Photonics West registration information

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Online registration available for the full Program and for the free Digital Marketplace (including industry program and Quantum West). See below for details of what's included with each registration type and for information on SPIE membership, course discounts, and more.

For those paying via bank transfers or administrators registering one or more people:
Download the PDF registration form and see FAQs below for instructions.

See SPIE event policies

Digital Forum registration fees

All online charges are made in US dollars.

SPIE Member Nonmember
Speaker or author, program committee, session chair $300 $450
Digital Forum attendee
$300 $450
Full-Time Student $170 $450
Digital Marketplace only (includes Industry, Quantum West) $0 $0

What is included with registration

             Full Digital Forum Marketplace only
All Digital Forum presentations, plenaries, and special events*
One Proceedings volume** View options
Digital Marketplace
Industry sessions
Quantum West

*Digital Forum presentations will be available on for 2 weeks, the week of the event and the week following.
**Paid attendees will have ongoing access to one selected Proceedings volume. Selections will be made after the event; SPIE will contact you for your decision.

Digital Marketplace

It is free to attend the Digital Marketplace; registration is required for both visitors and company representatives.

Only one registration is needed per person; Digital Marketplace and Quantum West access is included with all registration types.

Registration Course Information

Courses are priced separately and prices include applicable taxes.

SPIE is offering online courses that align with Photonics West topics and can be added to your Digital Forum registration for a 10% discount. Discounts will automatically be applied when you register.

SPIE Members receive an additional 15% discount and SPIE Student Members receive an additional 50% discount on courses.

Course registration includes slideshow presentations, quizzes, supplemental resources, and digital certificate. Gain immediate access for one year from date of purchase.

SPIE Member, SPIE Student Member, and student pricing

SPIE Members receive conference and course registration discounts. Discounts are applied at the time of registration.

SPIE Student Members receive a 60% discount on all courses.

Student authors and presenters may register at the student rate as long as they meet the definition of a student.

Student registration rates are available only to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full time and have not yet received their Ph.D. Post-docs may not register as students. A student ID number or proof of student status is required with your registration.

Press registration

For credentialed press and media representatives only. Please email contact information, title, and organization to

Refund information

There is a $50 USD service charge for processing refunds. Requests for refunds must be received by 4 March 2021; all registration fees will be forfeited after this date. Membership dues, SPIE Digital Library subscriptions, online courses or special events purchased are not refundable.

U.S. Government credit cards

U.S. Government credit card users: have your purchasing officer contact the credit card company and get prior authorization before attempting to register. Advise your purchasing agent that SPIE is considered a 5968 company for authorization purposes.

Digital Forum registration FAQs

Excluding on-site venue fees, the resources needed to develop a high quality, well organized online conference are equivalent to producing an on-site event. Read our full statement on the costs of a Digital Forum.

Download and fill out the PDF registration form. Email or fax the form to SPIE Customer Service for an invoice and bank details (contact information is on the form).

Use the PDF to complete registrations for individuals or multiple people where you don't have login information for their account/s. If paying by credit card, fill out the PDF for each person and send the form(s) to SPIE customer service (contact information is on the form).

Registered attendees will receive an email receipt upon registration payment. Contact SPIE Customer Service, if you do not receive your receipt.

To receive an Attendance (Participants) Certificate please contact Lisa Love, and she will process your request.

For all paid registrants, there will be two weeks of access to all the technical content, during the Digital Forum week and the week following. Paid conference registrants will have the opportunity to select their one Proceedings volume and will then have ongoing access to it on the SPIE Digital Library after the digital forum.

Online courses can be added to your Digital Forum registration with an additional fee. Please see the event Course page for more information.

Upon completion of an SPIE online course, you will receive a digital certificate. You must complete the quiz for each module with a score of at least 90% and complete the evaluation form at the end of the course to receive your certificate. After successful completion, a certificate will be emailed to you.

Yes. Company representatives require registration. You can register for either the free Digital Marketplace or a paid conference registration to access the full Digital Forum.

Yes. Invited presentations require registration. Before you can upload your presentation, you will need to register.

Yes, before you upload your presentation, you will need to register for the full Digital Forum.

No, one registration will cover you for all the papers you may be presenting.

Since there will be no travel necessary for the Digital Forum, we will be selecting the Grant recipients and applicants will be notified if they receive financial support. If you have further questions, please contact

Refund options are explained on this page within the Refund Information section above. Any further assistance will be handled by SPIE Customer Service,

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