SPIE Photonics West delivers successful return to in-person science and technology events

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BELLINGHAM, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPIE safely welcomed the international photonics community to the Moscone Center in San Francisco from January 22 to 27 for Photonics West. The largest annual photonics conference and exhibition, including its BiOS, LASE and OPTO symposia and the AR|VR|MR conference, attracted over 10,000 registered attendees, hosted over 950 exhibitors and included 2,100 technical presentations.

After a two-year hiatus, SPIE was delighted to once again host its flagship event, requiring proof of vaccination and the wearing of masks for all attendees in accordance with local regulations and national guidelines for hosting a the size of Photonics West.

“We very much appreciate all the support from exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and presenters who really made the event a success,” said SPIE’s CEO. Kent Rocheford. “Everyone went through San Francisco’s health and safety protocols, which made for a safe meeting. There’s nothing like coming home to Photonics West, and the enthusiasm that we’ve witnessed throughout the week proves there’s no such thing as in-person events.

In addition to groundbreaking scientific and technical presentations throughout the week, the BiOS and Photonics West exhibits enjoyed a strong flow of returning, new and potential customers eager to discuss requirements face-to-face with the world’s top vendors. optics and photonics. Technology.

“Being back in person has been great,” said Zygo, director of global digital marketing and communications. Virginia Foley. “We really enjoyed the face-to-face interaction. We saw a lot of customers that we hadn’t seen in two years, so that was fantastic for us. And I think most people felt it was very safe and it was really nice to catch up with people. The overall experience was fantastic.

“It was wonderful to meet our customers and suppliers face-to-face again,” said Syntec Optics Business Development Manager. Tallon Rood. “We talked about the issues we’re trying to solve in the industry, all the challenges everyone has overcome over the past few years, and how everyone is navigating the situation. It was fun to hear different points of view.

“People who are here, they’re actually looking for a solution instead of just looking, so that’s been really good for us,” said LaCroix Precision Optics’ customer service manager. Sam Burchfield. “We are excited to see what comes out of it in the coming weeks. We’re based in Arkansas, so for us the next customer could be six hours away. Being back in person, seeing those customers and seeing the vendors, it was really nice to get that positive charge back.

“It’s so good to get out and meet our co-workers, our customers and potential new customers here,” said Rocky Mountain West Regional Sales Manager for Lumibird. Kent Greer. “It was a great experience. Many thanks to SPIE for putting this together – we couldn’t be more grateful, and look forward to more shows this year and to being back here in 2023 as well.

With the annual Prism Awards recognizing the best new optics and photonics products on the market and the dynamic Startup Challenge pitch competition, SPIE Photonics West showcased and recognized the best technologies, trends and entrepreneurial opportunities in optics and photonics. The brand new SPIE Career Hub offered four days of professional development panels, advice and networking opportunities. Additionally, Quantum West – hosted in partnership with the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) – featured experts and guest speakers discussing market prospects and the path to a quantum-driven business ecosystem, complementing the robust technical program. And, at a special event, SPIE and the University of Rochester announced the SPIE Million Dollar Graduate Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering.

After the in-person week, on-demand access to conference presentations will be available to all paying attendees between February 21 and 27 as part of an expanded SPIE Photonics West On-Demand program. The approximately 4,000 online presentations will include those recorded live during Photonics West, as well as pre-recorded presentations from authors who were unable to travel or attend in person. In addition to conference recordings, posters and poster preview videos and all recorded plenary and keynote presentations will be available for viewing. Registration is also available for anyone who was unable to attend or participate and would like to access SPIE Photonics West’s on-demand content.

SPIE Photonics West 2023 will take place from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The call for papers for the 2023 event will open in spring 2022.

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings together engineers, scientists, students and professionals to advance light-based science and technology. The Society, founded in 1955, connects and engages with our global constituency through cutting-edge conferences and exhibitions; publication of conference proceedings, books and reviews in the SPIE digital library; and career development opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optical community through our advocacy and support, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowment gifts and public policy development. www.spie.org.

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