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SPIE Optical Systems Design to collocate with Optatec in 2018

14 Nov 2017

Deadline approaching for presentation proposals for leading European event for optical instrumentation, in Frankfurt, Germany.

A new conference focused on optical instrument science and associated applications at SPIE’s Optical Systems Design 2018 and collocation in Frankfurt with next year's Optatec trade show are among highlights of what SPIE says “has become the premier European event for optical instrumentation”.

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the Optical Systems Design event will run May 14–17th at the Frankfurt Fairgrounds, Germany.

Abstracts for five returning conferences will be accepted through 15 November. Topics are:

  • Illumination Optics
  • Advances in Optical Thin Films
  • Computational Optics
  • Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology; and
  • Optical Design and Engineering

Abstracts for the new conference, which is to be styled “Optical Instrument Science, Technology, and Applications,” will be accepted through 20 November. Submission and other information is at spie.org/OSD.

Symposium chair Wilhelm Ulrich, of Carl Zeiss, commented, "SPIE Optical Systems Design is an interdisciplinary forum on the latest advances in optical systems applications, materials, and processing. It attracts technicians, engineers, researchers, and managers who are involved in instrumental optics at all levels: design, specification, production, and testing."

Plenary talks

Plenary talks scheduled so far for next May’s conference are as follow:

  • Pablo Benítez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Federico Capasso, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Bill Cassarly, Synopsys

'Maximising experience'

“We are excited by this collaboration with Optatec, which is a leading European optical manufacturing exhibition. By collocating our events, we hope to maximize the networking experience for both attendees and exhibitors," said SPIE Senior Director Andrew Brown.

Optatec / OSD 2018 is already shaping up to be busier than usual: the first International Day of Light, on 16 May, will be observed during the event. And the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student of optical design, will also be presented during the event. Applications for the later are due by 28 February. Details on the website.

SPIE Optical Systems Design will draw scientists, engineers, and applications developers from throughout the world to Frankfurt next May; above, audience members hear a plenary talk during the 2015 event in Jena.

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