SPIE Optics and Photonics sees successful year

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The SPIE Optics and Photonics event drew 4,812 attendees this year when it ran from 10 to 14 August in the San Diego, CA, Convention Center.

The event included 72 conferences organised into four symposia, on solar energy, nanoscience, photonic devices, and optical engineering. Professional education courses, an exhibition, plenary sessions, networking activities, an awards banquet, and other special events also complemented the technical programme.

Marilyn Gorsuch, event manager, said: ‘Not everyone is working in solar or nanotechnology or solid-state lighting, but they turn up to the plenary sessions just to learn more about what is going on.’

She added: ‘The cross-disciplinary reality of this meeting means that the solar plenary speaker is talking about nanotechnology, the nano plenary speaker is talking about applications for solar, and so on. These links cropped up everywhere throughout the week.’

Attendance was particularly strong — including some standing-room-only audiences — in conferences on solar energy, plasmonics, x-ray tomography, lens design, organic photovoltaics and OLEDs, solid-state lighting, and nanotechnologies.

The approximately 2,800 conference proceedings papers are being published immediately as approved in the SPIE Digital Library. SPIE Optics and Photonics 2009 will be held 2 to 6 August 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center.