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SPIE develops interactive conference space using its SPIE Digital Library platform in response to the global COVID-19 situation -

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will be holding its inaugural Digital Forum during the week of April 6-10. SPIE Photonics Europe 2020, which was set to run in Strasbourg, France, from March 29 to April 2, will now be held completely online via a virtual and interactive format.

The SPIE digital forum platform was developed in response to the inability to hold in-person conferences due to the global spread of COVID-19. The forums ensure the timely continuation of information exchange and discussion opportunities that the Society’s optics and photonics community values and relies on to advance research, product development, and collaborations.

SPIE Photonics Europe Digital Forum, a new and completely free version of SPIE Photonics Europe 2020, will offer a convenient, high-quality, and timely method for researchers, engineers, and government and industry leaders in the photonics community to share emerging research, new results, and technological advances with their peers. All conference presentations and manuscripts will be accessible via the SPIE Digital Library with a commenting capability. The SPIE online format makes presentations and discussion accessible during the Forum in whatever time zone is convenient for the participant and in any order. In addition, the SPIE Photonics Europe Digital Forum includes a virtual exhibition, allowing participants to connect with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services that support the optics and photonics community.

With more than 700 presenters involved, topical areas of research range from nano and quantum technologies, to biophotonics, lasers and nonlinear optics, and optical imaging, sensing, and metrology. Signing up for the event is completely free and will give participants full access to all of the SPIE Photonics Europe Digital Forum’s pre-recorded presentations and over 500 accepted manuscripts. During the Forum, participants can engage with speakers by watching and listening to presentations at their convenience, posting questions and comments, with the presenters monitoring their discussions frequently throughout the week in order to respond and participate in the conversations.

Four of the invited plenary speakers have already agreed to participate, with more confirmations expected. The lineup so far includes University of California, Berkeley, Professor Laura Waller, whose topic is computational microscopy; the European Research Council’s Anna Mignani, who will address funding opportunities with the ERC; Pascale Senellart, of the Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, who will discuss her lab’s work on semiconductor-based quantum dots acting as artificial atoms for use in developing optical quantum technologies; and Lightwave Logic’s Michael Lebby on how naturally fast and low power electro-optic polymer devices are ideally positioned for the next-generation optical Internet roadmap.

In addition to the Photonics Europe Digital Forum, SPIE is launching two more such forums to take place in lieu of previously scheduled in-person conferences: SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020 and SPIE Smart Structures and Nondestructive Evaluation 2020. These Digital Forums will take place April 27 –May 1.

To sign up for the free 2020 SPIE Photonics Europe Digital Forum and receive more information on this newly launched SPIE initiative, interested parties may visit: https://spie.org/news/epe-digital-forum.

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