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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
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Important Information for SPIE Photonics West Chairs and Committee Members

SPIE Chairs and Committees

The responsibilities of being Conference Chair, Program Committee member, or Session Chair are crucial to the success of SPIE events, and it is you, our incredible volunteers, who are the true engine of the Society. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of SPIE, THANK YOU for volunteering your time and dedication—we truly could not do this without you.  

If you have any questions or concerns at any point along the way, please don't hesitate to contact your Conference Program Coordinator.

Conference Timeline and Deadlines

19 March 2018

Call for papers due from Chairs 

9 April 2018

Call for papers opens online at http://spie.org/pw

25 July 2018

Abstracts due (authors submit abstracts via http://spie.org/pw)

6 August 2018

Chairs propose Short Courses for Education Program

28 August 2018

Advance Program due from Chairs

26 September 2018

Advance Program + Hotel and Travel Online at http://spie.org/pw

1 October 2018

Author notifications sent by SPIE (contact author of each submission will be notified of acceptance via email)

1 November 2018

Student Grant Application Deadline

3 December 2018

Final Program due from Chairs

12 December 2018

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE115, OE131-OE133

9 January 2019

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all LASE conferences

9 January 2019

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all OPTO conferences

11 January 2019

Deadline for authors to submit manuscript for all BiOS conferences 

7 January 2019

Chairs complete Manuscript Reviews and submit Introduction to Proceedings for OPTO conferences with on-site proceedings: OE115, OE131-OE135

2 - 7 February 2019

Conference held at The Moscone, San Francisco, California USA

2 weeks after meeting

Chairs complete Manuscript Reviews and submit Introduction to Proceedings


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Important Dates

Abstracts Due
25 July 2018

Author Notification
1 October 2018

Post-Deadline Abstract
Submission Portal

Manuscripts Due
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