SPIE Europe announces plans for Photonics Europe Symposium

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Organisers of the SPIE Europe Photonics Europe symposium have announced that visitors can expect more than 1,100 papers to be presented at this year’s conference, which will take place in Strasbourg, France on 7-11 April 2008.

Eighteen technical conferences have been planned for the event, including three new streams covering the role of photonics in medicine, optical and digital image processing and metamaterials. Other topics will include nanotechnology, plasmonics, silicon technologies and photonic crystals.

A series of plenary presentations by top scientists and leaders in their fields will describe major advances in optics and photonics, including novel applications and predictions for the future. The sessions are chaired by Francis Berghmans and Hugo Thienpont, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

The event will also feature presentations from key photonics companies such as Carl Zeiss, Koheras, Philips, and Coherent Scotland, who will discuss the state of the optics and photonics markets. The sessions are planned to cover photovoltaics, MEMS, displays and lighting, imaging and biomedical photonics.

Other key features of the event will include a three-day exhibition including more than 150 companies allow visitors to view the latest product releases, and the Photonics Innovation Village will showcase the latest projects from academic research groups and start-up companies across Europe.