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SPIE Photonics West 2018: Light innovations



Engineers, scientists, and technology suppliers will meet from 27 January through 1 February in San Francisco, California at SPIE Photonics West 2018. About 20,000 visitors expected to attend major exhibitions, tech talks on the latest light-based advances.

 - San Francisco will welcome the visitors of the SPIE Photonics West.
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San Francisco will welcome the visitors of the SPIE Photonics West.

Talks by two Nobel Laureates will be among more than 5,200 technical presentations held alongside the global photonics and laser exhibition, seminars, and training courses at SPIE Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco, California (USA). The symposium will run 27 January through 1 February at Moscone Center, and is expected to attract an international audience of more than 20,000.

Conferences are organized into tracks on biomedical optics (BiOS), industrial laser sources and applications (LASE), and optoelectronics and photonic materials and devices (OPTO). Two major international exhibitions - the 200-company BiOS Expo on 27 and 28 January, and the Photonics West Exhibition 30 January through 1 February with approximately 1,300 exhibiting companies - will showcase new laser systems, optical systems for therapeutic and diagnostic medical applications, game-changing communications capabilities, augmented/virtual reality equipment for industrial and other applications, and much more. New among this year's 44 BiOS conferences - comprising 2,400 presentations - is Photonic Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases.

A comprehensive training program offers more than 70 courses in lasers and applications, sensors, imaging, IR systems, and optical and optomechanical engineering, plus professional development seminars and industry workshops. Receptions and other networking events will provide many opportunities to share ideas, connect around community issues such as diversity and inclusion, or to meet new potential collaborators.