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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
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Top 9 things to do at Photonics West 2020

Photonics West is a busy week and this year is shaping up to be the biggest and best year yet. The program is so full, it can be hard to decide what to do. Here are some of the top things to see and do while attending the 2020 event.

9. See Startup Challenge final pitches for health care and deep learning
8. Hear Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig speak at the BiOS Plenary
7. Take a course from OCT co-inventor James Fujimoto
6. Catch some of the equity, diversity, and inclusion events
5. See the expanded program for the co-located, SPIE AR, VR, MR event
4. Hone your skills at the SPIE Career Summit
3. Check out the new Entrepreneur Program and Venture Summit
2. Hear from the Prism Award winners at a panel discussion on Thursday
1. Hear from world-class speakers at plenary sessions and BiOS Hot Topics

Top speakers delivering the latest breakthroughs and inspiring stories

SPIE Photonics West always features top speakers delivering world-class presentations on important topics—from adaptive optics to optical coherence tomography. However, the hot topics and pleneary speakers are not the only presentations we are excited about in the 2020 program. Make sure to get these must-see speakers on your calendar early and be on the lookout for other interesting presentations as you browse the 2020 program. 

BiOS Plenary: Spying on the Secret Lives of Cells

Eric Betzig

Eric Betzig
Univ. of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(United States)
and 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Read the 2019 SPIE article From Cosmology to Biology to learn about adaptive optics, Eric Betzig's work, and how the lessons from macro were applied to the micro.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation: Gender, Race, and Power

Angela Saini

Angela Saini
(United Kingdom)

Read about race science in the 2019 SPIE article Angela Saini: Addressing Race Science to learn more about this important topic from a science journalist who holds a master's degrees in engineering and in science and security.

Entrepreneur Program Healthcare Keynote: Engineering the Future of Health

Bruce Tromberg

Bruce Tromberg
National Institutes of Health
(United States)

Read about Bruce Tromberg on the rise of biophotonics, merging multi-disciplinary approaches, and his new role at the NIH in the 2019 SPIE article At the Nexus of Contemporary Science.

Looking back: 2019 Conference and technology photos

At its core, Photonics West is about sharing important research and the latest advancements to help move projects and technology into the future. The program supports people doing important work. Review the 2019 Final Program to see the opportunities throughout the program to connect with other leading experts, including technical presentations, networking events, and more.  


Looking back: 2019 exhibition photos

Thousands visited the two world-class exhibitions, where over 1,350 companies showcased their best products and services. Review the 2019 2019 Exhibition Guide to see the exhibiting companies and other events taking place on the exhibition floor, including industry sessions, a Job Fair, and networking opportunities.


Looking back: 2019 award and membership photos

So many people gathered in one place provides an excellent opportunity to recognize extraordinary contributions in advancing the science of light. Many great achievements and activities were honored throughout the week.


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