each month, competitive instincts were put aside in favor of the idea that information sharing would ultimately “float all boats” and benefit everyone working on related problems. These small gatherings grew and resulted in the need for an annual meeting, which eventually became SPIE Optics + Photonics, the annual symposium in San Diego.

Take a look at the list below and see if there’s an event that clicks with your interests. Think about contributing or attending – your own personal celebration of the International Year of Light.

Nano-Bio Sensing, Imaging & Spectroscopy (NBSIS), Jeju, Korea, 25-27 February. Co-sponsored by SPIE, this event will explore all aspects of nanotechnologies applied to biophotonics. Sensing, imaging, spectroscopy, and displays will be well represented.

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics, Prague, 13-16 April. Topics at this symposium include petawatt photonics, high-power and high-repetition-rate systems, diode-pumped laser systems, and free-electron lasers, along with advances in optical sensing, holography, x-ray optics, metamaterials, and nonlinear and quantum optics. A special session will examine prospects for inertial fusion energy, with invited speakers and keynote talks from partners in the HiPER laser energy project and the National Ignition Facility.

SPIE Microtechnologies, Barcelona, 4-6 May. Smart sensors, bio-MEMS and microdevices are among the tiny technologies that are the focus of SPIE Micro Technologies in Spain. Energy harvesting and smart power, reconfigurable hardware, low-power electronics and wireless communication for cyber-physical systems are all part of the big picture at this event, offering an opportunity for people from academia and industry to share ideas and inventions.

SPIE/SIOM Pacific Rim Laser Damage, Shanghai, 17-20 May. Asia’s event for those working in high-power/high-energy lasers, materials and thin films, durability, properties modeling, testing, and component fabrication. Coatings, crystals, ceramics, optical glasses and fibers will all be covered.

Biophotonics South America, Rio de Janeiro, 23-25 May. Held at the Copacabana Palace Hotel on Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach, the event is co-located with the 15th biennial congress of the International Photodynamic Therapy Association. The program will include photonic techniques for diagnostics and treatment using light-biological system interactions to collect biochemical/structural information, induce photonic or photochemical response, and monitor in situ response.

FIAT LUX: International Scientific Theological Conference, Rome, 3-5 June. In celebration of the International Year of Light, this unique conference will convene technical and humanistic experts to examine a large spectrum of open questions on the understanding, interpretation and use of light. The general topics include Light, Space and Time; Light as Knowledge, Communication & Arts; and Light is Life. Organized and co-sponsored by SPIE, this will be a fascinating and stimulating three-day event.

SPIE/OSA European Conferences on Biomedical Optics, Munich, 21-25 June. Co-located with Laser Munich 2015-World of Photonics, this event is a forum to span the gap between basic research and instrumentation engineering, all the way to clinical translation research and mature clinical trials. This is the largest such event in Europe for researchers, scientists, engineers and clinicians who are developing applications of optical science and photonic technologies to problems in biomedical science and medicine. Co-sponsored with OSA.

SPIE Optical Metrology, Munich, 22-25 June. Topics include the latest in optical metrology, videometrics and machine vision with applications for solving measurement and inspection problems in industrial design and production engineering, vehicle navigation, multimedia technology, biotechnology, architecture, archaeology and arts. Preservation of our shared cultural heritage is a special emphasis.

Optical Systems Design, Jena, 7-10 September. The premier European event for optical instrumentation with the latest advances in optical systems applications, materials, and processing, this event is appropriately located in Europe’s historical center of optical technology. Includes optical design and engineering, illumination optics, physical optics, detectors, and more.

X-Ray and Neutron Phase Imaging with Gratings, Bethesda, MD, 8-11 September. This third meeting of X-Ray and Neutron Phase Imaging with Gratings (XNPIG2015), dedicated to the development of phase contrast imaging with penetrating beams and their applications in medicine, material science and other arenas. Held at, and jointly hosted by, the National Institutes of Health.

Laser Damage, Boulder, CO, 27-30 September. For the 47th time, the Symposium on Optical Materials for High-Power Lasers will explore the physics/technology of materials for high-power/high-energy lasers. Topics include laser-induced damage mechanisms, materials and thin-film preparation, durability, properties modeling, testing, and component fabrication.

SPIE Remote Sensing, Toulouse, 21-24 September. This annual event focuses on progress in sensor technology, next-generation satellites, remote sensing of the Earth and its environment, atmospheric propagation, and signal and image processing. For its 22nd year, it moves to Toulouse, the center of the European aerospace industry. Co-located with SPIE Security and Defence.

SPIE Security + Defence, Toulouse, 21-24 September. The leading defense and security event in Europe, this symposium encompasses sensing, data and signal analysis, tracking and targeting, communications, networks, sensor platforms, energy topics, materials and more. Co-located with SPIE Remote Sensing.

SPIE Optifab, Rochester, NY, 12-15 October. The largest optical fabrication event in North America is held biannually in Rochester. Its unique format lets you gain valuable insight into the optical fabrication market by maximizing interaction between leading international researchers and manufacturers. Research and commercial paper presentations along with an exhibition of more than 150 companies highlight this must-attend gathering of optical practitioners.

Other events are in the planning stages at press time, including meetings in Australia, Israel, and elsewhere. For the latest dates and program information, visit the SPIE event calendar.

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