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New topics, innovation prizes as SPIE Photonics Europe returns to Strasbourg

Presentation proposals in digital optics, quantum technologies, optical imaging and sensing, laser-based manufacturing, attosecond science, and other photonics technologies are being accepted through 23 October for SPIE Photonics Europe 2018. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the biennial congress will be held 22–26 April in the Strasbourg Convention and Exhibition Centre.


SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology.
Several new conferences have been added to the technical programme, and a new AR/VR Design Challenge offering cash prizes for students is being organized. Returning conferences will cover biophotonics, nanosciences, silicon photonics, and other topics.
Other highlights include the Photonics Innovation Village, high-level plenary speakers, a two-day exhibition connecting research and industry, and a three-segment industry programme focusing on laser processing, imaging, and funding opportunities.
SPIE Photonics Europe will again provide a forum for updates on the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
New conferences will cover:
Condensed-Phase Physics
Digital Optics for Immersive Displays (DOIDs)
Fibre Lasers and Glass Photonics
Organic Electronics and Photonics
3D Printed Optics and Additive Photonic Manufacturing
Unconventional Optical Imaging
In the AR/VR Optical Design Challenge, organized within the DOIDs conference, students will gain recognition and exposure before top industry leaders, by sharing their design creativity and making a 3–5 minute pitch. Winners in four categories will receive a share of €50,000 in cash and other prizes and support. Applications are due 1 December.
A returning competition, the Photonics Innovation Village will provide researchers with an opportunity to share their latest findings. The winner will receive €1500, and the first and second runners-up will each receive €500. Applications are due 23 October.
Plenary speakers are:
Alain Aspect, Institut d'Optique Graduate School
Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge
Rainer Blatt, Leopold-Franzens-Universität
Anne L'Huillier, Lund University
Frank Koppens, ICFO — Institut de Ciències Fotòniques
Jens Limpert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

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