SPIE congratulates Spanish Optical Society on 40th anniversary

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SPIE president elect María Yzuel and Board of Directors member Marta de la Fuente last month presented the Sociedad Española de Optica with congratulations and a commemorative plaque on behalf of SPIE, in recognition of SEDOPTICA's 40th anniversary.

Yzuel and de la Fuente made the presentation at the SEDOPTICA annual meeting on 27 November at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid. Carlos Ferreira, president of SEDOPTICA and an SPIE Fellow, accepted the plaque on behalf of SEDOPTICA.

Yzuel also was named at the meeting as a Fellow (Socio de Honor) of SEDOPTICA, and participated in a roundtable on the future of optics in Spain. Maria Calvo, president of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and a member of SPIE, was also a member of the roundtable panel.

SEDOPTICA was founded in 1968 to encourage the development of optics and the promotion of research, education, and industrial applications of optical technologies.

Yzuel, a professor of optics at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), has actively supported SPIE conferences and other activities advancing these shared goals of both societies.

She has participated in other collaborative projects also supported by SPIE that further optics education, such as the ICTP (Abdus Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Winter School in Optics held annually in Trieste, Italy; UNESCO's Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) program, cosponsored by SPIE and several other organisations; and RIAO-OPTILAS, the co-located Iberoamerican Conference on Optics and Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications suppored by ICO, SPIE, and other organisations.